Maintaining your vehicle is essential to ensure it runs smoothly on the road. Some people don’t spend much time checking it, except for the engine, because we don’t know how it works. Even so, this should not intimidate us, because there are simple revisions we can do, and will keep the car in good condition.
These are 3 ESSENTIAL tips that you must follow to HELP you maintain the good condition of your car.
1.- Check your tire pressure
“Over-inflated” tires produce a less effective contact patch on the roads, which reduces ride quality and limits dry grip.
Under-inflated tires produce “wet” handling, work the engine harder (use more fuel), and over-flex the sidewall of the tire, which can lead to blowouts.
Proper tire pressure is printed on your sidewall; ensure yours are properly inflated to avoid road problems.
2.- Try not to overheat the engine
An overheated engine can leave you stranded with a large repair bill.
The best way to avoid overheating the engine is to always have the radiator filled with coolant (usually green or yellow). Its function is to reduce the risk of freezing in cold climates and boiling in hot climates.
More importantly, coolant helps reduce corrosion, which is one of the main causes of radiator plugging and leaking.
To check for the latter, run the engine for a few minutes (with the cap on) and have it repaired or replaced if it leaks.
To flush the radiator if the fluid is dirty, use a garden hose to circulate water through it (never remove the cap on a hot radiator) with the drain plug removed.
3.- Keep the engine oiled
You will need to check the recommended oil for your car, the engine oil capacity, and the type of filter required before you begin changing the oil and filter.
The new oil keeps the engine turning freely, maximizing its efficiency and longevity.
Lack of oil and/or dirty oil increases the risk of wear and overheating, shortening the life of the engine.
Not all cars have an easily accessible oil filter, so if you aren’t sure, ask for advice.
These are 3 simple tips that can help your ride have no setbacks or surprises. You will only “lose” a few minutes to make them.