When you buy a new car, the last thing you’re thinking about is maintenance. There are a few things you can do, however, to keep your new car looking and running like new for longer. Just because it’s new doesn’t mean you can’t be proactive and get ahead of the game the moment your new car pulls into your garage.
Typical maintenance for a new car is different than for an older car, so we thought we’d put together a helpful list of those things you can do with your new car to keep it that way longer. There’s a Rislone product for you no matter how old — or new — your car is.
- Check fluid and tire pressure levels: Even a new car can have a fluid or air leak (in fact, tiny cooling system leaks are fairly common even on OEM assembly lines). As a matter of fact, the first several thousand miles is a sort of ‘shakedown’ period for a new vehicle where you want to pay close attention and watch for leaks and fluid consumption issues. Check your oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant and other fluid levels often as well as the air pressure in your tires. If you have any weak tolerances in your car from the factory, they will typically reveal themselves during the break-in period.
- Wash your car: Keeping your car clean not only helps dirt and contamination from damaging the paint, but it also helps you identify damage when it occurs. Have stone ships and deep paint scratches repaired quickly to avoid rust from setting in. You will also want to clean in your wheel wells and fender lips to keep dirt from building up, which can cause rust to form in just a short time.
- Change filters: Modern cars not only have engine air filters, but they also often have cabin air filters that remove pollen and pollution to help improve the quality of the air you’re breathing. Check your owner’s manual and check all of your car’s filters at least as often as they suggest to ensure they’re not clogged. Modern air filters are extremely advanced and can’t usually be cleaned and reused. Very few people realize that their car has filters beyond just air and oil filters, so be aware that these other filters are part of your daily driving operation and need to be changed periodically.
- Inspect belts, connectors and your electrical system: Your new car has a sophisticated electrical system that puts a lot of demands on the battery and alternator. If you aren’t sure how to check, take your car to the dealership or a trusted garage for an electrical system inspection from time to time. They can verify that all belts and components are working properly.
On top of these checks, it’s never too early to start with a Rislone engine treatment. We have a variety of products designed to help lubricate your engine and provide wear, temperature and corrosion resistance while allowing your engine to run its best.
Check our engine treatment products like our Nano Prime ™ Engine & Oil Additive (p/n 4104) synthetic oil additive or our Engine Treatment (p/n 100QR) / Engine Treatment Concentrate (p/n 4102) conventional oil additive. We also have our Complete Gasoline Fuel System Treatment (p/n 4700) for gas engines or Diesel Fuel System Treatment (p/n 4740) for diesel engines if you want to boost your fuel and get that extra bit of power you’re looking for from your new car.
Staying ahead of the game is easier than you think and it pays huge dividends down the road. You can’t keep your car new forever, but you can fight the ravages of aging by using preventive maintenance products like the ones listed above.