Getting in shape.

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions each year is to live a healthier lifestyle, whether it be through diet, exercise or both. Making just a few simple adjustments or additions to our routines can do wonders for our well-being.

The same goes for how we treat our vehicles.

Last week, we provided some car care New Year’s resolutions to help keep your vehicle in tip-top shape in 2020. While our first entry focused on preventing wear and tear, today’s edition will focus on maintaining a healthy engine and maximizing your fuel economy according to our Chrysler Capital Top 100 Car Care Tips.

Replace Your Air Filter

Car care New Year’s resolution air filter

All it takes is one time a year.

Our air filters prevent contaminants such as debris and dirt from entering the engine. Unchecked filters build up substances and can be harmful to your vehicle. Regularly changing your air filter, which should typically be just once a year, can improve your vehicle’s fuel economy by up to 15 percent.

This simple one-time check-up is an easy way to get your New Year’s resolution started off on the right track.

Rotate Tires

Car care New Year’s resolution tire rotation

A key to keeping your tires healthy and lasting longer is to have them rotated every 6,000 miles. Another way to remember is to schedule a rotation every two to three oil changes.

Staying on schedule with each rotation prevents our tires from wearing out their tread too early. This is especially important for vehicles that use two-wheel drive. If you forget to do it, you may be looking at half of your tires going bald!

Listen to Your Car!

Car care New Year’s resolution engine light

It’s an unsettling feeling to look at your dashboard and see a warning symbol light up. Despite the inconvenience, it is wise not to delay and bring your vehicle into a local shop to see what may be wrong.

Ignoring such signals puts you and your vehicle at a dangerous risk and could put you in harm’s way. Driving your vehicle while malfunctioning could cause severe damage to your engine and cost you even more in the long run.

The next time you see the dreadful “Check Engine” light come on, go ahead and take it in for a repair and save yourself from any further headaches, and a heftier bill.

We hope these tips extend the life of your vehicle a little while longer. Best of luck with your New Year’s resolutions and we wish you a happy and wonderful 2020!