It goes without saying that a man’s love for his car is unparalleled. However, actually taking care of a vehicle you own and use is way more than an infatuation. You have to have a routine for certain periodic maintenance activities. Moreover, you need to be cautious of any different sounds or signals and get the car inspected there and then. This proactive attitude not just helps in preserving the value of your asset, but also assures that you are safe as you ride and commute in it.
Following are some tips following which you can assure your car stays in good condition.
The Car’s Exterior
- Frequently checking the air pressure of your car’s tires and getting it refilled ensures good health of tire as well better fuel mileage.
- A great way to improve the health of your car’s tires is to swap them. by changing their rear and front position, you ensure that they wear out evenly. This is because wearing out rate varies for front and back tires. In some cases, you can swap the tires side by side. You should always check any special instruction or arrow sign to make sure you are doing it right.
- Replace the windshield wiper as soon as they start making streaks on the windshield.
- Twice a year, apply wax to protect the paint from getting dim as well as rust to accumulate on the car’s surface.
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The Fluids and Filters
- The best resource to be sure of your particular vehicle’s need is its manual or the maker’s website. You should always check if your car has some unique requirements. Else you can follow the best practices.
- Your car has fluids and all need to be replenished periodically. These include engine coolant, and fluids for brake, windshield washer, and power steering
- Every 3,000 miles, you need to change the oil filter as well as oil.
- Replace the air filter annually. In some cases it does not need to be changed and cleaning does the job well.
- Find out if your car needs the premium high-octane fuel and get refuels accordingly.
- You might need to check the changing frequency for your car’s timing belt.
- After 40,000 miles, replace the fuel filter.
- Make it a habit to drain and flush your coolant system once a year. You should also be sure of the right mix of coolant and water for your vehicle. These are usually available locally.
- You will need to clean the radiator to ensure it stays bug free.
Brakes and Belts
- Taking care of your car’s brakes is critical for your own safety. You should change your brake pads every 20,000 miles.
- Keep an eye for any damage in belts and hoses and get them serviced or replaced
Maintaining a Healthy Electrical System
- This starts with reviewing your lights and bulbs every now and then.so that you can replace them promptly as need be.
- Cleaning your battery contacts annually and knowing when to replace the entire battery is important.
- If an interior light goes out, it indicates a blown fuse that needs a replacement.
- Every 30,000 miles you will need to check and replace your car’s spark plugs.
All of these activities not just demand time, but also the right set of tools and accessories.