Paying attention to your owner’s manual is a key to preventive maintenance or keeping a regular recommended schedule with Nissan of Silsbee. Regardless of the vehicle you drive, your regular maintenance schedule is important. There are ways you can save serious money on car repair by actively being aware of what is needed to be done & inspected.
Feel free to contact your service team at Nissan of Silsbee!
DO YOUR OWN INSPECTION! Very basic and easy to do. Give your vehicle a look over periodically to catch anything that looks out of the ordinary. Here are some tips that you can use to help maintain your vehicle, save money & keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely.
Ensure your blinker, brake, high beam, low beam, hazards, reverse & interior lights operate fully.
CHECK TIRE PRESSUE
Are you checking the tire pressure every month or so? Purchase a cheap air tire gauge.
This is good for your tires, gets you better mileage & saves you money in gas if you discover any air pressure that is off.
Listening to odd strange sounds from inside the car or even outside the car!
Enough tread? Look for wear indicators on the tire treads or certain areas that have more wear compared to the other side of the tire.
If you don’t know how to check your fluids, your owner’s manual can provide you step by step instructions or contact your local dealership & request an appointment for one of the service techs to educate you on how to properly check your fluids.
Antifreeze, Power steering, coolant or even your wiper fluid are great starting points of ensuring your safety & longevity of your vehicle.
INSPECT YOUR TIMING & SERPENTINE BELTS
As you may have heard from many others that you can replace your timing belt every 60,000 miles & your serpentine belt replaced every 40,000 miles. Your OWNERS MANUAL will offer the correct mileage specifically for your vehicle. Your mechanic at Nissan of Silsbee can help you with the actual recommendation. Waiting and not bothering with inspecting those belts can cause you to be stranded broke down & damage your vehicle which could have been prevented.
OIL OIL OIL!
Check your oil & get it changed regularly. Regardless if you have a digital gauge / electronic gauge you still need to know how to check the oil level using the dip stick. Contacting your service tech at Nissan of Silsbee can help you check the oil levels by know how to manually check.
Every vehicle is different with the recommended oil changes. Contact Nissan of Silsbee to ensure you have a preventative maintenance schedule specifically for your vehicle.
CHECK YOUR BATTERY
Even though batteries these days don’t require much maintenance but it is always good to know how to check for:
Mineral or other buildups on the post of the battery & know how to clean it off properly
Purchase a cheap battery tester, jump starter & a wire brush to have in your car at all times.
Don’t wait until you can barely see through your windshield as this is dangerous! Windshield wipers are inexpensive.
Clean the inside & outside of the windshield to improve your visibility
There are 2 air filters that can be checked & easily replaced.
Cabin Air Filter – Replacing this one is very easy to keep your vehicle comfortable! This is not a critical part of your vehicle’s operation but it is super easy & makes the ride more pleasant including not having to pay someone else to do it for you.
Engine Air Filter – This one may be a little tricky but don’t worry. Replacing it is important. Your OWNER MANUAL will provide you with the mileage estimate for how frequently you should replace your engine filter. If you are unable to get it contact a service tech at Nissan of Silsbee to get it changed.
TIRE ROTATION, ALIGNMENT & BALANCE!
To make sure your tires wear evenly & your vehicle drives smoothly down the road, you can easily make them last longer with getting your tires rotated, aligned & balanced. This also makes the ride more comfortable as you don’t want to struggle driving straight down the road.
CHECK YOUR SPARK PLUGS
Checking your spark plugs regularly for any buildup or wear can cause your engine to not work efficiently which then cost money in fuel & being stranded on the road. Checking & replacing them is a very simple task as much as it sounds like a challenge. You can also easily contact your service tech at Nissan of Silsbee to have them inspected or replaced.