There is a lot of freedom associated with vehicle ownership; being able to go where you want to go, when you want to go. However, vehicles are also a big responsibility. On top of insurance costs and the responsibility of operating a vehicle on the road with other drivers, they take a good deal of time and money to keep them properly maintained and running smoothly; especially if you want them to last as long as possible.
Fluids are an essential part of a properly running car. At least once a month you should check your vehicles oil level , transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant. Each of these fluids performs a specific function that keeps your vehicle running smoothly and when not properly maintained could cost hundreds in repairs.
In conjunction with maintaining the proper oil level, it is also important that you get your oil changed ever 3 months or 3,000-5,000 miles. This helps ensure that the oil level is properly maintained and that junk doesn’t build up in your engine causing damage to your engine as well as your wallet. Most mechanics will also check your air filter to see if it needs replaced. If you do the oil change yourself this is something to check as well.
Tires are one of the most important elements on every vehicle but often one of the most neglected. When you are performing your check of the vehicle’s fluid levels, this is also a good time to check the tire pressure. Tires that are properly inflated tend to get better gas mileage and they wear better– making them last longer. You can also look the tires for signs of excessive wear as well as the tread depth; doing this can help identify a potential problem before it becomes a real problem. To help your dunlop tires wear more evenly and last as long as possible take your vehicle in to rotate tires , or have it done during the oil change.
Keeping your vehicle clean, both inside and out, and utilizing a good wax won’t do much to keep your vehicle running smoothly but it will help preserve your vehicle’s paint and interior and keep it looking nice. And when your car looks good and is a machine that you can take pride in, you are more likely to take stay on top of the other more essential items that will extend the life of your vehicle.