5 Tips on How To Maintain Your Car

Every car has own its maintenance schedule. Typically, information on how often your car should undergo maintenance service is indicated in the owner’s manual or a maintenance schedule that comes with the car.

While following your car’s maintenance schedule is a great way to ensure your car is in proper condition, there are some things you can do on your own to help keep your car performing at its best. And you don’t need to be a professional mechanic or invest lots of money to be able to do these tasks!

Here are 5 tips on how to maintain your car:

1) Check your windshield wipers

Windshield wipers are often an overlooked feature of your car. Typically, they last anywhere between 6 – 12 months. While most car owners tend to only replace the rubber wiping element of the wiper, we recommend replacing the entire wiper as the frame and arm also go through wear and tear. If your windshield wipers squeak or do not wipe away rain, snow or slush smoothly, it may be time to replace them.

2) Check your tires

For your tires, there are two things to check: tire pressure and the tread on your tires. Both can have negative effects on the performance of your vehicle if they are not checked regularly.

Setting your tire pressure to factory specifications can increase their lifespan. Your owner’s manual should have information on the ideal tire pressure for your car.

Also, do check the tread of your tires for worn tires. A solid bar of rubber across the tread indicates that it is time to replace your tires. Uneven or odd wear patterns on your tires can also indicate problems with your steering or suspension.

Your tires should ideally be rotated every 6,000 – 8,000 miles or during every alternate oil change.

3) Check your brakes

Well-functioning brakes are crucial for your vehicle.

Here are some indications of poor-performing brakes:

  • If your brakes squeal or grind when stopping, you may need to replace the pads or bring in your car to a workshop to get the brakes professionally checked.
  • If your car pulls to one side when braking, there may be a lack of sufficient hydraulic pressure
  • If the pedal goes down to far, it can indicate that the rear brake lining is wearing thin
  • If the pedal feels soft when braking, you may be low on brake fluid.

If your car has a brake light that glows, don’t ignore it when it lights up! You may need to replenish your brake fluid. But if that does not solve the problem, get a mechanic to examine your brakes.

4) Check fluids, belts and hoses

To check your car’s fluids, belts and hoses, all you need to do is look under your hood. Check the fluid levels and replenish them if necessary to ensure your motor is performing at optimal level. Also check for wear and tear on your belts and hoses.

5) Check your car battery

An average car battery lasts 5 -7 years and typically the battery will last longer if the vehicle is driven daily. Here are some ways to lengthen the life of your car battery:

  • Ensure that the battery cables are clean and tight
  • Get the charging system inspected at least twice a year

Preventative maintenance is easy to do and is very important for your car. Doing these small steps can reduce the need for premature repairs and help prevent any breakdowns. Most importantly, these do-it-yourself car maintenance tips will help you get the most out of your car!

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