Everyone needs to make car maintenance a priority. You can make your car last for a long time with the right maintenance routine. However, you may not be sure how to do that. Follow these tips to keep your car running smoothly.
Check the Tire Pressure
If you want to save some money and stay safe, then you should maintain the proper tire pressure. You will not have a great handle or as smooth a drive as you could if your tires are under- or over-inflated. Tire pressure problems also affect stopping distances, while likewise giving you a higher risk of tire blowout. On the other hand, tires with the right pressure increase your car’s fuel efficiency, overall smoothness of the ride, and lifespan of the tires. If you want to stay on the safe side, you can get your tires checked every time you get gas or use a pressure gauge to check them when they are “cold” (before you drive the vehicle.
Clean Your Windshield
Many people do not realize how vital it is to have a clean windshield, even if it is your vantage point to the road. If your windshield has bugs all over it and is dirty, it becomes a safety hazard, as it impedes your vision. You need to give it a proper cleaning, regularly. Remember, using your wipers and washing fluid to clean it can make a smeary and huge mess, so clean it manually. Do not forget to clean your wipers and headlights, too.
Get It Checked Regularly
While this varies on how often you drive your car, you should generally bring your vehicle to a mechanic every six months. They can check it for safety, even if you think nothing is wrong with it. You never know what hidden problems there might be, such as parts that are on the verge of breaking. If you need more guidance on proper maintenance, follow your car’s manual. Also, do some research to check how often you should bring your vehicle in for preventive maintenance. For instance, you can search for “Subaru required maintenance” to see what results come out.
Rotate the Tires
A lot of people do not realize that they need to rotate their tires, especially if your car has a front-wheel drive. They can wear out unevenly and quickly if you do not do this. You can equalize the tires’ natural wear pattern, which extends their life if you regularly rotate them. We suggest that you rotate your tires every 5,000-7,500 miles or around every six months. You can bring it to a car shop or even do it yourself.
Change the Air Filter and Oil
You can reduce emissions, prolong the engine’s life, and increase fuel efficiency if you change your air filter regularly. It would be best if you aimed to do it every 12,000 miles, and you can easily do it yourself. You should also change your oil around every 5,000 miles to ensure a smooth drive. While many people do it on their own, we recommend that you go to a mechanic if you live in a dorm or apartment.
You can extend your car’s life and get a smooth drive if you maintain it properly. Remember the abovementioned tips above to keep your car in tip-top condition!