Your car is most important for transportation and as an emergency vehicle. I was digging around the internet for some tips on how to maintain a car to help ensure it won’t let you down when you need it. I am sure you are interested to know what I found out, right? So I will share these tips with you:
- In the trunk (or whatever storage area the car has) it is wise to keep a rag for checking the various fluids, a tire pressure gauge, and a flashlight specifically for maintenance uses.
- Track your mileage and fuel economy. Not only will you learn to save fuel and drive more moderately, but you will notice if something changes about your fuel efficiency. A drop in miles per gallon can signal a maintenance problem. Track your oil changes in your mileage log, too.
- Read your owner’s manual. It has lots of information specific to your car.
- Follow all your car manufacturer’s recommended service intervals at a minimum.
- If anything seems strange or off, have it checked as soon as possible. An unusual smell, a new noise, a vibration, a new light on the instrument panel coming on, anything, have it checked! As a driver, your responsibility is to maintain your car to be as safe as possible, for your sake, and the sake of those with whom you share the road. And, most importantly, that precious cargo -your family.
- Stay in touch with your mechanic and ask questions! Mechanics are used to people asking car questions, and most handle the questions admirably. If a mechanic isn’t in the mood to give you two minutes to answer a question, ask whether he would take the time to maintain the machine you will drive down the freeway at 65 mph (105 km/h). And, if that mood persists, you might wonder if you have chosen the right mechanic.
Always have the keen awareness to maintain your car; – safety first.
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