5 Most Important Car Maintenance Tips That a Driver Must Know

Car Maintenance

Car maintenance is becoming more and more difficult and costly as you read through this article, due to the increasing complexity in their design, built, and function. Therefore, it is not surprising that if drivers are keen to know at least a few maintenance tips that may not be too complex. In a way, that knowledge supports you in saving some money while allowing you to identify faults at their beginning stage. On the other hand, most car drivers love to do some DIY maintenance work as it drives them enjoyable and satisfied. Here are the five most important and easiest car maintenance tips that you are looking for. Honestly, these tips cannot make you an Automobile Engineer or a Mechanic. But, you are going to save some money and enjoy doing these little things in your car.

Ensuring Cleanliness of the Windscreen

The cleanliness of the car windshield plays a vital role in road safety, as poor visibility may lead to catastrophes. Therefore, you must take extra care from now onwards about the condition of your windscreen if you haven’t done it so far.

Replenishing the Windshield Cleaning Solvent

Car Maintenance- Windshield Cleaning Solvent

Usages of Wiper blades include clean rainwater, snow, ice, dust, or other debris that would contaminate your car windshield. Most of us would consider water as the best solvent to clean the windshield. But water can wipe out the Aquas contaminants only. Therefore, you must fill the windshield reservoir with a cleaning solvent mixed with water. Don’t forget to choose a solvent that suits the operating environment and to check the solvent level at least once a week if you happen to operate your wipers frequently. You can locate this reservoir in the engine compartment, and you could identify a light blue color cap having the sign of wiper blades splash printed on it when you open the front bonnet.

Replacing the Wiper Blades

Car Maintenance- replacing viper blades

Every wiper blade comes in two parts. The steal arm is hinged to the rotating motor shaft, and it could be raised above the windshield when it is in the parking position. The replaceable part carrying the rubber beading that does the wiping job connects to the fixed arm. This beading part is free to move around its hinge to enable it to adjust according to the contour of the windshield. The replaceable part made of either plastic or metal can be plugged into the fixed arm. Removal is vice versa. You may need to press the locking buttons when fixing and removing this part. Please replace the wiper blades before it’s too worn as they could damage your windscreen.

Checking the Lighting and Illumination

Car Maintenance- Lighting and Illumination

You must not neglect to take a few moments at least once a fortnight to check the serviceability of the external lighting of your car. You can take the assistance of another person, or you can do it only by yourself. We recommend you do it in the dark for better results.

Start the engine and switch on these lights one at a time and check for proper illumination. Headlights, and their dim mode, signal lights side by side, hazard lights, and parking lights. If you find any malfunctions you have to replace them unless there is a loose-fitting. Replacing a bulb won’t take much effort as they have quick-release mechanisms in-built. You only have to turn the holder and take it out, and then remove the faulty bulb. Then place the new bulb in the holder and insert the holder into the slot before turning it to fix it tight.

Maintaining the Tires

Car Maintenance- Maintaining the Tires

Tires would be the component of a car that you tend to take the least care of. But remember, you are making a huge mistake. Ultimately the tires are contacting with the surface that a car moves on. Therefore, the condition of the tires is critical to the safety and performance of your car.

The first thing to know about tires is to make sure that you install the correct type of tires to your car. The manufacturer gives the necessary instructions for you to select the right type of tire.

The most important thing to adhere to tires is maintaining the correct tire pressure. Every tire has its maximum bearable pressure marked on it. However, it is not the pressure that you must inflate. There is a pressure desired by the car and that amount is usually displayed on the sticker pasted on the driver’s door jamb. You can have your own tire pressure gauge to measure it, or even you can check it when you take your car to replenish fuel. The easiest thing is to use a hand-operated air pump that comes with a pressure gauge on it. You can do both the measuring and inflating with such a pump.

Maintaining the Radiator

Car Maintenance- Maintaining the Radiator

The radiator of your car does an important job by helping to maintain the engine temperature. It uses water as the coolant, and it continuously flows through the engine cavities to exchange heat. You can enhance the efficiency of water by mixing a radiator coolant with water. The radiator is built such that air flows through the radiator segments while coolant dripping through. An engine-driven fan or an electric fan is used to push air through the radiator to extract the heat of the coolant. Therefore, you have to check the coolant level regularly and inspect the radiator exterior for any obstructions.

Maintaining the Engine Oil Level

Maintaining the Engine Oil Level

The engine is the heart of your car. Therefore, you must ensure that it is 100% roadworthy at all times. Lubricating the inner moving parts is essential for the better health of the car engine, and hence you must not forget to maintain the engine lubricating oil level at the correct level. To maintain the oil level, you must check it first. We would recommend carrying out this check once a month or every 1000 miles or before proceeding on a long journey.

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Checking the Engine Oil Level

Most commonly the engine lubricant oil reservoir locates underneath the engine body. But the most important thing you must know in checking the engine oil level is you cannot measure it when the engine is too hot or too cold. Therefore, you must take 20-30 minutes to allow the engine to drain all oil to the sump and to let the oil cool down. If the engine is cold and has not run for more than three hours, it is advisable to start and run the engine for 5 minutes and then wait for 20 minutes before checking the oil level.

When you access the engine compartment you will see a yellow color handle connected to a dipstick running into the engine. You could easily put your index finger into the loop of the handle and pull the dipstick completely out of the engine. First, you have to wipe the remaining fuel on the dipstick using a dry piece of cloth. Then insert the dipstick fully into the engine and then take it out. The dipstick will have two small holes towards its bottom end. The oil level must be within these two holes.

Replenishing the Engine Oil

The engine oil filler cap is commonly located on the top of the engine. You can easily identify it by the sign of oil drop dipping out of a can. If the engine needs more oil, pour the recommended lubricant oil into the engine little by little, and check the level with the dipstick. If you happen to see excess oil in the engine, you can drain the excess oil by removing the drain nut located underneath the oil sump. Please contact your maintenance assistant to attend to it if you are not confident enough to do it yourself.

Bottomline

Although, car maintenance is a difficult task if you follow the basics you can definitely save a few bucks without having to waste from your pocket. We have mentioned only a few major maintenance tips here and stay tuned for more tips from our coming articles. Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts about this article in the comments section.

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