Every responsible car owner should know the basic car maintenance. After all some of us spend a great deal of time in our cars and should consider things like comfort, efficiency and most of all safety of our vehicle. When you are driving a vehicle that hasn’t been properly maintained and serviced correctly you are putting yourself in danger as well as jeopardizing the safety of other traffic participants. The responsible thing to do is learn the basics to car servicing, and perform regular auto checks. Should a problem arise, you should immediately contact the your car service centre and let the experts handle the auto repairs correctly.
In the meanwhile, here are some basic car maintenance tips that every driver and car owner should know to keep his/her car in good running condition for the road.
Tips for car service and maintenance to keep in mind:
Change of oil and other fluids. To keep your car running efficiently and with the least expenditure of fuel, you need to change your oil and filter regularly. This will also keep your engine in good condition. Most cars require an oil change every 3000-4000 miles. Oil and other fluid such as steering and transmission, coolants, brake fluids as well as fluids for the windshield should be checked once a week. If you don’t have time for this, or don’t know how to do it properly, you should let an experienced auto mechanic handle it for you, or better yet, show you how you can do it yourself.
Tires should also be checked weekly. They are mostly susceptible to tear and wear. Tire pressure is also very important as it provides balance to your car and also affects fuel consumption. Do not overlook to check this.
Timing belt. Timing belts have limited service life depending on the car manufacturer. That said, it is best to check your car manual to make sure when replacement is due. There might be a problem if you are not the car’s first owner. When buying a second hand car you should always inquire about the last time it was serviced and when the timing belt was replaced. In case you can’t get these information, replace it just to be on the safe side.
Brakes. Braking system in addition to braking fluids should be checked at least once a month. Should any problems arise in the meantime, if you hear any unusual noise when you break, or the car doesn’t react as quick as it should, you must have your brakes checked by an auto mechanic immediately. Brakes issues are a serious problem since any failure can put you and other people on the road in danger.
Windows, mirrors lights and wipers should also be checked for cracks or damage. Other than that you need to make sure your mirrors (side-view, rear) are wiped clean and your lights all work properly. Blades for the windshield wipers are important especially during raining season.
Car servicing should be done regularly, as the average car owner doesn’t have the proper expertise to make a thorough vehicle inspection. Consider hiring an auto mechanic much llike you have a family doctor. Your car will thank you by keeping you as safe as possible.