Making sure that your car is in the best shape possible is something that we all try to do. No one wants to bring their car out for a drive only to have it break down on you halfway to your destination. This is why you need to know the top 7 essentials for car maintenance. These are the things that you need to look at and get checked out before even considering going out for a drive with friends or family.
Check up on your car battery.
If you don’t know much about cars, this might come as a shock. Cars need their batteries to be charged in order to work properly. If you have a starting issue with your vehicle, it is likely because your car battery is not charged and will need to be jump-started. You can avoid this fate by making sure to turn off lights, don’t keep your car running when not necessary, and bringing it in for a check-up when you think it might be low on power.
Rotate your tires.
It’s not only important to make sure that your tire is filled with air, but you also need to make sure to rotate them every few months. It has a lot to do with the weight that sits on the tires when you aren’t using your vehicle. This is why some tires go flat more than others.
Rotating your tires makes this less of an issue. You can go to tyres online and set up an appointment, or you can go to your local mechanic shop and ask them to rotate your tires for you.
Change and check your oil.
If your oil is low, you will need to replace what is missing. If your oil isn’t low but you haven’t looked at it or replaced it in a few months, you should change your oil. Checking your oil is easy, you just make sure that it’s at the fill line and if not, you fill it to the line. But if you need to get your oil changed, you will need to go to a mechanic so that you know it gets done the right way.
Check-in on your breaks.
The wires that make your break pedals work, and the brake pedals themselves. Your breaks are the most important part of your vehicle, you want to make sure that they are working properly. If you think breaking down on the side of the road would be bad, think about if you didn’t have breaks to come to a safe stopping point.
So, when you go to get your car checked up on, ask them to examine your breaks just to be on the safer side of life. Even if you have no reason to suspect they have a problem, it’s not hard for a mechanic to check them out.
Check the belts.
I don’t necessarily mean the seat belts that you have to wear when you are driving the car. I mean the belts that are inside of your car and near the engine. You want to make sure that all of the belts move and function properly. A broken belt can sometimes lead to overheating inside of the car, or complete breakdowns of the vehicle.
In very rare cases, the problem gets so bad that it can’t be fixed. So, it’s always best to check the belts to make sure they are working properly.
Replace window wiper blades.
You might not look at the window wipers and think that they are important on your vehicle, but they can also be extremely useful in certain situations. I’m not talking about a bug making the window it’s forever home, I mean in the pouring rain. When you are driving through a thick layer of rain, you want to know that you have window wipers you can rely on.
If the blades on your vehicle aren’t going as smoothly or as fast as they used to, get them looked at and maybe even replaced.
Exchange old spark plugs for brand new ones.
Much like the belts mentioned above, spark plugs are very important when you want to keep your car running nice and smooth. A bad spark plug can sometimes mean that your car will not startup. This can be extremely unfortunate when you are at work and need to get home. But a bad spark plug can also mean that your car will stop completely, even if you are driving down the highway. So, make sure to keep your spark plugs in check at all times.
These are all of the essentials that you should consider getting checked out for car maintenance. It’s not hard for someone to look through at all of these parts, don’t feel bad for asking.