July 14, 2014
As teen drivers hit the road this summer, proper vehicle maintenance is something they should think about.
Windshield wipers are an easy car part to maintain. Adrian Campos, a technician at the Colonial Service Center on Route 29, says drivers should change their windshield wipers when they start to look frayed or leave a blur on the glass.
Campos also recommends changing the car's oil every 3,000 miles. The oil change keeps the car running smoothly. Changing the oil beyond this time can result in carbon build up on the piston rings and valves that can cause engine damage.
Tires are another important part of your car to maintain and Campos says it's easy to tell when it's time to change them by performing the penny test. Campos says, "If you place a penny in the tread where the tire is at, and if you can see Lincoln's head then that means it's down to 2-32nds, where it's not safe to drive anymore and that's when you should replace your tires."
Finally, brake pads can last up to 50,000 miles but when they wear down it's incredibly important to change them. Drivers can tell if they're bad because they'll start to make a screeching or scratching noise.
Maintaining a car can be overwhelming for new drivers so regular trips to the shop can prevent expensive problems before they start.