You just bought the latest craze in town; a new 2019 Chevy Cruze. Naturally, it’s important to you that it stays looking fresh and new forever. But unfortunately, between bad weather and the hazards of everyday life, your new car loses its beauty over time. The shiny body gives way to a color tarnished by the mud, and the interior becomes worn out and loses its luster.
Just like exercise, rest, eating well and annual checkups are essential to keeping your body healthy, preventive maintenance of your car will keep it on the road and away from the repair shop – which will save you money.
Everyone knows that spending lots of money repairing a car is a direct consequence of not having taken care of it before. Because it is done regularly, preventative maintenance is the key to solving small problems before they become more prominent and more expensive.
So, how can you keep your car looking new, and reduce the chances of finding yourself with an expensive repair bill? Here are seven tips to keep your 2019 Chevy Cruze in top shape and looking like new.
Read (and pay attention to) the Service Manual
No matter what the mechanic tells you, a simple way to keep your 2019 Chevy Cruze looking new is to heed what the manufacturer says in the manual. After all, who can give better insight into your car than its manufacturer? One of the basics of car maintenance is believing the people who made the car.
a Visual Inspection of Your Chevy Cruze
Underinflated tires burn extra fuel and cause faster wear. Over-inflated tires can damage your Chevy Cruze’s suspension and reduce traction. That’s why maintaining tire pressure by always examining them helps prevent premature tire wear and reduces the chance of an accident. To maximize the life of your car tires, rotate regularly. Does law require winter tires in your region? If so, then take it to your mechanic for adequate attention.
From turn signal indicators to backup lights, get a friend’s help for five minutes each month to check your Chevy Cruze’s headlights. Replace bulbs that do not work.
Do you have a cracked or broken light? Replacing the lights yourself is easier than you think: with a few necessary tools, a CAPA certified part (or “after-sale”) and a little patience, you’ll be done in no time.
Do you have yellowed and dirty headlights? Endeavor to get it solved as soon as you can.
In a snowstorm shower, how can you stay on the road if you cannot see clearly? It is advisable you replace wiper blades every six months: in summer and winter. If you do not know how to find the best wipers for your Chevy Cruze, see point # 1 above. Regularly cleaning your windshield can also help prolong the life of your windshield wipers. Likewise, replacing worn ones can prevent scratches on your windshield. Why not do both?
Look Out for Unusual Sounds
Just as a cough is likely a symptom of sickness, new noises from your vehicle can signal that something is wrong.
Anything suspicious sound justifies a call to the mechanic.
To keep you safe, ask your mechanic to check the main components of your car’s exhaust system every six months or after every 10,000 kilometers. The above include oxygen sensors, exhaust manifolds, suspensions and clamps, silencers and exhaust pipes.
Loose bolts on your shock absorbers can also make a rattling noise. So when do you have to replace your shock absorbers?
Mainly after every 80,000 kilometers, or when your car is unbalanced or bounced when you push down on the bumper or while driving.
When it comes keeping your Chevy Cruze looking like new, the brakes should be at the top of your list. The clear signs that your car’s brakes need replacement include:
Squealing, squeaking or whistling when you push the brake pedal.
If your vehicle pulls on one side when idling or if the brake pedal feels soft when not pushed.
Brake fluid leakage – a huge red flag!
To keep your 2019 Chevy Cruze moving and stopping safely, recognize the warning signs that your brakes are faulty and follow the recommendations of the manufacturer to know when to replace them.
Take a Look Regularly Under the Hood
All that makes your Chevy Cruze roll is happening especially under the hood, so keep an eye on these things.
From transmission to brake-assisted steering (and more), the 2019 Chevy Cruze like any other car, makes use of lubricants to work accurately. Check the tanks, gauges of each fluid to see if they are at their optimal level. This is important because oil is used to lubricate, cool and clean the engine for maximum performance and keep it looking like new. Check and refill the power steering fluid if it is weak. Otherwise, you risk damaging the power steering pump. The same goes for engine coolant – without a radiator, your 2019 Chevy Cruze is not good for anything. Rinse the cooling system approximately every 90,000 kilometers and have the pressure tested by a mechanic to prevent radiator leaks. Look for signs of fluid drops in the engine compartment area: a bright red fluid under the car suggests transmission problems – which you should never ignore.
To keep the 2019 Chevy Cruze running at its best, check the hoses under your hood every month or two. When the engine is not hot, give a slight pressure to the hoses. If they are crunchy, or sticky and soft, or if they have a lump, it might be time to replace them.
Remember to Replace the Filters
It’s important to keep the engine of your 2019 Chevy Cruze clean, both outside and inside.
Tracking leaks and maintenance is easier on a clean engine block. Dust and dirt can clog pipes, valves, and sensors in an engine and prevent it from working properly. Among the things that your car maintenance schedule should include, you need to replace the filters according to the owner’s manual, among them:
Engine air filter
Transmission fluid filter
Have Your Car Serviced by a Pro
Although many of these tasks are easy to do yourself part of keeping your 2019 Chevy Cruze looking like new requires regular visits to a good mechanic.
Some of the tasks that a professional mechanic can do include:
Change the spark plugs approximately every 48,000 or 64,000 kilometers to ensure proper fuel economy.
Flushing the power steering system, recommended at least every 50,000 km.
Check the wheel alignment of your car, usually after every 48,000 kilometers.
Maintain the Bodywork of Your 2019 Chevy Cruze
Wash the body of your car regularly to preserve its color. Complete these washes by applying a polishing product that offers excellent protection to the varnish, as well as a protective wax. The cost is minimal, while the result is excellent. Read manufacturer’s manual to choose the recommended products to use for washing your 2019 Chevy Cruze.
In addition to the body, buy a product to maintain your wheels. Between the dirt of the road and the dust emanating from the pads, they can become dirty in a short time without specific care.
Using adhesive tape is a little trick that many people do not know. Put them on your car to reduce scratches. When your car is thus protected, you can then park without fear of scratches. Put tape at all commonly touched places like doors, mirrors, and bumper.
for the Windows
Whether for your safety or comfort, dirty windows are a nightmare. Do not clean them with just any product. Use the proper spray instead to wash it and prevent accumulation of dirt.
Apply with a cloth designed for this purpose rather than a sponge that tends to leave traces.
Prevent Waste from Accumulating
The first paper left on a seat or a carpet is an oversight, the second, a solution because there are no bins. To avoid waste multiplication, get a trash can for your Chevy Cruze. Portable adapting bins cling to the gear lever and allow putting aside all its waste. Then empty the bag at home and reuse it next time.
Elegant and discreet, it goes very well with all interiors.
Since the car cabin is closed most of the time, the air can start to reek. In recent years, deodorant trees on the mirror are popular. Not very pretty and quickly transforming a beautiful sedan into a large family car, they aren’t the best choice. Instead, prefer a fragrance dispenser that gives off a pleasant smell or other equally effective solution to keeping your 2019 Chevy Cruze smelling sweet and looking like new.