We would all like to keep our cars for our entire lifetime, and that is quite a fact. Inspite of this fact that how we would like keep our cars for long, not everybody will have the persistence and luck to do the same. You could however extend the lifetime of your cars by trying to lessen the probability of mechanical accidents. The following are a few things that are fundamental and can be applied to any vehicle.
Follow your vehicle schedule: This may appear as an easy decision, but is not. There are still an excessive amount of car owners out there who pay very less or no attention to the vehicle maintenance plan as it is laid out in the manual of the owner. What one really fails to understand is that the manufacture has assembled the car. Those are the people who would be the right people to realize what is best for it.
Regularly Check the Fluids and Tire Pressure: Now this is something that takes only about 5 to 10 minutes. With a piece of cloth and the engine cool, just open the hood of the car and pull out the oil dipstick. Wipe it clean. and then reinsert it and take it out again for a brisk check of your engine oil. The engine oil is the most essential motor liquid. Other things to be checked are – Radiator fluid, Brake oil, Power steering fluid level, Air cleaner, Transmission fluid. Do spend at least some time on each of them.
Along with that, Do not forget to check your tires for any wears and tears to avoid any mishaps. Ideally, one should perform all these activities once a week, but there is nothing as ideal is it? In the real world, one month is just fine.
Listen for odd noises: Many a times, one does not know what each sound of their cars mean. Here are a few of cases that one needs to understand –
– A clicking noise when you are driving could be a nail stuck in a tire; take it off as soon as you can.
– If it is time for new brakes, you might hear the loud squealing sound of the brake wear indicators.
– If you hear a scraping or grinding noise while applying the brakes, it could mean that the brake pads are so low that metal to metal contact is already happening, time to change it.
At such instances, do get it checked at your nearest service center.
Drive Calmly: Always take it easy on the car when you drive it. Easily apply your breaks when you drive your car. Vigorous driving does no good to you, it only damages your car even more and nothing else.
These all are pretty straightforward steps. These steps may connect to practically any vehicle, and will help you take a proactive approach to administering and taking care of your vehicle.