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Maintenance Tips You Should Know

It is essential to maintain your car in good condition. This will help you, your passengers, and other drivers. These are some tips to keep your car running smoothly.

THE CAR MAINTENANCE GUIDE CHECKLIST

These items should be added to your “to-do” list for vehicle maintenance.

INSPECT AND MAINTAIN THE TIRES

You can reduce tire wear and improve your gas mileage by knowing how to maintain your tires. Checking your tire pressure includes finding the recommended pressure, checking the PSI and inflating or deflating your tires accordingly.

Flat tires can pose a danger to your car and you. There are several preventative steps you can take to help avoid a blowout, including rotating your tires every 5,000 to 10,000 kilometres and watching for tire recalls.

CHANGE THE OIL

It is important to change your car’s oil regularly in order to keep it running well. Check your oil each month and change it as directed in the car’s owner’s manual.

You have two options: either change the oil yourself or take it to a service centre. If you choose to do it yourself, learn the necessary steps to drain the fluid, set the correct oil level and dispose of old oil.

You should also know which type of motor oil is best for your car, regardless of whether you change the oil yourself or take it to a service centre. This generally means considering three things — the oil viscosity, whether to use synthetic versus non-synthetic oil and your car’s mileage.

SEE THE FLUIDS

You need to ensure that your vehicle is running at its best. According to Popular Mechanics, you or your mechanic should check:

  • Oil for engines
  • Coolant
  • Power steering fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Transmission fluid

Any of these fluids could cause a problem with your car’s performance. If you spot a leak, you may be able to identify the fluid by its colour. This will help you and your mechanic identify the source of the leak. This can speed up the repair process.

TEST THE LIGHTS

Broken or burned-out bulbs can pose a danger to your safety and could result in you being issued a ticket. Learn how to thoroughly inspect each bulb on your car. To determine if a bulb is defective, consult an expert.

Your car’s headlights are crucial safety lights. Consider taking a few extra steps to help keep them shining bright, such as cleaning the lenses and replacing bulbs as they start to dim.

REPLACE WINDSHIELD WIPERS

Don’t wait for your wipers to stop working. In heavy rains or snowstorms, damaged or worn-out blades can cause visibility problems. Knowing how to inspect your wiper blades regularly and replace them when necessary is one way to help keep your car safe.

CHANGE YOUR ENGINE AIR FILTERS

Dirty engine filters can cause your car’s engine to work less efficiently and allow for dirt and other particles into the engine. Inspect your car’s air filter once a year and replace it as needed.

REGULAR CHECKUPS

While some routine tasks can be performed at home, others require the assistance of trained technicians. Take your car to a technician if the check engine light comes on. The problem can be diagnosed by trained technicians using the OBD-II port on the car.

Qualified repair shops will also be able to inspect and replace core components such as the alternator or the wheel bearings. Regular tune-ups are a great way to ensure your car receives other maintenance items.

CHECK YOUR BRAKES

Your car’s brake pads also require regular inspection. Listen out for brake noises and watch out for vibrations or shuddering from your brake pedal while driving. Consult a service centre immediately if you have any questions.

WASH YOUR CAR

Your car is exposed to many elements. These include road salt, ice melt, tree sap and bird droppings. Some of these hazards are not only unsightly but can cause damage to paint and the undercarriage, according to AccuWeather.

Keeping your car clean may help prevent long-term damage. Find the car washing method that works for you and regularly wash your car.

CHECK HOSES AND BELTS

Maintaining your car’s belts, hoses, and other components in good condition can help to keep it running smoothly and help prevent a breakdown. For example, if your serpentine belt breaks while you’re driving, it may cause many of your car’s systems to fail.

It’s important to have your belts and brake hoses checked every oil change. This will ensure they are in good shape and won’t need to be replaced.

REVIEW YOUR CAR INSURANCE

It’s important to periodically review your car insurance policy, just like regular car checks. This will help you ensure that your policy’s coverages and limits are current and appropriate for your current circumstances.

Your car’s condition can make it safer for you and your passengers. If you have any questions about how to inspect or change a part of your car, contact a local mechanic.

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