Basic Car Maintenance Knowledge

 
We know that no matter how well you take care of your car, lots of different circumstances outside of your control can cause trouble. That is why it is important to know how to properly work on and service your vehicle. If you service your car, truck, or crossover correctly, then it should be back in top form in no time. With that said, working on your vehicle the right way is a task that is easier said than done. In order to help you out, the Shults Service Team has assembled a list of common service areas and procedures that you might encounter and how to execute these procedures properly. 

How to Tell When Your Vehicle Needs to be Serviced


Before you can even work on repairing your vehicle, you need to properly identify when it is appropriate to do so. If you work on your vehicle too often, then you are taking up precious time. On the other hand, if you hold out on repairing your vehicle, it can cause irreversible damage to your ride. That's why it is so essential to keep an eye out for tell-tale signs that you need to service your vehicle. Such signs can include difficulty with getting the vehicle to start properly or occasional stalling while driving the vehicle. Signs like these are a good indicator that the time has come for some vehicle repair. 

How to Check Under Your Vehicle's Hood


Let's say that you can tell that the problem with your vehicle lies under its hood. Engine problems are not only some of the most common vehicle issues, but some of the most detrimental as well. Before you can start working on any engineer repairs, you must first lift up the hood of your vehicle. In order to properly do so, first you must search for the hood release. Once you locate it, carefully activate the hood release in order to lift up on the vehicle's hood. Once the hood has been lifted, use the rod connected to it in order to properly secure the hood in place. Now that the hood is set in place, you can focus on those engine repairs. 

How to Use a Vehicle Jack


However, let's say that the issue with your vehicle lies with the tires. Without those four rubber tires working right, you won't be going anywhere fast. If you do need to switch out one of you current tires with a spare, you will first need to utilize your vehicle's jack to lift the vehicle off of the ground. Once you have lifted the vehicle off of the ground, it is important to utilize jack stands to keep your vehicle stable and situated. Once you are done performing any tire repairs, carefully remove those jack stands and lower your vehicle back onto the ground. 

How to Add Air to Tires


Sometimes, the problems with your tires don't require you to use a jack at all. The problem is often with a lack of tire pressure. This is a quick fix for drivers, as it is simple to add air to your tires if you do so correctly. Using a tire gauge will give you an idea of how much air to add to each tire. Once you are ready to add air to your tires, carefully remove the cap from the tire valve and insert the air hose. Once you think that the right amount of air has been added to each tire, use the tire gauge once again to make sure. 
If you think you've mastered these basic service tips, check out our DIY Maintenance page for more tips on how to best take care of your car. Don't forget to visit our Shults Resale Parts Center for all the parts you need for your DIY project. Of course, if all of this is over your head, our helpful service staff are more than willing to schedule an appointment that fits with your schedule. Thanks for choosing Shults Resale!
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