Your car is probably one of the most cherished possessions you have since you depend solely on your car for commuting to and from work, shuttling the kids to school and for errands. Every car owner knows that it is very important to take care of one’s vehicle through routine car maintenance to keep it running smoothly all the time.
Car owners should realize that a well-maintained car will have optimum performance while keeping its value and prolonging its life which will result to lesser repair expenses and ultimately making it road worthy safe for you to use.
Things to consider when maintaining your own car:
There are certain things you need to do on a regular basis to keep your car feel fresh and running smoothly with optimum performance.
- CAR ENGINE
Your car depends on oil and that’s what your need to keep the engine running smoothly. A car engine is considered as the heart of a car and keeping it on its tiptop shape ensures us better performance. For most car owners oil change is done every three months or for every 3,000 mileage which is ideal. However, if you frequently drive in a stop and go traffic for short trips or in dusty roads oil change should be done more often. Keeping the engine in good condition is the first step in maintaining your car. Make sure to have these services done regularly for your car engine:
- Oil change
- Change oil, air and fuel filters
- Inspect spark plugs and spark plug wiring
- Check PCV valve if its working properly
- CAR BATTERY
To power up your car’s engine you need to have efficient battery. A car battery stores energy that is essential to start the car’s engine. When the engine begins to run, the alternator will begin charging the car battery ready for the next start. Car battery maintenance includes cleaning and checking that connections are secured along the terminals. Water level should also be checked from time to time.
- CAR BRAKE SYSTEM
Current models of cars have disc brakes in front and drum brakes at the back. A brake pad or a brake shoe is needed to provide the friction necessary for the car to slow down or stop. With the constant slowing down or stopping, car brakes may send off warning signals such as squeals or grinding sounds that signify the need for new brake pads or shoes. It is best to be familiar with kind of noise your car makes when running on the road since unusual needs to be checked out right away. Always keep your car manual handy and consult it for suggested maintenance schedule to keep the brakes in good condition. It is ideal to get your car brake system inspected at least once a year.
- CAR TRANSMISSION
The car transmission primary function is to deliver the power from the engine to the car wheel to keep it moving. To keep your car shifting properly between gears regular checkup of transmission fluid is necessary.
- CAR SUSPENSION SYSTEM
The suspension system of your car includes springs, shocks, steering, struts and tires which are working together to keep driving safe and comfortable while maintaining good control on the road. Certain problems become noticeable if tires don’t have the right amount of pressure or is wearing down on one side which signals an alignment problem. A qualified mechanic should check your car’s steering and suspensions systems which should include a visual inspection of suspension components and taking note of unusual noises while driving and checking the power steering fluid.
- CAR EMISSION SYSTEM
The car emission system is an integral part of a vehicle that functions as an exhaust system. It runs all throughout the length of the car at the bottom an is subjected to abuse. Car emission system is responsible in exhausting away harmful fumes from the gasoline and it will refine them into less harmful substance. To keep the car running smoothly and efficiently this should be inspected yearly.
- CAR COOLING SYSTEM
The car’s cooling system protects the engine from overheating for optimum performance. It regulates heat so that the engine will operate at the best temperature essential for the engine to work properly. Coolant is being pumped between the radiator and engine that will ensure optimum operating temperature. Your car mechanic can periodically check the coolant level, inspect hoses and provide a flush and fill service which is essential in draining out dirty fluid.
- HEATING/AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS
To make driving comfortable, heating and air conditioning systems are integrated within the vehicle’s design. These should be constantly checked to ensure that your car’s entire climate control system is properly working for our best comfort.