Routine Vehicle Maintenance 101: What You Should Know

Vehicle owners in New Jersey need to be aware of when it’s time to service their car and when small maintenance is required. If you’re unsure, you can always take your vehicle to North Plainfield Nissan and we can help determine if you're due for service. If you want your car to remain in top driving condition and you want to hold on to it for a long time, regular servicing and maintenance are necessary.

Here are some routine vehicle maintenance measures recommended by Nissan dealers in NJ:

Inspect the Tires

This is one of the first things you should always do at the start of each day. Even if you have a new car, don’t assume the tires will be in good condition. Maybe you ran over something sharp and it's causing a flat tire. Don’t wait for the flat tire light to come on before you check them. According to Nissan dealers in NJ, you should inspect your tires at least every month and perform a visual inspection once a week. Were you aware that tires that are not fully insulated require more fuel? If you’re unsure about the right tire pressure, check the user manual. The tire pressure depends on the number of passengers. For most cars, the pressure varies from 2.0 to 2.2 (for 2 to 3 passengers respectively). Don’t forget to keep a spare tire in the trunk as well.

Check the Oil 

According to Nissan experts, check the oil in your vehicle at least once a month. If you’re driving a new car, inspect the oil once every six weeks. The oil is what keeps the engine going. Once the engine cools down, it is a good time to check the oil. Early morning is best. The type of oil required will depend on the vehicle and engine type. This varies between petroleum-based or synthetic-based oil. 

Other items on your routine maintenance checklist should be:

  • Air filters
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Coolant in the winters
  • Wipers
  • Battery

Don’t wait for the warning lights on your dashboard to come on. Perform the routine checks mentioned in this blog. If your vehicle is scheduled for a maintenance procedure, head over to North Plainfield Nissan and we'll get your vehicle taken care of. We're just a short drive from Elizabeth, Union, and Newark, NJ.