Here are four helpful tips for car maintenance that you can do yourself.
Whether it is a purchase or a lease, you have a vehicle to maintain so that it remains in good condition and follows you for a long time. Here are some simple maintenance tips you can do yourself to keep your car on the road longer.
Take a look at the oil
Keeping the oil at the right level and changing it regularly is a smart way to keep your car on the road. The motor is made of moving parts. Engine oil is not only used to lubricate these parts; it acts as a detergent and oxidation inhibitor, reduces friction, facilitates heat diffusion, absorbs heat and helps prevent overheating.
Also, do not ignore the oil indicator light when it lights up. Use the oil quality recommended by the manufacturer. If you do not know how to fill the oil tank, go to a gas station and ask the attendant to do it for you. Check your user guide for the oil change schedule and don’t miss these important appointments.
Take care of the tires
It is essential to keep the tires in good condition to drive your vehicle safely. If the tire pressure indicator light comes on, go to a gas station immediately to inflate the tires. The guide shows you the correct PSI (recommended tire pressure). When it is cold, be sure to check tire pressure every two weeks. If the tires wear out in the same places, you have a clear indication that the wheel alignment or suspension needs to be revised. If the steering wheel vibrates, it may be because the tires need balancing. Rotate the tires regularly to ensure their durability.
Be careful with other liquids
Apart from oil, your car needs other liquids to keep it running. Be sure to check the coolant level regularly and fill the tank when required. Before winter, check the level of the antifreeze.
The windshield washer fluid reservoir must always be full and you must have an additional container in your trunk for emergencies.
This may seem obvious, but driving with caution can extend the life of your car… and yours! If you accelerate abruptly when you start, it may cause more wear and tear on the car. So you should let your car warm up in cold weather before you leave. If you drive an automatic car, gradually accelerate when the traffic light turns green – it’s not a race! If you drive an automatic car, set the lever to neutral at the red light to let the engine rest.