Basic Vehicle Maintenance

Maintaining your vehicle can help increase the longevity of your car’s engine and exterior; helping your car last longer and drive safer. 

Read Your Owner’s Manual

Your owner’s manual will provide details about when and how to service your car; providing details of when your oil should be changed and when to replace air filters, etc.. 

Clean Your Windshield 

Cleaning your windshield regularly removes obstructions from your sight and can help you drive safer. Additionally, if you have any chips in your windshield, have them repaired before they become cracks. In order to avoid needing to replace your windshield. 

Wash Your Car

Washing your car at least once a month can help prevent damage to your vehicle’s exterior, and increase engine function. Mud, dirt, rain, ice salt and other materials can adhere to the surface of your car while you drive. These materials can cause damage to your paint job and other parts of your vehicle. 

Check Your Tire Pressure

Regularly checking your tire pressure can help prevent accidents. The more miles your car drives and the more the temperature fluctuates, the more your tire pressure will change. If your tires do not have the correct air pressure, you’ll have a higher chance of a blowout. Tires with the right pressure, last longer and can increase your fuel efficiency. To properly check your tire pressure, check your tire pressure after your car has been stationary for at least four hours. The correct pressure can be found on your door. The pressure written on the actual tires represents the maximum amount of pressure your tire can hold. If your tire pressure is low, you can have them filled at a service station. some gas stations offer self-serve air pumps as well. 

Check Your Car’s Oil Level Regularly

Check your oil level every other time you refuel. To get an accurate reading on your oil levels, make sure your vehicle has been stationary with the engine shut off for at least 5 minutes; ensuring your engine oil has settled back into the tank. Most cars consume 1 quart of oil every 1,000 miles. Note that if you need to add oil after 500 miles or less, you may have a leak in your system. 

Test the Lights

Legally you can be pulled over and ticketed for having a headlight or taillight out while driving. By performing a simple occasional check of your lights, you can prevent this from happening. Additionally, keep an eye on the yellowing of your headlights. If this does occur, polishing your headlights should clear it up. 

Check and Top-up Fluids

Regularly check your car’s oil, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and transmission fluid (applicable only to automatic vehicles) levels. Each fluid is important for your vehicle’s performance. Without oil, your engine will seize up; without antifreeze, your vehicle will overheat.  Therefore, regularly checking, and topping-off these fluids will help your vehicle run in pristine condition. 

Small Changes that Can Increase the Longevity of Your Vehicle

Keep Weight Down– Carrying stuff around in your vehicle will negatively impact your fuel efficiency. 

Keep the Car Covered– Either keeping your vehicle in a garage, covered parking space, or using a cover, will prevent weather damage when not in use.

Don’t Run Low on Fuel– Sediment gathers at the bottom of the tank. When you drive your car with low fuel levels, the sediment flows with the gas into the engine and can cause problems in the future. 

Keep Your Keychain Light– Extra weight can wear down the tumblers in the ignition switch. 

Car Battery Health – if you don’t use your car for a long period of time, consider using a trickle charger or a battery conditioner. To maintain battery health, drive your vehicle at least once a week, especially in the winter.

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