If you don’t know much about cars, doing self-maintenance can be intimidating. Luckily, with all the information available today, taking care of your car is easier than ever. The following are three tips that can help keep the trickier parts of your car running.
Take your car in for regular maintenance
A car is similar to a human body when it comes to maintaining its health. Regular check-ups are the best defense against a breakdown. Whether the car is on the assembly line or in your garage, it’s going to need repair eventually. Even big auto-manufacturing businesses have to hire companies like Industrial Measurement & Control repair services for the right parts. The sooner you can get ahead of your smaller-level repair needs, the less likely your car will fail you.
Your owner’s manual should have a vehicle maintenance schedule inside, and now that late-model cars have service indicator lights, there’s no excuse not to take your car in for expert assistance.
Take the time to look at the tricky parts
The following are eight things that need to be checked and maintained at least once a week:
- Oil level
- Radiator overflow reservoir
- Brake cylinder reservoir
- Power steering fluid
- Hoses and belts
- Air cleaner
- Transmission fluid level
- Tire pressure
If doing these check-ups once a week is too much for you, once a month is acceptable, except when it comes to your tires. Your tires should be checked at least once every other week.
No more short trips
When you go out on a trip, stay on the road for longer than 10 minutes. Water is a byproduct of engine combustion. When your engine is operating as it should be, that water turns to vapor and exits the car through your tailpipe. If your trip is shorter than 10 minutes, there’s a good chance that water will remain inside your car’s engine and exhaust. This causes your engine to rust and your oil to become diluted, which is a recipe for an engine breakdown. The solution is to cut down on those short trips, and if you can’t, change your oil every 2000 to 3000 miles.
Hopefully, you found these car maintenance tips helpful. Remember: you get out of your car what you put into it. Serve your automobile well, and it will return the favor.
By Brooke Chaplan