Top Ten Car Care Tips
With a huge investment, come a huge Responsibility. Owning a car doesn’t have to be a short-term responsibility. You can save a lot of money by just following some simple steps. All you need is a a mechanical genius mind to be its care taker and a determined mindset. Good car care does not require greasy hands and oily footprints. With the following car care tips, you can help keep your vehicle healthy and your hands clean and save the ecology from harmful pollutants.
#Tip 1 : Check Your Tires
Make sure they are properly inflated. Tire gauges are cheap and easy to use. Tires should be replaced when tread wear indicators are showing between the treads. You will find proper inflation tables for your vehicle on your door panel and vehicle handbook, or call your tire and repair specialists. Check your tires every other day for pressure and every week for wear. Have them replaced when they become worn beyond acceptable limits.
#Tip 2 : Oil and Fluid Levels
Fluids are the blood of your car, and without it, the car isn’t going to go far or quietly. Have your mechanic demonstrate how to check your oil properly. Most car manufacturers recommend changing the oil every three months or 3,000 miles. Always use the fuel that is recommended for your vehicle, this will provide you with the most power and best fuel economy.
#Tip 3 : Windows/Windsheild Wippers
Make sure that all windows, mirrors and lights are clean and not broken .Check them for wear and cracks and replace them if necessary, think about doing this each spring and fall.
#Tip 4 : Brakes, belts, and battery
It is very important to check the brakes and brake fluids for proper level. Whenever necessary, change the brake pads as small changes can add to car safety. Check the belts or have them checked regularly for wear and tension. Very loose belts often make a loud squealing sound; have yours serviced if you hear this noise. The battery and charging system should be checked at a service facility at least once a year. Clean the battery case by wiping it with moist paper towels and a mild detergent. Dirt and residue on the case can cause a current drain on the battery.
#Tip 5 : Greasing
Everything with moving parts needs grease to survive. If not then mark an early retirement of the joints due to poor lubrication.
#Tip 6 : Engine Air filter
Changing out the engine air filter is a quick job that can be done during any oil, brake or transmission fluid change.
#Tip 7 : Clean the Interior and Exterior
It’s easy to use your car or truck as a storage area for all kinds of things (including useless junk and garbage), especially in the cold months when you don’t feel like cleaning your car in the freezing cold. Take the time to declutter your car, losing the extra weight can significantly increase your gas mileage too. It’s worth it. Take special care to address the undercarriage where road salt can eat away or corrode the metal. A thorough cleaning at a car wash should do the trick.
#Tip 8 : Emission control systems
Depending on where you live, you may be required to get your car checked for emissions periodically. It is advisable to go to search for a mechanic for such diagnosis. Oxygen sensors and EGR valves are two common culprits and must be checked on regular intervals.
#Tip 9 : Maintain the cooling system.
The coolant level should be within one inch of the top of the radiator filler neck, and the coolant should be free of contaminants. Flush or refill the cooling system at 40,000 to 100,000 miles.
#Tip 10 : Lights
You can check your own lights if you have someplace you can park near reflective glass windows, or you can ask a friend to walk around your car while you turn on different lights. Make sure to check your headlights, taillights, reverse lights, and turn signals.
Following these simple tips will keep your vehicle healthy and perform its best.