Vehicles today are much more sophisticated and complex than the cars from ‘70s and ‘80s, more computer electronics, upgraded engines, and silicon chips. However, though they vary in parts, they still need the same basic car care to help extend life and durability. Here are a few simple steps in addressing your car’s needs.
Basic car care starts with taking a look at every part of the vehicle. It includes:
- the tires, check if properly inflated
- leaking fluids under the vehicle, including brake and power fluid, oil, transmission fluid and others
- vehicle exhaust smoke, aside from the usual start up fumes and diesel emission
- fluid warning lights and engine fluid, which should be addressed immediately before driving
Under the Hood
Under the hood maintenance does not require full mechanic skills. You just have to check and monitor the parts once in a while to avoid major repairs and alterations that only mechanics can do. Pay attention to special parts like the level of engine oil and its cleanliness, coolant level, power and brake fluid levels, transmission fluid, and the batteries.
One of the major things to consider in car maintenance is the regular change of oil and oil filter. Professional mechanics highly recommend oil change every 3,000 miles, but you can still safely drive further. But keep in mind that it should not be beyond 5,000 miles before changing the vehicle’s oil and filter.
Consider other components of your car that may also need infrequent replacement like:
- air filter
- cables and spark plugs
- turn signals, brake lamps and headlight
- windshield wipers
- engine timing belt
Though they’re rarely replaced, they still need regular check-up to ensure the vehicle’s good working condition.