Just as you may indulge yourselves in the weekly or monthly self- care routine, your vehicles require some TLC too (Technical and Logistical Care). Just because you have been able to push through with minor problems does not mean that it won’t add up to a bigger issue for you later on.
Regular preventive car maintenance is probably the single most important thing you can do to keep your vehicle in mint condition and save on future car repairs. However, there are instances where your car might need an out-of-turn run to the service center, even if you get regular servicing done.
The following checks help you identify any niggles your car might have so that you can take care of them before they balloon into something troublesome!
1. Bring on the Battery
If your battery is more than two years old, consider replacing it to avoid unexpected breakdowns during the year! Get to the battery enclosure, and check if the connections are clean and corrosion-free.
2. Get some Cool on
Coolants should be flushed and refilled at least once in every two years in most vehicles. You need to use a mix of coolant and distilled water, as using 100% coolant is not advisable. A mechanic will be able to help you create the perfect mix for your car.
3. Brake without Haste
Keeping the brakes in good condition is very important, as they form the first line of safety during emergencies. Look for screechy noises while you brake – this is a sign of break pad wear. Get them replaced if this is the case.
4. Rolling it right
Tire treads wear out over time – and if the tread depth is less than 2/32nd of an inch, it’s time to change the tire. Also, maintaining proper pressure ensures longer tire life – Just check the tire pressure every time you fill your fuel tank!
5. Stranger than friction
Changing the oil at recommended intervals goes a long way in keeping the engine smooth. Also, check the fuel, air and transmission filters when you’re doing the oil check.
6. Wipe it right
Changing weather affects windshield wipers, making their rubber hard and brittle. Simple visual check is enough – and replacing wiper blades on time can help you get a clear vision during night-time driving. These tests seem like no-brainers, but we tend to miss the obvious often. Carry out these tests once every few months in addition to regular car servicing, and your vehicle will repay you with years, even decades, of loyal service!
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