vehicle needs proper grooming to keep it in good shape and maintain its value. The following guidelines help maintain your
1. Belts and Hoses.
These two should be checked occasionally. Take note to replace belts and water hoses when it starts to wear out, ideally, replacement should be done every 80, 467 kilometers.Hoses need to be inspected as well, since they are made of rubber, it could wears due to exposure to heat and long term usage.
2. Brakes. Always check for leaks where the brake lines attach to the master cylinder and where the master cylinder fastens to the power booster. Change the brake pads regularly to maintain your car’s braking system. Take note that when your car screeches when brake is applied, it indicates that you need to change the pads. Might as well check the fluid level.
3. Wash and Polish. Your car needs a washing on a weekly basis or maybe twice a week. To ensure long-lasting paint job on your car, it is recommended to have it waxed at least three or four times a year. The paint serves as a protective coating for a car’s metal body and as well protects it from rusting. Always choose the right polish suitable for your car.
4. Wipers and Washers. Protect your car’s front and rear windshield by washing it regularly. Proper cleaning of glasses makes it free from dust or any objects that might obstruct your sight while driving. It is also recommended to replace windshield wiper blades every six months or so, to ensure best visibility for driving during rainy season.
5. Lights. A poor lighting system can also cause accidents on the road. Make sure that your lighting system is always in good condition, performance and color. Defective or busted bulbs should be replaced immediately.
6. Tire Care. Have your tire maintained in the right pressure to keep your car run smoothly. Have it checked at least once a month especially before long trips. Underinflated tires by only 6 psi (pounds per square inch) will lead to tire failure, which needs more use of gas to keep the vehicle moving. A tire overinflated by 6 psi could also be damaged easily when running over potholes, debris and uneven roads. You may check the right psi for your car tire in your vehicle owner’s manual.
7. Fuel. Always make sure that your fuel cap is fully tightened to avoid fuel evaporation. To save fuel consumption, always stay on speed limit, and switch off engine when idle for a minute or two. And take note that carrying heavy loads in your car also increases fuel consumption because it causes your car to accelerate more.