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Types of Maintenance Every Car Owner should know

Types of Maintenance Every Car Owner should know

You’ve bought your dream car and now you want to make it last as long as possible in top condition. Here are some Types of Maintenance Every Car Owner should know:

Battery

It's recommended that each car battery is replaced after three years. There's nothing worse than losing power mid-journey, so don't try to extend the life of your battery for longer than you should.

Maybe the manufacturer says your battery is maintenance-free, but don't believe it! Check your battery regularly to extend its life and avoid the hassle of being stuck with a dead battery.

Start With The Simple Thing:

Keep your battery clean. A dirty case can cause current leakage. Wipe with a damp cloth. Use a mild detergent if necessary.

Than Clean The Terminal's Battery:

Remove the negative cable first (black color or minus sign), then the red positive cable. Use a battery brush dipped in a mixture of baking soda and a little water.

Inspect the battery case for damage, such as cracks or swell signs - if it is so you need to replace the battery immediately.

Reinstall the cables, positive first, and coat the terminals and clamps with a thin layer of grease to prevent further corrosion.

Some Batteries Need Water

If your battery has opening caps, remove them to check the electrolyte level. It should rise 13 mm (1/2 inch) above the top plates of the battery. If not, use distilled water to raise the level 1/4 or 3/8” (6 or 10mm) below the bottom of the opening caps. Do not use tap water, as it may contain minerals that can damage your battery.

Check Engine Oil

Oil is to your car what blood is to your body. However, your body can purify your blood and make new blood cells over time. Your car cannot do that. Oil changes are part of your regular, ongoing maintenance

For an exact reading, follow the procedure below:

Drive the car for about 15 minutes to warm up the oil; then park the car on level ground. Stop the engine and wait 15 minutes for the engine oil to drain back into the oil pan.

Take out the dipstick and clean it off with a paper or towel. Reinsert the dipstick making sure it is fully inserted, then pull it out again to check the oil level. It should be somewhere between the grid marks on the dipstick.

If necessary, fill up with the type and quantity of oil specified in the owner's manual.

Brake Fluid

Check the brake fluid once a month. Wipe dirt off the master cylinder cover before opening it. If you need fluid, add the type recommended by your car manufacturer. Never replace other fluids, such as transmission or power steering fluid. And do not use brake fluid from an already opened container. When exposed to air, brake fluid absorbs moisture and becomes easily contaminated.

Washer Fluid

Do not add water to the washer fluid reservoir. It does not clean perfectly and can freeze in cold weather and damage the system. Do not attempt to run your washer fluid system after you suspect that the fluid is all gone in the reservoir, or you could damage the washer fluid pump.

Timing Belt

It’s important to replace your timing belt at the mileage intervals your vehicle manufacturer recommends. Every manufacturer is different, but typically, the timing belt needs to be replaced every 60,000–100,000 miles. The recommended interval for your specific vehicle can be found in your car’s owner’s manual.

Power-Steering Fluid

Some experts say every 80,000 to 100,000 miles, others say every other year, and others recommend as frequently as every 30,000 miles. The answer can even be different for different vehicles.

Here are some ways to know that you may need to go ahead and change that power steering fluid.

Your owner’s manual is chock full of information about how to take care of your car, including when to change important fluids.

Run the car for a bit, then get under the hood, pull out the dipstick, and check the color of your fluid. Power steering fluid should usually be fairly bright red.

Believe it or not, your power steering fluid pump may tell you if you need to change your fluid.

If you are struggling to turn the steering wheel, this is a sure sign you have an issue with your power steering fluid. It may be that the level of power steering fluid is too low or that the fluid is spent, too thin, or too contaminated.

Clean Your Engine

There are several reasons to wash your engine at least every year. A clean engine will run cooler than a dirty engine. A clean engine will also make it easier to find leaks and maintain components. Remember to protect sensitive engine components including the air intake, distributor, and electrical parts with plastic bags before you begin. Use dish soap or other degreasing detergents and a bristle brush to scrub the surfaces of the motor and components

Protect Car Paint From The Sun

Paint does more than make your vehicle look great. You can prevent sun damage to car paint by keeping your vehicle inside a garage, under covered parking, or in a shaded area when it's not on the road.

Clean Interior

The vacuum you’re interior every time you wash your car. A vacuum cleaner with an extension hose and hand-held attachments is ideal – you’ll need attachments to clean carpets and tight, hard-to-reach nooks. A steam cleaning machine can be helpful too.

Dash Gauges

Use a soft, damp cloth to lightly wipe the dust off the clear plastic lenses of your dashboard. Too much pressure will scratch them. Too many scratches can make it difficult to read your gauges in certain lighting conditions.

Published On: 2020-12-16

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