Simple Car Care Everyone Should Know

Whether you’re a new car owner or a younger driver with no prior experience of car ownership, learning the basics of auto care makes both car ownership and the driving experience even more fun and enjoyable. Even the veteran car owners should take the steps to learn and be familiar with the basics of car care. Below we explore some simple care tips that you should be familiar with if you own a car and wish to get the most out of it.

First off is the owner’s manual. While you may not feel like perusing through the details written in the manual, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the important information. The most important information you should ideally focus on initially is the maintenance schedule. So here are important points to keep in mind.

  1. Fluid Understanding

Check all car fluids (engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, antifreeze/coolant, and windshield washer solvent). First, remove the dipstick to check the engine oil. The dipstick has a distinctive yellow handle. Wipe it clean, and then reinsert it. Pull it out again to verify that the oil level is somewhere the add and full lines. If you discover that the oil is below this line, you may top it up.

The other car fluids mentioned earlier are in reservoirs (translucent). Each one has a low and full line indicated on the exterior. Check that the fluid levels of each of these car fluids are correct. However, for the windshield wiper, you can simply fill it up to the top.

  1. Belts and Hoses

Examine the belts and hoses. Make sure none of them is brittle, cracked, loose, frayed, or showing visible signs of major wear. A simple test you can perform is by squeezing the hoses; they shouldn’t be too soft.

  1. Battery

Examine the battery carefully and make sure the terminals are clean and corrosion-free. The connection should be tight as well. Clean any corrosion using water mixed with baking soda and rinse thoroughly.

  1. Know How To Jumpstart Your Car

This isn’t so much of a repair job; it is a critical skill you must learn. First, put both cars in neutral and switch off the ignition. Using jumper cables, attach one end of the red cable to the positive terminal of the dead car, then attach the other end to the donor battery’s positive terminal. Next, attach the one end of the black cable to the donor battery’s negative terminal, then the other end should be placed on an unpainted metallic surface at least one foot away from the flat battery. Now you can go ahead and start your car. The process is as simple as that.

  1. Removal of Scratches from the Paint

Even the smallest scratches will be visible and they mess up the overall appearance of your road beast. Specialists say the best car covers are light and easy-to-install. Their primary objective is to prevent accidental scratches and dust buildup thus making them ideal for cars kept in the garage for long periods.

Steps to help you fix minor scratches: Determine the depth of each scratch and lightly sand the scratched area. Next, clean up the area, rub compound, polish using an effective rubbing compound. Finally, you can wash and wax the area, as this helps to seal your repair work. While it may cost thousands of dollars to have these scratches removed by professionals, a basic DIY job saves you a lot of money, trouble, and frustrations.

  1. Headlights & Taillights

Headlights and taillights get dimmer over time. So, you can check them periodically. Remember, inspecting these lights is a safe preventive measure. The headlights should ideally be changed on a yearly basis.

  1. Tire Pressure

You might mistakenly assume that tire pressure isn’t a big deal. However, tire pressure is one of the most critical safety features. Here’s why: Having a low tire pressure means more of the tire surface will be touching the ground than is necessary, as this could lead to excessive friction between the tire and the road surface. In such a case, car tires wear out faster than normal. They also overheat and cause tread separation (an accident waiting to happen).

On the other hand, an excessive amount of tire pressure isn’t good either, as this is likely to cause less of the tire surface to be in contact with the ground, which can make for bumpier rides for passengers. Too much pressure also means there’ll be less traction and stopping distances increase significantly.

Considering how important it is to maintain proper functionality of your car and the efforts you put into insuring your car, the right care procedures and proper maintenance are critical components you should never ignore. Implement the aforementioned tips to get your car running for longer.

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