You’re sitting at home on the couch watching the latest season of Greenleaf while your car is outside collecting dust. Go look at it. It probably needs an oil change, windshield wiper fluids, and a new set of tires right now. Would you rather continue your Greenleaf binge or give your car some much-needed auto maintenance love?
If the answer is your car, then here are a few tips you can use to make sure your car is as new as it came off the lot when you bought it:
1. Go For Oil Changes
Experts say most cars can go at least 5,000 miles without needing to change their oil. It was advised to change your oil at least every three months or 3,000 miles driven. That was standard auto procedures. Cars today can drive 5,000, 7,500, and even 10,000 miles between oil changes. This is because today’s cars have better engine designs and manufacturing that leads to better-quality oils. Most cars today run on fully synthetic or synthetic blend oil which lasts longer. So, don’t wait too long. Make sure you go for those oil changes and keep up with them at all costs!
2. Inspect Fluids and Tire Pressure Regularly
Transmission, coolant, and brake fluids are some of the major fluids your car runs with. These fluids are just as important as your motor oil. They keep the life of your car rolling. For example, if your transmission fluid smells burnt or looks brownish, it needs to be changed. You should check your coolant level at least twice a year, as recommended by automotive detailers. Try to check your brake fluid every oil change or at least once a year.
Checking your tire pressure helps optimize tire performance and fuel economy. It also avoids heat build-up within the tire and potential rolling hazards. The last thing you want is to be stuck on the side of the road flagging down the next available car to help you out. If you do this on your own, you can spare yourself the embarrassment.
3. Inspect and Replace Serpentine Belts
A serpentine belt is a single, continuous belt used to drive multiple peripheral devices in an automotive engine, such as an alternator, power steering pump, water pump, air conditioning compressor, etc. When the V-ribs on the underside of a serpentine belt becomes worn, the belt may slip and make noise. Rust, corrosion, and wear can cause binding that prevents the tensioner from rotating normally to maintain proper belt tension.
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