As one of the only AGRSS certified shops in the greater Las Vegas area, our number one priority has always been vehicle safety.
It doesn’t matter if it is for their fleet vehicles or their personal ones, we want our customers to be as safe as possible when they are behind the wheel. Sometimes what may seem like a small problem with your car or other vehicles now can quickly turn into a bigger problem down the road, and then you will have to deal with major issues of safety and expense.
Part of being a responsible vehicle owner is performing routine maintenance and preventative care. This is why we want to take a few minutes to share some helpful tips with you that can ensure that your car keeps running at its best and that you and your passengers are safe on the road. Consider this a car maintenance checklist.
Once a month, or more often if you are a very heavy driver or if you often drive in particularly harsh environments, check your tire pressure. Also check the condition of your tires, both the tread and the side walls. Always make sure the pressure is at the vehicle and tire manufacturers recommended specifications for the vehicle and the type of driving conditions.
Under or over pressurized tires can not only cause them to wear faster but can also lead to the failure of the tire under extreme driving conditions. These include sharp turns, pulling heavy loads, or driving up or down steep inclines.
When inspecting your tires pay close attention to the rubber on the side walls. If you see that the rubber is chinked or cracking, or if you see that the treads are missing chunks, it’s time to have your tires rotated. Even if your tires are in great looking shape, it’s always a good idea to have them rotated with your regularly scheduled routine oil change.
If your tires are looking bald, or you notice cracks on the side walls, especially near the bead (where the rubber of the tire meets the metal of the rim), you need to replace them entirely, since this will affect your brake performance, and could lead to a dangerous blowout.
Another important factor is to always change your tires all at once. Never put used tires on your vehicle if you drive at highway speeds, and always make sure that your tires are mounted by a professional tire technician.
Every three months, or sooner if called for by your owner’s manual, or heavy vehicle usage or extreme driving conditions, be sure you check your engine oil and filter. Depending on your vehicle’s recommendation you should be changing your oil and filter totally once every 3000 miles.
To check your oil, make sure the engine has been off for at least 5 minutes, preferably up to 15 minutes if possible, so as to ensure that the oil, which has been being pumped around the engine while it was running, has time to drain back into the oil pan located at the bottom of your motor.
Motor oil lubricates parts inside your engine and if your oil level is low, you could be causing excess wear and tear on your engine. Not having the right kind of oil, the right amount of oil and clean oil in your engine can damage it, and shorten the usable life of your vehicle.
We think every driver on the road can agree that a dead battery is a real bummer. While most times this happens because we leave our lights on, there are other issues which can lead to a dead battery, and in turn, lead to a dangerous situation for you and your passengers should you become stranded somewhere. These other conditions include, but are not limited to corroded battery terminals, bad battery cables, and faulty charging regulators.
Check your battery every few months to make sure that there is no acid build up on your terminals (this will look like a creamy white/blue/greenish powder). Once corroded, your battery will lose electrical contact with the cables that power it and your car will randomly fail to start, which can leave you stranded.
Safely driving at night requires functioning headlights as well as other exterior lightings. Make sure you keep an eye on these whenever you’re on the road. A quick way to check is to just throw them on while you’re stopped behind another vehicle and look at the reflection.
If a bulb is out, get it replaced, or if the lights don’t seem to be pointing at the same place directly in front of your vehicle, they may have gotten knocked out of alignment and need to be aimed. In this case, it’s a good idea to take it into the shop or your dealership and have them do it. In most cases, a good repair shop will only charge you a few bucks to aim headlights and most will even do it for free.
Brake, power steering, and transmission fluids should be checked once a year. You’ll also need to keep an eye on your levels of coolant, which should be replaced at the start of summer and again at the start of winter with a flush and fill radiator service, and windshield washer fluid, which should be topped off once a month.
The best way not to forget to check any of them is the write it on the calendar, and get the radiator service done at the same time you change the batteries in your remote control, smoke detectors, and change the time on your clocks for daylight savings. You can also quickly go over everything when you check your engine oil every three months, just to stay on top of it.
Taking care of your vehicle means it will take care of you. So, while Team Acme can’t help you with your routine maintenance, we urge you to be aware of your vehicle and to visit your local mechanic for preventative care. This will keep you safe and save you money from costly repairs in the future.
What Team Acme can help you with is your window tinting, glass repair, and vehicle wrap needs. We invite you to come into the shop in Henderson just North of Las Vegas and let us show you what we can do to make your vehicle more beautiful, resilient to the elements, and more comfortable. You can contact us using our online form. We look forward to the chance to serve you.