Car maintenance is something most people ignore until a problem presents its self, then you have to bring it to an auto repair shop, brakes shop, or search for oil change shops.

Maintaining a good running car is part of being a car owner, the car cannot take its self to an auto repair shop. If you hope to have the car a while you need to take care of it and that involves having tune ups. Most people do not realize the importance of a tune up those plugs are not going to last forever, when your car starts to lose some power then it is time for a tune up.

You also need to have your car checked if the engine light/diagnostics comes on, it might be something simple, but you won’t know unless you take it to the auto repair shop to be checked. That engine light is like taboo to most drivers, they automatically think the worst. When in retrospect the problem could be a loose gas cap.

Of course, in most states you cannot have your car inspected with those light on, you need to have a diagnostics test done, to determine the problem and then have it repaired, before an auto repair shop will pass the inspection for the car.

Your transmission needs to be checked, preferably before you need a transmission replacement. If your car did not jerk when you bought it and it suddenly starts to make a jerking movement or you hear a funny noise coming from your car, it’s time to have the transmission checked.

Your car's exhaust/muffler system should be checked at least once a year, not when your car fills up with exhaust or your muffler is scraping along the highway.

Once spring arrives an AC recharge may be in order to keep you cool during the summer months.

At least once a month check your tire inflation. Your tires are another important part of your car that needs to be checked. You don’t want to be driving down the road and get a flat tire or blow a tire then you will need a tire repair/replacement.

You should always check your wiper blades and make sure they are in good condition and keep your windshield fluid filled. Being able to see out the windshield is important especially if the weather conditions are poor.

If you reside in Hastings, MN or any of the surrounding areas, you can save a lot of time by entrusting the maintenance and repairs of your car to AA Auto Tech.