When it comes to the mechanics of your car then you likely leave everything to your mechanic. After all, they are the people who know best. However, the inconvenience of taking your car there along with the coset of their service often leaves many motorists to cease providing their car with basic maintenance.
Unfortunately, this inaction can be very damaging to your vehicle and even result in more costly damages in the future.
To help you avoid a visit to the mechanic and costly repairs, below are some great basic maintenance tips that you can perform at home in your own drive.
Check Your Fluids
That’s right – fluidS! Your car needs more than just water in the radiator to keep it going. Start with the following:
- Engine Oil/Lubricant
- Power Steering Fluid
- Brake Fluid
- Cleaning Fluid
If you aren’t sure where any of these items are, your owner’s manual is the best place to check. If you can see that any of these levels are low then top them up immediately with the right product. If you are unsure which is the right product, ask your local engine store for help.
These checks should be completed once a month.
The last thing that you want to encounter is a blown tire when you are on your way to pick up new shopping items that you bought from the Groupon Coupons page for Soft Surroundings. Unfortunately, tire blowouts are common and can strike at any time. Unless, of course, you ensure your tires are always in good condition.
Take a look at the condition of your tires once every three months to see the level of tread. If you notice any bald spots or chunks that are missing from your tires (including the one in the trunk), have it replaced before you drive on it again.
You would be surprised at how effective adjusting your tire pressure can be. Your owner’s manual will have the correct pressure for your tires, otherwise, it should also be printed on the tires themselves if they are the ones that came with your car, originally.
Not only can the correct tire pressure extend the life of your tires, it also increases the handling and performance of your steering mechanisms and helps to reduce friction between your tires and the road which leads to lower gas consumption.
If you can hear any type of noise when you brake then it isn’t a good sign. While it could just be some dust accumulation on your brake pads it could also be a sign that something is wrong with your braking system or the brake pads themselves.
Every few months, take a look at the condition of your brake pads and make sure that there is sufficient material to bring your vehicle to a halt.
Just because you don’t know anything about how your engine or vehicle works doesn’t mean that you can’t provide basic maintenance. While the above tips may seem easy, it’s because they are! Keeping your car in good condition isn’t a hard task, it just takes a bit of time and some care from you as a motorist.