We all love our FIATS, and keeping them on the road can be easy if we keep up with several small maintenance procedures from time to time. If we take care of the little things, it will ward off large engine overhauls and car replacement. Safford Fiat of Fredericksburg, your Fiat dealer in Virginia, has put together a guide with a few tips and tricks to help you stay on track with your vehicle’s required service .
The first thing to do on a regular basis is…..yes, you guessed it: the oil change. Changing a vehicle’s oil and oil filter within the factory recommended time frame is essential. If you do nothing else to promote the longevity of a vehicle it should be this. Your Fiat dealership in Virginia, Safford Fiat of Fredericksburg, can help you with your required oil changes and oil filter maintenance every time your car needs it.
Oil isn’t the only fluid that needs to be changed from time to time, however. A car keeps cool with a fluid called coolant (or anti-freeze). The systems in the car that use coolant can get clogged, corroded and gunked up over time. A coolant flush will clean out the system and keep the car running at its coolest, a must when dealing with any car during a harsh summer or winter. A coolant flush is another inexpensive act of maintenance that can be taken care of at Safford Fiat of Fredericksburg.
Aside from being cool and lubricated, your FIAT also needs to breathe. That’s why you also need to change the air filters. If you can’t remember the last time you changed the air filter on your car (or if you don’t even know what the air filter is) it’s probably a good idea to have it checked out. If a car is clogged up, just like humans, it can’t breathe. This can damage the engine.
A few things you can do on your own:
I’ll admit, I’m no service technician – I continually wait until the very last drop of gas is left before I fill my tank, but there are a few things that I ( and you ) can easily do without having to go in for help. The first of these is filling the car’s tires to the proper PSI. Just keep an eye out for your tire pressure warning lights. Beyond that, however, when it comes to inspecting your tires, be sure to have your tire treads inspected, check tire valves for leaks and be sure to rotate and balance your tires when necessary at Safford Fiat of Fredericksburg.
Finally, good driving habits will keep a car around longer. Short stops and quick take offs can damage tires, engine and brakes as well as other parts of the car. Driving like you’re shooting a scene for the very unsuccessful movie ‘Road Rage’ is also not the greatest idea. So, for the sake of your beloved FIAT – and staying alive – drive safely!
If you would like more information on Fiat service in Virginia visit us at:
Safford Fiat of Fredericksburg at 4524 Lafayette Blvd in Fredericksburg, VA.
That’s where you’ll see Brett Barker and John Verne who will take care of all your FIAT service needs.
More information on services available, directions and hours can also be found on Safford Fiat of Fredericksburg’s website at Safford
Any other questions can be directed to the dealership by phone at (888) 904-4977.