Keeping a track of regular inspection of your car engine and maintenance is an important aspect if you want it to last as long as possible without any problems. If you want to live a life without any financial or technical problems over your car you have to make sure to develop the habits of must-have maintenance tips for the healthy life of your car.
So, without further due, let’s dig deep into those tips.
1. Check your air filter
The air filter blocks dirt and other particles from entering the engine. Clogged filters can impact the performance of the engine during the combustion, as it needs air. Thus, many car problems are because of clogged air filters or loose fittings.
You have to change your filters after 12000 miles or every 12 months, depending on what comes first. By no means ignore these maintenance tips as it can lead to problems in your car engine or cabin.
2. Check fluids and tire pressure regularly
Tire pressure is one of the most important components for your car’s comfort, safety, and efficiency. You have to develop a habit of checking it regularly, which will help you to insure the reduction of your time and money wasted in your car.
Remember that your car’s wheel balance, regular tire rotation, and pressure are the things that build your safe and comfortable drive. Alongside those, do not forget to also invest your car fluids, power steering fluid level, hoses, and belts for any sign of wear. Afterward, also make sure to check the level of the transmission fluid.
3. Check the battery
Car maintenance cannot be complete without checking the battery of the car. For this, you can first check the cables and their connection to the terminals. Furthermore, you can also check for any mineral build up around the cables and terminals or for leakage. If you want them to stay corrosion free simply apply dielectric grease for the help and clean the battery with a cleaning brush if needed.
You can also check if the battery is fully charged or not (about 12.4 to 12.7 volts) by using a multimeter while having the engine off. When the car is already on, you can also carefully inspect the voltage. It has to be approximately 13.7 to 14.7 volts.
At the same time, take into consideration that id the battery is low that could also be because of the alternator. Turn your engine and your lights on to check if this is the case. You can know that the alternator is the issue if the lights brighten or dim as the engine is revved.
4. Get your tires rotated and balanced
The trick is to get the tires rotated approximately every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, which is the easiest trick to ensure the good maintenance of your car, to prevent wearing of tires and making them last longer. You can balance the wear of tires and make them more long-wearing by rotating the front and rear tires, considering the fact that all tires do not wear at the same time.
Also, take into consideration that non-aligned tires can cause problems with steering, so you have to ensure to align your car’s tires. Be careful with this trick, as otherwise, it may also cause you to lose control of your car and even cause an accident.
5. Check and replace serpentine belts
If the belts of your car get damaged and fail, it can cause damage to various engine parts, making a small priced item to end up into a huge bill. In short, make sure to thoroughly check the serpentine belt of your car and inspect it for wear.
Interestingly, your car dealer service has to let you know about the time when you can replace the belt of your car, only if you do regular maintenance. Replacing a belt is usually easily done with dew tools. It is highly recommended to get the belts checked once every 60,000 miles, but you have to check it in the owner’s manual for getting the most precise information for your car.
6. Make sure the cooling system works properly
The main causes for the damage of hoses, which carries the engine coolant, can be high-pressure, heat, or just the old age of the car. Most probably if this happens a leak would also occur. Moreover, The same problem is faced with the heater hoses as they carry hot coolant under the dashboard to the car heater core. You can always ask to check the hoses for you when going for a car service or an oil change because that’ usually included in the process.
Moreover, getting your hoses inspected regularly will prevent you not only from many major problems but also will prevent leaks, that can cause the engine to overheat. No need to be worried about checking it regularly from the financial aspect as well, as it is not relatively cheap.
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