Car Care Tips
Vehicle owners who postpone vehicle maintenance risk the loss of fuel efficiency, engine breakdown, and their own safety. Fortunately, do-it-yourself vehicle maintenance checks can be easy. Below are some of the critical aspects that should be examined to keep your vehicle in good condition, or before you donate a car to charity:
- Check the Antifreeze Level Weekly – Certain cars contain transparent reservoirs with visible level markings. The level marking should show a 50/50 solution of water and anti-freeze. A world of advice: don’t take off the pressure cap when the engine is still hot.
- Inspect the Belts and Hoses on a Monthly Basis – Worn, flayed, and glazed belts should be replaced. It should be tightened if it has more than 1/2″ of slack. Cars that contain belt tensioners don’t require adjustments. On the other hand, it is important to replace brittle or bulging holes and the clamps should be tightened. If the holes feel too hard or too soft, it needs to be replaced.
- Check the Motor Oil on a Monthly Basis – Remove the dipstick, insert it, and remove it again. If the oil is low, add more oil. It is recommended for you to change the oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first.
- Check the Air Filter on a Monthly Basis – If the air filter is dirty, replace it. The air filer is relatively easy to locate, it is under the metal “lid” found in the carbureted engine. It may also be found at the front end of the air duct assembly.
- Check Brake Fluid Regularly – Remove the lid or pry off the clip in the brake cylinder reservoir. If it needs more fluid, add the approved type of fluid for your vehicle and check for possible leaks.
Car Care Tips Links:
- Auto Education
- 11 Car Care Tips That Save Gas
- Car Care Basics
- Insider Car Secrets
- Car Care
- DIY Top 10 Car Care Tips
Preparing the Car for Winter:
- How Stuff Works: Prepare Your Car for Winter
- Get Ready for Winter Driving
- Is Your Car Ready for Winter?
- Preparing Your Car for Winter Driving