No one can guarantee safety on the roadways, but taking car of your car is the first-best defense against mishaps on the road. Here are a few basic maintenance and cleaning tips to keep your car looking and running great.
A trained, qualified mechanic with the expertise and equipment to do the job correctly should perform most of the maintenance on your car. You also should pay attention to what’s going on under the hood. The owner’s manual for your car will provide you with a maintenance schedule for your specific make and model. Additionally, you can do the following simple checks and procedures to help prevent problems — and extend the life of your vehicle:
The owner’s manual for your car will specify exactly how often you should do this, but a good rule of thumb is to change them every 3,000 to 4,000 miles. If you change the oil and filter yourself, be sure to dispose of the used oil properly.
This includes brake, power steering, transmission, transaxle, windshield washer and antifreeze fluids. Your owner’s manual will tell you how to check these.
Your owner’s manual should specify the ideal air pressure for your particular tire.
This includes headlights, turn signals, brake lights and taillights.
If your wiper blades are cracked or torn, or if they begin to streak, it’s time to replace them.
Check the air filter. The filter should be clean, not clogged or damaged.