Every one of us loves our car. After all, it is our best friend who is available 24X7 to take us wherever and whenever we want to go. While making our transportation easy, it also provides us with safety.
According to S&P Global Mobility, the average age of vehicles running on the road is 12.2 years. Although it’s obvious to visit the mechanic if something happens to the car, there are ways through which you can keep your car in top-notch condition. These practices are easy to do and don’t take much time.
5 ways to keep your car in top-notch condition
- Check engine oil regularly.
Engine oil is like the blood of a car. It makes the engine’s internal operations smoother and reduces friction. However, if the engine oil is low, engine parts will wear off and eventually stop working.
To save the life of the engine, check the engine oil regularly. Some brands claim that their engine oil lasts 10,000km to 15,000km, but check it every 5,000 to 7,000km for your safety.
Checking engine oil is easy. Open the hood when the engine is cool and look for a knob that indicates ‘engine oil.’ Open the knob and clean the stick, which is attached to the knob, with a cloth. Now dip the stick and close the knob and open it again. Look at the end of the stick. If the oil is between low and high levels, it means the oil level is good.
- Check the battery’s health.
The battery provides power to the entire car. Avoid driving a car with a defective battery. Most car functions these days require power from the battery. For example, power windows, seat adjustments, boot opening, door opening, power steering, power brakes, and engine start depend on the battery.
If you are not using the car for many days, check the battery levels and battery health indicator. And start the car once in a while and drive a few kilometers to charge the battery.
A defective battery can shut down the car entirely and leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere.
If the battery is swollen or there is corrosion on the connector points, you should take the battery to the mechanic.
- Clean cabin air filter
People often overlook air filters when it comes to regular car maintenance, which is as important as other checks.
Cabin air filters are responsible for filtering out dust and pollution and sending clean air to the cabin for people sitting inside. It protects us from harmful pollutants and smoke while also helpful for people with allergies as it filters out allergens. In addition, a car’s interior includes expensive components, which may get damaged due to dust; the cabin air filter prevents that too.
After a period of time, this filter gets blocked and remains of no use. Therefore, it should be cleaned from time to time and changed if required. Changing the cabin air filter every 30,000 to 60,000km is recommended, depending on where you drive and how the environment is.
- Check coolant fluid
When the engine runs, it becomes too hot. This heat can cause the expansion of the engine’s internal components. Coolant fluid works as a bridge to prevent that from happening, transferring the heat from the engine to the cooler.
A car can not operate without coolant. So you should regularly check for the coolant and consider changing it after 40,000km. To check, open the engine section when it’s completely cool and open the coolant compartment lid. The coolant level should be between the minimum and maximum mark.
Coolant is one of the essential fluids for the engine’s health. Therefore, you should use premium quality coolants only and avoid generic ones.
- Take good maintenance of the tires.
Car tires are expensive. Doing a general inspection of the tires saves money and gives a smooth ride while preventing accidents due to slippery surfaces.
Start with checking the air pressure in the tires. Car tire pressure monitors are inexpensive and easily available in the market and online. However, different tire companies have different opinions on air pressure. Still, you can look for the suggested air pressure by the car company, which is generally mentioned on the side of the driver’s door.
To check the tire’s remaining life, look at its threads; if threads are not deep, cars skid on turns and wet roads.
Cars these days are advanced and require good maintenance. Unfortunately, a little ignorance can cost a lot of money as spare parts are not cheap. So follow the above tips and give some time to check your car regularly to keep it in top-notch condition.