Chevy Maintenance Tips
Tips for Maintaining Your Chevy
Your Chevy is capable of lasting for decades if you take good care of it. Learning some maintenance tips will ensure you get the value out of your vehicle. Whether you drive a car, truck, or SUV, the same rules apply. At Puklich Chevrolet, we’re here to offer you some tips to ensure you’re doing everything you can for your Chevy.
Keep Your Car Clean Inside and Out
A clean car makes a big difference. Not only will it look better, but it can also smell better and even perform better. An interior clean will help to eliminate odors. It will also help you to protect the various interior materials. For example, wiping the leather down periodically will add moisture so that it doesn’t crack under the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Washing the exterior regularly will remove dirt and debris. It will protect the clear coat and paint on your Chevy. Too much dirt and mud can also create drag. It makes your car lack the aerodynamics that it needs to help with your fuel efficiency and overall performance.
Only you can decide how often the interior and exterior should be cleaned. At the very least, you should be cleaning the exterior once a month – and more frequently if you drive through a lot of dirt roads or encounter a lot of bugs.
Schedule Preventative Maintenance
All sorts of preventative maintenance should be performed to keep your systems running at peak levels.
Some of the services you should be focusing on include:
- Oil changes
- Filter replacements
- Tire rotations
- Transmission flushes
- Brake inspections
Your systems experience a lot of wear and tear. With preventative maintenance, systems are inspected to find out if there are problems. Many problems can be caught early on so that you don’t have to endure breakdowns.
Oil changes help to keep the oil flowing through the engine clean. Filter replacements keep air and other fluids clean so that your engine runs efficiently throughout the year.
Top off Fluids
There are all sorts of fluids in your Chevy. Over time, the fluids start to deplete. When you run out of fluids, you can encounter various problems. When you bring your Chevy to us for preventative maintenance, we can top them all off. However, you can top off many on your own, too.
Windshield washer fluid helps to keep your windshields clean and bug-free. Coolant helps to prevent your Chevy from overheating. Brake fluid ensures you’re able to get the hydraulic pressure needed to brake. Even power steering fluid should be topped off – it’s what allows you to steer easier.
Use the Right Fuel
The fuel that you use in your Chevy matters. It’s not just as simple as diesel versus unleaded, either. Look in your owner’s manual to find out what type of fuel you should be using. One of the most common misconceptions is that increasing the octane is a “treat” for your vehicle. If you use a 93 octane in a vehicle designed for 87, you make the engine work harder. Similarly, if you use too low of an octane, you can be hurting the engine.
Pay attention to the fuel you use at the pump so that your Chevy performs the way that it should.
Maintain the Right Tire Pressure
Did you know that your tire pressure can change from day to day? When it’s hotter or colder than normal, your tires’ PSI can change. You will want to familiarize yourself with the recommended PSI. This is usually found within the door jamb on the driver’s side of your Chevy.
With a simple tire pressure gauge, you can find out what the current pressure is. Then, simply add or remove air to get the right pressure. When your tires are at the proper PSI, it will offer a smoother ride and help you with fuel efficiency, too.
Whether you need to schedule preventative maintenance, shop for new tires, or even want to shop the latest Chevy models, we’re here for you. At Puklich Chevrolet, we can help you get the most out of your vehicle. Call to make an appointment or stop in during our operating hours today.