Car Maintenance Checklist: What You Need to Keep Your Car Running

Surely, you don’t want to get left out on the side of the road calling for help because of a sudden breakdown, leakage, or anything like that…

Now that’s just a sad story.

You want to keep your car running at top shape if you want it to serve you well. After all, your car is your best friend who’ll take you anywhere you want. And you owe it that much.

 So, if you want to know how to keep your car running, read on…

Checking Fluid Levels

Before you head out and buy a dipstick, there are several more things you can do to keep your car running:

First, check fluid levels… the most common mistake drivers make is to ignore the visual indications that their car is low on fluid, which is the truth. It might just be your imagination, but the level of fluid looks down when the gauge lights up, and when the needle in the gauge dips low. That’s when you really need to go to the nearest auto service station to have your car fluids checked. If the level is low, it’s a good idea to have it topped up.

If you notice that the oil level is a bit low, check your fuel tank’s dipstick. This could be a sign of a leak. It could be the tank is cracked and leaking.

About checking fuel system… Do you know how to check the fuel in your car? Yes, you can check your fuel tank and make sure the fluid level is the correct one. But that’s a job for professionals who know how to perform these tasks. What you can do right now is to turn on your engine to see if you can hear your fuel gauge working or not.

Then, change the spark plugs… This is a more intensive procedure and will definitely be a costly process, but your engine is at a greater risk of failing if you do not do this. You can tell you need to do this when you hear weird noises coming out of the engine. But generally, it’s once every 50,000 to 60,000 Kilometers.

Checking Tires

Tires are the most important part of a car, and that’s why you need to keep an eye on them at all times…

Yes, you can be tempted to rush them off to the mechanic every now and then to fix something, but that’s not the smartest thing to do. First of all, when you buy the tires and bring them home, you should check the tread depth and the air pressure. Only then can you get back to your daily routine and enjoy the ride… checking the oil, windshield washer fluid, and your fuel tank, the usual stuff.

Checking Brakes

One of the key things you need to do is to check the brakes and tread. This will be one of the first things you’ll check after changing your tires to prevent going over the speed limit while braking.

Brakes – like all the other components of your car – need to be adjusted to the condition of your tires. Running over to your local repair shop will save you the trouble of taking your car to the mechanic and having them do the job for you. And remember, the more worn out the brakes, the more you’re going to have to pay your mechanic, and the less is the value of your car.

Checking Air Filters

It goes without saying that you should regularly check air filters…

How often you do it depends on your car’s filter and its purpose. Most doormats or cleaning tools are good enough. But if your car’s air filter needs to be changed or cleaned more frequently, you should check the service bulletin to find out when that should be done.

Some cars need the air filter changed and cleaned every time you fill-up the gas tank. It’s pretty hard to tell when that should happen. However, check the oil level to be sure and keep an eye on the oil level. Keep an eye on all parts of your engine in case there are signs that they’re dirty or about to wear out.

Checking Wipers

When you’re driving, you could get a glimpse of the car ahead through harsh weather conditions. But that might not always be the case. Why? Well, that’s because some windshield wipers are not set correctly…

You see, in this kind of weather, wiper blades tend to slip off and fly towards your vehicle. If that happens, you’ll be able to see your car becoming skid. On top of that, it will leave a trail behind. But you can use these two simple wipers checkup tips to avoid such mishaps…

Before you install the wiper blades, make sure they are not able to be lifted off the glass. And make sure you always use wiper fluid to lubricate the wipers.

And that’s pretty much it! Now you can make a few lifestyle changes to keep your car running safely and well for years to come, and maintain it in good shape so that if you ever decide to sell your car in the market, you can get the best price possible.

Author: Anshed Mulla

Anshed Mulla is the Managing Director of Sell Your Motors in the UAE. Sell Your Motors is a company that offers car buying services in Dubai.

For over 10 years, Sell Your Motors has been a noteworthy company in the automobile trading industry; offering professional purchasing services that reached thousands of people in the UAE.

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