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How to take good care of your car?

Car maintenance is your responsibility, and the investment you make today will save you money in the future. Therefore, do not be one of the people who change the oil of his car twice a year at the most because of their forgetfulness, so get used to regular maintenance of your car and do not rely on others to remind you,

Here are some tips you must do to ensure your car stays in top shape.

Fill each other, do these three things

Instead of staying at the service station and reading credit card ads while waiting for a deposit, use this time to quickly check (and clean) your car in three simple steps:

1. clean your windshield.

A dirty windshield filled with insects is a safety hazard because it obscures the road view. Wipe it regularly. 2. Using the sponge part of the windshield wiper at the service station, dip all wipers with wiper fluid. Then pull the wiper from the center of the windshield to the sides, finishing the remaining strips by pulling it down from the top. This is especially important after a long drive on the highway, when the windshield is filled with insect carcasses, and using the windshield wipers and cleaning fluid of your car to remove them only creates a large spot that further obscures your line of sight.

If you have dirty headlights, give them a scapula as well.

Windscreen wipers also play a role in keeping the windscreen clean, but we will talk about this later this week.

2. Check the tire pressure.

Keeping your tires at the right pressure will keep you safe and save you money. 3. Tires with insufficient pressure - which can mean pumping or underpressure - do not work or stop, just like tires with the right pressure. They also increase your chances of tearing. In addition, tires with the right pressure have longer service life and improve fuel economy.

Tire pressure is something to keep an eye on because it changes constantly as the tires run a logarithmic mile and temperatures fluctuate. This is why it is so important to check it regularly and to top up the air if necessary. Some experts say that this should be done every time you step on the gas, but as with oil testing, every second inflation should be enough to detect any defects before they become major problems.

It takes less than two minutes to check the tire pressure. This is how you do it:

To get an accurate reading, always check the pressure of your tires when they are "cold", i.e. before you drive them. I only check the tire pressure at a gas station when I refuel less than a mile from home in the morning. If you have been behind the wheel for a long time, you should let your tires rest for at least four hours before checking the air pressure.

Check the recommended tire pressure for your car (it is in the owner's manual and on the inside of the door on the driver's side, as shown in the picture above). Regardless of the tire brand, always inflate the tires to this recommended level, not to the maximum PSI on the sidewall - this number indicates the maximum tire pressure required to withstand the highest load, not the ideal PSI.

Check the tire pressure with a pressure gauge.

Fill in if necessary

3. check the oil level and top up oil if necessary

Engine oil is essential for the operation of your car. Its most important task is to lubricate all moving parts of your engine to prevent them from grinding or malfunctioning. It also extracts heat from the combustion circuit and traps and retains any unpleasant combustion by-products by feeding them into an oil filter. If there is not enough oil in the engine, the car runs the risk of breaking down.

To ensure that your car always contains enough oil, you should make it a habit to check it regularly. The owner's manual probably recommends this every time you fill your car with oil, but it is usually sufficient. Checking the oil level in your car is easy. All you need is a clean paper towel, enough light and about three minutes. You should save this work for later, because after turning off the engine you have to wait about five minutes for the oil to run back into the pan

Most cars are designed to use a small amount of oil between oil changes, and many manufacturers consider it normal to consume one liter per 1000 miles. Some cars lose more because they do, or because the engine burns oil together with gasoline. If you need to refill a liter of oil about every 500 miles, you should check your car for external and internal leaks as soon as possible.

Follow the maintenance schedule recommended in your vehicle's owner's manual.

Your car also needs service that is less frequent but necessary for a long and productive life. These tasks include oil change, tire change, transmission fluid change, and the like.

Do not follow the maintenance schedule recommended by your dealer or mechanic. They often advise you to come and perform service work more often that you really don't need. For example, most quick-lubricate garages and dealer service centers recommend changing the oil in your car every 3,000 miles, although most modern engines are designed to run 5,000 miles before requiring an oil change. Another example is coolant change. Many mechanics recommend changing it every 30,000 miles, but many cars do not need this service until they are four times as many. And after the 120k mark, manufacturers often recommend changing the coolant only every 60,000 miles.

Instead of relying on Larry from KwikLube to tell you when to service your car, open a glove box (or "jockey box" for Mountain West residents) and pull out your user manual. It should include a section listing the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedules, including oil change intervals, tire changes, and fluid and parts changes. If you can't find the owner's guide, you can use Google Quick Search. By following the ideal maintenance schedule for your car, you can avoid costly inspections, repairs and replacements and keep your car buzzing for years.

DIY car service

As new cars with on-board computers and high-tech equipment become increasingly complex, maintenance work today often requires a mechanic with the right training and tools to properly complete the job.

But there are still a few maintenance jobs that most men can perform on their own on most models, and below I will mention three of the most available. While it's true that you don't save a lot of time and money doing these tasks, it's still satisfying, and I recommend that you try each job at least once, because it gives you an excuse to look under the hood and learn a little about how your familiar car works.
1. Change the oil every 5,000 miles.

Whether you do it yourself or take it to a mechanic, a regular oil change is one of the most important measures to keep your car running smoothly.

2. change the air filter every 12,000 miles

This may be one of the easiest car maintenance jobs you can do on your own. Changing your car's air filter regularly will increase fuel efficiency, extend the life of your car's engine and reduce emissions.

While changing your car's oil involves the tedious task of finding a way to properly dispose of used oil, an air filter has no such drawbacks, and if you do it yourself, you can easily save half the cost of a service garage.

3. rotate the tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles.

Front and rear tires wear differently. Regular tire rotation compensates for natural wear patterns and ensures a smoother and safer ride. It also extends the life of your tires, saving you money on expensive replacement tires.

Keep your car clean

addition to regular maintenance, another important part of keeping your car clean is to keep it clean.

1. wash your car regularly.

Every day our cars are exposed to the sun, salt, grease, dirt, acid rain, smog, tree resin, dead insects and, worst of all, the acidic compound from bird droppings pumps. These are corrosive to paint and once they are gone, they eat through the metal of your car. If you do not wash your car, you will not suffer any immediate damage, but the items will eventually corrode your car, as will its potential resale value.

How often should you wash your car? It depends. Location and weather are the two most important factors in determining the frequency. If you live in an area with high air pollution and sea salt in the air, you should wash it two or three times a month. If you live indoors and in an area with low pollution, a car wash once a month is sufficient. You may need to wash your car more often in winter than in summer due to snow, salt and mud that accumulate when driving on icy roads.
2-Do not use it as a trash can in your car.

The interior of your car is not a sandbox, so stop treating it like a sandbox. Get into the habit of cleaning your car regularly so that it does not look like a garbage dump. Keeping the interior of your car clean and tidy can reduce the stress in your life and make the driving experience more pleasant. Besides, you never know when you might have unexpected passengers. If you keep your car clean, you'll never have to shy away from saying, "Sorry I got dirty," while wiping pieces of a QuickTrip breakfast burrito from the passenger seat yesterday.

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