Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Carpool Maintenance Checklist

WESTLAND, Mich.––Are you planning a carpool for this school year? Maybe it's with a family friend that lives down the road, or with some kids in the neighborhood. Whomever you're toting around, we first of all commend you as a group for making an effort to save on gas, but we want you to be safe doing so. When you're carpooling, you're not just responsible for your safety, but others' safety as well! With our Carpool Maintenance Checklist, you can easily ensure your car, crossover, SUV, or van is ready to get everyone where they need to be, safely.

Carpool Maintenance Checklist

1. Check Your Tires

This August was National Tire Safety Month. In fact, we have plenty of resources including our Tire Maintenance tips blog, that you can use when you're doing routine maintenance. The main tips to use when checking your tires are: 1.) Make sure each tire is inflated properly and equally. You can find this number on the sticker on the inside of your driver's door. Do this while your tires are 'cold', or haven't been driven in hours. 2.) Have your tires rotated at your next oil change to ensure your tires are wearing evenly. This can help extend the life of your tires. 3.) Visually inspect your tires for any uneven tread wear, tread depth, and for any bulging or unusual looking damage.

2. Have Your Oil Changed

As simple as it might sound, this is one of the easiest ways to keep your car in good shape. This will help your engine components run efficiently, wear less quickly, and help prevent your engine from overheating. Every 3,000-5,000 miles is when you should have your oil changed. Most times, synthetic or a synthetic blend will be used or recommended, which can help extend the service interval towards 5,000 miles.

3. Inspect Your Brakes

Your brakes are one of the most important safety components, so having them checked will ensure you have the stopping power needed in any situation. If you don't know your way around the brakes, you can have them checked quickly at your next oil change at North Brothers. Some signs you can look out for if your brakes need service include: a squealing noise when applying brakes, soft or spongy feeling brakes, shaky steering wheel when stopping, and a visibly worn brake pad.

4. Put On New Wiper Blades

You can do this step right at home, but we can take care of it at your next oil change if that's more convenient for you! We recommend investing in a quality pair of wiper blades so you're prepared for any foggy, rainy, or snowy (yes, it's possible in Michigan) morning. Remember, your wiper blades allow you to see the road clearly and can be a lifesaver in some situations.

5. Test All Your Seat Belts

Whether you have a short or long drive to your destination, your seat belts are of the utmost importance. Taking a minute or two to check and test all the seat belts in your vehicle will give you peace of mind. Make sure to enforce a seat belt policy with your carpool group so everyone is equally safe.

If it's just you doing the carpooling and would like help completing your checklist, bring your vehicle into our well-equipped Service Center and we'll have you taken care of. If there are multiple participants in your carpool group, send this Carpool Maintenance Checklist out so you can ensure you and/or your child is safe when others are driving.

You can raise your awareness on what your car needs throughout the year by referencing our Seasonal Maintenance and Routine Maintenance pages. We're here to help you with anything auto. If you have any questions about your Dashboard Lights, Ford SYNC technology, or have auto service or collision service needs, please let us know!

North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 888-806-7163, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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