June 26th, 2015 by

Key Maintenance Checks for Your Vehicle

At Berlin City Kia in Vermont, our highly trained service department team will keep records of maintenance performed on your car to eliminate the guesswork out of what’s needed at what time to keep your vehicle up and running smoothly for many years.

If you live in or around Essex Junction, Burlington, South Burlington, Williston, Winooski, Shelburne, or Colchester, just stop by Berlin City Kia, make an appointment online or call us, and we’ll get you scheduled at your earliest possible convenience.

Basic Service Needs Of Your Vehicle

Some people just don’t have the time to keep up with their car’s needs, but if you know just the basics about key maintenance checks for your car, you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run by avoiding costly repairs because your car’s regular service needs were neglected. Here are some of the key service needs every vehicle needs:

Regular oil changes: One of the most important things you can do keep your car in good shape is to have the oil and filters changed regularly. Some automotive technicians recommend changing the oil every 2,000-3,000 miles, but you can safely drive a bit longer than that if you’re not too rough on your car. However, you should definitely change your oil, or have it changed, at least every 5,000 miles.

If you want to check your oil yourself, you should do your homework first. Your oil should be relatively clean but have a dark color once it runs through your engine. You should regularly check your oil level keep it maintained between the minimum and maximum fill lines. It’s not a bad idea to keep some motor oil in your car just in case you’re on a long trip and need to add oil between service stations.

Under the hood checks: You don’t have to be a master mechanic to make some simple under-the-hood vehicle checks. You can check the fluid levels of your antifreeze, coolant, brake, power steering and transmission on your own, and you can also check the condition of your belts and hoses. We recently posted a blog about how to check belts and hoses that will be of great help to you.

Battery check: Be aware of how old your car’s battery is and replace it every five years or so. If you notice your car is not starting easily, it could be a sign that your battery needs to be replaced. You can have your battery’s charge and water level checked right here at Berlin City Kia, and remember that most batteries come with comprehensive warranties. The friendly folks at Berlin City will explain all warranties that come with your car at the time of service or purchase, so if you live in or around Essex Junction, Burlington, South Burlington, Williston, Winooski, Shelburne, or Colchester, be sure to leave your vehicle’s needs in our capable hands.

Tire check: Be sure to check the tread and inflation of your tires on a regular basis. Worn tires should be replaced as it is very dangerous to drive on tires with no tread. Under and over-inflated tires can make stopping difficult and can even cause blowouts without any warning.

The best way to ensure your car is in tip-top condition is to have it serviced regularly at Berlin City Kia, serving Essex Junction, Burlington, South Burlington, Williston, Winooski, Shelburne, Colchester and surrounding areas.

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