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A Basic Guide to Vehicle Maintenance

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Vehicle maintenance is often something which most motorists leave up to their mechanics. After all, their mechanic is the one with the knowledge, they are the only ones who can fix or prevent any problems. Right? Wrong!

There is much that every motorist can do to keep their car in good shape for longer, and potentially extend the time between mechanic visits. Below is some great ideas to get you started on the road to good vehicle health.

What Your Car Needs to Survive

When it comes to finding out what your body needs, such as whether you are lactose intolerant or if you have a history of any issues, it’s as simple as getting a report from the Groupon Coupons page for 23AndMe. To identify your car’s health and needs, it’s a little more hands on.

To start, open the hood of your car and check the following:

  • Engine fluid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Power Steering Oil
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Water or Coolant
  • Wiper/Cleaning Solution

These are the basic fluids that your engine needs to survive and to perform its basic role. Cleaning solution included, as this is important for safe driving.

If you see that any of these levels are under the suggested levels, be sure to top them up immediately. If you can see that the fluid has seen better days, replace the fluid instead of just filling it up.

Brakes

If there are any sounds which come out of your tires as you apply the brakes, then it’s time to pull over and take a look at the condition of your brake pads. Modern brake pads include a small metal pin which will rub against the wheel of your car as it comes into contact due to your brake pad wearing down from use. This is the first sign that tells you it’s time to replace your brake pads.

Tire Pressure

Did you know that the pressure in your tires can determine now only how well your car handles, but also how much gas you use? As you drive, friction builds up between the road and the surface of your tires. The more contact that occurs, the more friction which builds up, working against your car, requiring your engine to work harder to move your forward. By ensuring your tires are the correct pressure, you can help improve the drivability of your vehicle and also reduce your gas usage.

Tire Condition

While you are checking the tire pressure, be sure to check the condition of your tires, too. Even a small cut or chunk taken out of your tires can result in a tire blowout while you are driving along the freeway. A simple visual inspection once a month is an easy way to help prevent this from happening. If you see any damage, take off the tire, replace it with your spare, and have the tire checked by your mechanic.

You don’t have to study engine mechanics to take care of your ride, it just takes a couple of minutes and the right tips, such as the ones above in this article.

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