You just got a new car and you are excited about it, you want to drive and show it off to your friends. One of the major things to consider no matter how excited you are is how to maintain your new car?
One of the reassuring qualities of modern cars is that they need less frequent service to keep them running. We are going to be looking at 5 tips on how to maintain your new car.
Some of them are simple periodic checks, while some would require the attention of a professional mechanic.
Checking the Engine Oil
Checking your car engine oil should be done on a regular basis for your car to remain in good condition. You should check for oil leaks and make sure the oil level is at its optimal level. When doing this, the car should be kept on leveled ground.
Checking the Tire Air pressure
Checking the Tire Air pressure should be done once a month and also before engaging in any extended road trip.
Make use of the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer and not the maximum pressure embossed on the tire’s sidewall.
To get the recommended air pressure, it is found on a placard on a front doorjamb in the glove compartment.
You can also decide to purchase a personal digital tire air pressure which cost about $15 to $25.
Checking the Air Filter
Remove the air filter and place it in front of strong light, if you aren’t able to see the light through the filter; replace it.
Inspect the Exhaust System
Inspecting the exhaust system would require an under-car inspection. Check for rusted areas in the exhaust system. Tighten loose clamps. Do this while the car is placed at the top of a ramp.
It is advisable to replace the entire exhaust system all at once rather than repair sections at different times.
Check the Brakes
Checking the brakes should be done at least twice a year. You can decide to give a professional mechanic to help you check it. If you decide to handle it yourself, make sure you examine the brake system by replacing worn-out pads or linings and also bad rotors.
Check the Fluids
In most new cars, the automatic transmission is usually sealed, on occasion when it’s not; check the transmission dipstick with the engine turned on and running. Also, check the owner’s manual for more details.
Check the battery
Inspect the battery’s terminal and cables to make sure they are securely attached with no corrosion. Check the fluid level on the battery’s cap every few months.
Clean the Radiator
Wash the exterior of the radiator using a detergent solution and remove debris from inside the radiator using a soft brush.