Happy New Year! With the new year upon us, now is the time to start looking at what New Year’s resolutions we should be incorporating into our lives, and that includes resolutions about caring for our cars. To start the new year off right and keep your car in tip top shape, let’s go through some resolutions to keep in mind as the new century begins.
Resolving to Keep Your Car Clean:
Oftentimes the key to feeling good is looking good, and that applies to both you and your car. Specific to your vehicle’s exterior, keeping your car clean from the grime and dirt it picks up on the road will help ward off rust and keep the finish on your car looking like new. While how clean your car is doesn’t necessarily affect its short-term performance, it certainly makes for a more pleasant drive. A clean car also maintains its value better over time, meaning that each wash you give it will save you money in the long run.
Resolving to Schedule Fluid Changes:
The fluids in your vehicle are key components to keeping it running smoothly, and regular fluid checks and replacement are necessary to the overall health of any car. You should routinely check your oil, brake fluid, transmission, and coolant levels, in addition to all other necessary fluids. Your car’s fluids are vital in maintaining a functioning engine, and a happy engine means a happy car.
Resolving to Check My Tires and Wheels:
While it’s easy to let tire rotations, replacements, and wheel alignments and balancing slip your mind, good tire health is important. For your car to drive at its most efficient, your tires must be looked after and replaced at regular intervals. Perform regular tire tread inspections using the penny test, and give each tire a thorough once-over for any possible missing chunks or exposed cords. Most importantly, be sure to schedule your tire rotations, wheel alignments, and wheel balancing every six months to make sure you have the safest, smoothest ride possible.
Resolving to Schedule Regular Preventive Maintenance Check-ups:
In addition to making time to do your own routine checks and mini inspections of your car, the most helpful way to get your car off to a good start this year is to schedule regular preventive maintenance check-ups at a trusted auto repair shop. These checkups will let you know where your vehicle is showing the most wear, and serve as an early warning system for issues that may indicate more serious damage to follow.
Resolving to Give Back:
While not strictly limited to your vehicle, why not start off the new century by giving back to the community around you? The team at Pals Ocala Auto Repair is dedicated to doing just that, and we encourage you to get involved with your community or a cause you feel strongly for throughout the new year and beyond. To get you started, here are a few of the charities and organizations that the Pals Ocala Auto Repair team supports:
The Humane Society of Marion County
The Boys and Girls Club of Marion County
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
American Cancer Society
One Child Matters
Public Education System of Marion County Florida
Arlene Liner Teaching Ministry
Meadow Brook Church
Ocala Business Leaders
Whatever New Year’s resolutions you’ve made, for your preventive maintenance service or repairs needs, schedule an appointment at Pals Ocala Auto Repair. We are conveniently located at 2821 SW College Road, Ocala, FL, 34474. Our team of auto mechanics looks forward to taking great care of you and your vehicle.