• A Simplified Car Maintenance Guide

    It’s a good idea to make sure that you have a car maintenance guide with you at all times. We know that you can get the same work done at the garage, but what if you could save money and do the same at home. Here is how you can get your car up to date and running with a few simple checks every week.

    Car Maintenance Schedule

    Most new cars will have three or four car maintenance appointments already scheduled for you to do for free at the dealer. As a result, the first year of owning your car is headache free. But after that, make sure you have checked the car maintenance manual to find out how many car check-up appointments would be required. Photocopy this and post this up as a reminder. Make sure you have a reputable dealer and car mechanic who is checking your car over and maintaining it. Develop the habit of checking the car over completely before you use it. If you cannot do this everyday, at least do it once a week.

    Basic Maintenance Tips

    Once you have a basic manual ready with you, make sure that you carry out a weekly car check up. Here are the basic steps you should monitor every week.

    • Check the Engine oil– Park your car at a level spot. Stop the engine and wait for the oil to pour down into the oil pan. Then use the engine dip stick to find out the level of the oil in the car. Find out the level and then fill it up if the level is low. Check the color too, as you will find that the color indicates contamination of the oil. A clear transparent color is best, but any darkening of the oil or change of color to milky white indicates that its time for an oil change.
    • Check the Automatic Transmission Fluid– After you have parked the car, put on the parking brake and use the transmission dipstick to find out the level of the liquid inside of it. The dipstick usually indicators that will tell you about the warmth of the engine. Check the status of the engine and the transmission fluid. If the fluid appears red or dirty brown, make sure that it’s changed. Use only the transmission fluid that is indicated by the company.
    • Engine Coolant– The coolant level is easily visible on the container. The level should be between LOW and HIGH. If the level is really low, please top up the level and then inspect the car for a leak.
    • Tires– Check tire pressure at least once a week to make sure the tires are inflated. Stick to the pressure indicated by the manufacturer. Rotate your tires at all oil changes too, as this will distribute the pressure and prevent balding.

    Make sure you check the car every day for its running. Check the car for unusual sounds, vibrations, and warning lights or anything that is out of the ordinary and get it looked over completely.