Automotive Tips

April is National Car Care Month

National car care

April is National Car Care Month, and it’s the perfect time to get your vehicle’s preventive maintenance routine in gear, especially if you let it idle this past winter. A little TLC will extend the life of your vehicle, keeping it reliable and ready for summer travel and beyond.

The 2014 nationwide vehicle inspections found that 84% of vehicles needed service or parts, a 5% increase from the year before. Jiffy Lube of Southern California lists some of last year’s inspection failures below including the percent of vehicles affected.

  • Low lubricant and fluid levels: washer fluid-27%, motor oil-25%, coolant-17%; power steering, brake and transmission fluids-13%.
  • Air filters: nearly one in five vehicles or 18%.
  • Belts/hoses: hoses-8%, belts-17%.
  • Windshield wipers: an estimated 16%.
  • Vehicle lights: headlights, brake lights, or license plate lights-11%.
  • Tires: improper inflation-10%, completely worn treads-14%.

Jiffy Lube encourages area residents to spring into action during National Car Care Month and take care of any overdue vehicle checks or services. For tips on vehicle requirements, we suggest taking a look at your owner’s manual or using the Car Care Council’s Car Care Guide. The Car Care Guide contains non-technical information on common preventive maintenance procedures. Available in English or Spanish, it includes a description of vehicle systems and parts along with a car care checklist to remind motorists when to obtain specific services. To obtain a free copy or view an online version, visit

To make it even easier to keep track of vehicle maintenance while also receiving notice of promotions and coupons, Jiffy Lube customers can sign up for The Jiffy Lube® Dashboard.  The dashboard helps keep your vehicle information and history organized in one convenient place. To further ease vehicle maintenance, our Jiffy Lube Service Centers in the Greater Los Angeles area perform preventive maintenance services at a location near you with no appointment necessary. To see a list of Jiffy Lube So Cal locations click here.

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