“Vehicles need to be in shape for the summer travel season,” said Pat Dougherty, Vice President of Sales and Product Development at Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “Preventive maintenance keeps vehicles on the road longer and saves customers money in the long run.”
Belts, Hoses and Filters
Replacing damaged belts and hoses prevents breakdowns and serious engine damage. With Mopar quality-tested belts and hoses, you can expect the perfect fit and performance for your new car. A new and properly-functioning fuel filter keeps the engine running at peak performance and improves fuel economy.
Monitor tire pressure (Don’t forget the spare!) to ensure your tires are properly inflated for the climate. Also look for wear on the tread and sidewall. If there is excessive damage or irregular wear, schedule a service appointment for new tires.
Brake dust buildup can damage drums or rotors, so inspect the shoes, pads, calipers, brake hardware, fittings, and parking brake.
Check engine oil often and replace it on a regular basis, as recommended in your car’s owner’s manual. Dirty and low oil affects engine performance and can lead to bigger problems.
Oil isn’t the only fluid that need checked regularly. Look at steering wheel, windshield wiper, and antifreeze fluids, as well as the others, to make sure the tanks are full and they are functioning properly.
Check back on the Rothrock blog for part two of this checklist from Mopar!