5 Common Car Maintenance Tasks You Should Not Avoid

It can be so easy to get complacent about car maintenance or to think that car problems won’t occur with your vehicle.  From wheel alignment to brake repairs and oil changes, there are Helwig Auto Cliniccertain car maintenance tasks that many people forget or totally ignore. 

1. Changing the Oil – Your Vehicle’s Lifeblood

Without oil, your vehicle would eventually seize up completely.  Oil keeps your engine alive, firing on all cylinders and keeps your car performing effectively for thousands of miles.  It’s so important that you listen to your engine and check your oil levels regularly.  At Helwig Auto, we offer oil change services and will ensure your engine is well lubricated and functioning perfectly. 

2. Brakes – Your First Line of Defense

Failing to arrange brake checks or brake repairs could be catastrophic if you need to stop in an emergency.  You never know what is around the next corner and it is important that your brakes are able to respond to your every move.  If you notice that your brakes are ‘spongy’, making a humming or scraping noise or are less responsive than usual, call Helwig Auto to arrange a brake check and any necessary brake repairs. 

3. Battery Maintenance – Avoid Total Vehicle Failure

The good news is that batteries today don’t need much in the way of maintenance, but we do advise a battery check at least once a year.  Many batteries indicate on the dashboard if they are malfunctioning, but with older vehicles, problems can all be down to guesswork.  If you are unsure whether your battery is in perfect working order, a quick check will put your mind at rest.  A dead battery could leave you high and dry by the side of the road or stuck at home when you should be out and about. 

4. Keeping Your Air Filter Squeaky Clean

One of the most common jobs we carry out at our auto repair shop is air filter changes.  A dirty or faulty air filter can cause damage to your vehicle’s engine and cause it to burn up more fuel.  We can arrange an air filter check and oil level check or change at your convenience. 

5. Under Pressure – Rotating and Inflating Tires

It is so important that you check tire pressure especially before a long road journey.  If your tires are not inflated correctly, they could wear down quicker or be less reliable on the road.  We can arrange a complete tire check and inflate and rotate them as necessary so that they wear evenly and give you the best value for money and safety. 

The One Car Maintenance Tip You Should Take Notice Of

At Helwig Auto we take care of all common car maintenance jobs, and some of the uncommon ones too!  If you are not confident about changing your oil, checking your tires or testing your battery, our experts can do it all for you and ensure your vehicle is roadworthy, safe and operating perfectly.  What’s more, we serve the entire Dane County, Mount Horeb and Madison area and would be happy to give you advice on common car maintenance issues.

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4 Responses to 5 Common Car Maintenance Tasks You Should Not Avoid

  1. Joe Woods says:

    Thanks for such a great post. It helped me like a Service Advisor . I will always keep these things in mind. Any more suggestion you wanna provide for an automobile?

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  3. Erik says:

    Thanks for the post. You bring up some good points about car maintenance. I find that tire maintenance is something that few car drivers ever actually want to handle but it’s one of the more important maintenance checks you can do and you’d think the brake checks would be understood but I find unless it’s something that actually has a limit (like an oil change can only last so many miles and you have a sticker to tell you how long) few people actually do it.

  4. Jessica says:

    Nice tips. My mother was always very good about changing her oil and doing the everyday maintenance of the car but she would always forget about her tires. Everytime I’d stop in she’d have a low front tire. I asked if she ever got them rotated or anything and eventually she admitted that she didn’t even know you had to do that. Tires are always the forgotten part of the vehicle even though they are so important.