Taking care of your car is essential to keep it running at its best condition and lengthen its life. Aside from on-time visits to the auto service shop, there are still plenty of things you can do at home to properly maintain and care for your car.
Your car’s fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle. They keep all the parts running and performing at their best that’s why maintaining adequate levels of these fluids is essential. Check the levels of the motor oil, coolant and the steering fluid from time to time and top it up when it falls below the desired level. A dipstick will help you determine if it’s already time for a refill. If the colours of these fluids aren’t the usual, you may consult a mechanic to see if it needs to be replaced.
Warning lights are built to alert you that something is off with your car: whether it is a forgotten gas cap or low air pressure on tires. Attend to that part immediately to resolve the issue. You can check your car’s manual to know where a certain warning light pinpoints to. If you can determine the problem, don’t hesitate to call a mechanic.
Maintaining proper tire pressure is important to make your vehicle run smoothly on the road, use fuel more efficiently and keep you safe while your drive. Because tires are one of the most used parts of a vehicle, they suffer wear and damage from regular driving. A once a month check is enough to keep tires in good shape. You may even install a tire pressure monitoring system so you’ll be notified when the tire pressure is already low.
When you’ve been driving the same vehicle for a long time, you already have an idea when it’s running at its best or when something is wrong. Experiencing a new ‘feel’ while driving the car is a simple sign that something has changed. Sometimes, minor problems can’t be easily diagnosed so it’s better to take your car to an expert to address the problem immediately and avoid costly repairs.
Just like the previous tip, you’ll know what sound is ‘normal’ and what isn’t. Usually, abnormal sounds roots back to a problem in the engine. Pay attention to when this sound is heard and mention this to the mechanic.
The lights of your car need to be replaced at some point. Perform a lighting check every month to see if all of your car’s lights are working well – from backlights, warning lights, DRLs and other lights. Some bulbs are easy to replace. You may also check the owner’s manual if you’re having a hard time replacing a certain light bulb to avoid causing damage.
Proper car maintenance might sound difficult or mysterious to some. However, knowing the basics surely helps a lot in keeping your car at its best.