Five Tips On Keeping Your Car In Shape

Most people don’t really know much about their vehicles. They take them to the shop when they make a strange noise and they get oil changes when they are recommended, but they don’t pay much attention to the inner working of their vehicle.. That’s fine, but it helps to know how your vehicle runs.

By knowing a little more about the inner workings of your vehicle, you may have a little more knowledge of what is wrong when something goes wrong with your car or truck. If you want to take care of your vehicle and keep it running at its optimal performance, here are a few things that you should be doing.

Get Oil Changes

Most oil change places will still recommend that you get one done every 3,000 miles, but with the engines, vehicles, and filters they are using these days you can go much longer, sometimes up to 10,000 miles, in between. Make sure that you check your oil once in awhile between changes. If it changes colors or consistency you may want to get your vehicle checked out.

Have A Tune Up

If your vehicle seems to be running a bit rough, and you can’t remember ever getting a tune up, you may need one. Most vehicles need a tune up about every 30,000 miles. Spark plugs can wear out, and it just makes sense to get a good look under the hood every once in awhile. If your vehicle is a classic you may want to get it looked over more often.

Keep It Clean

If you live in an area with ice and snow, the salt they toss on the roads can really damage your vehicle. That’s why it is important to wash your vehicle on a regular basis. It can save your paint job and help keep that rust away.

Watch The Gauges

It helps to know what all of those alerts mean on your dashboard so when one of them lights up you don’t need to panic immediately. Sometimes the check engine light will come on for no reason, but you should still have a mechanic check it out. Sometimes a light on can mean a real emergency and you’ll need to stop driving immediately.

Do A Regular Check

At least once a week make sure you check your lights, make sure they work and your blinkers work. Check under the hood to make sure that all of your oils and liquids are topped off. Even check your tire pressure and put air in your tires when they need it.

If you want your vehicle to continue getting you from point A to point B without any major issues and a lot of money out of your pocket, it’s really important to make sure to keep up on repairs and pay attention to the noises your vehicle makes.

Anna Johansson
Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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