It is in the best interest for both your vehicle and your safety to practice regular maintenance on your car. Getting in the habit of seasonal check-ups on the various essential parts is the perfect way to ensure everything is running properly! Here’s the list of what you should check for in the fall, courtesy of the experts at Robertson’s Auto Salvage!
Check the Oil
Regularly checking your oil is essential for your engine. If your oil is leaking or the levels get too low, this spells disaster for the vehicle’s entire engine! Checking the oil level is as simple as a dipstick located right underneath the hood. Check this level by pulling out the dipstick, wiping it off, and then re-inserting it and taking it out again. There will be a marker or indent on the dipstick indicating where the oil level should be. If it is too low, change your oil yourself or bring it to your local mechanic. Make sure your oil is being changed regularly in accordance with your vehicle’s manufacturer’s specifications.
Check the Brakes
With the beautiful changes of a New England fall comes slippery roads due to leaves and weather. Brakes are essential to a safe car in general, but especially need to be in top shape when you are driving in less than ideal conditions. If you don’t know how to check the brakes yourself, visit your local mechanic who can easily conduct a check and tell you if you need a replacement. Signs you might need new brakes include a squeaking or whistling sound when braking, and visible rust on the brakes.
Check the Tires
When driving on slippery leaves, proper tire traction is necessary for your safety and the safety of others. If your tires are old, you increase your chances of a failed stop or even spinning out of control. A great low-cost option for replacing tires is to check your local salvage yard. Changing your tires is not too difficult so if you purchase used parts and avoid a mechanic’s labor charges by doing it yourself, you could be saving hundreds of dollars.
Where to Buy Used Car Parts
If your car needs replacements, there are plenty of low-cost alternatives to going to a mechanic and paying for labor and new parts. Robertson’s Auto Salvage headquartered in Wareham, MA has a huge selection of used parts to fit all types of economy and luxury vehicles. To check our inventory or get expert advice, get in touch with us today!