People rely and need their cars for going to work, picking up & dropping off the children and shopping. So it is important to keep our vehicle up and running. If you take care of your vehicle it will take care of you and you can save yourself a lot of possible heartache in the future. There are things that you can do to make the car more dependable.
To start with, read your owner's manual. This may seem like the first thing people do, but you would be surprised how many people do not even bother to learn what needs to done to their car to keep it in good running condition. The owner's manual contains important information about what maintenance needs to be performed on your vehicle.
Regular maintenance can keep your car up and running for years. One of the most important things you can do is be aware of the type of oil in your vehicle. Periodically check the oil level in the engine and make sure there is enough. If you do nothing else this will increase the longevity and life of your car.
Change your oil frequently. You will not damage your engine by changing it too often. The norm is usually every 3,000 miles. You will also want to change your oil filter and air filter when you do your oil change. Again your owner's manual will let you know of the proper time to have this done.
On older cars changing the oil yourself may not be difficult, however with newer cars the way the engine is built could cause problems. Not to worry though, if you do not feel comfortable changing your own oil there are plenty of inexpensive oil change service stations out there that can do the job for you. Most of the time at these places you will only have to wait 10 to 15 minutes for the oil to be changed and then your vehicle will be good for another 3,000 miles.
Another thing you can do is to pay attention to your tires and take care of them immediately if you see an issue developing. A lot of drivers do not pay attention to the tread and condition of their tires until it is too late. Most people only repair their tires as needed or worse yet after a blowout. This is not only dangerous to you but can leave you stranded. You can lose control of the car and may cause other damages to the vehicle itself or hurt yourself and others.
If an accident does not occur you could still end up with a problem, such as a flat tire, if you are not properly maintaining your tires. If you do get a flat tire you now have to waste your time changing your tire, getting dirty and placing yourself at risk by being close to cars that will be passing by you at high speeds. By purchasing a pressure gauge and using it you can keep the tires inflated to their proper pressure. You should also have your tire properly balanced and rotated to avoid problems and increase their life.
Checking your car's fluids to make sure they are properly filled can also help you maintain your car and keep it dependable. You should do this when you do your oil changes or based on the recommendations of your owner's manual. The fluids to check are the power steering fluid, break fluid, antifreeze and windshield washer fluid. You will also need to do a quick visual inspection of the hoses and belts in your vehicle. This is easy to do and if you get your oil changed professionally they will often do this free of charge.
Once something does fail mechanically, get it fixed fast! Do not wait, more problems could occur based on neglect. When you rely on a car, as much as most people do, it is important to keep it in the best condition possible. Remember that it is always cheaper to prevent the problems then to fix them.
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