This post brought to you by Pep Boys and Techron. All opinions are 100% mine.
My family has taken a lot of road trips this summer because we take advantage of the vacation time to visit friends and family who live several states away. So, at the start of summer, I made sure my minivan was prepared for all the long hours on the road. As we head into the busy school and sports season, I realized it was time for me to tend to my vehicle again. Since I’m not the only mom who has to worry about getting kids to and from school and activities, I thought some of you might appreciate the reminder along with a few helpful tips.
Oil Change Appointment
Vehicles perform best with regular oil changes. Depending on the make and model of your car, oil changes are recommended every 3000-5000 miles. I’m actually a few hundred miles early but am going to schedule mine now before the back-to-school rush eats up all my free time. Most oil change facilities will also check your fluid levels, filters, and tire pressure. If the shop where you take your car doesn’t specifically state this anywhere, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Sure, you can check these things yourself but if you can get it done for free by someone who works on vehicles all day, why not?
You should get your tires rotated every other oil change, or every 7500-10000 miles. Ideally, you should rotate your tires once every six months. Rotating the tires helps ensure that you wear down the treads evenly, leading to greater fuel efficiency, less cabin noise, and longer tire life.
Windshield Wiper Blades
Windshield wipers tend to get neglected because you don’t pay attention to them until you need them. The middle of a torrential downpour is a bad time to realize that your windshield wipers aren’t working well. We typically replace ours in early spring after winter has done a number on them and before the April showers start. Most people can get away with replacing the blades once a year, but heading into hurricane season I always like to check them to make sure they are in good shape.
Techron Fuel System Cleaner
Because my husband is in the military and is frequently gone for months at a time, he taught me years ago basic vehicle maintenance skills. Learning to rotate the tires and change the oil were fairly labor-intensive lessons, but one of the most important lessons he taught me was as simple as opening a bottle and pouring it in my fuel tank. The Techron Fuel System Cleaner is a magical (my interpretation) fluid that cleans your engine resulting in:
- Maximum power – great for those of us who have to merge onto busy interstates full of impatient drivers
- Lower emissions – a bonus for all of us concerned with our carbon footprint
- Maximized fuel economy – important to anyone who has to pay for their own gas
You too, can perform your own vehicle maintenance (no one has to know how easy it was!) by stopping in at Pep Boys to pick up some Techron Fuel System Cleaner. After you’ve finished the (not so) back-breaking work of pouring it in your gas tank, you can sleep well knowing you’ve done your part to save the planet, save money, and improved your vehicle’s performance!