Nothing is as frustrating as having your car breakdown in the middle of the road when you have an important meeting to catch. These unfortunate breakdowns can be attributed to a number of reasons.
Though some breakdowns are bound to happen, they can mostly be avoided with some checks and attention. Whether you are comfortable to do it yourself or prefer to engage a professional, make it a habit of running regular car maintenance checks to avoid any potential breakdowns.
Aside from extending your vehicle’s life, doing this will save you time and cost. With that said, here are some four essential yet important tips every car owner should know.
Familiarize yourself with your owner’s manual
Before you begin any activity or checks on a car, it is essential to get acquainted with your owner’s manual. Every vehicle does come with one. It is often packed in some storage compartment of the car.
If you can’t find it, there are resources online to get a copy, or you should reach out to your supplier for one. Every vehicle build has its own specific maintenance needs, so it is imperative to get to know your car. Look out for scheduled maintenance on tire rotations, oil and fluid changes, belts, among others.
Car engine oil
Car oil is not only meant to have your vehicle burn fuel. In fact, it helps in many functions, like cleaning and lubricating your engine. The lifeblood of your engine is oil, which prevents vital parts of your engine parts from grating against each other.
Whether synthetic or petroleum-based, the type of engine oil you choose must meet the requirements as indicated in the car’s manual. Friction is caused by contaminants buildup in your engine, which can be checked by an oil change.
Windshield wiper blades
Auto experts always emphasize the importance of wiper blades to a car. Many at times, it is taken for granted by many car users. Reality tends to hit when you have to drive through a downpour with a weak or faulty windshield wiper blade.
Wiper blades are usually noted to be in the best shape for six months. Higher temperatures cause the rubber on the blades to harden up when it is often parked in the sun. And a wiper blade with hard rubber can’t properly clean your windshield.
Need for a spare tire
Even the best of checks and maintenance won’t save you from a flat tire due to a sharp object piercing your tire in the middle of the journey. Always having a spare tire is as important as knowing how to fix it yourself should the need arise.
Getting stranded in the middle of nowhere, probably with poor network reception, means you’ll need to get dirty and get it done yourself. Spending a few minutes to check your tire pressures daily can be the difference between a smooth or otherwise bumpy journey.
Getting a car can be as straightforward as passing a driving theory test. However, it can be quite challenging to comprehend how to keep your vehicle in top shape or extend its life. Nonetheless, it all depends on you.