Everybody knows that car maintenance is important. A vehicle needs to be well taken care of in order for it to last a long time. Proper car maintenance includes checking everything and fixing problems as soon as possible. In this article, you will learn what you should do in order to take proper care of your car!
Clean the inside regularly and spray the seats with an upholstery protector
The inside of your car should be cleaned regularly. The car will look great and maintain the value of your car if you clean it often. In addition, you can protect upholstery from spills by using a protector before they happen.
Use a vacuum with an upholstery brush to remove dust or dirt on all surfaces. After that, wipe down the windows from the inside for clear visibility. Always remove trash after a trip so that clutter doesn’t pile up inside
Protecting car seats is important because this prolongs their life expectancy and ensures that they are in good condition when you sell them later on, so make sure you use the right chemicals to do so. It also makes cleaning easier overall because grease stains do not get absorbed deeply into car fabric, making them easy to take out while regular washing should be done once per week at least. You have to realise that protecting your upholstery affects how comfortable you are in your car, and with that, how well you’re driving. The inside of your car will stay healthy and nice-looking for a long time.
Check your fluids
Fluids have to be checked and replaced when needed because over time they get dirty and are not as effective. This can cause problems with the car overheating or cooling down, which is dangerous for the driver to experience while driving.
Checking fluids should be done on a weekly basis if you drive often throughout your week. If you do not use your car much it should still be checked every other month so you know there will always be full fluid levels in case of an emergency where more heat or coolness needs to occur quickly.
Many car owners might think that checking oil is only necessary when the car starts making noise while running but this is completely incorrect since changing oil does just about everything including adding weight back into your tyres after sitting for long periods of time during the winter months!
Here are the fluids you need to check regularly:
- car battery fluid
- car oil
- brake and transmission fluids
- car coolant
- car windshield wiper fluid
- car washer fluid
- power steering fluid
Change your air filter every year
It’s essential that you change your car’s air filter every year. If you don’t, it will cause your vehicle to use more gas and burn out faster than normal. You can find the car owner’s manual online for instructions on how to do this yourself or take it in for a professional service at an auto shop. Make sure that you have all of your car’s supplies like a car jack and the right wrenches to make it easier.
Get your vehicle serviced annually
A huge part of car maintenance is car servicing and car owners often forget to get their car serviced once a year. If you aren’t sure when your car was last serviced, take the time to check the logbook or speak with your mechanic about getting it done soon.
Annual servicing of a car ensures that all parts are working in good condition and also helps prevent major problems from occurring down the track. The main activities completed during this type of service include oil changes, air filters replacement/cleaning, wiper blades inspection/replacement (if needed), battery test & top up if required.
The above things should be followed by checking different aspects such as brakes, suspension, cooling system, and car electrics. This ensures that the car is in good condition to ensure it can be used safely for a long period of time.
Keep an eye on tyre pressure
Without proper tyre pressure, car tyres can wear out faster than necessary, which would mean more money spent. Also, car accidents are often the result of tyre failure due to low pressure or high-speed impact with potholes and other road hazards. Keeping an eye on your car’s tyre pressure is easy enough if you remember one simple rule: check it when the car is cold.
Change spark plugs once in a while
Spark plugs are the car parts responsible for igniting fuel in cylinders. They are located on top of your car’s engine block, and they need to be changed from time to time so that the car would run smoothly without consuming too much gas or emitting too many harmful substances into the environment. Spark plugs usually last about 100 000 miles before you have to change them; however, car owners who are not familiar with the car’s mechanics should have them changed by a professional to avoid damaging their engine.
If you have a car you should ensure it lasts long meaning taking care of both the inside and outside for technical and aesthetic reasons. Protect the upholstery, and check the fluids regularly. Change the air filter and spark plugs, and test car pressure when the vehicle is cold. Finally, go through the annual service and you’ll have no headaches!
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