6 TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR VEHICLE ON TOP
When you purchase a vehicle, you want to make the most out of it, but you cannot do that unless you keep your car in optimal condition. To keep any vehicle in its best condition, you need to focus on its appearance as well as its insides as both are quite important. If a car is not cleaned from the outside, its market value will go down along with its beauty. When the engine and other parts of the car are neglected, they start to create serious performance issues, which is even more serious than its outsides deteriorating. Maintaining your car demands time and attention, and if you are going to take that responsibility on yourself, there are few tips that you should know about.
1. Change Your Oil
A lot of your vehicle’s performance depends on the oil, so you should always be wary of its condition. Your oil needs to be changed after a specific interval of time, and it depends on the model of your car. You can check that on the manual of your vehicle. Changing the oil at its recommended service intervals is important. Cars can usually run without an oil change for six months. Even when it is not time to change the oil, it is better if you keep checking if there is a leak or it has some other problems. Keeping your oil in check will make sure that your vehicle’s engine is working fine and its life is prolonged. If the oil encounters a problem, your whole engine will have problems, and that means you will begin to experience performance issues.
2. Polish Your Car With A Polisher
If you want your car to look its best, you have to work for it. An orbital polisher is a device that enables you to buff, wax and polish your vehicle like a professional with half the effort and in half the time. The device produces an eccentric circular motion with which you can remove the scratches and dirt on your vehicle’s paint. An orbital polisher also eliminates any risks of burns and swirls while you are working, which makes it efficient, and even first time users can get amazing results from it. Right now, Griot’s Garage 10813STDCRD 6″ Random Orbital Polisher is one of the best polishers you can get. It is good-looking, and its housing is durable. Keep your own polisher because it will save you money on the extra tips to the workshop.
Breaks are another aspect of your car that should be in a perfect condition. If there is a slightest issue with your brakes, you have to get them checked as soon as possible. If your brake pedal feels strange when you press it, there is a chance that your brake is malfunctioning. Do not let your breaks fail while you are driving and take the precautionary measure.
4. Engine Coolant
Coolant is the fluid that will keep your engine from melting down from excessive heat while it is running. This is also not something that you should ignore. One of the dangers you have to look out for is a leak. A leak will slowly drain your engine coolant, and your temperature gauge will rise up to the red area suddenly. This can happen in a matter of a few seconds/minutes, and is, therefore, dangerous if you are driving at that time. It is wise to check under your car every now and then to see if any fluids are leaking.
While you are checking for any leaks, take a look at your reservoir and under your radiator cap. This will show you how much coolant is left and if you need to add more. While checking for coolant is something you should start doing, you should do it while observing precautionary measure. Never check the coolant while your engine is hot, wait for it to cool down. The fluid at the point can easily scald or burn you.
5. Tire Pressure
Having a tire rotation done after every 6,000 miles is something that can extend the life of your tires, and this way, they wear evenly. You have to check the pressure of your tires on a routine basis. Check that your tires have proper pressure and are not damaged. Poor tire pressure also causes poor gas mileage. If your tires are overinflated, that will increase your risk of a blowout. If you drive your vehicle with low pressure in the tires, it can be destructive for them. Tire pressure should be verified once a month at least for your tires’ performance and your own safety.
Check the tire when it is cold, which means that if you have just driven a significant distance, then you should maybe wait before you check the tires. The tires should also be rotated with every oil change, which will provide a full visual inspection of the tire for any damage, cuts, and breaks. By following the routine checks, you will maximize your tires’ life expectancy and fuel economy.
6. Car Battery
Checking your car battery twice a year is a wise decision and will reduce the chances of it failing. You can use a multi-meter to see if the battery is working properly. When the battery is fully charged, it should measure around 12.6 volts, and when the engine is on, it should measure from up to 14.7 volts. You can check the battery without a multi-meter as well. Switch on the lights while your engine is on. If the lights are dim, then it means your lights are not getting full power. If the lights shine properly, but there are still some battery problems, then it means that your battery cannot hold a charge. In either case, it would be better to get it checked from a professional and change it if it needs to be changed.
If you follow these steps, your vehicle will stay in its best condition, and you will be able to drive safely!
About the Author:
Anthony Henson has been covering consumer technology for a decade now. He currently covers consumer electronics in the PC Labs as the in-house home entertainment expert, reviewing TVs, media hubs, speakers, headphones, and gaming accessories. He regularly writes blogs at https://www.helpful.reviews/en.