Keeping your eco-friendly vehicles in running condition is very important in order to ensure dependability. It doesn’t matter what type of vehicle you drive or where you live; you must take action to keep it properly maintained if you intend to stay on the road. Changing your oil, rotating tires, and checking brakes are just a few of these things every owner needs to keep in mind.
Eco-Friendly Vehicles Checklist
There are lots of things to consider when it comes to maintaining your car. This basic checklist, however, covers the bases for just about everyone. If you keep these things in mind, you’ll be able to stay on the road.
1. Lights: You should check the condition of your lights weekly, at least. Leave your car parked, and turn on the lights before doing a quick walk around.
Don’t forget to check your signals and taillights, as well. Replacing a bulb is a quick fix which can save you from getting a ticket.
2. Fluids: You should check the oil in your vehicle regularly. Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean, reinsert it, and pull it out to check the level. It should be in the allotted range. Add a little more if you’re low. Other fluids like windshield washer fluid and antifreeze should also be checked. Both of these are typically visible through a clear reservoir with a clear range.
3. Battery: The average car battery lasts from 3 to 5 years. Pay attention to how old yours is, especially during cold weather. Make sure there is no corrosion on your connections while you’re checking the other components of your car. If you feel there is something wrong, contact us immediately.
4. Tires: Place a penny in the tread of your tire. Lincoln’s head should be covered by the tread, at least partially. If it is not, it’s probably time for a new set. Tire pressure should be checked at least monthly, including the spare. Tires that are not properly inflated add rolling resistance that makes the engine work harder to move the vehicle.
Remember, tires can lose pressure due to seasonal temperature changes. According to the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association, a tire can lose up to half of its inflation pressure and not appear to be flat. Optimal tire pressure for your vehicle is listed in the owner’s manual or on the car door sidewall.
Questions to Ask Your Mechanic:
- What is the most important thing I can do to eco-friendly vehicles to make sure I’m doing my part to protect the environment?
- If my car emits abnormal exhaust, does this mean there’s something wrong with it?
- Is the refrigerant in my car environmentally friendly and if not, what should I do?
- Where can I take my used oil, oil filter and other fluids for recycling?
Keeping these simple tips in mind can help you stay safe and ready for any adventure. Contact Otobots to have your eco-friendly vehicles serviced today.