A little preventative maintenance will help your car last longer and retain more of its value. Plus, it will save you time and money on repairs. Below are a few simple car maintenance tips to help. Feel free to print out and use our basic car maintenance checklist as a helpful reminder to follow each month.
Car Maintenance Tips
Read your car owner’s manual.
This is the first and perhaps the most important step to proper car maintenance. Your manual contains all the information specific to your car’s maintenance as well as safety precautions.
Follow your car maintenance schedule.
Your car’s brakes, air filter, timing belt, spark plugs and other parts must be regularly serviced or replaced at certain intervals. Following a regular maintenance schedule will help keep your car running its best and prevent more costly problems in the long term. The automotive professionals at our Ultra Service Centers can help keep your car maintenance on track.
Keep all fluids clean and at the proper levels.
Motor oil lubricates and cools your car’s engine. If the oil is low or dirty, the engine heats up, which makes it wear out faster and put out more pollution. Check your owner’s manual to find out how often to change your oil and what kind of oil to use. It’s also important to regularly check your transmission fluid, coolant and windshield wiper fluid.
Use the recommended grade of motor oil and gasoline
Not only is this better for your engine, but you can improve your gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil. It's also important to make sure you are choosing the right fuel for your car.
Keep tires properly inflated.
Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. Plus, you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure.
Wash and wax your vehicle regularly.
Not only does washing and waxing your car make it look great, but it helps keep the car finish shiny and protected from corrosion.
Keep your engine tuned.
Cars need regular check-ups to fix any problems before they become serious. Generally a well maintained car lasts longer, gets better gas mileage and causes less pollution. Sunoco offers a FREE 12,000-mile/12-month warranty with services performed at any Ultra Service Center. Find more about our products and services.