Pining for Indy 500 action? Take a minute to practice your pit stops
with these quick checks. You can stay safe and save time and money.
Car repairs are always more expensive than regular maintenance. and
there are real safety issues with low tire pressure and oil levels.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Tires with too little or too much air can cause blowouts or other
Properly inflated tires will get you the best mileage.
How To Check Your Tire Pressure
A sturdy kick is NOT enough. Do this before you start driving, or
within the first few miles.
When you open your car door, you should see a sticker on the frame
that shows you what the tire pressure should be in ‘PSI'. It may be
different for front and rear tires but will be the same for the
driver's and passenger's side.
You'll want to check each tire individually. Unscrew the cap on the
tire stem and attach a
tire pressure gauge. If the reading is under – get some air at a gas station or car
wash as soon as you can.
It your tire is visibly deflated – don't drive on it!
While you're down there, check to see if you have any uneven wear on
your tires or bulging – these can indicate serious problems.
Check Your Oil
Engine oil is super-important - without it you can ruin an engine –
and it can also help you diagnose problems.
How To Check Your Oil
Some modern cars have sensors for this – but the rest of us need to
grab a rag or paper towel, pop the hood, and look for the dipstick
handle (consult your manual.)
If you've been driving, be careful, everything under the hood could
Pull the dipstick out, wipe the end clean with your rag or towel,
then reinsert it all the way.
Pull it out again – there will be a line labeled ‘Max' and ‘Min' -
If you're close to the ‘Min' - add some oil. Read more on that
If the level is good, check the color – if it isn't brown or black
in color and pretty thick, you might have some issues that need a
Even the best maintained car can still run into trouble – driving over
a nail can give anyone a flat. If you don't have a roadside assistance
check out ours. Think of it like maintenance for your peace of mind.