Keeping on top of your routine maintenance for your car will help to keep your vehicle healthier, longer. You can avoid car troubles down the road, prevent potentially costly breakdowns, save money, and lengthen the life of your car when you keep on time of maintenance. A few little preventative maintenances can make a world of difference.
Read Your Owner’s Manual
This may seem basic, but the first step to taking care of your car is to learn about your vehicle. If you have any lights going on in your dashboard, you need to know what they mean. When you are familiar with your car, you can easily do routine checks and catch anything out of the ordinary before it becomes a real problem.
Check Your Tires
Check tire pressure regularly. This could save you from dealing with a flat tire in a potentially frustrating situation. As the weather gets colder, tire pressure tends to drop-down. Keep an eye out on your tires. Buy a cheap tire pressure gauge; it’ll be well worth the investment. Ensuring that your tires have the right amount of pressure will help you to get better mileage, saves you money in gas, and helps your tires to last longer. You can also check your tire’s tread with a penny.
Get tires rotated regularly to ensure even wear down. Your manual will instruct you how often you should be doing this. It’s also helpful to get your alignment balanced.
Replace Your Air Filters
Check your cabin air filter and your engine air filters. Replacing filters is very easy and affordable. Plus, they can make a big difference!
Check Your Fluids
We all know that you should be checking your motor oil regularly—that is important, but there are plenty of other fluids that need to be routinely inspected as well. You should also be checking your coolant, transmission fluids, washer fluids, brake fluids, antifreeze, and power steering fluids. All of these fluids are important to the functionality of your car. Be sure the check these out regularly. It is also vital that you never ignore a leak—it could mean a bigger problem.
You should be changing your oil and oil filter regularly. To check your oil, you should be checking the oil’s color and level. This can be done with a dipstick or an electronic gauge. Check your owner’s manual for how often you should be changing your oil and filter.
Check Belts and Hoses
Check the hoses and belts in the engine bay. Hoses direct coolant flow and prevent the engine from overheating. When one of these hoses becomes cracked, bulges, or separated, then it’s time to replace it. Belt also need checking. The timing belt is critical to your engine’s operation. Check your belt for any signs of wear, cracking, or glazing—if you find anything like this, it’s time to replace it. Keeping an eye on these things to avoid problems down the road.