When a teenager starts learning to drive, their parents need to teach them more than how to operate the vehicle. Diligent auto repairs and maintenance are essential for safe driving and extending the life span of the car. Take the time now to teach them some simple and vital auto repair and maintenance schedules to follow.
Tire Rotations & Wheel Alignments
Explain to your teenager how the tread on the tires grips the road and holds the weight of the vehicle. Teach them that tire rotations and wheel alignments extend the life span of the tires and prevent damage such as alignment problems, ultimately saving them money. Rotating and aligning the tires will wear them down much slower, meaning you’ll need fewer replacements. A tire rotation should be performed every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, and the wheels should be aligned every three years.
Generally, oil changes should be done every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. The oil is needed for cooling down, lubricating, and cleaning the engine. Explain to your teen that dirty oil will clog the filter, causing the engine to wear out much quicker.
Owners Manual Schedule
Teach them to utilize their vehicle’s owners manual. Each manual has a table outlining the major services that the vehicle will require. The table outlines the mileage point at which the service should be done and what should be included in the service. This will handle the less apparent wear that occurs on the parts. Teach them to keep track of their mileage and know when the next major service is due, so they won’t miss it.
An auto repair shop can help you teach your teen about car care. Muffler Brothers is the go-to service center for drivers throughout Chillicothe, Ross County, and southern Ohio. This Jasper®-preferred dealer offers a full range of services, from oil changes to engine repairs—all at affordable prices. Visit them online or call (740) 772-1890 to schedule a service appointment today.