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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Preventive To-Do checklist for Car Owner

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Cars the important part of our life, the automobile has made one of the most important contributions over the past century, the truth is most people think of their cars and as little more than expensive and complex appliances. Whatever your relationship to your car, you rely on that thing to keep your daily life running smoothly, and the start of the year is a great time to get around to the checklist of maintenance you keep the car running smoothly.
Regular preventive maintenance is the best thing you can do as a car owner to keep your cars health and fitness happy and save money on repairs in the future. Now not everyone agrees on what preventive maintenance is, what you should do, and when you should do it. Let’s clear up things and doubts and give you some tips that’ll apply to any vehicle. These are basics things like checking your oil, checking your tyres pressure, cleaning of air and A/C filters.
Always Pay attention to your owner’s manual. the vehicle you drive, your regular maintenance schedule is inside it, and you’ll never fall for old car myths like, “You should change your oil every 10,000 kms ” (unless of course, your manual says you should). You will, however, discover how often your manufacturer really does suggest you change your oil, your filters, any drive or timing belts in your vehicle, and more. You’ll even find out whether you’re putting the right gas in your vehicle or whether you’re using the right kind of oil in the first place.

Some Basic Tips for Your Car You Should Do on A Regular Basis

Always do your own inspection: As the owner of a vehicle you drive your car on daily basis you know your problems better or you can identify exactly what problems you are facing, remember a tip always stick to your owner’s manual, solution for half of the problems is there only It’s basic, but give your car a once-over periodically so you catch anything that looks out of the ordinary. Make sure all your lights are working. Check the air pressure in your tyres every month or week so (and buy a cheap tyre air pressure gauge and keep it in the glove compartment). Doing so is good for your tires, gets you better mileage, and saves you money in fuel if you discover that the pressure is off. Listen for any strange sounds, inside and out. Make sure your tyres have enough tread. If anything’s out of the ordinary, don’t ignore it.

Check your oil and get it changed regularly: Whether your car has a dipstick to check the oil’s color and oil level. Knowing the difference between clean oil and muddy, oil will save you a on unnecessary changes and gives you a way to tell if something’s wrong with your engine. It’s hard to make a universal recommendation for how frequently you should change your oil, but the answer is—as we mentioned—in your owner’s manual. Don’t just blindly follow the 5,000kms myth though—for most vehicles it can be as high as 10,000 kms, depending on the oil your vehicle. (something that’s in the manual).

Learn to check your fluids: Even if you don’t ever learn how to change your power steering, coolant, or even your wiper fluid (although seriously, don’t let someone charge you to change wiper fluid), you should learn how to check those fluid levels. In some cases, you can see the tank level directly, but most have gauges or dipsticks you can pull out to check current levels against a notch that indicates optimal levels. Even if your owner’s manual doesn’t have much to say about checking your transmission fluid don’t be afraid to open the hood and see if you can find it. If you’re running low, add more (if you can) or get it changed. Most importantly, never ignore a leak.
Check your battery and clean the contacts (if necessary): Most batteries these days don’t require much in the way of maintenance, but you should know where it is and check it to make sure it’s not leaking and there’s no mineral or another buildup on the contacts. While you’re at it, consider buying a cheap battery tester or jump starter. You’ll never need to call someone or wait for Road side assistance (or a friendly passer-by) to give you a jump.

Replace your windshield wipers when the view gets streaky: It may seem silly, but I’ve known several people who just ignored their wipers until they got them replaced as part of a bigger job. Wipers are cheap and easy to replace yourself. Don’t wait until you can barely see through your windshield. Your visibility is important, and you wouldn’t wait until you saw an optometrist to clean your glasses, would you? While you’re at it, give your windshield a good cleaning inside and out—if it’s hard to see, the problem may be inside, not out.

Replace your cabin air filter:Replacing a cabin air filter is probably one of the easiest things you can do to keep your car comfortable. Most vehicles make the cabin air filter easily accessible and replacing it is as easy as opening a box. You can get a fitting filter at any auto parts store. It may not be critical to your car’s operation, but it’s easy, it makes the ride more pleasant, and it’s a repair you’ll never have to pay someone else to do.

Replace your engine air filter: Getting to the engine air filter may be a little trickier depending on the vehicle you have, but replacing it regularly is important. Your owner’s manual will give you a mileage estimate for how frequently you should replace your engine air filter, but if you can get to it, check it. If it’s dirty, replace it. If you need help or your owner’s manual doesn’t lay out exactly how to do it (although it should).

Get your tires rotated and balanced, and your alignment checked:Your manual will tell you how often to do this, and it’s important to do to make sure your tires wear evenly and your car drives smoothly. You can make your tires—which are expensive to replace all at once, by the way, take it from someone who’s done it several times—last much longer by getting them rotated and balanced. Your alignment is just as important. If you’re fighting your car to keep it straight, that’s a bad situation that’s easily corrected.

Change your spark plugs: If your spark plugs are worn out or covered in the buildup, your engine isn’t working efficiently. That can cost you money in fuel for one, but it can also lead to a breakdown. It may sound daunting, but in some cases checking and replacing them. If you don’t feel like doing it yourself (or it’s a big and complicated job for your vehicle), follow your manual’s recommendation and get them changed regularly—for most standard copper spark plugs and vehicles, that’s around 30,000 kms (but again, it varies - some iridium plugs can last up to 100,000 kms).

Some Extra Bonus Tips

Before you go for any long drive these are the check list which you should do 2-3days prior to you leave for the drive.

  • Visit Service Center/good garage and ask the mechanic to check, Engine Oil, Coolant level, AC filter, Air filter, wheel balancing, clutch, and break. If anything in doubt of repair gets it to repair immediately.
  • Check Battery and head/tail lights.
  • Check all tyres for its damage, you should check Stepney also.
  • Fill air/N2 to all tyres.
  • Check availability of all basic tools in your tool bag.
  • Fill the water in the windshield spray tank.
  • Having portable Air Filler along with Puncture removal kit is best.
  • Keep emergency contact numbers, authorize service center number, service toll-free number, road side assistance number handy. Tell about your travel plan in advance to your family member and friends who can help you in need. While traveling keep updating your current location with them.
  • Check all car documents (most importantly insurance papers) and keep a soft copy of those in mobile phone or mail backup.
  • Keep manual key along as a backup. If remote key damages/losses, it can help.
  • Keep good torch, matchbox, rough newspapers, jacket, umbrella, cap along.
  • Battery bank, back up the phone (if traveling alone).
  • Snacks and enough water bottles.
  • Medicines and Family doctor contact number


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