Car Maintenance: Keeping Your Car and Streets Clean
Owning a car is expensive. When you are forced to do a necessary repair it is like a sucker punch to your finances. As a result, it can be incredibly tempting to skip out on the other minor repairs that are not so urgent. However, although regular maintenance might not seem worth it at the time, it is crucial and can save you a significant amount of trouble and money in the long run. Here are some of the regular repairs that you should be taking care of.
Make sure that your car is healthy by checking its fluids. These include brake fluid, power steering, transmission, transaxle, windshield washer, and antifreeze. Most of these you can do yourself, and you can find out how by checking online or in your owner’s manual.
It is important to check your tires regularly to avoid potentially dangerous situations that can occur when you have a flat tire or tires that are too slick. As a result, you need to regularly check tire pressure using a gauge, and tread depth. You can fill up your tires at a gas station, and you should have your tires rotated regularly to prolong their life. Many mechanics will give you free rotations with the purchase of the tires, so look out for such opportunities.
Replace Wiper Blades
This is a simple task that can be done yourself, and is also very cheap. And it is worth doing, as wiper blades can be the difference between a safe car and an unsafe one. No amount of online defensive driving courses can protect you from poor vision on the road, so if you are seeing streaks, replace your wiper blades!
Not only is it dangerous to not have lights working on your car, but you are also likely to get in trouble if a police officer spots your poorly lit vehicle. Check your headlights, indicators, brake lights, and taillights, and replace them if necessary.
Another thing that is easy and relatively easy to replace, an engine belt will cause you a lot more trouble if it snaps, so make sure that you regularly check for any signs of wear, such as cracks or missing pieces.
Check the Air Filter
Your air filter is the part that filters the air to the engine, so if it gets too clogged it can soon cause you problems. It does not have to be replaced too often, but it is worth checking every couple of years to make sure that you are not going to run into any difficulties.