With a new year being here, you've probably made some new resolutions. Whether it's to read more, develop a workout routine, or something else entirely, you want to stick to that plan. Another resolution you might want to form is to stay up to date with car maintenance!
We want to make sure your car lasts. That's why our team at Toyota of North Charlotte is here to explain what auto service is important to keep up with this year.
Create an oil change schedule
Getting your oil changed is an incredibly important part of routine car maintenance. It keeps the performance of your car in check by keeping all of the moving parts of your engine lubricated. Without regular oil changes, you put your car at risk for things like overheating and permanent engine problems. So make sure you get regular oil changes in 2018. If you're using conventional oil, you'll want an oil change around every 5,000 miles.
Keep track of your battery
Making sure that your car battery is fully functional is an important step to keeping your car in good shape. Without a working battery, your car won't even turn on! When looking at your battery, you'll want to make sure you watch out for any signs of corrosion, swelling, or leaks. If you see anything suspicious, be sure to get it checked out by the service team at Toyota of North Charlotte! And don't forget - you should replace your car battery after around 3 years.
Protect your exterior
We get all kinds of weather in North Charlotte. To keep your car's exterior looking great despite the snowiest of winters or the hottest of summers, we recommend getting your car waxed! If you get your car waxed regularly, you'll help protect the paint from peeling, fading, and cracking. It'll even add an extra barrier to prevent against rust!
Prepare for rain
Rain will be here before you even realize it. Make sure you're prepared for it with some car maintenance suggestions! Above all else, you'll want to make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition. Old and overused wipers could put your visibility during a storm in jeopardy. Another suggestion to prepare for rain includes using Rain-x to prepare your windshield.