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06/07/2016
If we were to compile a list of car myths and misconceptions, the number one item would be 'car maintenance is better left to the professionals'. While there are going to be instances where it is best to seek out the services of your preferred mechanic, when it comes to performing basic car maintenance, there is a lot that you can do yourself.

Performing a Synthetic Oil Change in Lynnwood Isn't the Only Task You Can Do

To get you started, your local AMSOIL dealer, Progressive Products, has put together a list of easy maintenance tasks that you can do to keep your car running smoother for longer.

Tires

Tires wear down depending on the type of driving and braking you perform, along with the terrain that you regularly drive on. Michelin suggests that a professional inspect your tires around every five years.  In between these visits, however, a basic at-home inspection can be of great benefit. Here's what to look for:
  • Cuts or chunks cut from your tires that suggest they need replacing
  • Ensure the tire pressure matches your user manual and your driving conditions
  • Look for any bald spots on the tread
  • Tires will include a tread wear indicator. If your tread is at this level, it's time to replace them
  • Check the condition of the valve and its cap

Fluid Levels

Now it's time to get your hands dirty. Lift the hood and check your fluid levels. While the most commonly known fluid would be your engine oil lubricant, there are other critical levels which you can also check:
  • General engine oil
  • Brake fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • Clutch or Transmission Fluid
  • Coolant
  • Washer soap/water
If you are unsure of the location of these containers throughout your engine, check your user manual for advice on your particular make and model. Don't be disheartened if you can't find them during your first try; it is all a learning experience, and once you find them, you won't have to consult your manual again. If you notice any of these levels are under the advised level, top them up immediately. If your engine oil isn't looking too healthy, it's time for an oil change. Don't subscribe to the 'I'll do it later' mentality as 'later' tends never to happen. A synthetic oil change can seem daunting, but the practicalities of it are simple. Once your engine has cooled down, place a tray under your oil tank to catch the oil. With safety gloves, unscrew the fastener and let the oil pour out into the tray. Keep in mind that this oil is likely to be very hot, so take measures to prevent injury. It can be difficult to know which fluid, particularly engine oil, is right for your car when you top up or even perform a full synthetic oil change in Lynnwood. Instead of taking a guess, speak with a professional AMSOIL oil dealer at Progressive Products at (425) 483-2582 to get friendly and expert advice on the right product for your needs.

Wiper Blades

If you don't use them frequently, it can be easy to forget about changing your wiper blades. However, it's when you are not using them that the damage occurs. As they are rubber, the sun and heat can cause them to dry out and crack. Not only does this prevent them from working when you do need them, but it's also bad news for your windshield as they can cause scratches and marks. Take a quick look at yours and if they have seen better days, replace them.

Don't Ignore the Daily Grind

Most brake pads used today will feature an audible sensor to let you know when they need replacing. If you can hear a grinding sound or even a squeak as you apply pressure to your brakes, this is your brake pads' way of telling you it's time. Instead of ignoring the sound, head to your local parts dealership and get a set of replacement brake pads. It only takes a few minutes to replace them and can be the difference between a relatively cost-effective self-maintenance activity and an expensive visit to the mechanic to replace your rotors.

Oil Filter

The purpose of an oil filter is to catch small pieces of metal and debris which have entered your oil flow and ensure recirculated oil remains clean. If there is too much time between your synthetic oil change intervals or you are using conventional oil, your oil filter is likely to become clogged. Once this happens, your oil filter can get too clogged up and lose its ability to function. If you are not sure when you or your mechanic last replaced your oil filter, it's likely time now. Once your car has cooled down, place a drip tray under your oil filter and carefully unscrew it. Keep in mind that it may leak hot oil, so ensure your safety when performing this task to prevent injury. Once it is out, simply screw in the new one.

Get the Right Product for the Job

Similar to using the right engine oil lubricant when you perform an oil change, choosing the right engine oil filter isn't a task that you should leave to chance.  If your user manual doesn't provide any specific details, call a professional and get their advice. For high-quality oil filters, speak with Progressive Products at (425) 483-2582 and let us know the make and model of your vehicle. Along with providing customers just like yourself with the right engine oil lubricant for a synthetic oil change in Lynnwood, we stock a range of AMSOIL oil filters which can help you get the job done right.
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