Car Maintenance Tips for College Students

As a busy college student, you need your car to get to campus, work and other activities. Whatever you use it for, your vehicle must be in good condition to get you where you need to go safely. Thankfully, taking care of your car doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Make car maintenance easy by bringing it to Irish Mike’s Total Car Care for service.

Car Maintenance Checklist

We’ve compiled some of the best vehicle maintenance tips to help you care for your car.

1. Oil Changes

You should change your oil about every 5,000 miles to keep your car in good condition. Changing your oil helps filter out debris and keeps your engine properly lubricated, preventing it from wearing out or overheating.

2. Tire Pressure

Proper tire inflation helps you drive safely and reduces wear on your tires. You’ll know your tire pressure is low if the tire feels soft and squishy. If your car doesn’t have a tire pressure monitoring system, you can use a pressure gauge to ensure they’re at the ideal pressure specified in your owner’s manual.

3. Light Check

Your car’s lights — including headlights, brake lights and turn lights — are crucial to your visibility on the road. Check them regularly to ensure no bulbs are broken or burnt out. You can also remove dirt and grime with a simple cleaning solution to give you the best visibility at night.

4. Windshield Wipers

Check your windshield wipers regularly and change them about every six months to ensure you get good visibility in snowy and rainy conditions. If your wipers aren’t moving rain and snow off your windshield or they’re leaving behind streaks, it may be time to replace them.

5. Brakes

Reliable brakes is one of the most important elements of car safety. You should have your brakes checked regularly by an automotive professional during an inspection or oil change.

6. Car Battery

Over time, your car battery can start to corrode and lose its charge. If you’re having issues starting your car, it could be a sign of a bad battery. You can visually inspect your battery to check for rust and leaks.

7. Tire Rotations

Worn tires with too little tread can’t grip the road, which could cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Getting your tires rotated ensures they wear evenly and can extend their service life, saving you time and money.

Contact Irish Mike’s Total Car Care for Vehicle Maintenance

Regular maintenance is crucial to keeping your car in good condition. Besides the above tips, it’s essential to clean your car’s interior and exterior to prevent damage and maintain a good resale value.

The automotive professionals at Irish Mike’s Total Car Care are happy to review the items on your maintenance checklist during an inspection or regular oil change. We’ll identify any possible issues and get them resolved in a quick, cost-effective manner.

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