Tips for More Miles from Your Vehicle
Purchasing a vehicle can be a big investment so here are some tips to help you get the most out of your new ride!
Read Your Owner’s Manual
If you’re looking to take good care of your vehicle, the first step is to learn when to schedule preventive maintenance. Your owner’s manual has all the information you need, including recommendations on how often to change the oil, fluids, belts, hoses, and other vital parts to keep your ride running smoothly. And if you can’t find your manual, no worries! A quick online search will usually turn up the manual you need, as many manufacturers have them available for download.
Change Your Oil Frequently
It’s important to regularly change your vehicle’s oil. Although newer owner’s manuals may suggest longer intervals between oil changes, the truth is that frequent changes help eliminate abrasive dirt and metal particles from the engine, which can ultimately extend the life of your engine.
Clean Your Engine
Keeping a clean car is always enjoyable, but have you ever thought about cleaning under your hood? A clean engine runs cooler than a dirty one, making it more efficient. When your engine is clean, it’s also easier to spot any leaks or issues with components, which means you can catch and fix problems before they become more serious. Plus, a clean engine makes it easier to check hoses and belts, so you can make sure everything is in good condition. Just remember to protect sensitive engine parts, like the air intake, electrical components, and the distributor, with plastic bags before washing. Use a grease-cutting dishwashing liquid and a bristle brush to scrub the engine, then rinse well, and you’ll have a sparkling clean engine in no time!
Care for Your Battery
It’s easy to think that a maintenance-free battery doesn’t require any attention, but there are a few things you can do to extend its lifespan. Start by checking the battery connections to ensure they’re tight, as loose connections can discharge your battery prematurely. It’s also important to keep your connections clean, especially if they’re exposed. Some batteries come with plastic or rubber covers to help keep them insulated and clean. If your battery is over three years old, have a mechanic test its ability to hold a charge. If it fails the test, it’s a sign that it’s time to invest in a new battery. By taking these simple steps, you can help ensure that your battery lasts as long as possible.
How Alliance Can Help
Even with the best of vehicle maintenance, you can still have an unexpected emergency arise. That is when Alliance Members can make a call to Association Motor Plan for assistance. This emergency roadside service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide up to $125 coverage per event for services performed by a commercial garage, locksmith, or tow provider.