The whole point of owning a vehicle is for it to get you from point A to point B in the safest, most reliable manner possible. If you don’t maintain your vehicle, it is going to become increasingly more difficult for that vehicle to do the basic duties of getting you to and from your destinations. To keep your vehicle well maintained, there are some typical, basic guidelines you can follow.
Your battery is what makes your car run. Without a good battery, you aren’t going to be going anywhere. The good news is that most car batteries are maintenance-free and can last for longer than three years. If you start to have trouble starting the engine that is the first sign that you should replace your battery.
Changing your oil is crucial to keep your engine running properly and efficiently. Your oil should be changed every 3,000 miles of three to six months. You can check your oil to ensure there is enough by opening the hood of the vehicle, removing the dipstick, wiping it clean with a paper towel, returning it to the oil reservoir. Then you take it out and see whether the level is in the range marked on the dipstick, and if you need to add oil make sure you don’t add too much as it can damage the engine. If you don’t change your oil you can damage your engine to the point where it is not repairable.
You also need to check the transmission fluid and engine coolant. The transmission fluid is another critical item in your vehicle and should be changed every 30,000 miles. Engine coolant should be replaced every 30,000 miles as well, or every two to three years.
Another important part of your vehicle is the brakes and brake fluid. The brake fluid levels should be within tolerance, and brake pads should be checked based on how you drive and how often. Warning signs of a brake problem include a noise or vibration when you apply the brakes, and a professional can check them to ensure that they are in proper condition.
Your tires should also be kept in prime condition. Checking the tire pressure can make them last longer if they have the right amount of pressure in them. They should also be rotated every 6,000 miles to have even wear, replacing them when they are too worn down. Your alignment can cause the tires to become worn unevenly, so if the car pulls to either side when driving that is a good sign to have your alignment checked.
These are just some of the basic maintenance tips for your vehicle. You want your vehicle to save you money and help the environment, and with these tips you can keep your vehicle running as smoothly as possible.