School’s Back, Chauffeuring Kids? Keep Your Car Running Smoothly With These Expert Tips

Published on Sep 18, 2023

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A recognized expert in auto maintenance, Mike Kefalas knows a thing or two about keeping your vehicle in top shape. 

“Especially when you’re managing the daily hustle of driving your kids around town, maintaining your vehicle is absolutely essential,” he says. “Even though the weather in Pasadena is generally mild during September and October, what you really need is reliability.”

Kefalas, who operates JK Volvo at 1587 E Walnut Street in Pasadena.

Here, Kefalas shares some fundamental car maintenance tips that should be on your checklist during this time:

Regular Oil Changes

“Changing your car’s oil at the manufacturer’s recommended intervals is one of the simplest yet most vital maintenance tasks,” Kefalas emphasizes. “It keeps your engine running smoothly and extends its lifespan.”

Tire Care

“Tire maintenance is non-negotiable for safety and reliability,” he notes. “Regularly inspect your tires for wear and tear, ensure proper inflation, and consider high-quality tires for better nighttime visibility as the days get shorter.”

Brake Health

“Your brakes are your primary safety feature,” Kefalas asserts. “Have them inspected regularly and respond promptly to any signs of trouble, such as unusual noises or reduced performance.”

Lighting and Visibility

“With shorter days, it’s crucial to ensure all your vehicle’s lights are operational,” he advises. “This includes headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals. Clear and clean your headlights for optimal nighttime visibility.”

Battery Check

“A reliable battery is paramount, especially during early mornings and late nights,” Kefalas points out. “Check its age, and if it’s over three years old, consider testing or replacing it to avoid unexpected breakdowns.”

Routine Maintenance

“Don’t overlook routine maintenance checks,” he stresses. “Inspect belts, hoses, and filters regularly, and address any dashboard warning lights promptly to prevent more significant issues.”

Emergency Kit

“Lastly,” Kefalas adds, “consider having an emergency kit in your car. This includes items like a flashlight, blankets, a first-aid kit, and non-perishable snacks. You never know when you might need them, especially when driving with your family after dark.”

“Being proactive with these maintenance tips will keep your trusty car performing reliably, even as the days grow shorter,” Kefalas said.

Got car questions? Call Mike Kefalas at JK Volvo, (626) 792-2240.

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