Usually, car repairs are the last thing on your mind. While repairs aren’t something anyone wants to deal with, being proactive can save you from massive bills in the future. Your car endures a ton of abuse, so it’s essential to find ways to keep up with the maintenance. This blog post looks at some low maintenance ways you can keep your car in good shape!
1. Keep Checking Your Tire Pressure
Tire pressure is essential to know how your car runs , but it’s also incredibly simple for anyone to learn how to check. All you need is an inexpensive tire air pressure gauge to check your levels every month or so. You can consult your owner’s manual the recommended pressure for your car’s model. Driving with low air in your tires eats away at your gas mileage.
Another thing to check your tires for is abnormal or uneven wear. Remember to ensure your tires have enough tread and that they’re free of any cuts and sidewall bulges. When checking your air pressure, do it before your car has been driven for an accurate reading. Also, don’t forget to check the pressure on your spare tire.
2. Get Your Brakes Checked Regularly
Your brakes and brake pads need to be checked at least twice a year. The more you drive, the more critical it is to keep an eye on your brake pads. It’s a good idea to replace worn brake pads and linings before any problems occur. It’s also a good idea to keep your rotors and drums well maintained or replace them at a regular interval.
If you have the patience and interest, learning how to maintain your brakes is something you can easily do at home. However, for most of us, our brakes are something we can leave to the professionals. Even if you learn how to do your brakes on your own, it’s always worth it to have a professional shop occasionally review your brake system.
3. Learn How To Check Your Fluid Levels
Your vehicle needs a few essential fluids to run correctly. Managing these fluids is a simple task and is something you can quickly do on your own to maintain your car. For the more complex fluids like power steering and coolant, you just need to know how to check their levels since replacing them on your own is a bit technical.
If you don’t know how to replace your wiper fluid your first priority needs to be to learn how. You can quickly learn by searching your car’s model on YouTube or a car forum. Replacing your wiper fluid is as simple as pouring a glass of water, you just need to know where to pour the washer fluid.
4. Get Your Oil Checked Regularly
Consistent oil changes are a crucial part of basic maintenance. If you don’t know how to check your oil level all you need to do is pull out the dipstick under the hood. Usually, the dipstick is marked by a color or a symbol indicating oil. If the oil on the dipstick appears muddy, murky or low, then it’s time for a change.
It’s hard to make uniform suggestions on how often to change your oil. Oil changes depend on many factors such as how much you drive, how hard you drive and if anything is wrong with your car. Because no one can tell you often to change your oil, it’s important to get in the habit of checking it. Always say yes if you’re offered an oil check at the gas station. Staying on top of your oil changes can save you a lot of unnecessary problems.