There are various parts of your car that you should care for if you want it to function at its best. Some of these procedures you can perform yourself and some you need to call for professional assistance. Some of the tasks you should not neglect include inspecting tires, monitoring and maintaining engine oil, strictly keeping to scheduled maintenance, examining the brakes, checking the battery etc. The extent of your devotion to the well-being of your car determines what you can do by yourself.
Maintaining your car would help it stay in optimal condition and provide you with a safe ride. Below is a list of simple tips that will help you maintain your car.
Monitor/Maintain Engine Oil
Ensure that your engine oil is at the recommended level at all time, if you don’t want your car to break down on the road all of a sudden. Your vehicle needs engine oil to run and checking the oil of your car on a regular basis would save you much frustration. You can check the oil level by yourself, all you need do is clean your dipstick and insert it inside the cool engine, the oil level will be obvious when you lift out the dipstick. The recommended oil level is indicated on the owner’s manual, it is important to check this if you don’t know what the recommended oil level should be. Add oil if it’s below the minimum level and stop adding oil when at or just below the top line or the “Max” mark. Extra caution should be made to not overfill. The engine capacity and oil grade of your vehicle determines how far it will go before it needs an oil replacement.
A car is not complete without its tires, it is what makes it mobile and a damaged tire could result in unpleasant situations on the road. Your car tires would start wearing out unevenly if it is overinflated or under-inflated. Tires that are not properly inflated also leads to poor cornering, stability and stopping. If the outer edges of the tire is wearing out, it is likely that you have under-inflated tires and when it’s the thread at the middle that’s wearing out, your tires are most likely over-inflated. Most car owner’s find changing their car tires every now and then annoying and a waste of money. To prevent this, purchase a tire gauge, so that before you embark on any journey, you will be able to check the pressure of your tires. This will prolong your tire’s life and also improve gas mileage. Everyday, your tires grind on gravel, cement, asphalt, stones, pot holes and hard road surfaces, this makes it a necessity to regularly inspect the tires for wear and tear, cracks, corrosion and bulges. In addition, include taking your car to the mechanic in your monthly schedule.
This is another indispensable part of your vehicle, your car would be unable to start without its battery. That’s why it requires a frequent inspection. The number one thing you should check is the battery connections, they need to be tight and clean. Add a little baking soda to water and use it to wipe off any acid corrosion you find. If the corrosion is hard to remove, contact your mechanic. If it isn’t a dry battery, you can add distilled water to maintain electrolyte levels.
Examine the Brakes
Your vehicle needs mechanical attention if the brakes are vibrating abnormally or if they are producing a grinding or squealing sound. Your brakes will easily wear and tear and need regular replacement if you experience frequent stop and go driving. Brake pads often lasts as long as 20,000 miles before they will need to be replaced but this highly depends on the type of vehicle.
Check Cooling System
Make inspecting your vehicle’s cooling system a part of your routine because if your car fails to heat properly, your car won’t be cool and this would make you and your passengers uncomfortable. Change the antifreeze(flush and fill) according to the manufacturer’s instructions and this should be done only when the engine is cool.
Seasonal changes affect windshield wipers, causing them to be stiff; this leads to scratches on the windshield and creates a blurry vision. You should replace your windshield wipers annually or after every 6,000 to 10,000 miles. Clean the blades with windshield wiper fluid to keep them intact.
What works for car A might not work for car B, therefore, if you want your car to last longer, strictly abide to the scheduled car maintenance based on its unique requirements. The car’s model, mileage, condition, year and make determines its repair schedule. Read the owner manual of your car to know the best treatment to give it so that it can remain in optimal condition. It is also advisable to perform these tasks through the guidance of an expert car repair and maintenance service.
Give your Car a Wash
Both the interior and exterior part of your car need to be cleaned on a regular basis, this doesn’t only make your car easy on the eyes but also boosts its resale value. Use a vacuum cleaner on the interior and a clean rag to dust the dashboard. Wash the carpet mats in the vehicle’s interior with a detergent or brush and lay them out under the sun to dry.
These simple car maintenance tips, will keep your vehicle in great condition. You should still stay diligent and be on the lookout if any issues arise and visit your Auto Repair Shop for regular inspections to keep everything in check.
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