Your car is probably one of the
most cherished possessions you have since you depend solely on your car for
commuting to and from work, shuttling the kids to school and for errands. Every
car owner knows that it is very important to take care of one’s vehicle through
routine car maintenance to keep it running smoothly all the time.
Car owners should realize that a
well-maintained car will have optimum performance while keeping its value and
prolonging its life which will result to lesser repair expenses and ultimately
making it road worthy safe for you to use.
to consider when maintaining your own car:
There are certain things you need
to do on a regular basis to keep your car feel fresh and running smoothly with
Your car depends on oil and that’s
what your need to keep the engine running smoothly. A car engine is considered
as the heart of a car and keeping it on its tiptop shape ensures us better
performance. For most car owners oil change is done every three months or for
every 3,000 mileage which is ideal. However, if you frequently drive in a stop
and go traffic for short trips or in dusty roads oil change should be done more
often. Keeping the
engine in good condition is the first step in maintaining your car. Make sure to have these services done
regularly for your car engine:
- Oil change
- Change oil,
air and fuel filters
spark plugs and spark plug wiring
- Check PCV
valve if its working properly
To power up your car’s engine you
need to have efficient battery. A car battery stores energy that is essential
to start the car’s engine. When the engine begins to run, the alternator will
begin charging the car battery ready for the next start. Car battery
maintenance includes cleaning and checking that connections are secured along
the terminals. Water level should also be checked from time to time.
Current models of cars have disc brakes
in front and drum brakes at the back. A brake pad or a brake shoe is needed to
provide the friction necessary for the car to slow down or stop. With the
constant slowing down or stopping, car brakes may send off warning signals such
as squeals or grinding sounds that signify the need for new brake pads or
shoes. It is best to be familiar with kind of noise your car makes when running
on the road since unusual needs to be checked out right away. Always keep your car
manual handy and consult it for suggested maintenance schedule to keep the
brakes in good condition. It is ideal to get your car brake system inspected at
least once a year.
The car transmission primary function
is to deliver the power from the engine to the car wheel to keep it moving. To
keep your car shifting properly between gears regular checkup of transmission fluid
The suspension system of your car includes
springs, shocks, steering, struts and tires which are working together to keep
driving safe and comfortable while maintaining good control on the road.
Certain problems become noticeable if tires don’t have the right amount of
pressure or is wearing down on one side which signals an alignment problem. A
qualified mechanic should check your car’s steering and suspensions systems which
should include a visual inspection of suspension components and taking note of unusual
noises while driving and checking the power steering fluid.
The car emission system is an
integral part of a vehicle that functions as an exhaust system. It runs all throughout
the length of the car at the bottom an is subjected to abuse. Car emission system
is responsible in exhausting away harmful fumes from the gasoline and it will
refine them into less harmful substance. To keep the car running smoothly and efficiently
this should be inspected yearly.
The car’s cooling system protects
the engine from overheating for optimum performance. It regulates heat so that
the engine will operate at the best temperature essential for the engine to
work properly. Coolant is being pumped between the radiator and engine that
will ensure optimum operating temperature. Your car mechanic can periodically
check the coolant level, inspect hoses and provide a flush and fill service
which is essential in draining out dirty fluid.
To make driving comfortable, heating
and air conditioning systems are integrated within the vehicle’s design. These
should be constantly checked to ensure that your car’s entire climate control
system is properly working for our best comfort.