Maintenance and Safety Tips for Used Vehicles
When you get a used vehicle, you’re prepared to offer it a little more TLC than you would a brand-new vehicle in order to keep it running strong longer. Depending on the age and mileage of your vehicle, paying close attention to its care and maintenance can be crucial in avoiding breaks and damages. Here are a few maintenance and safety tips for used vehicle owners.
Check your vehicle’s oil levels ever 1,000 miles. While your oil and filter only need changing ever 3,000 – 4,000 miles, checking your levels regularly is a good way to know if you have a leak before it’s too late.
Check belts and hoses twice a year. Check your belts for large cracks and your hoses for any soft spots and bulges. You should also check your air filter, PCV and breather filter.
Change Transmission Oil and Filter. Whichever comes first: 3 years or 40,00 miles.
Once a Month: Do a walkaround check of your vehicle. Make sure all of its lights are in working order, tires are properly filled and adjust your vehicle accordingly.
Every Year: Usually in the fall, you’ll want to check your engine coolant for temperature and acidic content. You’ll also want to replace your wiper fluid with de-icer, wipe your door rubber weather strips down with silicone to keep locks from freezing, and check your tire tread depth in preparation for winter driving.
If you have any questions about maintaining your used vehicle, feel free to contact us here at Broadway Auto Credit!