Preventative Car Maintenance: The Basics

Preventative Car Maintenance

New drivers have likely heard about recommended maintenance. However, more experienced drivers may forget to tell them about preventative maintenance. Taking a few minutes out of your week for maintenance can help prevent future problems.

  • Owner’s Manual – Reading a boring manual isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, but the owner’s manual is the literal guide to your vehicle. Learning everything you need to know is pertinent to most owners. Drivers should at least find the manufacturer-recommended service schedule and mark the page for future reference.
  • Windshield Wiper – Windshield wipers should be replaced every six months as a general rule of thumb. A new set is relatively inexpensive, and it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to install. New wipers offer optimized visibility during rain and snow. Increased safety comes cheap when it comes to new windshield wipers. Consult your owner’s manual for specific installation instructions.
  • Engine Air Filter – Regularly replacing the engine air filter is a necessity for every vehicle. The owner’s manual will tell you how many miles or months should pass between each new filter. Consider asking a dealership to give the air filter a good look during your next service appointment.

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles have a few preventative car maintenance tips that could prove useful to both new and experienced drivers- come in and see us if you have any other questions!