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When it comes to vehicle maintenance, there is never a bad time. If you don't have a routine, consider starting one this fall with some basic vehicle maintenance to keep your car in good shape.

Save Time at the Mechanic With Basic At-Home Maintenance

It can be easy to let your mechanic perform all of your vehicle maintenance. However, as you likely know, even putting your car in for a basic oil change can take days while it waits in line behind other cars which were there first. Progressive Products is here with a post with information about general maintenance which you can perform at home to keep your vehicle running smooth.

Start With a Clean!

We don’t just mean that you should turn the hose on and give your car a rinse. No, for this one, you’re going to need to set aside the day, get the family involved, and give your car a solid cleaning. Pay attention to the following areas:
  • Remove and clean any rubber seals around door and other areas which can easily accumulate dust.
  • The area where you and your passengers place your feet. Pay attention the whole carpet area including the area behind each of the pedals and any foot rests.
  • The space where your dash meets your windshield. This is often where your AC vents are, so be sure to remove dust and any debris.
  • Each small nook, cranny, and crevice of your trunk. This means taking everything out, giving it all a clean, and then putting it all back in.
On top of these commonly missed spots, encourage everybody involved to get your vehicle as clean as you can.

Tire Condition

Despite their importance, many drivers simply consider their tires to be a set-and-forget affair, thinking that they are tough enough to take on any challenge. However, as tough as they might be, they still need a bit of time and attention. In good light, inspect the condition of your tires thoroughly, paying close attention to:
  • Bald spots (areas of the tire which have no tread and are smooth)
  • Debris stuck in your tires
  • Chunks taken out or missing tread
Either of the issues above can spell disaster, such as your tires not gripping the road when you need to stop or experiencing a tire blowout while you’re driving at 60 miles per hour on the freeway. If you think that these things only happen in National Lampoon's movies ending in hilarity, think again! Take the time to check your tires! Vehicle maintenance, like the type in this article, is easy enough for any motorist to do at home and can have a great positive impact on your vehicle performance, you just need the right products for the job. Speak with Progressive Products at (425) 483-2582 and ask about their range of AMSOIL synthetic oil products, like AMSOIL's Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil. Alternatively, click here to visit their online store.

Replace the Oil Filter

When was the last time that you replaced your oil filter? How about the last time that your mechanic changed your oil filter? Okay, how about the previous owner? If you don’t know the answer to either of those then fall vehicle maintenance is a great time for the task. As good as synthetic oil is, it has a lifespan. Once it expires it isn’t able to protect your engine, leading to potential engine damage and a dip in your engine’s performance. A simple oil filter change can have great positive effects on your engine. While this is a job which your mechanic can do for you, performing a synthetic oil change in Lynnwood is a job that most motorists can do at home.

Replace the Air Filter

Speaking of filters, did you know that your car has an air filter? No? Now that you do, would you believe that its job isn’t to supply your air conditioner? Your air filter’s primary role is to provide a consistent level of clean air to mix with your gas during the ignition process. There are two main problems which can happen with your air filter. The first is blockages. If your air filter is blocked then it can’t allow the right amount of air to enter, leading to a reduction in engine performance. The second is the opposite, where your air filter lets in debris from the environment. When this happens, small environmental elements can accumulate inside crucial parts, leading to not only a lack of engine performance but also serious engine damage! Pop the hood of your car, open the cover, and check your air filter. If it’s seen better days, either wash it out or, even better, replace it.

Battery Condition and Electrics

Similar to tires, motorists consider their battery to be a set-and-forget item. However, with more and more electrical items present in your car, such as the general electrics which operate the car and the numerous plugs and chargers you have operating to keep your mobile life active, these can all take a toll on a battery that isn’t well maintained. It doesn’t take a lot to keep your battery in good shape, and the majority of problems can be easily solved by using a clean cloth to safely wipe away any acid which has built up around the connectors.

A Synthetic Oil Change in Lynnwood

These are just some of the great forms of basic vehicle maintenance which you can do this fall to keep your vehicle in good working order. When it comes time to top up or replace your fluids, always ensure you use only the best products. Speak with Progressive Products today by calling (425) 483-2582 to find out which high quality AMSOIL engine lubricant is the right one for your next synthetic oil change in Lynnwood. Alternatively, the online store has additional information about the range of products available.

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