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Basic Automotive Maintenance

Jiffy Lube is a franchise that has been providing oil changes, regular checkups and other types of routine maintenance services in 2,000 shops across the U.S. since 1971. The staff at Jiffy Lube know the manufacturers’ specifications for all makes and models, and they will use the right types of oil and filters for your vehicle. Set your browser to JiffyLubeofWNC.com for a more specific look at the types of services Jiffy Lube offers at its Henderson & Brevard branch.

Basic Automotive Maintenance

Basic automotive maintenance will probably help add years to your motor vehicle’s life and may even be able to save you money at the gas pump. Here are the things you should be doing on a regular basis:

  • Checking your fluid levels: Even if you never learn to change your own oil, it’s a good idea to know how to use your dipstick to check your oil level. It’s also smart to keep an eye out on your coolant, antifreeze and power steering fluid levels.
  • Changing your oil: Your owner’s manual will tell you how often your oil needs to be changed as well as the type of oil that is optimal for your vehicle.
  • Checking your tires: Air pressure gauges aren’t expensive; buy one, and learn how to use it. You should be checking your tire pressure on a monthly basis and filling your tires to the pressure specified by your vehicle’s manufacturer if tire pressure seems to be low. Keep an eye on your tire tread as well, especially if you have been putting a lot of miles on your vehicle. Many tires these days are manufactured with tire wear indicators that can help you determine when the unit needs to be replaced.
  • Changing your timing belt: Your timing belt is the engine component that helps ensure your valves open and close at the right times so that engine power is optimized. Timing belts need to be replaced at regular intervals. While every automobile manufacturer has a different set of specifications, the basic rule of thumb calls for replacing your timing belt every 60,000 miles.