Everyone wants their car to last. It’s why we spend the time looking at reviews and blogs finding the vehicle makers that have the most longevity. Car makers such as Toyota, Nissan and Subaru come to mind but even if they are reliable cars, they still need attention. After you’ve done all the research on your future car and you finally make the purchase, extending your car’s life does not stop at the manufacturer. In this article we will explain some of the most important maintenance devices you can do to make your car invincible.
Wash/Wax Your Vehicle
Probably one of the most remedial tasks that is worth taking the time to is washing and waxing. If you love your car, you probably do this task yourself. However, taking it to the car wash is fine too. We like to use Butter Car Wax. It’s natural and really safe for your car.
Some of waxing the benefits are:
- Give the car a deep gloss that prevents pooling water
- Cleanses the paint job and keeps it shiny and new
- Protects the undercarriage of the vehicle from collecting mud and other elements
- Helps deter scratches
- Shields against harmful UV rays
- Prevents rusting
So get your car over to a car wash or take a couple of hours to relax and do it yourself.
Check The Pressure Of Your Tires And Rotate Them
Checking your tire pressure can help extend the life of your vehicle in many ways. Checking the pressure and making sure your tires are the right PSI, can extend the life of not only your tires, but your shocks, your chassis and give you better gas mileage. Rotating your tires should be done every 6,000 – 8,000 miles and is a good DIY project if you’re so inclined.
Stay In Tune With Your Vehicle
We spend so much time in our cars, they start to become a part of you like an appendage. If your arm has a pain in it, you don’t usually ignore it right? The same can be applied to your vehicle. If you hear a weird noise and something just doesn’t seem right, then chances are there is an issue with your car. Cars are a little more subtle than that in terms of having mechanical pains, but you get what we mean. Being in tune and listening to your car is one of the best things you can do for it. Don’t wait if you feel something just doesn’t seem right. Take it to a certified, trained mechanic and have them look at it. It’s worth it in the long run.
Check Your Fluids
When is the right time to check your fluids? Truth is, most of us don’t know. The right time is always the time most consistent with your vehicle’s type and make. It also depends on how much you drive your car as well. All of us have different cars, so it is a good habit to not only watch how your car handles fluid, but also to check your vehicle’s manufacturer manuals to find a good approximation of fluid checks. Fluids like transmission fluids, as well as your brake and power steering fluids are all vital to your car performance and efficiency, so don’t take these system checks lightly.
Have A Regular Maintenance Schedule
Above I stated the value in checking your car fluids. It is also vital that you have a regular schedule for the maintenance of your vehicle. Oil changes should be done every 3,000 miles. Transmission fluid should be done every 30,000 miles. For brake fluid, There is no set time to change the brake fluid in your vehicle, but you should check it at least every time you get an oil change. Of course, remember to check your vehicle’s owners manual for your particular make and model because all maintenance schedules are different.
As with anything in life, cars require love and attention. Do you car a favor, make sure you’re doing these items on a regular basis, and your car will love you.