Tip #1 – Change the Oil
Regular oil changes are essential in maintaining the condition and performance of your engine. Oil is the lifeblood of your car and staying on top your oil changes is one of the easiest and best car care tips.
As the oil flows through the various parts of the car it becomes contaminated with dirt and debris. If you do not replenish and change the oil as needed you may experience poor performance from your vehicle or worse, literally destroy your engine. The frequency with which you should change your oil depends on your car, engine and driving habits.
Tip #2 – Cooling System Maintenance
Regardless of where you live, your cooling system is vital to protecting your car engine. In high heat deserts such as Arizona summers your cooling system can help protect your engine and radiator while in areas that experience freezing temperatures your cooling system can protect your engine block. You should regularly check your fluid levels and give your radiator special attention.
Similar to your oil, your radiator system can become congested with dirt and other contaminants. It is important to have the entire system flushed regularly. Check your radiator cap, hoses and tank to ensure everything is running for optimum performance.
Tip #3 – Under Chassis Cleaning
The undercarriage of your car may not seem like a priority. But if you want to extend the performance and life of your vehicle, you should include it in your regular maintenance. You need to gather your supplies and start addressing under chassis cleaning the right way.
Your under chassis will take more than just soap and water. You need to have tools to lift the vehicle and remove large and small bits of dirt and debris. You should also consider protective gear for yourself such as googles and gloves. Tweezers can help remove debris that is tightly lodged and cleaning mitts can help gently pull away dirt and grime. After you are done with the initial cleaning, you should remember to oil the axles and bearings to keep them lubricated.
Tip #4 – Transmission and Differential Oils
So many parts of your vehicle rely on proper lubrication. It is recommended that you lubricate your vehicle twice a year. Your engine, transmission, differential and much, much more all rely on proper lubrication to keep your vehicle functioning. If you neglect this important car care tip, and the lubrication in the differential fails, you won’t be getting very far for very long. If your car starts to sound like it wants to shake, rattle, and roll you may be neglecting this critical step.
Tip #5 – Greasing Moving Parts
Moving parts create friction running the risk of damage over long term use. The easiest way to avoid this damage is to grease the moving parts of your car. The grease helps combat friction and ensure the parts move smoothly. The lubrication also helps prevent the deterioration of the car parts.
Tip #6 – Waxing For A Glossy Look
You have several options when it comes to waxing your vehicle. You can wax your car by hand or use a polisher. With either option, it is important to follow some simple rules so that you don’t damage the vehicle. Make sure that you apply the wax to a dry vehicle, preferably in the shade. If your car is wet, the wax may streak. If the vehicle is too hot, the wax may be difficult to buff off. Also, be certain to use a clean, soft cloth when buffing. Your choice of cloth is important because anything abrasive can scratch your car. Waxing your car can keep it looking glossy and in tip top condition if you are careful when executing this best car care tip.
Tip #7 – Regular Lubrication of U-Joints
U-joints are a critical component to your driveshaft. These joints provide much needed flexibility. Without the proper lubrication of the U-joints, you run the risk of damaging the driveshaft. If you choose the do it yourself route, slowly inject the U-joints with lubrication until all the old lubrication is expunged. You should be able to see an easy flow of grease being expelled.
Tip #8 – UV Protector
If you follow all of the previous best car care tips, you are addressing the majority of the internal workings of your vehicle. It would be a shame to put that much effort into your car only to have the exterior of the car look terrible with faded, peeling paint. The best way to care for the outside of your car is to protect it from the elements. Regular washing, drying and waxing will help preserve your paint job and have your car looking like you just drove it home from the dealer. In addition, the little things can go a long way. Park in the garage or shade and avoid leaving your car in the scorching sun whenever possible. If that doesn’t cut it, look into more intensive paint preservation methods such as protective film.
Tip #9 – Inspect Car Engine and Wheel Bearings
Your vehicle will talk to you if you let it and are willing to listen. Pay close attention to new noises and rattles and take the time to inspect your car. When a wheel bearing goes bad there are some tell tale indicators. The first is a noise coming from the wheel area. It may get louder when you accelerate. Remember to turn the radio off, roll the window down and listen to your vehicle regularly.
This will help you observe any changes or unusual sounds. Loose steering and uneven tire tread can also be indicators of damaged wheel bearings. When it comes to your car, take the time to assess the little things.
Tip #10 – Brake Fluid Replacement
Brake fluid is just like all the other fluids your vehicle relies on. It is susceptible to breaking down over time. Brake fluid can become contaminated with excess moisture over time causing a possible failure. Brake fluid is stored in a translucent container. You can view the level of fluid without ever having to open the tank. Don’t open the container unless you absolutely have to, as opening it will expose it to additional moisture. While you can easily check your fluid levels it is also highly recommended that you have your fluid checked and / or changed regularly.
Tip #11 – Head Light Maintenance
Headlight maintenance is always a good idea. There is no worse time for poor visibility than driving at night. There are some simple steps you can take to ensure the best lighting possible. First, clean and polish the exterior of your headlight. Bugs, dirt and grime accumulate over time. Removing these items will increase your lines of sight. Check your lights often. You may have lights out and not realize it until you really need them. If you notice any issues, address them immediately. This will help you travel more safely and avoid unnecessary tickets.
Tip #12 – Tire Check For Wear and Tear
It sounds simple enough, but one of the best car care tips is often neglected; check your tires for wear and tear. You need to check your tread, wear patterns and look for bald spots. Any issues with tires can be indicators of larger problems and should be addressed immediately.
Tip #13 – Car Brakes Inspection
Your brakes have to work properly for you to travel safely. Brake inspections should happen at a minimum of twice a year. Your brake discs should be shiny and consistent. If there are any rough patches in the grooves, they will need to be replaced. Your pads, shoes and rotor should all also be carefully inspected. Like so many others discussed, this is another place where fluid needs to be checked and changed regularly. Treat your car well so it can do the same for you.
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