Three Tips for DIY Car Maintenance in New Territory

But that doesn't mean you should ignore your car between visits to Christian Brothers. The three items listed below should be checked regularly to maintain your car's performance.

1. Windshield Wipers

Old windshield wipers can quickly escalate the danger level that is associated with driving in a rainstorm. As a car owner, you should probably be replacing your wipers every six to twelve months, depending on how much you drive. If you are looking for an indication if your wipers need to be replaced, listen for squeaking, skipping, or streaking sounds. You should be able to install new wipers in only a few minutes.

2. Tire Pressure

An important tool in anyone's glovebox is a tire gauge. The DMV recommends that you should check your tire pressure at least every other week. (A convenient time to do this would be when you fill up your car with gas.) To learn what pressure your tires should be, look in your owner's manual. If more air is needed, you should be able to find an air compressor at a local gas station that just costs a few cents to use.

3. Lights

Because we're always inside our cars while they are operating, a broken light bulb can often go unnoticed for quite some time. Take a few minutes and check your headlights, brake lights, and turn signals with the assistance of a friend or family member. If you notice one isn't working, you can find the right replacement at a local auto parts store and make the change in under 15 minutes. Or you can drop by Christian Brothers and have us handle the replacement for you.

What are you waiting for? Get outside and go check these items on your vehicle now! Knowing that your tires, wipers, and lights are working can go a long way to helping you feel better about driving in New Territory.