Basic Car Maintenance Tips You Need to Know

This is a guest post by Anchal Thakrar.

Cars require steady maintenance to work efficiently.

Most people don’t know how often they should replace the oil or the tires. To help you out, here are some of the best maintenance tips for cars, which you need to know.

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The greatest myth in managing cars is to know when to replace the oil. Until recently, mechanics advised oil changes each 2,900 miles. But, now owing to the latest engine innovations, reputed auto companies suggest oil changes from 7,500 to 9,800 miles.

New cars have oil life indicator that indicates the next oil replacement time.

Check your car’s owner’s manual and follow that interval to replace the oil. Spot the oil level by utilizing the dipstick every day. When it is lesser than normal, add sufficient oil, and if it is dirty, then you must replace it.

Either you hire a mechanic or replace the oil yourself, ensure to maintain a monitor system for the mileage. The driver must also use the owner’s handbook to record the changes or have a notebook. 

1. Periodic Brake Checks.

Keep a check on your car brakes when you put several miles on your car annually or drive in heavy traffic.

It’s a bonus to know if your brakes require a check-up. Watch out for specific signs if your brakes require a check-up, like:

  • High-pitching squeal while stopping or braking;
  • Steering wheel vibrates while stopping or slowing;
  • Grinding noises of metal over metal;
  • Slow time to stop or extra effort needed over the brake;
  • A pull towards one side while stopping or braking;
  • A foul stink pervades while applying the brake.

Conduct a brake test when you find such doubts. Never disregard any sign of difficulty while trying to stop the car.

2. Correct Tire Management.

Tires need to be in the right shape to save money and avoid accidents. It’s crucial always to check up the tires.

3. Tire Pressure.

Low air tires will lessen fuel competence and increase chances of wearing and blow out.

Check the tire pressure every month, using instructions in owner’s manual on PSI. Use the tire gauge for finding the PSI.

Make sure to increase the lifespan of your tires with a good inflator.

4. Tire Tread.

Tread helps cars stay over the road. Damaged tires will slip both over wet and icy paths. Check the thread every month. Replace the tires while you notice the wearing out of tread indicators to 2/32 per inch.

5. Tire Rotation.

Rotating the tires controls fuel efficacy alongside avoiding unwanted weathering. Refer to owner’s handbook for rotation interval.

6. Air filter.

You must check air filter also while changing oil regularly. It is essential when you use and drive your car in heavy traffic, especially in the dusty and windy areas.

You should also check this when you travel to many construction sites.

7. Belts and Hoses.

Rubber stuff will wear out alongside bad weather occurrences or higher mileage. Remove the hood consistently and check over the surface for holes and cracks.

If you’ll be carrying something heavy from one destination to another, make sure you get a good kayak rack, as it can haul large items of any size.

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8. Change Wiper Blades.

Damaged wipers are dangerous and can block visibility. Replace them seasonally, and quite often.

By keeping a check using the tips listed above, you can avoid frequent rushing to the mechanic for your car. You can get minor repairs and inspections done yourself. Additionally, these tips and tricks will also enhance the efficiency of your car.

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