Three Basic Car Checks at Home

As schools are starting across Greenville, the team of certified technicians at our auto repair shop wanted to provide a quick car care course for you!

1. Visual check.
Walk around the car and do a quick visual inspection. Check that your lights are working – you can’t see if a taillight is out while driving, so get out to check periodically. It’s important so you can see while driving, and so other drivers can see you! Check for dents, scratches, or other damage that might lead to rust or other problems. Look under the hood for anything out of the ordinary, like pooling fluids, corrosion, dirt or grime. If you do this regularly, it will be easier to identify changes under the hood.

2. Warning lights.
Never ignore a warning light. When you first turn on your vehicle, all of the lights on the dashboard should come on briefly. This “bulb check” lets you make sure all of the lights are working appropriately. If a warning light appears while you’re driving, check your owner’s manual to look up its meaning. While some serve as reminders for regular maintenance, warning lights could indicate a bigger problem that should be addressed right away.

3. Fluids.
Engine oil isn’t the only fluid vital to car performance! Transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and even windshield washer fluid should be checked often too. Know your car – look under the hood and check your fluid levels regularly, we recommend once a month. Check the color (dirty is bad) and level (low indicates a leak). If you make checking your fluids a part of your regular car care routine, you can catch many threats before they become a big problem.

When it comes to taking care of your vehicle, the best thing you can do is catch potential problems early! These three steps will help you monitor the condition of your vehicle.

At the first sign of an issue, bring your car to Meister Import Motors for an inspection. Our experienced technicians will take a closer look at your vehicle and recommend any needed maintenance to keep your family safe on the roads in Greenville.

Call our auto repair shop at 920.757.5543 or request an appointment online.