Getting a car is quite a big purchase, and we all know such investments should be kept an eye on. However, it’s easy to forget taking care of the many parts that keep our car working. It is important that we regularly pamper our vehicles to ensure optimal performance and long life, and it pays to know how yourself. Here are some basic maintenance tips to keep your car in good running condition:
1) Clean your car
The very least you can do to take care of your car is to always keep it clean. Get a small trash bin for those receipts and gum wrappers. Wash your car regularly – ideally at least once a week. Dirt can distract you while driving, so keep your windshields and mirrors spotless. Lastly, have time to polish your seats and keep your car mats free from dust.
2) Keep your tires properly inflated
Take your car to a tire pressure check every month. Proper inflation of tires is essential in improving gas mileage and ensuring safe driving. Another thing you can do is to have your tires rotated as often as you check pressure to make sure all your tires wear evenly and last longer. Taking care of these often overlooked car parts will definitely save you a lot of money in the long run.
3) Check and clean your lights
Check all your car lights – headlights, indicators, brakes, and fog lights. Avoid a decrease in their luminance by regularly cleaning their covers with a high-quality microfiber cloth.
4) Get an oil change
The ideal schedule for this can be different for each car model, so take a look at your car manual to check how frequently you should change oil. Regularly doing so will keep your car engine operating efficiently. Also remember to never mix up oil from different stations!
5) Do fluid checks
Learn how to check your car’s brake, transmission, coolant, power steering, antifreeze and wiper fluid levels, so you know when it needs to be topped off or changed. Being on top of all these will help avoid leaks and ensure proper functioning of your car.
6) Do a general inspection
Inspect your car regularly and catch anything that looks out of the ordinary. A good friend of mine once figured out that the terrible stench in her car was due to a dead rat stuck in her car’s engine. What might seem like a small problem can become a major one if left ignored and unchecked! Once you notice a problem, take your car to its manufacturer and have it repaired at the earliest opportunity to know which parts need fixing, replacing or changing.