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How to inspect and maintain your vehicle

Inspecting and maintaining your vehicle can improve the life of your vehicle, increase its efficiency, and give a comfortable ride. Every machine needs inspection and maintenance on a regular basis. Vehicles are one of them. Back in old days, it was nearly impossible to see a car on the road with 100,000 miles on it but now you can see them everywhere. Even you can find some cars with 200,000 miles on them. A large part of that is due to regular inspection and maintenance of the vehicles. Inspection and maintenance keep your vehicle healthy and up to date prevent any unforeseen situation occurs due to unresolved issues.  Follow these basic maintenance tips to ensure your car’s performance and reliability.

Check Vehicle Fluids

Vehicle Fluids and lubricants need to be replaced every certain period of time. First of all, you have to check all the oils in your vehicle: Engine, power steering, brake, transmission oil. On the other hand, do not forget antifreeze\coolant and windshield wiper solvent. For further information, on seven essential fluids and how to check them, read the article from Autos.com.

Inspect your tires regularly

Tires carry the entire weight of your car, they have to be properly inflated and have good health in order to perform accordingly. Tires have a particular life and it is according to how many miles you have driven your car and utilizing the same tires after the particular range can be risky. So, inspect your tires regularly and replace them if needed to avoid roadside emergencies. O’Reilly Auto Parts has a great selection of tire pressure gauges available.

Check the braking system

Brakes are critical for a safe drive. Have brake pads inspected at every oil change or service and if required, replace them without delay. To learn about warning signs that hint when you should get your brakes checked, read this HowStuffWorks article

Inspect the hoses and belts

Inspect the belt and hoses under the hood. Make sure the hoses are not damaged as they direct the coolant flow to the engine to make the engine cool and avoid overheating. Similarly, check the belts of your vehicle as well to ensure performance and efficiency of your vehicle. Check out ConsumerReports.org’s comprehensive guide to learn how you can check your vehicle’s hoses and belts properly.

Check for battery

Today’s cars have more and more electronics in them. The primary power source for these electronics is batteries. While being essential, car batteries are very fragile. They can take damage from the engine’s vibration if you do not secure it. The engine vibration can disorient the battery plate and it may lead you to replace your battery. A healthy and charged battery will provide a lot of peace of mind when on the road.

Tune-up your vehicle

Tune-up and maintain your vehicle periodically so that it can last longer. For a list of places that are certified by the National Institution for Automotive Service Excellence, click here.

Check the ventilation and heating systems

Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety.

Inspect suspension and steering system

Do have a regular check-up of your car’s suspension system which includes shocks absorber, struts, and chassis part. This will improve the driving comfort and life span of your car. Learn how to inspect the steering and suspension system in this article from Auto MD.

Inspect the wipers and lighting

Every time you are driving in rain or in dark, you need wipers and lighting of your car to be perfect. All lights should be in good condition, perfectly running and visible as it will help the other drivers to see you clearly.  

 

PROTIP: use WD-40 Multi-Use Product to lubricate and clean parts exposed to rusk and gunk.

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