New Years Automotive Checklist

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New Years Automotive Checklist

It's a new year! There's so much to do. Errands to run, getting ready for back to school after Christmas vacation, and so much more! We're hoping this list will help you check off a few things from your list and help you make sure your vehicle is well-maintained throughout the year.


1.TIRES Let's take a look at the tires. Do they still have enough tread to probably last you throughout the year? If not, now would be a good time to budget and plan on buying a set sometime throughout the year. Tires can be expensive, but without a good set on your car, truck, or suv, you could end up causing a lot of damage to your vehicle, or even to yourself.


2. OIL If your oil was recently changed, then it's probably ok, but I would check it while you're making sure everything else is in good condition. However, if your oil hasn't been changed in a while, it definitely needs to be checked. If you don't know how or don't have time, schedule an appointment at your local service center. It doesn't take long and gives you the peace of mind knowing your motor is well lubricated.


3. COOLANT Engine coolant changes with the seasons; however, make sure that your coolant is ready for whatever winter weather we still may have in store and make a plan for approximately when to change it for spring/summer. You do not want to cause your engine to freeze up and start overheatting. This can cause damage to the motor and radiator and so much more.


4. BRAKE PADS Brake pads are among the most important parts of your vehicle. If they are wearing down, it's best to get them replaced sooner rather than later. Even if they don't need replaced just yet, let's go ahead and budget those in for the year.


5. WASHER FLUID While you're under the hood, let's go ahead and check your washer fluid. The pollen will be back before we know it and there is nothing more annoying than being out of washer fluid with a windshield full of pollen.


6. INSPECTION When is your inspection due? Every year we have to pay for inspection and taxes on our vehicle. Let's go ahead and see when that needs to be done and come up with a budget plan so that it's not a surprise expense when the letter comes in the mail.


7. LIGHTS Unless someone tells us, we typically can't tell that we have a break light or turn signal out. It only takes a few seconds to see if all of your lights are working properly. Plus, this is required to pass inspection, so let's go ahead and get those fixed ahead of time.


These are just some of the things that we recommend. There other things you can check or have your mechanic check. If you are located in the Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, or Lexington area, bring your vehicle to Webber Automotive for all of your service needs.