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Vehicle Maintenance Today and Down the Road
By: Mighty Auto Parts | Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at 3:47 pm in Preventive Maintenance, Tech Tips

Vehicle Maintenance Today and Down the Road

It’s important to perform regular safety checks on your vehicle’s systems to ensure reliable performance. However, not every driver knows what to check, and neglecting these checks can lead to serious problems and expensive future repairs. Mighty Auto Parts sources the highest quality auto parts from the world’s largest manufacturers and provides them to auto shops, dealerships, tire dealers, and fleets across the country, acting as the cornerstone between manufacturers and professional technicians.

Regular basic vehicle maintenance is critical to keep your car dependable. Fortunately, the parts, service, technical support, and professional expertise that you need are always available from your local Mighty Auto Parts representative. We partner with more than 12,000 repair facilities, from small independent dealers to large multi-bay specialty shops. We know that education is key to keeping you safe on the roads, and we want to offer you the knowledge needed to keep your transportation in good shape.

During a regular maintenance check, start with your windshield wipers, since damaged wiper blades can scratch your windshield and obscure your view of the road. First, run a wet towel along the edge of the blade to remove any accumulated dirt and grime. This improves your wipers’ efficiency and extends their life. If rubber is missing from the blades or they make a screeching sound, it’s time to change them to prevent windshield damage.

Now that you’ve ensured your own visibility, next consider how your fellow drivers see you. Headlights, taillights, and turn signals make your vehicle visible to others in even the worst weather conditions, making their functioning essential. Turn on your lights and signals and walk around your vehicle, inspecting each light carefully. If there’s a problem, get your car in for service immediately. These items are your source of communication with other drivers, and thus critical for road safety.

Tire maintenance is another important safety habit; it also promotes better fuel economy and vehicle handling. Most tire damage and wear results from driving on improperly inflated tires, and experts suggest checking your air pressure once a month using a simple air pressure gauge. Your owner’s manual will explain the level of air pressure appropriate for your vehicle. You should also check for foreign objects such as nails, screws, or cracks in your tire sidewall.

Finally, the most important safety feature of your vehicle is its brake system, the system that allows you to slow down or stop quickly to avoid accidents. Perform a visual inspection to measure pad and shoe thickness, check for even wear of the pads and shoes, check rotors for hot spots, and make sure that hardware is adjusted correctly. Ensure that wheel cylinders, brake lines, and the brake master cylinder are not leaking. Also, inspect calipers for wear and fluid leaks, and check the condition and level of your brake fluid. Brake and antilock brake sensors can also be inspected for proper placement.

Mighty Auto Parts cares about the safety of their customers year-round, so we encourage you to perform a thorough check of these systems on a regular schedule.

Mighty is a dependable partner to thousands of owners, businesses, and professional automotive repair shops across the USA. We offer high-quality parts and personalized service. We believe we are in this together; we are a reliable partner and excellent choice for your automotive needs.

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