Proper and timely maintenance is the most important thing you can do to insure your car runs.  Car manufacturers have worked to extend the time between oil service and other maintenance.  New synthetic oils last longer, so they protect moving parts inside your engine better than conventional oils of the past.  Fewer visits to the car mechanic mean its more important than ever to check your vehicle between service.

The following suggestions should keep your vehicle running long into the future.  Its a good practice to complete the following tasks monthly.  If you are planning a trip, do these simple tasks before you hit the road, or bring it to Mattei’s Garage for service.

Check Your Fluids

Engine oil, brake fluid, antifreeze and, if equipped, power steering fluid are easily accessible, simply by raising the hood.  If you are unsure how to check these fluids, stop by Mattei’s Garage and we will be happy to help you.  When checking antifreeze, be sure that the engine is cold .  Hot coolant can reach temperatures over 200 degrees (F).  If you open the reservoir or radiator when its hot, it can spew out and scald you.

Check Tire Pressure

Its important to keep your tires inflated properly.  They will wear better if properly inflated and maintained.  We can help with this as many of the gas station air pumps let more air out of your tire than they add.  At a minimum, get a tire gauge and check the pressure regularly.

Check Your Wiper Blade

Wiper blades are a safety item that gets overlooked by many of our customers.  Cheap blades can become useless in about 3 months.  Quality blades should last about one year.  If your blades don’t clean the window, you will not be able to see.  That means you will have difficulty driving.  If the blade is good, it will sit perpendicular to the windshield.  If it doesn’t, simply replace them.

Finally, if you would like more information about proper maintenance, click here for a great article from Car and Driver magazine.  Lastly, if you are in need of car repair service im Memphis, don’t search for “auto repair near me,” just call Mattei’s Garage.  We can be reached at 901-683-3158.  For further information, see our web site or check us out on Facebook, Twitter and soon on Instagram.

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