Little things make a big difference when it comes to vehicle maintenance. Over time, little issues with your car can lead to big, sometimes expensive problems. Likewise, taking a number of little maintenance steps and making small repairs here and there can help to extend the life of your vehicle and keep it on the road longer. Here are three things you can do for your car to keep it running at peak performance.


#1 – Get your oil changed on time! 

You knew this was coming, right? Simply put, the oil in your car keeps everything running smoothly. A lack of adequate oil can cause friction and heating in the bearings, rings, cylinder walls, and other critical components. This significantly affects your vehicle’s performance and longevity. The recommended frequency for oil changes varies from car to car, but that information can be found in your Owner’s Manual. Alternatively, our LOF-Xpress™ technicians are always here to advise on frequency and oil type — no appointment needed! Oil changes are the single most important thing you can do to extend the life of your vehicle.

#2 – Keep proper air pressure in your tires at all times!

Because tires can be easily inflated, many car owners choose to inflate their tires themselves, which can result in over or under-inflation. Others may forget to regulate the tire pressure entirely. Maintaining ideal tire pressure for your specific vehicle is vital for its proper operation and management. Having tires that are not inflated properly can result in uneven tire wear necessitating premature replacement. If you have questions about tire pressure or want to try our tire rotation service, be sure to stop by one of our two convenient locations in Ankeny or Ames.

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#3 — Don’t ignore funny sounds, smells, or vibrations! 

Your car is constantly communicating with you, telling you what it needs and when it isn’t functioning properly. Listen, pay attention, and address any concerns as quickly as possible. 

At LOF-Xpress™, we take pride in providing the best, safest (with stay-in-your-car options!), and most efficient oil change, but we also care about the overall health of your vehicle. Along with our Xpress Oil Changes, LOF-Xpress™ also offers complete routine maintenance. Stop in for the LOF-Xpress™ PLUS Full Service Oil Change and we’ll perform our 12-point preventative maintenance inspection, which includes pretty much everything on your vehicle that can possibly be checked, including lights, tires, wipers, belts, hoses, and fluids! We analyze all your vehicle’s fluids to make sure they’re still doing their job. This is a great way to stay on top of commonly-missed preventative maintenance items before they snowball into bigger inconveniences. 

Now and always, you can take advantage of our Seasonal Specials – no appointment ever needed! For more information about our services, or to schedule an appointment, contact our team today.