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If you watch a lot of car commercials you’d think that owning a car is nothing more than cruising down the highway. Blasting the radio at full volume with your hair blowing with the wind. However, owning a car is much more than this. Your car is a very complex machine. It is like a symphony where all pieces have to work perfectly. Each will be performing its own little part to ensure the whole car is efficient and safe. It is very beneficial for you to know the basics in car care.
Below are 7 car maintenance activities you should not miss.
1. Replace engine oil
Engine oil keeps your engine lubricated. It also helps avoid corrosion and sludge build up. Regular oil changes keeps your engine running smoothly and protects it. It may be confusing on how often you should replace the oil. It may range from 3,000 miles to 7,000 miles, but it really depends on the driving conditions. Check the user manual to see what best fits your car.
2.Check your brake fluid
There are lots of fluids in your car engine. The brake fluid is one of a number of fluids in your car you will need to inspect. For all fluids, first thing to check is quantity. All the reservoirs have indicators on how much fluid should be present. Ensure that you have enough, but not going above the maximum amount.
3.Inspect your transmission oil
Use the shorter dipstick to check the transmission oil. The car should be parked at a level surface and should be in idle.
4.Do the same for power steering fluid and coolant
Make sure to check your car's manual for the best schedule to replace all fluids. Some fluids degrade over time and will need to be replaced even if there is still content in the reservoir.
5.Replace your fuel filter
The fuel filter constantly runs as long as the car is operational. This means it is prone to wear and tear. Some manufacturers recommend replacement at 30,000 miles. However if you use contaminated or dirty gasoline, you may want to replace it earlier. Same is true if you have a habit of running with very little fuel left in the tank.
6.Replace your air filter
This is an important activity, not just for your car, but for your health as well. This will ensure that you are breathing clean air all the time.
7.Check tire pressure and rotate
Tire pressure should be even for all 4 tires. Check the manual or the side of your door panel for the proper pressure to use. Be sure to check tires at least monthly.
Caring for your car can be easy as long as you maintain it properly. This will ensure a smooth run and the safety of everyone on board. It will also extend the life of your vehicle and save you money. At Insurance of the West, our mission is to ensure that we protect are clients and offer them policies that they can afford. Learn more about our products and services by calling our agency at (425) 681-0996. You can also request for a free quote by clicking here.