I've mentioned here and there that we have an upcoming deployment on our hands. This is the first deployment for us, so we are navigating foreign territory and just trying to keep our heads above water. There is so much we have to do/prep for before he goes!
One of the big things I've been worried about is the car. When it comes to cars, I know next to nothing. Here is everything I know about the old automobile:
1. Gas makes it go
2. The key makes it start
As you can see, it's a short list. I really want to avoid car issues if at all possible, so we are trying to proactively make sure Parker takes care of any car-related maintenance. In light of this, I came up with a checklist of things I need to do to my car before he deploys. I figure it's better to be proactive than reactive!
1. Change Your Air Filter
Raise your hand if you knew your car had an air filter that serves as the engine's first line of defense.
Bueller? ... Bueller?
I had no idea either, but I'm glad I figured it out! A clean air filter improves airflow while preventing dirt and dust from entering and damaging the engine. While at Walmart, Parker picked up the FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter that is specifically designed for the make/model of my car.
Dirty filters restrict airflow, which can contribute to decreased acceleration, horsepower, and reduced overall performance. In the same way, a clean air filter can increase acceleration, horsepower, and improve overall engine performance. It was definitely an eye opener comparing my old filter to my new one. Eesh!
It was super simple and took about 5 minutes to install the new filter. I located the FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter for my car at Walmart, Parker installed it, and I was good to go. Boom. Done. Change your air filter, folks!
2. Update Your Registration
If your registration is going to expire before your husband returns, just go ahead and update it early. That way it's done and one less thing you'll have to worry about.
3. Get An Inspection
Take your car in for an inspection. The mechanic will be able to tell you everything you need to do in the next few months or at least everything they recommend. If you're like me and have no clue what they're talking about and tend to feel like you're getting scammed, this is where your husband comes in. Having the inspection before he leaves means he can advise you what is necessary and what isn't.
4. Change Your Oil
Get a fresh oil change before he leaves so you'll have a few months once he's gone before you have to worry about it again. The goal is to spend as little time at the dealership or mechanic as possible.
5. Rotate Your Tires
This is another little thing that just needs to be done every once in a while. I like to rotate my tires and have my oil changed in the same trip to keep the hassle at a minimum. Rotating your tires keeps one pair from running out faster than the other pair, or so I am told. Again, I'm clueless!
Those are my top 5! There are other proactive things you can do like change the wiper blades and give the car a thorough cleaning and wax, but these 5 are the things we are aiming to have done before he leaves.
Ladies who have gone through deployment, I'd love to hear your car tips! For anyone looking to get a jump start on car maintenance, stop by your local Walmart and pick up the FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter.