As a car owner, it is important to take care of your vehicle. In addition to keeping up with regular maintenance check-ups, there are also some things you can do on your own that will keep your car running smoothly. Our Essential Car Maintenance Tips will give you a few tips and tricks on what to do yourself.
Five simple tips for essential car maintenance
1) Change Oil Regularly
One of the most basic things you can do is change your oil regularly. There are many different opinions about how often this must be done, but most mechanics agree that 3 months or 3,000 miles seems to be the sweet spot. Some people even go so far as changing their oil every 2 or 3 weeks in order to stay ahead of any possible issues. The less that is left in your car’s oil, the easier time new oil will have moving around and doing its job.
2) Check Fluids Regularly
Another thing any car owner should do at least monthly (if not more), is to check all of their fluid levels including engine coolant, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid, etc… It may be necessary for you to open up some of these caps and take a look inside yourself. If you find that there are low fluids or see parts that look worn down (such as hoses), it might be time to schedule an appointment with your mechanic.
3) Keep Tires Properly Inflated
Keeping your tires properly inflated can help improve gas mileage, decrease the chance of flat tires, and reduce the risk of hydroplaning (which occurs when tires lose their contact with the road). Most people’s tires are not at their proper pressure because they simply forget to check the air each month. Many cars actually have tire pressure monitors on them that will alert you if your tire is low, but it can be easy to forget about these signals over time. All you need to do is keep a small or portable air compressor in your car along with an air gauge and make sure you check your tire pressures every month.
4) Perform Basic Car Maintenance
There are some things that must be performed by a professional mechanic, but there are also some tasks that can easily be done by any person who has a little bit of knowledge about cars. A few things that most people can do on their own include changing a flat tire, replacing a headlight or taillight bulb, and changing the air filter. There are many YouTube videos that show you how to properly change elements of your car – so check those out if you feel brave enough to try it yourself!
Changing the air filter on a car
5) Use the Right Oil for Your Car
This may sound obvious, but there are actually different types of oil to use for your car depending on whether it is gasoline or diesel powered as well as what type of transmission it has. In addition, they each have different weights and viscosities which must be taken into account when adding oil. If in doubt , always refer back to your owner’s manual to determine the right type of oil for your engine.
Doing these 5 things won’t take up much time, but they will help keep your car running smoothly. If you have any other suggestions for ways that people can do their own basic car maintenance, feel free to leave a comment below!