10 Tips To Keep Your Car Running Right. Things You Should Learn For Proper Car Maintenance
- Check the owner’s manual and daily maintenance schedules.
- Change oil every three to five kilometres.
- Change regularly the oil and the air filters.
- Flush the fluids every two years at least once.
- Each month test the tire air pressure and keep the tires under the best pressure.
- Get tires to be rotated and adjusted 2x a year, or once every 6 months.
- Track tire treads and replace tires where appropriate.
- Keep a watch on the thickness of the brake pad and remove pads where appropriate.
- Maintain synchronized front end.
- Wash your car and keep it clean so you can avoid expensive body damage.
It is always frustrating to have to reach into savings to pay for car repairs and, recently, with how the economy performs, it is even more difficult. Nevertheless, to ensure we maintain the value of our cars (possibly your most important asset) and reduce cost of repair, here are a few quick, easy-to-remember tips on how to keep your car in top condition. Here are a few tips for keeping your car running correctly.
Oil is your car’s fuel and the car won’t go far or quiet without it. Have your mechanic teach you how to properly check your oil, and have the oil change every 3,000, 3,500 miles. Although oil producers say their oil can last 10,000 miles, it is generally best to use the same oil for no more than 5,000 miles to optimize engine reliability and long-term performance. Test the oil periodically, approximately once a week, and change the oil or change it once you reach the limit of 4,000, 4,500 mile (6,400, 7,200 km).
Keep brakes, belts and battery in good condition
Modern car braking systems are designed to be checked regularly to ensure optimum braking capacity. When you find any brake problems, take your car immediately to have the brakes tested. You could have a very serious crash if the brakes fail.
Heed warning signs
Give your trusted mechanic a ring if the dashboard lights in your car illuminate. (You can also review the helpful owner’s manual to learn the basics of your car and the repairs you need will help you produce a report and show your mechanic what you’re talking about). Delaying a repair could cause irreparable car damage and lead to a potentially more expensive fix. Just make sure you know the correct price to pay for any future repairs or maintenance by reviewing the repair price before going to the shop with your vehicle.
Always use reputable mechanics
It’s important to find a genuine, trustworthy professional auto technician, similar to having a great doctor we see for our annual inspection. A fantastic mechanic will help ensure the vehicle stays in good working condition. Check around for dealerships that sell the particular car, a detailed auto-shop list, to find a good mechanic. A friend’s old-fashioned recommendation works fine too.
Keeping the car body intact
While most people wouldn’t appear unkempt in public, our car’s cosmetic appearance is also critical. Simple things like keeping your car cleaned, waxed periodically, and making sure dents and dings are taken care of, you’ll help maintain your car’s value as well as avoid long-term problems like corrosion and fading. It keeps the car running properly
Keep the interior clean
Clean the interior as needed, and vacuum it. When it comes time to trade the car in or sell it, the interior is often a point of selling power. Although many may not worry about the oil or tires, the deal is off if the CD player doesn’t fit, or the interior looks a little dirty. The worth of the car is kept in the cabin, it has been said, and that argument holds true. If you ever want to trade in or sell the car, interest will be paid back to you every quarter spent on a pay vacuum!
Use the right tires with the correct inflate
Ensure that they are properly inflated to the required pressure from the manufacturer. The tire gauges are easy to use and are inexpensive. Tires should be replaced when signs of surface wear are shown between the treads. If you’re unsure how to classify tread wear markers, ask your local tire dealer. Check your tires for pressure every other day, and for wear or harm every week. If they get worn past acceptable limits, get them replaced
Ensure windows are transparent and working
Make sure all glass, mirrors and lights are clean and do not break. Replace as soon as possible any damaged lights or mirrors. Get minor windshield cracks fixed by a windshield repair center to decide if the windshield can be patched or needs replacing. Search for splits and damage periodically
Keep all the fluids topped up
The car’s other lifeblood is the fluids the drive train must have. Coolant, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, windshield fluid washer, brake fluid, and other fluids must be checked at least once a week. Ask your mechanic to show you the method of testing these.
Emission control systems
You may need to get your car regularly tested for pollution depending on where you live. In addition, the evaluation must be done by an engineer. Oxygen sensors and EGR valves are two common culprits
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