Having a car is a convenience when you have a hectic lifestyle. You are able to get from point A to point B much faster than the public transport. However, owning a vehicle gives you a large amount of responsibility, this is because you cannot simply avoid any faults or issues as they give trouble eventually over a period of time.
Few tips to keep in mind when owning a vehicle;
-Building a relationship
Yes, it is important to have a connection with your vehicle just like everything else so you actually start caring for it. Get to know it by reading the Owner’s Manual. It is important to have a comprehensive understanding of your vehicle especially when a problem occurs, it’s important to browse through it. The manual gives you various features of the vehicle and useful tips on how to avoid issues. It also provides you with a car maintenance check list and also a map of the engine components, so you are able to check on the essential fluids of the vehicle.
– Scheduled service
The vehicle will have constant issues if you don’t take it for its service regularly. Skipping quarterly/monthly schedules of vehicle service will only aggravate issues in the vehicle. It’s important to be smart and have regular maintenance because just like any other appliance a vehicle needs regular tuning and servicing. It is advised to get the service from a reliable repair shop along with a knowledgeable mechanic.
-Look for warning signs; the battery
It is almost impossible to run the vehicle without a battery. If you have trouble with your battery it can result to burn-out in fuses and wires, and that will lead to more complications that would cost you more! It is important that you assess your car battery at least once a month. Look out for the warning signs of dangling wires, corrosion and loose electrical connections as it needs to be attended to immediately.
-Changing oil means having a healthy engine
If you are able to drive for thousands of miles without any trouble that means you have the healthy practice of changing the oil in your vehicle regularly. This is one of the main aspects of maintaining a vehicle as all the moving objects inside are lubricated by oil, and driving miles and miles will make the engine dirty, and this is what causes the drop of lubricant quality. And if you don’t change the oil regularly, the engine will wear out faster, thus giving you more problems.
– Give your vehicle an extended life span – changing fluids
As important as engine oil, engine cooling, power steering, anti-lock braking and automatic transmission systems completely depend on the fluids as they lose their lubricant quality over a period of time. It is advisable to use a dipstick to check the fluid levels and colour before refill and this must be checked on a regular basis.
Apart from the above, special attention must be given to tires as they aren’t immortal; therefore it’s important to check the tires regularly or check for warning signs. Attention must also be given to the overall cleanliness of the vehicle and replace oil and air filters,timing belts and spark plugs.
If your vehicle is maintained well, you are sure to make maximum out of its services and also be safe.