If you’re like me, you’re not car savvy at all. Basically, the only thing you know about your car is when you put the key in and turn it, it turns on. The gas pedal makes it go, the brake pedal makes it stop, and you need to put petrol in it or it doesn’t run. However, there are many more things you need to know to make sure that your car is healthy and will live a long life. Here are some tips to make sure your vehicle doesn’t break down.
Pay Attention to Your Lights
The check engine and check oil lights are there for a reason! When most people see the check engine light come on, they tend to ignore it and continue to drive. Like any other machine, your car needs semi- regular maintenance and the check engine signal is your car’s way of telling you when it’s time for maintenance.
Unless you have experience as a mechanic, it would be best to take your car to a mechanic when the check engine light comes on. Though it may cost you a bit, it’s worth it to make sure that you still have a working vehicle. You never know what’s going on with your car.
Under normal circumstances, your car battery is going to last about three and a half to four years. After that, your battery will probably go dead and will need to be replaced. This is a simple but important process in making sure that your car stays healthy.
By now you’re probably wondering “What battery does my car need?” Well, that all depends on the year, make, and model of your vehicle. Do some research to find out which car battery is right for your car and try to find one at a decent price. Remember, it doesn’t matter how expensive or economical the battery is, the lifespan is going to be about the same.
Now this is one that many people tend to forget. Your oil needs to be changed every ten thousand kilometres or so. If you are not comfortable driving that long without an oil change, you can choose to change it sooner. A change oil light will come on around the time the oil needs to be changed, so make sure you pay attention to that dashboard.
Brakes and Tires
Another thing to ensure is that you’re replacing your tires and brakes at the right time. Brake pads do not usually wear out quickly and can usually be changed once every other year. The same goes for tires. Just make sure you’re using the correct tire size for your car. It’s also nice to have a spare tire somewhere in your vehicle in case a tire blows.
Car maintenance is a good way to ensure your car runs efficiently and safely for years. If you keep up with these little reminders, it will definitely help to make sure that your car runs just like new.