Start the New Year off Right with this Basic Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Here at Houska Automotive, we believe that keeping your car in tip-top shape is the best thing you can do to ensure the safety of yourself and your family when you’re on the road. What better time than the start of the new year to run through a basic vehicle maintenance checklist? After completing these seven steps, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is operating as it should!

Read on for our basic vehicle maintenance checklist:

Get your oil changed. Keeping your oil clean is vital for the health of your vehicle’s engine. How often you need an oil change is dependent upon the make and model of your vehicle, the type of oil you’re using, and how many miles you put on your vehicle. If you’re uncertain about when you may be due for an oil change, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or give us a call at 970.821.8654

Refresh your air filter. Changing your vehicle’s air filter regularly improves the health and efficiency of your vehicle’s engine. Consult your owner’s manual for tips regarding how often to change your vehicle’s air filter.

Check your battery. Battery corrosion is bad news for your vehicle! It’s a good idea to regularly check your battery’s terminals for any buildup that may be negatively impacting your vehicle’s performance. It’s also a good idea to regularly test your battery to ensure that you won’t be left stranded with a dead car anytime soon! Especially in January! 

Check your tire pressure, rotation and alignment. If you want your tires to last as long as possible – and provide the most safety on the road – it’s important to make sure the pressure in your vehicle’s tires is set to the manufacturer’s specifications. Rotating your vehicle’s tires and performing alignment checks will also ensure an even tread wear. If you’re curious about how your tires are faring, stop by Houska Automotive and we’ll check them out for you. 

Make sure all your lights are working properly. A burnt out headlight or taillight can mean danger on the road, and even a ticket! It only takes minutes to check your vehicle’s lights, and replacing a burnt bulb or fuse is something the Houska Automotive team can do quickly.

Buy new wiper blades and refill your windshield washer fluid. It’s no fun to be stuck in a winter storm with old and broken windshield wipers! Ensure a clear view out of both windshields by topping off your windshield washer fluid regularly. 

Vacuum out and wash your car. There’s nothing quite like a fresh and clean vehicle to start the new year off right! Most car washes offer complimentary vacuums – take advantage of this, clear the clutter from your car, and enjoy your refreshed vehicle. 

If vehicle maintenance feels overwhelming to you, know that you have a team of experts just a phone call away. Give the Houska Automotive technicians a call at 970.821.8654, or schedule an appointment by going to Our team takes pride in providing top-quality maintenance to ensure your safety on the road.

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