Basic Car Maintenance 101
So you have just bought a new car! Great! Now the journey begins. And no, we are not referring to all the fun adventures you’ll have ahead of you now. Instead, we are talking about all the work that goes into ensuring you will have those fun adventures 300,000 miles later! And yes, you are odometer can go that high with the right amount of maintenance. So with that said, here’s all you need to know about basic car maintenance!
Cheap and Easy Fixes Starting off, not everything about keeping your car in tip-top shape requires a ton of money or time! In fact, some of these tricks you can do in 10 minutes with the spare cash in your wallet. So let us get to it! Let us start off super easy! You will need to replace your wiper blades from time to time! You can do this by either the season or whenever you start to see they no longer work (and trust us, you will literally see it with ugly streaks and skipping patterns). For this one, you can buy your wiper blades for less than $20 in most cases. And attaching the blades is super simple as well! It is a matter of finding what tabs connect where!
Your car needs some clean air to keep your engine’s power at its max! Plus, it keeps your car’s air clean. So pick up a fresh air filter about once a year or so. Usually, these cost from $10-$20 if you shop around. And best of all, it only takes about 7 minutes to install in your car. Again, your car’s fluids are cheap. So be sure to check them and keep them topped off. Specifically, you will want to look for coolant, windshield wiper fluid, power steering, and brake fluids. Altogether, these are what aid your car in running like new!
This one is so important; it deserves a section of its own! In short, you can liken your car’s oil to your body’s blood. It is essential to keep your car going! So if nothing else, MAKE SURE YOU’RE CHANGING YOUR OIL! As a rule of thumb, a change every 3,000 miles should work fine.
Now, how you go about this is up to you! A mechanic can do this relatively quickly. But hey, if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you can do it yourself as well!
When it comes to your tires, you will want to keep track of a few things. And as you would probably guess, you cannot drive anywhere with a bad tire. So make sure you keep them in solid shape. You will need to ensure your tires are properly inflated. For specifics, check your manual for the recommended pressure. But checking your tire pressure is something you’ll want to do once a week. And when the pressure starts to run low, pick up a tire pump or use the air pump at the gas station for a quick top off.
Specifically, check for balding on your tires. Whenever you notice your tread is becoming slick or wearing heavily, it is a good time to replace your tires. Lastly, you will want to check in with a mechanic to balance your tires every 5000 or so miles. Not only will this keep your drives safe, but also you might even notice some extra MPGs along the way!
Essential Tools in Your Trunk Always expect the unexpected! You will never know when your car will break down on the side of the road. So make sure you are prepared for any quick fix by preparing a toolkit for your trunk!