Car maintenance is portrayed as being a simple process. Countless advertisements make it seem as though simply pouring some liquid into it will make your car a hyper-efficient, ageless machine. While the process of keeping your car in a good working condition doesn’t have to be a backbreaking task, it is a relatively modest activity to perform the required maintenance and care to make sure your car lives as long as possible. The value of your vehicle is a hidden source of potential, especially when seeking a title loan, where the value and condition of your vehicle are directly related to how much and how quickly you are able to receive the money you need.
Cars that last for hundreds of thousands of miles are usually so long lasting because of how well their owners care for them. Replacing normal wear-and-tear issues that cars face can drastically improve the life of your vehicle. In the end, taking good care of your vehicle is the difference between having a high performance, reliable vehicle, and a rusty beat up junker. It can also be the difference between keeping your vehicle in the family for years to come, and saying goodbye to the family car years before its time was up.
Check Your Vehicle’s Fluids and Tire Pressure: This is a task that will require very very little of you. To check the oil, simply open the hood (make sure your car’s cooled down first though!) and pull out the oil dipstick. Wipe it clean with a rag, and then reinsert it. Pulling it out again, check the level of your oil tank. Engine oil is arguably the most important fluid in your vehicle. While you’re there, check the brake cylinder reservoir and the radiator overflow reservoir levels, and give a look at the hoses and belts to make sure you’ve got no signs of wear or at least impending failure. It’s also a good idea to look at the air cleaner, and transmission fluid level after warming up the car. To check the tire pressure, use a pressure gauge on cool tires to make sure each has a passable PSI reading (an exact measurement can be found in the owner’s manual). In earnest, these checks should be done at least every two weeks, but if it’s a month between your examinations, don’t stress.
Take it Easy on Your Vehicle: In about 5 hours, your vehicle’s engine has cooled off to the point of having no oil lubricating it’s many moving parts. Within a few seconds of startup, however, the oil pump will have properly lubricated the engine. Give your engine a good 30 seconds to prepare for your cruise, and your engine will thank you.
Follow the Vehicle Service Schedule: The manufacturer of your vehicle will provide a recommended schedule for performing maintenance and seeking professional advice on your vehicle. With the advent of automatic monitoring systems in some newer models, there’s no excuse for improper maintenance.
Listen for Odd Noises: Now and again, it’s good to turn down the radio, both when idle and when in motion. Any clicks, squeals, scraping or grinding should be carefully inspected. The first place to check is usually the breaks, or else the tires. Any odd noises you are unable to pinpoint should be brought to the attention of a mechanic immediately.
Drive Carefully: This is one of the most important tips to keeping your vehicle up and running as long as possible. Constantly flooring it and slamming on the brakes will make all of the normal wear and tear on your vehicle happen exponentially faster. It also helps with fuel economy. Of the conscious things you can do to improve your vehicle’s life is to take it easy.