Routine oil changes and regularly checking your oil level and tire pressure will make your car last.
Once upon a time, when you wanted gas, you went to a service station where they not only filled your tank, they checked your oil level and tire pressure and cleaned your windshield. You can still get that kind of service if you go to one of the few full-service stations left in the world. Otherwise, you have to do those chores yourself. And, let’s face it, just how often do you even THINK of checking your oil level or tire pressure much less actually doing it? If you’re like most of us, it’s never. Or at least not often.
And that’s bad for your car. Performing a regular oil change and regularly checking the oil level and tire pressure are three of the best things you can do help prevent major engine repairs and make your tires last.
As for your oil level, it needs to be checked every few hundred miles, says cartalk.com. Cartalk.com says you should tell your auto mechanic if you regularly find your oil level is low. That could be an indication of a leak or an engine that’s burning oil. Both of those are signs you might be in for some major engine trouble.
“At some point, every engine starts to burn oil. Get in the habit of checking the oil from time to time, and you just might avoid having your engine melt down one day,” cartalk.com says.
And you need a regular oil change – how often depends on the recommendation in your owner’s manual and how you drive. Fail to do that and “your engine won't last as long as it could. Oil serves many crucial functions, and clean oil performs those functions better than dirty oil. Oil is relatively cheap, and changing your oil [regularly] is a very cheap insurance policy against major repairs down the road,” cartalk.com says.
Maintaining the correct pressure is as important for tires as regular oil changes are for your engine.
“Air pressure is the lifeblood of any tire, as well as being about the only thing about a tire that the driver can actually change! … Far too few drivers … pay as much attention to their tire pressure as they should,” tires.about.com says. “Air pressure maintenance is actually one of the most important repeating maintenance items on your car. Proper air maintenance will give better gas mileage, avoid irregular wear and extend the life of your tires by thousands of miles. If it's not part of your maintenance routine – and for millions of drivers, it's not – you really should be trying to make it at least a monthly item.”
If you’re not one of those drivers who already checks tire pressure and the oil level and gets oil changes on a regular basis, it’s not likely you’re going to become one - kind of like those New Year’s resolutions to go on a diet or get fit. But unlike those New Year’s resolutions, you don’t actually have to do these car care chores yourself. You can have Twin Tire and Auto Care do these and more. Twin Tire has been the most trusted auto care and tire sales shop in the Metairie-New Orleans area for more than 41 years.
It won’t take long and with three locations – Harvey, Hammond and Marrero – you can easily stop by on your way to the Louisiana Children’s Museum today. We service all types of cars and light trucks: gas-powered, hybrid, diesel and electric. (We also have a location in Harahan for heavy trucks.) While you’re there, ask about our January special of a $25 gift certificate to use whatever way you want (except on a conventional oil change). It’s good through Jan. 31.