Inspection Tips to Keep Your Car in Tip Top Condition


Keeping your car in tip top condition does not have to be a chore and can be very simple to do if you follow a few simple steps during its life. Keeping your car running smoothly starts with preventative maintenance, which is one of the best strategies to avoid problems. A basic maintenance task is to have your oil and oil filter changed every 3,000 miles. If you allow the oil to go over this, it becomes dirty, which clogs and ruins the efficiency of the filter. You should also check the air filter and change it out if it appears dirty.

As a general rule of thumb, every second oil change you should rotate your tires. This helps your tires wear evenly until last longer. You need to check the air pressure in each tire and fill it to the recommended level. Keeping your tires from becoming under inflated can prevent uneven wear, increases your gas mileage and give you more control will driving. The tread on your tires needs to be inspected every so often to make sure that it is not getting too low. You can take a penny and insert it into the tread and if you are able to see most of Lincoln’s head, your tires need to be replaced.

Give your car a tune-up at the mileage suggested by the vehicle manufacturer. Tune-ups will include tasks such as changing out the timing and engine belts, putting in new spark plugs and wires, replacing hoses and related upgrades. Your engine will run more efficiently and will be less prone to breakdown if it is maintained regularly.

As you are doing regular maintenance on your car, you want to check the fluid levels. The brake fluid, coolant and power steering fluid are critical to keeping your car running smoothly. They can also be the source of smaller problems with the steering or brakes if the level gets too low. Your owner’s manual will list the appropriate kind of each fluid you should use and will give you tips on how to fill them properly.

When you are checking the fluid levels in the oil in the car, take a close look at hoses and any plastic parts. If you see cracks or have leaks underneath your car, you will need to check these for the source and make any needed replacements. When the engine is cool, gently pull on the belts to see if they are tight enough and inspect them for any dry rot or cracks.

By taking a few moments to look over your vehicle and to properly maintain it, you will be able to have it for many years to come and depend on it when you need it.

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