Forgetting The Basics!

Driving into work today, of course I noticed when I needed them, my windshield wipers were providing very little help and then I began to think. Shocks, Wipers, spare tire and brake lights; how often do I really check these until it’s crunch time and I am depending on them?

I can check off on one of the items, the brake lights. Any chance I have I will check to make sure they work in the reflection of a store front or if I am backed up close to a wall. I have always made it a habit to back into parking spots so this has been a easy thing to check. On almost all newer vehicles the vehicle itself will tell you if the tire pressure is low or a bulb is out but in my 2006 it’s all up to me. The brake light bulbs and turn signals are not something you can avoid going out unless you change them at certain intervals even when they still work but for the other three we can be on the front side and help ourselves out so much; plus, be safer.

If you do not have TPMS sensors ( Tire Pressure Monitor System) on your vehicle which everything after 2007 has this, then a simple, quick check with a hand held gauge needs to be a regular task for you. The sticker in the door jam tells you what you should have in each tire and only take a few minutes to check all tires, even the spare!

Planning for the shocks and wipers is a time/ mileage assessment. Shocks should be changed every 60,000 miles or less and the wipers once a year at most. It doesn’t matter how good a car runs if you can’t see or drive under control!

Many, if not all of these items are routinely checked if you take your vehicle in for regular service at a dealership but it’s still a great idea to check them. It won’t be the dealership on the side of the road, it will be you!

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