Aside from a home, a new vehicle is usually the most expensive investment you’ll make. Protect your investment in your new Dodge from Melloy Dodge by adhering to a few basic principles.
One of the most important aspects in vehicle maintenance is changing your oil regularly. The old rule of thumb was to change it every 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever came first. Engine technology has advanced significantly since that rule was laid out, and products like synthetic oil have had an effect, too. Follow the recommendations listed in the owner’s manual of your new Dodge as to how often your engine’s oil needs changing. When the time comes, stop by Melloy Dodge’s Express Lane Oil Change center for quick, reliable service.
Keeping your Dodge clean inside and out will help prolong the life of its interior and exterior surfaces. Dirt is abrasive, and wear down your paint like sandpaper when something brushes it across the surface. Additionally, some soils in New Mexico have a corrosive quality to them, so don’t let mud sit on your vehicle too long, even the underside. Worn paint can lead to rust. Just as dirt and grit can wear down your paint, it can have the same effect on the materials of your car’s interior. Vacuum your vehicle every two weeks, or more often if necessary.
Check your tire pressure often. Under-inflated tires are unsafe, and also reduce gas mileage. Tires that are over-inflated are dangerous to drive on, also, as they are more likely to rupture. Your Dodge owner’s manual states proper tire pressure for your vehicle. Have your tires rotated at the intervals recommended in your owner’s manual to maximize the life of your tires, because let’s face it, tires are expensive.
Following these few items will help maintain the great condition of your new Dodge, and get the most out of your money in this big investment.