Have you ever heard about your friend or family member who has the “old faithful” car that’s still running like a champ, even after 200,000 miles? The functioning and operations of a car are mostly the same, and how well you keep up on the maintenance of your vehicle will determine how much life you can expect to get from your vehicle. If you take care of your car, your car will take care of you. Here are five simple car maintenance tips that will help you get the most from your valued car.
Learn How to Make Small Repairs Yourself
Probably the most important car maintenance tip is to learn how to do at least the minor repairs yourself. Doing minor repairs can help you to understand how your car works; this way if you ever need any large repairs done by a garage, you’re much more knowledgeable about your car and you won’t be taken advantage of by greedy mechanics.
Check Your Air Filter Often
This is perhaps the cheapest and easiest car maintenance tip. The air filter in your car is responsible for ensuring that clean air is traveling into your intake and to your fuel. Oxygen is necessary to ignite the fuel to keep the combustion process going in your vehicle. The dirtier your air filter is, the more fuel is burning off and igniting with that little bit of air that is present in an effort to keep your car running.
Monitor Your Tire Tread and Keep Them Properly Inflated.
Part of your fuel efficiency comes from how well your vehicle’s tires are maintained. Underinflated tires will cause you to burn more fuel due to the car doing more work under the load of bad tires. Worn tread also causes this. Not only does checking your tires keep your car running efficiently, but it will also prevent a tire blowout from occurring. Additionally, properly treaded tires can help to prevent hydroplaning on wet roads.
Change Your Oil
The oil in your car keeps all of the running components as well as joints and bearings lubricated so that they can operate as required. Dirty oil puts small particles on these important components and jeopardizes their function. Once too much dirty oil enters your car’s system, it takes a lot of work to flush it all out. Additionally, know when to change your oil. The myth was that the oil needs to be changed at 3,000 miles, but newer cars can have their oil changed out at 5,000 mile intervals.
Keep Your Eye on Fluid Levels
Besides your oil, the fluids in your vehicle have a reservoir with minimum and maximum levels. Keeping the fluids at the maximum level gives you the best piece of mind, but the fluid levels are fine if they are in the middle of the lines. Most importantly, make sure your coolant levels are where they need to be. This keeps your engine at a safe operating temperature. Overheating of the engine can occur if the coolant is low.