Whether you are a veteran who is privy to the rules of the road, or a newly licensed driver. However, one thing is for sure – no matter who you are, car care is essential to extending the life of your vehicle and getting you where you need to go. It is time to review some Automotive Care Basics.
The first thing to check is your lights and signals. This is an easy task to accomplish before purchasing a new car or every few months. Nothing is worse than not being able to see at night! Also, nobody likes the annoying car that doesn’t use its turn signal. After you’ve confirmed that all of the lights are in order, make sure to check the signals on the dashboard. If those lights don’t work, you will miss alerts to further problems.
Okay, all of the lights and signals are up to code. Now it’s time to pop the hood and check the level of the most important fluids. While the location is different in each vehicle, key fluids such as oil, brake and transmission, windshield wiper and coolant are all labeled universally. Look for the indicator lines on each compartment. If you have any questions, your cars manual should have all the answers.
After checking the fluids, and filling up those that are too low, its time to check the battery. Make sure it is free of corrosion and the connections are secure. Otherwise, you may end up stranded – putting you stuck between a rock and a hard place. It’s also a good time to make sure you have both a red and black jumper cable in case of an emergency. You might even help someone else!
Now, quickly check your tire pressure. Use the special gauge to confirm that each tire’s pressure is at the level recommended for that tire. (You can find this number printed on the tire). Take a few measurements to make sure you are getting the same number each time and getting a true reading.
Lastly, check your wipers to make sure they actually do their jobs. It is annoying and dangerous getting stuck in a rainstorm with limited vision! A quick test with the washer fluid is all you need.
Well, there you have it! Basic car care, covered. Thanks for reading and drive safe out there. If you want more information from the experts, visit us here – contact us.