Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Tips for Keeping Your Car Dependable While Keeping Yourself Safe


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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so many aspects of daily life, including how many people use their cars. Your car may be parked in the garage for the time being as you spend more time at home, or you may be relying on your car more than ever as a first responder. Regardless of how you are using your vehicle today, its maintenance needs require your full attention. Your Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM dealership is available to help with all of your automotive service needs, and there are a few things that you can do at home to avoid unnecessary repairs.

Take Your Car Out for a Drive

If you are one of the many local drivers who have been laid off or who are otherwise staying at home for an extended period, your car may be idle for weeks on end. During this time, damage to your belts and hoses, brakes, battery, tires, and other components can occur. Thankfully, this type of damage can easily be avoided if you take your car out for a drive at least every 14 days. Plan to spend at least 20 minutes driving your vehicle around town.

Focus on the Oil

You may be avoiding visiting the auto service center because of suggestions or orders to stay at home as much as possible. However, your vehicle’s oil still must be changed. Regardless of whether you drive a RAM, Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep model, your vehicle must have an ample supply of clean oil to run correctly. If you fail to change your car’s oil regularly, engine damage can occur. Some service centers are allowing customers to remain in their cars while the work is done on their vehicles. Otherwise, you can learn how to change your oil at home by watching a few online tutorials.

Inspect the Belts & Hoses

Belts and hoses can dry out if the vehicle remains idle for too long. They can also wear out with frequent use of the car. Take time every few weeks to look under the hood. If these components look dry and cracked, or if they look worn or damaged in other ways, it is time to replace them.

If you need assistance with these or other auto care needs, your local dealership is ready to help. Connect with an associate for the advice and services that you need today.