The Student Guide to Car Maintenance

When you’re a student, taking care of your vehicle might not seem like a top priority – but it should be. Here, we’ve put together a quick guide to car maintenance that will help you stay o top of your vehicle’s care.

Keep track of your dashboard lights. Your dashboard lights are there for a reason – to let you know when there’s an issue with your vehicle. If your Check Engine light comes on, then you should bring your vehicle into the shop right away. For those lights that you’re not sure about, check your owner’s manual – it should have a guide to what each indicator means.

Check your tires. Your tires are essential to keeping you safe – after all, they’re the only thing between you and the road. Regularly check your tire pressure and make sure that the tread isn’t balding or wearing unevenly.

Don’t forget routine maintenance. Regular oil changes and tire rotations are necessary to keep your car running smoothly. Make sure you take your car in for its oil change on a regular basis, and have all your fluid levels checked while you’re at it.

Clean your car regularly. If dirt builds up over time, corrosion and rust can occur. That’s why it’s important to take your vehicle to the car wash regularly. Also, make sure you clean the inside, too. It will hold up much better over time if you do.

If you think there’s something wrong with your car, or you know it need maintenance, contact the service department at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac.

What Do these Warning Lights Mean?

If you have ever stressed out over a new warning light, we are here to help. Here are some of the most common indicators and what those warning lights mean.

Check Engine

Nearly everyone recognizes the dreaded Check Engine light. Depending on the light, it could be something as simple as a loose or missing gas cap to something much more catastrophic. If it’s a steady glow, then it’s not as serious and you can schedule a visit to the mechanic in the near future. If it’s flashing, it’s serious and you should stop right there and call a tow truck.

Coolant Temperature

When this light turns on, it means you engine is getting too hot. It could indicate low coolant, a coolant leak, problem with the radiator, or a broken fan.

Battery

This battery symbol means the voltage level has fallen below normal operating levels. Check your battery to make sure all cables are properly connected.

Oil Pressure

When you see a picture of an oil can, your vehicle has detected a loss in oil pressure. Don’t wait: you need to check your oil level as soon as possible. Driving your car with little to no oil can result in major engine damage.

Tire Pressure

If one or more of your tires is running low on air pressure, this light will turn on. When you see it, refill your tires with air as soon as you can.

Warning lights are never fun, but knowing what each one means will help you determine if it’s a car emergency or you just need a tune up. If you have any questions about warning lights or other systems, don’t hesitate to call or visit us at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac. We’ll be glad to answer any questions or help maintain your car.