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Car maintenance practices can be overwhelming with all the multiple service reminders on your car’s manual. However, they are important as they keep the vehicle and users safe. Experts say that car maintenance extends the lifespan of your car and ideally cuts down the costs of repairs. This piece will dig into four car maintenance items that should always be in your checklist.
Oil has been said to be the engine’s blood. Mainly, it keeps your engine parts running smoothly as well as working properly. With time, the oil traps dirt and other contaminants from the exhaust gas and other engine parts gradually reducing its effectiveness. Heat may also deter the oil’s viscosity and cause it to breakdown. This makes it too thin hence the engine parts won’t be lubricated adequately making them wear out quickly. With the help of an expert, you may determine when the best time to change your oil is.
There are no rules attached to the maintenance of the brake pads. This doesn’t mean they aren’t crucial since without brakes you can’t drive. Factors that determine how often you will change these brake pads include the state of the brake rotors, how you drive, the weight of the car and quality of the current brake pads. Since you may not have adequate knowledge to determine when to change the brake pads, you could make a quick stop at your favorite car shop and get a free brake inspection.
With the accumulation of dust and dirt in the car’s air filters, the engine may choke due to insufficient air. It also lowers the horsepower and gas mileage. You may start noticing your engine running rough and eventually stalling out. You are therefore required to change the air filters regularly mostly after every 5000 miles.
Apart from the engine oil, your car has brake fluids, transmission fluids, windscreen washer fluid, battery electrolyte fluid, and clutch fluid. Similarly, to the oil, you will check the transmission fluid using a dipstick or have it checked by a mechanic if the car needs any transmission repair. The brake fluid and washer fluid levels are inspected through removing covers and checking visually. You might want to have all these inspections lead by an expert before learning how to handle them on your own.
Take some time to check these items every month whether it’s personally or with the help of an experienced mechanic. Regular car maintenance saves you from avoidable accidents and unnecessary expenses.