Back to Basics: Car Care

In April we are celebrating car care month, and Royal Motors has put together a list of basic car care tips that will help you not only protect your second largest investment, but will help you be able to address minor repairs before they become more complicated, expensive repairs. Car care does not require any sophisticated understanding of vehicles or their systems. A few simple steps, some regular checks, and addressing issues promptly can greatly extend the life of your vehicle, making it safer and more dependable for you and your family.

CLEAN BRAKE DUST OFF REGULARLY: Brake dust contains all sorts of nasty stuff. If you leave it too long, the combination of road grime, moisture and heat from your brakes will bake it on to your wheels. With proper cleaning, polishing and protection you can decrease its negative impact on the surface of your vehicle’s wheels.

CHECK YOUR TIRES: No routine maintenance task is more important than keeping your tires properly inflated. Under-inflated tires wear faster, waste gas, and degrade your car’s handling. Check pressure at least once a month and before any long trip. The correct inflation pressure is printed on a placard usually found inside the driver’s door jamb, and it is sometimes printed on the inside of the glove-box or fuel-filler door.

  Worn wipers streak, making it hard to see clearly when driving during precipitation. Although not difficult to replace, they can be confusing so do not hesitate to ask us for help.

NOISE PROOF: Check the exhaust system. If you hear any exhaust noise, have the system checked for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous; correct them right away. You may be able to slide beneath an SUV or van and spot holes, cracks or broken hardware. Otherwise, ask your mechanic to check the system when the car is on the lift.

WASH YOUR CAR REGULARLY: Washing your car does more than make your vehicle look great. Every day our cars are subjected to sun, salt, grease and grime, acid rain, dead bugs, and worst of all, the acidic compound of bird waste. These things eat away your car’s paint, and once that’s gone, they will eat at the metal in your car. While failing to wash your car won’t result in immediate damage, over time the elements will corrode your vehicle, along with its potential resale value.

Always pay attention to changes in performance, such as diminished braking, acceleration, or steering abilities. Nipping problems in the bud can often prevent huge repair bills that result from ignoring the warning signs. Follow these basic tips and you’ll prolong the life of your car and stay safe if anything does break down. Also, remember to always consult your owner’s manual. And If you feel something is over your head, always remember Royal Motors is here to help. You can call us at 407.201.7950 or visit us at 1010 S. John Young Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34741.  We are your dealership alternative!