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Car care tips to keep your vehicle in great shape

  1. Clean your vehicle regularly

If you reside in a cold area, schedule routine washes and wax services for your vehicle once every six months to protect the paint job and stop road salt deterioration on the undercarriage. To save money, you can also do it yourself. In any case, you want to maintain the best possible appearance for your car so that it won’t detract from its worth when the time comes to sell it.

  1. Get routine maintenance

The recommended routine maintenance schedule for each vehicle is determined by the number of miles driven. It is available from the dealership upon request or in the handbook.

While regular maintenance is usually needed every 5,000 miles or six months, certain cars allow you to go even longer between repairs. An oil change and multi-point inspections are performed by mechanics to make sure the car is operating properly and that nothing has to be replaced, such as worn-out air filters or windshield wipers. The mechanic will also check the fluid levels in your car and let you know if there are any problems that need to be looked at again.

You can learn to do some basic maintenance, like oil changes, on your own to save money over the course of your car’s life.

  1. Don’t skip major services

It is likely that you will need to replace worn-out parts with new ones when it is time for a tune-up. These consist of belts, hoses, PCV valves, oil and fuel filters, spark plugs, and filters. The kind and model of your car will determine how long these things last. When tune-ups are required, think about requesting pricing estimates from the service department so you are ready.

 

  1.  Get your brakes checked

    Although there is no set frequency for having your brakes inspected, Cars.com suggests doing so every six months or whenever your tires are rotated.

Nonetheless, it’s advisable to have your brakes tested as soon as you notice a difference while driving.

  1. Check fluid levels often

Decide on a day and record it in your calendar each month to check your fluid levels. You may create a helpful checklist so you will know what to do when the time comes, and it will only take a few minutes of your time.

Don’t forget to add the power steering fluid, coolant, engine oil, and windshield washer fluid. Additionally, you want to inspect the transmission and brake fluids at least twice a year, ideally every six months. You may put off having your fluid levels checked until it’s time for an oil change. Low fluid levels, however, can be a symptom of serious problems with your car. Plus, if the problems are not found, you will probably have to pay more for repairs down the road.

  1. Pay attention to your tire tread

You run the risk of losing control of your car when you have low tread on your tires, especially in the rain, sleet, or snow. However, there are two quick and affordable techniques to check the tread on your tires. You can use a penny or purchase a tread depth gauge.

If you go with option number two, place the penny in the tread upside-down, with Abraham Lincoln’s face facing outward. You should definitely get new tires if Lincoln’s head is completely visible, but you should take the vehicle to a tire dealer to be sure.

  1. Keep your tires inflated

In order to maximize fuel efficiency and maintain vehicle safety, tires must be properly inflated. When your tire pressure is low, your newer car’s dashboard will probably notify you of it. To check the air pressure in your tires, get a tire pressure gauge if your automobile lacks this capability.

To verify the correct air pressure levels for your vehicle, look at the sticker located right inside the driver door pillar. Make sure the tires are properly inflated if the pressure is low.

  1. Don’t ignore leaks, sounds or smells

Is there any of your car’s fluid on the ground? When you turn it on, accelerate to a certain speed, turn a corner, reverse, or stop at a traffic signal, does it produce any strange noises? Are there any odd odors emanating from your car that you’re not familiar with?

These indicators suggest that your car might require maintenance, so you shouldn’t disregard them. However, you can have to pay thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs if you ignore them and postpone looking into them.

  1. Pay attention to alerts

Don’t overlook any icon that appears, whether it’s the dreaded check engine light or something else entirely. Your car is attempting to tell you that something isn’t quite right, so instead, get it looked out. It is better to be safe than sorry, even if it isn’t a huge concern.

The bottom line.

The expense of maintaining your car could slightly hurt your pocketbook, depending on the brand and model. On the other hand, taking preventative care of your vehicle might save you a ton of money and prolong its life.