9 Basics Secrets That Every Driver Should Know
I'm just kidding, there is NO secret about easy ways to maintain your vehicle to get more life out of it. There are many simple things you can do to add some life to the bottom line, these things will also save you money in the long run because you will catch potential problems that you might as well have missed if you were not proactive. It is easy to drive a car (maybe not that well) but none the less. And It's so easy to buy a car these days. Because of Pintrest and YouTube, everyone thinks they understand what makes their car work, but it is a little more difficult then that, let alone know how to keep it in tip-top shape. Never fear--Automotive Excellence & Repair is here to help you become a smart, informed driver on the road. Here are ten basic things every car owner should keep in mind:
Car Engine Oil
One of the most important fluids to keep your car running besides fuel. Many people are confused and think oil is there to help burn fuel when in fact, it's there to lubricate, cool, and clean your engine. So what this means is that if there is not enough oil, then three things will happen to your car: thermal degradation (lacquer and carbonaceous deposits), oxidation (varnish and sludge), and compressive heating (soot and tar. These things will deposit in your engine, creating friction in parts where oil would normally flow. Once this happens, the oil will start to do opposite of what it was intended to do. It now create friction and heat to the engine, cylinder walls, bearings, rings, and etc., which and creates even more deposits that will lead to a dirtier engine. Check your oil often.
Another basic component that every car owner should take in mind is car fluid. If you want to keep your car running smoothly, make sure to check them regularly. It's something you can do easily, so no excuses, here. Some of the main important ones include: Engine Oil (we spoke about above), Coolant, Power Steering Fluid, Brake Fluid, Windshield Washer Fluid. Easy Pezy
Windshield Wiper Blades
Have you ever driven in the rain with your windshield wipers not working? I have not but my windshield wiper fluid motor stopped working back in collage. Not exactly the most pleasant experience to have either one fail, isn't it? These wipers are a necessity that many people tend to overlook--only to realize how important they are once they're in a tight crunch. If you want to keep your windshield wipers performing at their best, make sure their blades are in good shape. Generally, you should replace them every six months and they are so affordable, why suffer the aggravation of them not performing properly?
Headlights and Taillights
Headlights and taillights go dimmer as time goes by, so inspect them from time to time. Checking them is more than safe preventive measure, It gives you a way to avoid getting pulled over by the cops and you will find out quickly if a bulb has gone out.
Regular car maintenance vary from time to time. The best place to start is to read you vehicle owner's manual, there is a nice recommended check list in there that will guide you. Sometimes it is expensive, but your car maintenance is very important.
Shocks and Struts
Is your car rocking back and forth from time to time or making a squeaking/rattling when you drive or go over any bumps? Then your shocks and struts are probably worn out. This is one of the most common problems of older vehicles. Of course it could be many other things but take it to a trusted mechanic and let them tell you what's wrong.
It's important to change your air filters every six months. When engines get dirty, they can get clogged, making them work harder and underperform. This can cause engines to work harder, and can cause an added expense in your fuel expenses. Who wants to pay for more gas? Not I
Brakes are another important safety feature that you should never overlook. When you drive, observe closely. Is your steering wheel shaking while you are stepping on the brake pedals? If that's the case, then this might affect your car's stability control system and ABS (anti-lock braking system). Brakes, Rotors, Calipers.
Get A Good Mechanic
And lastly, get a good mechanic. A skilled, honest-to-goodness mechanic is hard to come by, but if you find one, then hang on to them--tightly. I know... I married the good one I found. Ask friends and family for recommendations, read through car forums, and go through car mechanic reviews. Don't just pick the first one you come across just because they give you the cheapest rates. Take your time here. You’re putting your car’s safety and performance into their hands, so make sure they’re good at what they’re doing.