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Student Maintenance Assistant I David Bergman uses a gauge to read the air pressure of the front tire on a University van.

Student Maintenance Assistant I David Bergman uses a gauge to read the air pressure of the front tire on a University van.

Keep your motor running

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June 30, 2011

With the summer months upon us, now is the time many people choose to travel.

Having your car in tip-top shape is an important planning step before embarking on a road trip.

Preventative maintenance on your vehicle is one of the most important tips Fleet Services Manager Brian Wolfe can offer.

Preventative maintenance helps reduce unscheduled repairs,” Wolfe said. “And finding problems beforehand sure beats taking care of them after the car breaks down.”

In addition to preventative maintenance, Wolfe recommends following manufacturers’ recommendations for fluid and maintenance schedules.

“If you follow their recommendations, you're probably going to have good success with your vehicle and it will last quite a while,” Wolfe said.

Although the tips demonstrated and described in the captions of the following pictures can be done at home, it is important to find a mechanic that can offer good, reliable service that includes quality parts and quality service.

“Find somewhere you're comfortable with that has a good reputation,” Wolfe said. “Remember that the cheapest mechanics are not always the most reliable.”

Car maintenance tips:

  • Examine the belts and hoses of a car, checking all of them for cracks or worn areas;
  • Checking your wipers can prevent impaired vision in an extreme weather situation.
  • When changing any types of fluids in your car, make sure that you follow the manufacturer's instruction guide.
  • Use a gauge to read the air pressure of the front tire on a University van. The proper amount of air in your tires can improve fuel economy.

May/June 2011

Prior to the creation of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities in January 2013, several IPF departments were a part of the now-dissolved MSU Physical Plant. Some historical articles on this website reference that former unit.