Servicing your car and following the standard maintenance requirements will ensure that your car remains in good condition at all times. The maintenance requirements can be demanding at times, but it is something that you have to do as a car owner. You have the option of taking your car to a mechanic to do everything for you. However, doing that on a regular basis can turn out to be quite expensive. There are quite a number of things, which you can take care of on your own, perhaps during your spare time. You can even view it as a fun activity to do with your friends, all while saving some money in the process.
Wheels and tires
One of the basic maintenance tip for the tires of your car is to rotate them. Tire rotation simply means swapping all the four tires to ensure that they wear out evenly. Experts recommend that you swap the tires after every 5000 miles. Swapping should be done such that the front tires go to the back and vice versa. You should also do regular cleaning of the dust that accumulates on the breaks.
Remember to check the tire pressure a minimum of once each week. This is important as bad pressure will impact negatively on handling, fuel consumption, and comfort. Bad tread depth will also have a similar impact. Tires that are bald are quite dangerous and pose a risk of accidents caused by slippage.
Check to ensure that the electrical system in your car is also in great condition. Remember to disconnect the battery before working on the electrical system. Avoid short-circuiting the system by disconnecting the negative terminal before the positive one. You should also check the battery status, cleaning the terminals and replacing it when needed.
You can also do some maintenance on the engine as well, without consulting a mechanic. A good place to start is with the rubber belts, which are used to run the pulleys. The belts are used to drive a number of things, including alternator and A.C compressor. Because it is made of rubber, it gradually wears off. You should thus ensure that they are in good condition and show no signs of snapping. Experts recommend checking after every 25000 miles and replacing them after the next 25000 miles. Next, check the oil level in the engine. Your engine will experience problems if the oil level is too high or too low. Finally, check the level of the engine coolant.