How to Maintain Your Chevrolet

After you buy a vehicle from Herrin-Gear Chevrolet in Jackson, MS, you want to keep it in excellent condition, so you can drive it for a long time. Check out these tips for maintaining your Chevrolet.

Inspect the tires.

Because of the constant contact with the ground, tires can wear out more quickly than any other car part and be damaged by potholes, nails, and other road hazards. If you don’t have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, you can examine the tire pressure using an inexpensive gauge that you can buy from an auto parts store.

The correct pressure is typically listed in your owner’s manual or on a sticker at the driver’s side door. If you discover that the air pressure is low, you can fill up your tires using the air pump at your local gas station.

If your treads are looking a bit worn, insert a penny head down into one of the grooves. If the top of Lincoln’s head a showing, then your treads are too shallow to be safe. Bring your vehicle into our service center as soon as possible, so we can replace your tires.

Check the oil level.

Motor oil lubricates the moving parts of your engine. It helps dissipate heat and filters out the byproducts of internal combustion. You need to regularly check this essential fluid, perhaps every time you stop for gas.

Pop open the hood and look for the dipstick, which will be described in your owner’s manual. Pull the dipstick out and wipe the end before inserting it back into its compartment. Pull it out one more time and examine the tip. If the oil is between the minimum and maximum lines, then you’re fine. However, if the oil is less than the minimum, then you need to add a quart.

Look to your owner’s manual again for instructions. Typically, you remove the oil fill cap and insert a small funnel into the hole. Then you pour a little bit of oil at a time, waiting for it to drain into the pan before adding more oil. You can stop when the dipstick shows oil near the maximum.

Fill up with fluids.

While you’ve got the hood up, why not check the other fluids of your vehicle to find out if they need replenishing? These liquids include coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid. You’ll find the location of their reservoirs in your owner’s manual.

In some cases, such as with the windshield washer fluid, you just have to look at the container to see if a refill is needed. In others, such as with the power steering fluid, you need to check a dipstick. If you’re running low, simply add more fluid to the reservoir.

Clean your car.

When your car leaves the garage, its exterior surface suffers from exposure to the sun, bird poop, tree sap, smog, dead insects, acid rain, and winter salt. If you do nothing about these accumulations over time, the substances may cut through the paint layer to damage the body underneath and produce rust.

To prevent any harm to your vehicle, clean it regularly, either through a car wash or at home. If you choose the do-it-yourself route, avoid using harsh household cleaners, which can also damage the paint. Instead, rely on formulations that are specifically created for vehicles. Use a soft cloth such as a chamois to apply the cleaner and to wipe it off. Harsher cloths may leave scratches.

In the winter, don’t forget to take care of the underbody and the tires, which can easily accumulate the chemicals used to melt the ice and snow. And wipe down the interior windows and windshield, so your views are always clear.

Come for scheduled maintenance.

Chevrolet and other automobile manufacturers create maintenance schedules to address components before they wear out and deal with minor issues before they expand into major problems. Following that timetable helps your car to perform at its best.

During scheduled maintenance, your vehicle comes under the care of factory-certified automotive technicians who specialize in Chevys. They use the latest technologies to diagnose problems and offer solutions. They only use brand-certified parts to ensure that your model functions at its best.