For some, maintaining their vehicle comes easy. However, there are plenty of drivers on the road who have no idea how to properly maintain the integrity of their vehicle. Mechanical ingenuity is not a part of our natural instincts, unfortunately.
It’s helpful to take the initiative and teach yourself some basic information on how to better maintain your car. Start now, and read through this brief summary, featuring a few tips for proper vehicle maintenance.
Check your fluids regularly
You’ll want to pop the hood every once in a while to check the fluids in your engine. If you have an older vehicle, you should be a little more vigilant. Older cars need checks more often.
Letting your fluids run dry will cause you to need replacement parts for your vehicle. You could spend money on used parts every once in a while, or you could neglect your fluids until you have to replace the whole car.
Check the oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and the water in your vehicle. Make sure the engine is warm when you check the transmission fluid and cool when you check the engine oil.
Pay attention to your warning lights
The lights on your dashboard are there for a reason. If your vehicle is telling you that you need to do something, do it. Today’s cars are very well equipped to let drivers know when something is awry. All you have to do is take action to rectify the situation as soon as possible.
Keep an eye on your tires
Keep an eye on your tire tread to avoid an unnecessary blowout. Do the penny test, and make certain your tread depth reaches Lincoln’s head. It’s also good to spot check the air pressure in your tires on occasion. Riding on low air will wear your tires much faster than is necessary.
Be cognizant of the feel of your vehicle
When you drive a vehicle regularly, you get a feel for it. If you feel like the car is driving different, it doesn’t hurt to get it checked out. Don’t let a strange sound or drag go unattended.
Get regular oil changes
Keep up with your oil changes. Every 3,000 miles or three months, you should take your vehicle to have the oil refreshed. Your car won’t just break down if you don’t get the oil changed right on schedule, but it helps maintain the integrity of your engine.
Check your air filter on occasion
Whenever you go to get your oil changed, it’s important to get your air filter checked as well. A grimy air filter can stunt your engine performance.
Maintain the efficiency of your wipers
You’ll need your windshield wipers to stay in good shape, so you can see when the bottom falls out of the sky. Your vehicle isn’t safe without proper wipers.