The automotive industry is expected to continue to post positive statistics as more and more people acquire vehicles due to the lower average prices of automotives. Today, owning a car has moved from being a luxury to nearly a necessity. However, some people get scared of the belief that maintaining a vehicle is expensive. Regular maintenance is a basic and necessary act that will keep your machine running along smoothly. Additionally, regular maintenance will reduce the expensive costs associated with a badly maintained machine. Be ready to spend a lot of money on your vehicle if you don’t do regular preventive maintenance services. Every car needs regular maintenance in order for it to be ‘healthy’. I will highlight the basic car maintenance tips or steps that can or will save you those expensive visits to the garage. You can do most of these actions yourself.
The first step to understanding your car is by going through its manual. All vehicle manuals give extensive insights into the car maintenance steps and schedules. The manual will inform you on when to change its oil, its filters or timing belts. Thus, the manual should be the primary reference point when conducting regular maintenance services.
Next, conduct a regular inspection of the automobile. By regularly inspecting it, you will find out anything that is strange or out of place with/on/in the car. Anything that looks out of the ordinary should be spotted when you are doing regular inspection. For a regular inspection, you can look at the car lights if they are working, the tire pressure and wears, and any new/abnormal sounds.
Checking of the car fluids is another vital car maintenance service. Car fluids such as the oil enable the moving parts to roll along smoothly. Thus, check the car’s coolant, antifreeze, wiper fluid and their subsequent levels. The user manual will inform you on the required fluid levels of the car. Also, know when to change your car’s oil according to the user manual.
The battery is an important part of the car that many people ignore. Know where the car battery is placed in your vehicle. Check it regularly to see if there are any leaks or buildup on the battery contacts. A car will be unable to start if the battery is faulty. Thus, always check the state of your car’s battery to avoid getting stuck In the middle of nowhere. Lastly, always check the car’s spark plugs. Faulty spark plugs will increase the car’s consumption in addition to running the risk of the car breaking down. These basic tips will keep your car healthy thereby saving you the expensive garage visits.