How to Keep Your Car Running Longer—10 Simple Maintenance Tips
Posted December 12, 2006on:
Auto Technicians know that the key to preventing a breakdown on the road is through regular preventative maintenance.
Preventive maintenance isn’t difficult, and it just requires you to monitor certain aspects of your vehicle on a monthly basis.
There’s no guarantee your car won’t breakdown, but if you follow these ten simple monthly maintenance techniques, you’ll be much less likely to get stranded on the road.
1. Check Your Oil
Oil is the blood of your car. It keeps everything running smoothly. Make sure you always have enough oil in your car, and make sure to change your oil regularly. Most automotive technicians suggest that you should change your oil every 3,000 miles.
2. Check the Belts
Open your hood monthly and check your belts. If the belt looks like it’s cracking, it’s time to get a new belt. Checking your belts is easy, and it can often prevent a big problem later.
3. Change Your Coolant Every 30,000 Miles
It’s recommended that you change your coolant every 30,000 miles. But if your car tends to overheat or lose coolant, you should obviously change sooner than that. Check your coolant regularly to prevent overheating.
4. Keep an Eye on Your Tires
When is the last time you’ve checked your tires? You should check the air pressure every month, and also look for signs of wear and tear. It’s also important to have your tires rotated and balnced to ensure that each tire gets worn equally.
5. Remember Your Filters
Aside from having your oil filter changed every 3,000 miles, remember to monitor your air and fuel filters. Your air filter should get changed every 20,000 miles (but it may get dirty sooner if you’ve driven in a dusty area), and your fuel filter should get changed during tune-ups.
6. Watch Your Wiper Blades
Wiper blades should get changed every year. Don’t wait for them to start falling apart.
7. Check Your Battery
Some batteries need to be filled with water, so make sure you have the proper amount of water stored inside. You also want to prevent corrosion on the terminals. You can easily remove corrosion with a little baking soda and water. You can also prevent corrosion in the future by adding some petroleum jelly on the terminal.
8. Examine Your Automatic Transmission Fluid
If you have an automatic car, look for the dipstick handle near the back of your engine. Make sure your car engine is on and in park when checking your automatic transmission fluid. The fluid should look pinkish and should be filled up. If you need more, simply add automatic transmission fluid down the dipstick tube.
9. Check your Brake Fluid and Power-Steering Fluid
Each vehicle is different and may have certain rules on how to check these fluids. Refer to your owner’s manual to find out how to check and add more fluid.
10. Check Your Lights
Check all the lights on your car, especially your brake lights, headlights, and signal lights.
Most of the preventative maintenance techniques are easy to perform, and won’t take you long. By simply monitoring these aspects of your vehicle, you’ll hopefully prevent any major breakdowns on the road. To learn more about automotive technology and training, check out WyoTech.
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