Car Care Tips – How To Best Care Your Cars

Buying a car and learning how to drive it is the very first steps of becoming a responsible car owner. Just like a living creature, a car has its own life. It needs care and maintenance to live longer and operate safer. 

To ensure the safety of the car and the life span of it, car owners should learn how to properly care for their car. It directly affects your driving experience and safety every day. This article will share with you some tips to best care your cars, make it always look and work like-new.

The tips are categorized to help you follow more easily. Remember they are basic tip to care your cars and do maintenance. If there is any problems or unusual signals with your car that you do not know how to solve, bring it to professional for help.


Great Tips To Best Care Your Cars


1. Wheels and tires

  • Rotate your tires

Rotate you tires every 8.000 km. Rotating tires means swapping tires position between back and front tires. The purpose is to even out the wear in the tires. This helps to maximize the life span of your tires. And you should do it even when there is no sign of worn in your tires. If your tires are too worn out, replace them because it is dangerous driving with too old tires. It can be slippery and affect the working of your brake.

  • Check tire pressure

Incorrect tire pressure comes with multiple problems, including breaking, instability, less gas mileage, fuel waste, shorter tire life, and a flat tire. These issues may keep you stuck in the middle of nowhere, or worse lead into an accident. Luckily, you can avoid those by checking you tire pressure regularly with a gauge. It is ideally to check tire pressure once a week.

  • Replace brake pads when necessary

To ensure a safe drive, check your brake often, especially when it makes a grinding noise. Brake pads are the parts that resist loss of brake power at high temperature. If you are a stop-and-go driver, or often drive in mountainous area, your brake pads can last much shorter than other’s. In modern cars, there are audible wear sensors for brake pads. If your brake pads need to be replaced, the car will tell you by squawking and squealing continuously. If you ignore that signal, the rotors will eventually be destroyed. Replacing that is crazily costly than replacing brake pads.


2. Engine

  • Check and change the oil and filter regularly

Make sure to check your oil level regularly. Too low oil level may severely damage the engine. Oil level can drop by burning oil and leaking oil. It is better if you check oil level every refill. It is simple and take less than 5 minutes. And don’t hesitate to change oil and filter. A clean and sufficient supply of oil is essential for your car life span. Also, you should ask your maintenance service to use a decent filter. Cheap filter is usually not a good option because you may end up changing your filter more.

  • Checking your coolant level

Coolant keeps your engine from overheating. It is something that your engine won’t survive long without. As other parts of the car, coolant does wear out. Check the handbook to see where your coolant reservoir is. Take the coolant bottle out after the engine cools down. If the coolant in the bottle is between ‘low’ and ‘high’ marks, it’s good to go


3. Fuel / gas

  • Use the right octane fuel

Give your car the octane its engine is rated for. In this case, more is not better. Higher octane or premium fuel does not improve mileage. But it is for sure more expensive. Also, don’t use poor quality fuel for your car. This leads to decrease in ignition timing, which also mean less fuel economy. In the worst scenario, the final result is major engine carnage. This doesn’t sound good at all.

  • Do not let your tank empty too often

When your fuel warning turns on, find a gas station to get a refill. An empty tank in the middle of the rod may cause you a lot of trouble. And running low on gas is not good for your engine. It shortens the engine life if happens too often. So, it is the best you have your refill when the gas gauge nearly reaches the E side. It will save you from end up in the middle of nowhere with an empty tank.


4. Exterior and Interior

  • Clean inside and outside of your car monthly

Having your car washed regularly to prevent dirt and grime from damage the paint of your car. Do the same for the interior. Keep it clean and tidy to avoid unpleasant smell, damage to your interior, or obstacles while driving. You can also apply waxes and polishes to give your car a like-new look. A waxed paint can, to some extent, a bird-dropping-proof. If a bird has pooped on your car, clean it right away. The chemicals compounds in bird waste can damage the finishing layer of your car. Protecting your vehicle is a good idea and yet many people still don’t realize the importance of a good car cover.

  • Replace worn-out wiper blades

Windshield wipers are made from rubber. Due to time, sun exposure, weather, and other factors, they deteriorate. When it happens, the wiper blades cracks, can’t flex and flip over or squeegee. Then wiper blades can no longer clear the windshield as effectively as it used to do. It’s time you need your wiper blades replaced.


5. Electrical

Water level

Terminals

Brackets

Recharge


6. Lights

  • Check the lights

Walk around your car and check all the lights regularly. Turn all the lights on to check: headlights, park lamps, high-beam and low beam lamps, plate light, fog or driving lights (in any), and turn signals. If any of them doesn’t work, get it repaired or replaced. Broken lights may get you stopped by the cops. Moreover, driving without lights and lamps, especially in dim light or in the dark is very dangerous for you and others. No repair cost is higher than your safety.

  • Understand engine warning lights

Cars use warning lights to send information or warning message. They are either telling you the state of 1 part of the car, or what problem your car is having, or which one need a solution immediately. It is important that you understand the signals the lights is trying to tell you and react to it in time.

Some warning lights include: Oil Pressure Warning, Battery Warning, Front Airbag, Rear Fog Light, Open Doors, ABS Warning, Engine Management, Powertrain Malfunction, ESP BAS Warning, Warning Light, Bulb Failure, Child Safety Lock, Windshield Defrost, Electronic Throttle Control, AWD (All Wheel Drive), Low Fuel Warning, Turn Signals, High Beam.


Conclusion

Regularly care your cars is never a waste of time and money. Check all the parts of the car to make sure they are working well. You should also take your car to maintenance service for regular check and repair. Some tasks can be DIY but some are better in professional hand.

Care and maintenance not only lengthen your car life, save you tons of money for repairing/replacing severe damages, but also ensure its safety while running on the road. Trading a little bit of time and money for an enjoying and safe driving experience is well worthwhile. I hope that this article does provide you with useful information and tips.

Remember this: taking care of your cars is taking care of you (and your family) comfort and safety while driving.

About the Author Leroy Simmons

My name is Leroy L.Simmons. I create this blog as the way to find out my excitement and also a way to remember my father. I always love writing, I embarked on this adventure of the blog, to tell you all that I want to share about my hobby, my dream of auto, truck and journey. At MRVEHICLE.NET, I hope to tell you great stories and especially to answer some questions you might ask. And there are also many interesting and up-to-date stories of drivers on their journey everywhere in the world.

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