- Posted by Sanderson Lincoln
- On January 19, 2018
A new year is a perfect time for new beginnings. Gyms everywhere are overflowing with people who have resolved to take better care of their health in 2018. Skip the line for the treadmill, and come in for some fast service at Sanderson Lincoln instead. You don’t need a new wave diet to keep your car healthy, all you have to do is set a few easy goals.
Get Your Oil Changed
On average, American drivers put 10,000 to 15,000 on their primary vehicle each year. While older cars come with a recommendation for an oil change every 3,000 miles, some newer vehicles can go more like 5,000 or even 7,500 miles before an oil change is required. Your owner’s manual will be able to tell you how often you should change your oil, and you can also find out online or by asking a professional mechanic. Regular oil changes keep your engine well lubricated, and going too long without an oil change can lead to excessive wear and tear. We at Sanderson employ expert technicians who can change your oil quickly and make sure your engine stays healthy for years to come.
Replace Your Windshield Wipers
Although the weather in Phoenix is dry and doesn’t require frequent use of windshield wipers, it’s still important to get them changed regularly. When it does rain, you’ll need wipers that are in good enough condition to remain effective. Worn down wipers can’t clear the windshield off but it also, and the reduced visibility makes driving much more dangerous.
You can contact our service center to schedule an appointment, and we’ll quickly replace your wipers for you. Alternatively, if you prefer to change your wipers yourself, you can order parts online, at your local auto body shop, or Lincoln service center. If you’re replacing your windshield wipers, make sure you get the correct sizes before you buy. Different makes and models require different lengths of wiper blades. Don’t forget about the rear wiper blade if your vehicle needs one.
Get Regular Tire Care and Maintenance
It’s important to keep an eye on your tire’s pressure and the depth of the tread to make sure you’re getting promptly grip on the road. As a rule, tire pressure can change 2% with as little as a 10-degree swing in temperature. This means that tire pressure can fluctuate rapidly with the hot, arid climate experienced in Phoenix most of the year. We recommend checking in with your tire pressure at least once a month if your car doesn’t have built-in tire pressure sensors. Even if the tread and pressure looks okay, keep in mind that tires will wear differently depending on where they are on the car. Get them rotated regularly to ensure that they don’t become too uneven.
Test and Clean Your Vehicle’s Battery
Most car batteries last for four to six years, and it’s far better to replace it proactively before it becomes a problem. A dead battery can be a nightmare because it renders your entire car inoperable. Even in the best case scenario, it will make you late, but at worst it could leave you stranded somewhere in the Arizona heat.
If you’re not well-versed in automotive care, we at Sanderson are happy to take a look at your battery for you. We’ll look at the battery itself, and also check your connections, terminals, and cables. If you decide to clean up your battery yourself, make sure you have all the proper supplies to keep yourself safe and make sure the process is successful.
Learn How To Clean and Detail Your Car
Keeping your car neat and tidy can be an ongoing challenge, but the difference is worth it. Clean up after spills as soon as you can, because it’s a lot harder once the stains set. Removing all trash from your car after every trip keeps your vehicle looking and smelling a lot fresher. Your commutes will be a lot more pleasant in a clean car.
It’s also important to keep the outside of your car clean. If you wait until your car looks like you’ve been off-roading, the filth is likely damaging the finish. Regular car washes and interior cleans will keep your vehicle presentable, and getting it detailed occasionally will take it over the top. You can get this done professionally, or learn how to do it yourself. Get into all the nooks and crannies with a vacuum, and even apply a layer of car wax to a newly cleaned exterior. Not only does this make your car much more attractive, but it also protects the resale value as well.
Follow the Manufacturer’s Recommended Maintenance Schedule
Your vehicle’s owner’s manual outlines a recommended maintenance schedule to prolong the life of the car. Most services are broken down by how many miles you should travel between scheduled service, and it’s critical to get professional maintenance in a timely manner. Not only will this make your car drive better for a longer time, it also protects you when it comes to the manufacturer’s warranty.
We at Sanderson perform a full range of car services, including your mileage-necessitated tune-ups. We’ll check in on your battery, spark plugs, fluids, belts, and hoses to make sure your vehicle is in top condition. A professional mechanic or service center can take care of these tasks quickly, and it can make all the difference to keep your vehicle running. The time and monetary cost of these maintenance visits are a small price to pay compared to investing in a whole new car when your current one
breaks down. If it’s already too late for that, minimize the pain of buying a new vehicle by using smart shopping tools online to find the best deals.
Schedule a Service Appointment at Sanderson Lincoln
Sanderson Lincoln has been serving the Phoenix community for years by offering top of the line products and services for reasonable prices. We offer great deals on sales, service, and parts to make ourselves a trusted partner for any driver. Check out our great service coupons and other specials to make sure you’re getting the best possible price on all your automotive needs. Contact us today with any questions or to schedule the maintenance you need for a healthy car in 2018.
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