Time For An Oil Change? 4 Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Service Appointment

If it's time to schedule an oil change, don't forget about the rest of your car. You know that you need to head to the repair shop as soon as your oil change indicator light comes on. However, you might not realize that your oil change is the perfect time to take care of some other important maintenance issues for your car. After all, you're already waiting for the oil change, spend a few extra minutes making sure that the rest of your car is in tiptop shape. Here are four tips that will help you make the most of your oil change. 

Focus on All the Fluids

You've scheduled an oil change, which means you know that your oil needs some attention. However, oil isn't the only fluid in your car. You've also got brake fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid to worry about. While you're waiting for your oil change, be sure to have the attendants check the levels on the other fluids as well. Allowing them to top off your coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid will help you avoid car problems later. 

Check the Belts and Hoses

If you're taking your car into the shop for an oil change, ask the mechanics to also check your belts and hoses. Your car operates at extreme temperatures and those temperatures can adversely affect your belts and hoses. Not to mention the normal wear and tear they encounter through daily driving. Unfortunately, a busted hose or belt can leave you stranded on the side of the road. The best way to stay on top of belt and hose issues is to have them inspected during each oil change. 

Test the Lights

When you're driving, you have no way of monitoring your lights. You may have a broken headlamp or taillight and not even know it. You could even have a turn signal that's not working properly. In some cases, you won't know about those issues until you're pulled over for a ticket, or you're involved in an accident because your taillights weren't working properly. To avoid those serious issues, have your lights tested with each oil change. 

Don't Forget the Tune-up

Finally, if you're like most people, you have a hard time keeping track of your car's tune-up schedule. Unfortunately, neglecting the tune-ups can lead to poor engine performance for your car. One way to stay on top of the tune-ups is to have your engine inspected with each oil change. Those inspections will allow your mechanic to let you know when it's time to schedule your next tune-up.

For more information, contact an automotive repair service in your area.