In the growing world, nearly every family has a vehicle that they rightfully call their own. But what everyone needs to understand is that your car is not just a piece of luxury. It has become an important appendage to our homes and our lives.
Your car takes care of you on the road. Right?
Now, what comes next?
Well, now it comes to you to take care of your car, the way you do it for yourself and your family.
Weekly Inspection will help your car to last long and will also help in identifying the parts and areas that require immediate attention. Most importantly, it will minimize and prevent the uncertain breakdowns as well as help you in saving your thousands of dollars.
What is the Importance of Car Maintenance?
Now, this is something you really need to know. This question does not have a one-liner interpretation. There are certain important points that a car owner must be aware of in order to increase the life of their car.
Around 1000 people die every-day all across the world due to Car Accidents. An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled. Primary reasons behind every-day road crashes are faulty brake system and poor tire treads. Car service and maintenance can not avert road crashes directly. But, it can definitely help in preventing some of them.
Performing schedule Car services and regular maintenance checks can help you save on expensive repair costs.
Reliability and Performance
A regular maintenance check can control and ensure the functioning of all the wear vulnerable car parts and enhance the reliability and performance of a vehicle. And also, it will make one gain some confidence when it comes to such wear vulnerable parts.
Undoubtedly, a well-maintained car will rightfully command a higher resale value
in the resale market as compared to the neglected one.
Now, let’s just have a look at 10 areas of a car that require weekly checking. Go ahead!
Top 10 Car Maintenance Tips That You Must Follow
1. Fluid Inspection
Inspecting the car fluids regularly is an easy way of maintaining your car performance. Fluids are like the blood of a car. Thus, an inappropriate fluid level could lead to a lot of trouble. So, Check that the fluids are at the correct level, the oil color, and replace the oil after a regular period of maintenance. Also check the power steering fluid level, transmission fluid level, the hoses, and belts of any signs of wear.
2. Tire Checking (Pressure, Rotated & Balancing)
Tires are the most important part of your car. Tire pressure, regular tire rotation and wheel balancing play a major role in having a smooth, comfortable and safe drive. So, it’s better to adopt a habit of checking your tires regularly as this is something you can do it yourself and should not ignore.
3. Check Your Air Filter
The air filter prevents dust particles from entering into the engine. At the time of combustion, the engine needs air. Thus, a clogged air filter can affect the performance of your vehicle as well as your health. It is considered to change an air filter after every 12 months or 12000 miles.
Brakes are a crucial part of every vehicle. Many accidents are witnessed due to the failure of brakes. Such brake failures are caused by the rotors, the brake fluids, the brake pedal, and the brake pads. The most common reasons are the brake pads and leakage of brake fluid. So. make sure you’ve made your brakes checked by a skilled nearby car mechanic or nearest car service center.
5. Battery Inspection
First of all, make sure that the terminals of the battery are cleaned. If not, clean it with the help of a battery cleaning brush. You can even apply the dielectric grease to keep them corrosion-free. Further, you can check whether your car battery is fully charged (12.4 or 12.7 volts) or not with the help of a multimeter.
6. Change of Spark Plugs
Spark plugs could wear out resulting in the improper working of the car engine. They could be covered in a buildup, if not checked regularly. Moreover, if you find the spark plug and spark plug wires old or in bad conditions, you must replace them. Further, a spark plug usually lasts for 30,000+ miles.
7. Check the working of Cooling System
The engine coolant is carried by the hoses, which can get damaged by heat, high pressure and by becoming old. This further results in leakage. For efficient cooling, it’s necessary for the engine to have enough coolant. Therefore, get your hoses regularly checked and make sure that they do not overheat the engine.
8. Exterior Engine Cleaning
Maintaining the car engine both internally as well as externally is very important. If your engine is not cleaned from outside, it can cause a lot of damages. A number of special engine cleaners are available in the market for the cleaning of the engine’s exterior.
9. Protect your Headlights
Protecting your car headlights is of utmost importance as they protect you while driving in the night. It’s too risky to drive without the headlights in the night. So, if they get damaged, it will hardly take you 15 minutes to get them replaced. Do replace them before driving at night. Drive Safe.
10. Always carry the Automotive Tool Kit
Always carry a tool kit including thick gloves, heat resistant waterproof silicon tape, electrical tape, wire cutters, screwdrivers, tongue and groove pliers, a knife, and a torch. This will help you while facing different problems.
For more tips or maintenance information you can refer your car maintenance guide (owner’s manual).