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Take Initiative: 4 Car Inspections to Do on Your Own

Part of owning a vehicle means making sure that everything is running smoothly. If you sense something is going wrong, based on a strange sound from your engine or a leak from the exterior, you need to have an inspection done. However, repair shop costs can be seriously expensive. The good news is that there are car inspections that you can do on your own, such as the following four.

 

Engine Air Filter

 

Your engine air filter helps to keep your engine operating smoothly. However, it can only act as a buffer for dirt and other intrusions for so long. If your engine has been acting up, take a look at your filter. If it’s clogged with dirt, you need to get it replaced. With a new air filter, your engine can operate in a much smoother fashion.

 

Brake Pads

 

Being able to stop your car is just as important as being able to stop it. Brakes are a complex and vital system, and your brake pads are a key part of it. Issues with brake pads can be avoided by making sure to brake smoothly and never slamming on them. To inspect your brake pads, you need to make sure that the temperature won’t be an issue, so don’t do it right after any kind of car trip. The look of your wheels can tell you a lot about the state of your brake pads. If they’re started to look rather pristine, it indicates that it’s time for a replacement. Get a look at your brake pads via the wheel and gauge their thickness. Thinness is another sign of disrepair. Make sure you get the right brake pads for your car, such as Renault brake pads.

 

Oil

 

Oil is the lifeblood of a car, but far too few car owners think to check it. To do an oil inspection, you just need to use the dipstick inside your engine. Wipe off any oil then put it back in. Take it back out and check to see if the oil is between the pair of indicators. If not, you’ll need to get an oil change.

 

Windshield Wipers

 

Your windshield wipers should be replaced on at least an annual basis. Even if they seem like they’re running fine, you might be in for a rude awakening when you feel them close and see just how worn out they are. Thankfully, it’s quite easy to pop them off and put new ones on.

 

You don’t need to be a total gearhead to perform these car inspections. They just take a bit of time and patience to execute. Make sure that you don’t put yourself in any danger and to consult an expert if you find yourself stuck. Knowing how to perform these inspections will help to make you a more mindful car owner.

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