Keep Your Car In Tip Top Shape In 3 Easy Ways

Your vehicle is probably one of the most important things you own. In today’s time, owning a vehicle determines the number of factors. How you get to work, take your kids to school, and even holiday road trips are all dependable on a properly running vehicle. For these reasons, it is important to stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance. This way you’re certain that your vehicle’s safety, performance, and reliability is not at risk. Not to mention it will also save you from pricey repairs! Here is a complete and easy 3 step guide to servicing your vehicle!

1. Take A Detailed Look At Your Vehicle – The first step to making sure your vehicle is running okay is taking a look at it before you hit the road. Take a more detailed look at all the parts and components of your vehicle. Make sure these things are on your inspection checklist: fuel economy, oil levels, cleaning the brake dust off of your wheels, checking tire pressure, checking tread depth, making sure all of your lights are working, and making everything under the hood looks okay.

2. Know What Your Light Indicators Mean – Knowing what your light indicators mean can save you from a huge car trouble headache. Here are some of the most crucial indicators to look out for.

Check Engine Light: Address this light indicator immediately! This light shows that there is an issue with the components of your vehicle’s motor of which is aligned with sensors attached to and monitored by the vehicle’s OBD-II interface. There are over 400 codes that could cause your check engine light to turn on. If you don’t have an OBD scanner at home, come over to Planet Dodge for a full test done by professionals.

Service Engine Light: This light indicator lets you know that your vehicle needs to be serviced or is past due to its scheduled service. The meaning of this light should also be included in your vehicle’s manual.

ABS Warning Light: Do NOT ignore this light, it is very dangerous! This light warns drivers that there is a problem with your anti-lock braking system which keeps your vehicle stable and in control of sudden stops. It is important to address this light indicator as soon as possible to avoid an unwanted tragedy.

Coolant Warning Light: This light indicator shows you that your vehicle is overheating! You should pull over and wait until your vehicle has cooled down all the way. Avoid opening the radiator cap at all times because it is very dangerous given the cooling system is actually highly pressurized.

3. Stay On Top Of Your Vehicle’s Maintenance With Technology – Know exactly when and what your vehicle needs servicing right from your smartphone! There are apps that give you an insight into service records, upcoming maintenance, mileage history, and a lot more convenient features. Here is a list of the apps to use for staying up to date on your car service: aCar, AutoCare, Car Maintenance Reminder, Car Minder Plus, and Road Trip!

You don’t have to be an expert to facilitate your own vehicle maintenance. Learn how to properly jump start a car all on your own!  Or, visit the awesome Planet Dodge full-service center for a highly trained group of car pros on your next maintenance or service check. We offer amazing deals and guaranteed customer service satisfaction!

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