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Every motorist wants to keep their car in good shape, but it's hard to not what to do and what can help. If this sounds like you, this article has tips to help. There is no denying that your regular visits to the mechanics are the best way to keep your vehicle at its peak. However, this doesn't mean that there isn't a number of maintenance tasks which you can perform yourself, between each scheduled visit.

Basic Vehicle Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Car Running Smoothly This Fall

Knowing the challenge faced by all motorists looking to perform maintenance on their car, Synthetics Northwest has some ideas to start you off.

It All Starts With a Clean

A clean car isn’t just for looks, it can also help to prevent damage, such as rust. For this reason, start your fall vehicle maintenance with a clean. And we mean a clean! On top of you and your family looking out for as much dirt and debris as possible, pay the following areas particular attention:
  • The area where yours and your passenger's feet rest, including underneath and behind and controls or footrests.
  • In between the rubber seals around the doors and other sealed areas space, such as where your door meets the window.
  • Take everything out of your trunk, vacuum it out, scrub any stains, clean your items, then pack it all in again.


Given that they do a pretty good job of keeping your off the ground and moving, it can be easy to think that your tires have an easy job and don’t need any attention. After all, they just go round and round, right? While yes, it’s true that your tires go round and round, there is much damage that can happen to them during this simple action. For this reason, it’s important to take your car outside into good light and give your tires a thorough check, paying particular attention to the following:
  • Bald spots on your tires (parts of your tire without tread)
  • Chunks or missing pieces of tire
  • Debris still stuck in your tire
All of the above can spell disaster while you are driving and are very dangerous. If you notice any of the above or any other issues which you don’t feel comfortable with, take your tire to a specialist and have them look at it for a repair or even replace it. Of course, when you are doing this check, don’t forget the spare in your trunk! Keeping your car in good shape is important to not only keeping it running better but keeping it running at all! When the time comes for maintenance, no matter the type, be sure that you are using the best products for the job. Click here to buy AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil or speak with Synthetics Northwest at (503) 371-7184 to find out which high-quality AMSOIL product is best suited to your needs.


If you have ever gone a day without water then you have an idea just how important fluids are to a car’s engine. However, without the right fluids, a car is going to get more than thirsty, it’s going to get damaged! Fluids like your car’s engine synthetic engine oil provide lubrication for the parts inside your engine, ensuring that they can interact smoothly and are protected throughout their processes. If there isn’t enough engine oil or it has reached the end of its lifespan then your engine receives less and less protection until, eventually, it can’t work and you’re looking at buying a new car. Preventing this is literally as easy as checking your fluids. The one task every motorist was taught how to do. Be sure to check these fluids:
  • Engine oil/Lubricant
  • Brake Fluid
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Windshield Washer Fluid
The last one isn’t there by mistake. A clean windshield is your first step to safe driving, so be sure to include it on your maintenance list.

Air Filter

Would you be surprised to know that your car has an air filter? No? What about if you were to find out that its function wasn’t related to your air conditioning? Your air filter plays a very significant role in the operation of your engine. Namely, in creating the spark which keeps your engine going. Your engine requires a particular amount of air and fuel to enter the chamber to create the perfect ignition. If the air which enters the chamber is dirty, then it can not only affect the quality of ignition, but it can quickly accumulate and cause serious damage to your ignition system. Of course, if little or no air gets in, then the fuel simply can’t spark well enough to give you decent engine performance or it simply can’t spark at all! Lift up the hood of your car, open the air-filter covering, take it out and give it a good clean. Be sure to remove any debris from the chamber along with siping it out with a damp cloth to remove any remaining dust. Of course, if you aren’t using a cleanable air filter of the one you have is begging to be replaced, choose a replacement instead of a clean

Give Your Car a Boost With a Synthetic Oil Change in Salem, OR

When it comes to improving the performance of your car without the need to visit a mechanic, a synthetic oil change is just what you are looking for. Speak with Synthetics Northwest today by calling (503) 371-7184 and ask an expert about which AMSOIL product is right for your vehicle type or visit the online store for more information.

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