Cars are very expensive investments. Additionally, its maintenance and repair may also affect your bank account. Fortunately, there are a lot of preventive maintenance steps that can help ensure the safety and longevity of our vehicles. Here are some of the easy car maintenance steps you can take to avoid spending too much money on your car repairs.
Check Your Tires
There are two basic tire checks you can do. For one, you must check if the tires are properly inflated. When checking your tires, it is vital to consult with the manufacturer's instruction manual, or have a specialist inspect it. If your tires are too inflated, it might burst; but if they are not inflated enough, you will have a hard time steering your car and your car will use more fuel.
The next thing you need to do is to check the tread. Your tread must not be less than 1.6mm deep since it will not grip the road well and might not be able to stop when needed. To check the depth of the tire tread, you can slot a 20p piece into the tread. If the border of the coin is visible just above the tread, you will need to replace your tire.
Get Rid of Brake Dust Regularly
Brake dust can contain a lot of unsavory substances. If you leave it for too long, the combination of moisture, heat, and road grime from your brakes will bake it on to your tires. To get rid of brake dust, you can use a damp sponge and clean cold water.
Check Your Engine Oil
This is a very easy preventive maintenance step which anyone can do. It is quick and easy, and it can let you know if your engine needs oil. If the oil is too high or too low, it can lead to engine trouble. You must check the oil level after 15 days because engine oil is an important part of the engine and doing so will help increase the engine efficiency and durability.
To check your engine oil, you must park your car on level ground and wait until the engine is cool enough. Locate the dipstick and wipe it clean. Push it all the way back until its top is seated properly in the tube. Wait for a few seconds then pull it out again. Check the oil level. If the oil is within the high and low marks - which is labeled using two dots, an "H" and "L" - then your engine oil is fine.
Inspect The Coolant Level
This is another useful maintenance step which you can easily do on your own. To learn where your coolant reservoir is located, you can check your handbook. To check the coolant level, you must first wait for your engine to cool down then take a look at it. The outside is usually marked with "low" and "high", and the level of the coolant inside must be between the two. Remember though to never take the radiator cap off to inspect the coolant levels.