Checking Your Oil and Tires
Whether you own a new car or an automobile that has somehow stood the test of time, regular car maintenance is important to the longevity and usability of your vehicle. Here are a few tips to keeping your car in good condition.
Checking your engine’s oil should be a regular practice and it’s something everyone can do quite easily. Just remember to check your dipstick regularly and make sure that the oil level is between the low and high marks.
Too little or too much oil can be harmful to your engine and may potentially lead to expensive trips to a mechanic.
Similarly, most engines generally require an oil change every 3000 miles. Old oil can gunk up engines, slowing your entire car down, and causing some extensive damage and problems. Fresh oil will keep your engine running as good as new.
Tires can endure a lot of punishment day to day. As a material, rubber wears down quite easily, especially when exposed to as much stress and severe conditions as a tire.
Get into the habit of inspecting your tires regularly. Check for any noticeable damage or worn down spots. Your car may well be on the verge of a flat tire.
You should also check that the tires have the right amount of air. Properly inflated tires not only keep you driving safe but also help your car’s gas mileage, which is a pretty big deal considering current gas prices, which are constantly and consistently on the rise.
Similar to the oil change, after about 3000 miles, make sure to get your car’s tires rotated. You can potentially do this yourself, but if not, your nearest auto shop can do it with very little trouble and very little money.
…and Everything Else
There are dozens of other things that go into maintaining your vehicle, like checking brake pads, replacing coolant, and changing out belts, but keeping track of your car’s oil and tires regularly should be enough until your car gets a complete tune up.
Article by Groshan Fabiola