Car Care Tips Manasquan Auto Diagnostics
Sean and Court’s Car Care Tips
For better fuel economy…
✓Check tire pressures and set them according to the tire placard on the door frame
✓Check oil regularly-low oil level can degrade engine performance
✓ Have alignment checked at least once a year, twice is better-Spring and Fall. Wheels that contact the ground squarely roll with less resistance and promote the best fuel economy.
✓Maintain your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s maintenance guide using the severe service table guidelines
✓Perform engine oil and filter changes every 5,000 miles when using conventional oil and 6500 miles when using full synthetic
✓Be aware of any changes to your vehicle’s operation: You drive your car every day, you have to know how it normally starts, stops, accelerates, idles and sounds. Consult with us if there is a deviation from the norm.
✓Get professional advice from us whenever a warning light illuminates on the dashboard
✓As a rule, engine air filters need checking/changing every 15,000 miles
✓ As a rule spark plugs need replacing every 100,000 miles General tips
✓ Wiper blades last 6-12 months before they dry out, become damaged and performance degrades
✓ Tire rotation is typically performed every 10-12 thousand miles but the decision to rotate is best left to the technician. Rotation is performed to promote the greatest tire longevity
✓Replacing tires as a set of four is always recommended
✓ Replacing tires in pairs is always a minimum recommendation unless the rest of the tire’s tread depth measure 10/32 or better
✓ Always have the alignment checked and adjusted when tires are replaced
✓ Always add the correct/manufacturer approved fluids when topping up systems
✓Brake fluid should be replaced every 2 years and/or whenever brake repairs are made. Brake fluid is hygroscopic absorbing normally occurring moisture within the system. The fluid reaches a saturation level on average after 2 years and allows that water to fall out of suspension promoting system corrosion from within
✓ Use Top Tier fuel of the recommended octane
✓ “High test”, “Super” or “Premium” is only necessary on a select few engines and provides no fuel economy or performance improvements when used in engines designed to use regular or 87/89 octane fuel. Consult your owner’s manual for this recommendation.
✓ Avoid driving your vehicle with the “check engine” or “service engine” yellow light is blinking. This indicates a significant engine miss-fire. A strong likelihood of catalytic converter damage and or permanent/severe engine damage will occur.