When it comes to vehicle maintenance, the majority of motorist simply leave everything up to their mechanic. And while regular visits are important, having your mechanic perform basic maintenance tasks can become time-consuming and expensive.
Below are some easy and basic car maintenance tips you can perform at home this fall.
Give Your Car a Clean
While most people equate a clean car with aesthetics, keeping your car clean is actually a great way to prevent or minimize damage, such as the damage caused by mold and rust.
Set aside a day on the weekend, gather the family, and give your car a solid clean, paying attention to these particular areas:
- Be sure to empty the entire contents of your trunk and lay them on your lawn, before cleaning your trunk. When you are cleaning, be sure to vacuum any creases or hard to reach spaces. Once you have finished, clean all of the items before returning them to the trunk.
- Using a damp cloth, run it along any rubber seals, including inside their creases. These are spots where dust and debris can secretly build up and lead to corrosion and preventable wear. Once you have finished, be sure to use a paper towel to dry up any remaining moisture.
- Scraping your vacuum cleaner head around where your feet rest isn’t going to cut it. Instead, take off the long attachment and just use the handle to get right into this area. Water can easily make its way into your car on your shoes, and this is the space where it can accumulate undetected and lead to mold in your carpet.
If your car is new and you are wanting to show it off, consider using this fall cleaning event as the start of a new photo book for your vehicle. Head to the Groupon Coupons page for Shutterfly to pick out a design that matches your vehicle and your family and start taking photos of your pride and joy!
If you think that engine oil is the only fluid that your car needs to run, think again. There is a range of fluids that your car requires, all of which require you to monitor and top up their levels. When checking your fluid levels, pay attention to the following:
- Engine Oil
- Brake Fluid
- Power Steering Fluid
- Transmission Fluid
These are the top four fluid which your car needs to run. Be sure that they are at the recommended levels and that the quality of the fluid is still high. If you can see that the fluid has seen better days, consider replacing it instead of just a simple top up.
Did you know that the quality and condition of your tires can not only affect your engine performance, but also your gas usage?
When your tires are deflated, more of the tire comes into contact with the surface of the road. When this happens as you drive, friction builds up. This friction works against your engine, requiring it to exert more power just to keep moving forward.
To combat this, ensure that your tires are in good condition, with no bare spaces or marks taken out, and that they are at the recommended pressure level. Once you inflate them to the correct and equal level, not only will you notice a reduction in your gas usage but also an improvement in the handling of your vehicle.
Keeping your vehicle in good shape doesn’t take a mechanic degree, it just takes a little bit of time, some patience, and the right tips like the ones above!