Under the Hood

Your car needs a checkup too

November 18, 2009
VP of Fixed Operations, Craig Tegenkamp and myself

VP of Fixed Operations, Craig Tegenkamp and myself

Think about this … since you were a baby, it is a common understanding that in order to stay healthy it is essential to have annual physicals. Why should it be any different with your vehicle? You should treat your vehicle as an extension of you! As important as it is for you to have regular checkups, the same goes for your car. But what maintenance should you have done regularly? I asked Craig Tegenkamp, the Vice President of Fixed Operations for McCarthy Auto Group, just that. Here’s the top 5 regular “checkups” he suggested:
  • Oil change: Every make and model varies in terms of how often you should get an oil change, but it’s always good to go off a general rule. For GM vehicles, Tegenkamp said you should have a minimum of one oil change a year and for import vehicles, every 3000-5000 miles, or two a year.
  • Tire pressure, rotation and alignment: You should check your tire pressure after every fill up, Tegenkamp says. And here’s something cool I found out: Every car has a sticker on the inside of the door: Check it out! It will tell you exactly what your tire pressure should be. Tire rotations should be done every 7000 miles according to Tegenkamp.
  • Fluids: Transmission, anti-freeze, coolant, engine oil, windshield wiper fluid…All these fluids should be flushed at appropriate times. All will vary. Just make sure you get regular checkups.
  • Fuel injectors: These should be flushed out every 30,000 miles, Tegenkamp says. Helps with fuel economy! Who doesn’t love that!
  • Brakes: Most cars have sensors on there brake pads. If you start to hear a screeching noise while driving, it’s time to get em checked out!
I want to help you get your car questions answered. Submit a service-related questions via my contact page and you may see your question answered by an expert technician on this site!
located on the inside of drivers side door

Check your own tire pressure...

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