Tips to keep your car in top shape while also educating teens on maintenance

Posted at 11:14 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 11:14:03-04

(WXYZ) — With people beginning to drive their cars more and more as they go back to work, there are several maintenance things you should be on the lookout for.

Over the past 3 months, people, people have been driving less, but Michelin has several DIY tips for people to do a car tune-up at their own home.

The first is to go under the hood with your teens and show them the different parts.

"Start with the basics and identify the key parts underneath the hood from the spark plugs, to the engine, and battery,” Michelin Product Marketing Director Mike Bundick. “If possible, do this on multiple vehicles, as the equipment won’t always be in the same place or look identical. From there, ask your child to identify some common parts and identify their functions.”

Next, have them help you complete simple maintenance tasks, including air pressure, checking tire tread, windshield wipers, air filter, batter maintenance and more.

Your tire air pressure should be tested on tires that haven't been driven for at least 3 hours, and should range between 30-35 PSI. Tire tread depth should be anything above 3/32 inch.

For windshield wipers, Michelin said wiper blades last an average of six months, and an air filter lasts about every 12 months.

For more information on Michelin’s tips, visit