Cars can be likened to electric lights. They are often overlooked until they stop working. Simple service and regular maintenance can significantly reduce the cost of your car and make you a happier traveler.
Do not let car maintenance scare you. There are actually several car maintenance tips you can do – even if you’re totally mechanically-challenged!
You’ll need to ensure that your windshield washer fluid reservoir is full. Screwing off the cap is all that’s required to pour windshield wiper fluid into the correct spot. When filling up your tank, you can quickly check the level of fluid.
Once you have the windshield washer fluid removed, use a rag to wipe the bugs and other debris off the windshield. Take off the wiper blades.
Get your car serviced immediately if you notice any color fluid leaking from it.
You should take your car to the nearest service station if you notice a strange odor. If you smell something strange, it could be that there is something wrong under your car’s hood.
Replace your wiper blades every fall. They only need to be replaced once a year.
Make sure that all lights work properly, including emergency flashers and brake lights. This quick check can be done while you fill up your gas tank.
Every month, check your tires for any bulges, cuts, nails, or foreign objects.
Your friendly serviceman will inspect your car once a month to check the tire pressure. The cost of this service should not exceed five dollars, if at all.
Your oil filter and oil should be changed every three months. Often, an inspection is performed during the oil change. If you need to, it’s worth paying a little more to have this done. Also, make sure to get your battery tested.
When your air filter gets dirty, have it changed. Ask the oil change people to inspect your air filter. They will gladly change it for your benefit.
No matter how inept you might have been in the past about cars, you will soon be able to perform simple maintenance checks and get in the driver’s seat. It’s likely that you will discover in advance whether your car is experiencing problem