Q: If you had one tip that’s the most important, what would it be?
David Slone: Remember that your car is a little like your own body. Don’t put off problems – address them as they arise. They are not going to get better on their own!
Q: Are regular fluid changes an important part of maintenance?
David Slone: Absolutely. Not just motor oil, but transmission fluid and coolant changes should be part of your maintenance schedule.
Q: I’ve heard that short trips are bad for your car. Why?
David Slone: When the car engine can’t get up to operating temperature, this means that the water that’s left over from combustion can’t be eliminated through the tailpipe and crankcase vent. That leads to diluted motor oil, which can be a problem.
Q: How often should I rotate the tires?
David Slone: This is a really simple one. Just have them rotated when you get your oil changed.
Q: Why is tire rotation so important?
David Slone: Regular rotation of your tires will extend tire life, ensure even wear, and keep your car driving, riding and handling properly.
Q: Any closing advice?
David Slone: Yes, just drive with some common sense! Stay on top of your regular preventive maintenance (look up the intervals in your owner’s manual), and you can easily get 200,000 miles or more out of almost any vehicle.
In addition to his tenure at Weld County Garage, David Slone has been in the driver’s seat of many businesses over the last 20 years in an entrepreneurial role. David Slone and wife Stacey have been married for 25 years, and they have two children.