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9 Basic Maintenance and Car Care Tips

 

9 Basic Maintenance and Car Care Tips

Taking care of your car is like taking care of your pocket.

In my opinion, a new car or used car is an important investment whether for personal or for family use, although it entails a lot of care when owning one. While it is important for the car to have regular maintenance, it is just as important that owners develop some basic habits to keeping the car in top shape at home, ready for driving at any time.

Used cars need extra hard work to care for since they are more difficult and more expensive to maintain than new cars. Anyway, both new and used cars must be well taken care of to guarantee their dependability and to prevent breakdowns, especially when you are on the road. A routine maintenance practice will help in extending the life of your car other than keeping your car performing at its peak. Moreover, a routine maintenance practice will also save you a lot of money in repairs.

Below are our 9 basic car care tips for you.

1. Engine care during start-up –

Avoid accelerating the engine during start-up because the oil in its engine still settling down. Quickly accelerating adds to the wear of the car engine.

2. Drive slowly first –

When you start to drive, accelerate slowly.  Be considerate to your car and you will be compensated with longer time intervals between repairs. Additionally, shift to neutral at red lights to give the engine some time to rest.

3. Regularly change engine oil and filter -

A frequent oil change is vital in maintaining a car, more so if it is a used car. Many car manuals of today recommend increasing the interval between oil changes. Frequent oil change flushes abrasive dirt and metal particles out of the engine, thus prolonging the engine’s life. As always, change the oil filters every oil change.

4. Change spark plugs -

Change spark plugs every 50, 000 km but sooner for used cars. Changing spark plugs as recommended ensures good fuel mileage and high engine performance.

5.  Cleaning car’s engine regularly -


A clean engine runs cooler than a dirty one, it is a given. Cleaning the engine of your car at least twice a year enables you to easily spot leaks and service its components. You can have your engine steam cleaned professionally or you may opt to do it yourself but you must take extra care of the sensitive engine components. 

6.  Maintain the car’s battery -

Regularly check your car’s battery to extend its life, no matter if the manufacturer claims that the battery is maintenance-free. Start cleaning the battery’s terminals with a damp cloth. Add some detergent if needed. Moreover, check the battery’s case for any sign of cracks or bulges, signs that the battery needs to be replaced.

7.  Taking care of the car’s tires -

Regularly check the tire pressures to its recommended specified pressure. Also, look for its uneven wear. Maintaining the recommended tire pressure may prolong the life of the car’s tires, otherwise, the uneven wear may suggest that it is time for a wheel realignment. It may also suggest a bent wheel, worn-out brakes, damaged shock absorbers, or internal tire damage. Additionally, have a car’s wheel alignment checked every 50,000 km.

8.  Wash your car at least once a week –

Properly washing your car internally and externally may free it from corrosion, aside from just being shiny and clean! Spilled liquids such as sodas and juices can be corrosive, dirt particles are abrasive, and both are basic foes of the car. Vacuum the car interior thoroughly, wipe the dashboard with a soft, clean damp cloth, and remove the mats out and brush or hose them down separately.

9. Wax your car -

Waxing a car regularly slows down oxidation and protects the car’s paint. Waxing also creates a barrier against bird droppings, specks of dust, and pollution. Additionally, it also makes the car looks great by adding that extra sparkle.

Conclusion

It is vital to your car’s health as well as your financial capabilities to form a relationship with a trusted mechanic. Maintaining the same mechanic throughout a car’s life lets them get to know your car well, its full history, and its individual idiosyncrasies. This can make troubleshooting easier, for the car, the mechanic, and especially to the budget.

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