Modern cars can travel for thousands of miles without requiring tune up or major servicing. However, this doesn’t suggest that they can be driven continually without even peeking under the hood. If your car is under guarantee, then you will have a peace of mind since any primary or minor issue will be solved at the dealer. However, maintenance problems that begin to occur when the warranty is just or about to expire are not cheap. The following are five vehicle maintenance tips to cut down or repair costs and of course, keep you safe on the road.
Maintaining your vehicle
Monitor your lights
If you realize that your headlights are not shining as bright as they used to, try cleaning them. A high-end glass cleaner will make your headlights or tail lights shine as they used to do. Additionally, if you realize that one or both of your headlights are burnt out, replace them yourself to save both time and money. The process is a stroll in the park for most vehicles and doing yourself will be much affordable than hiring a mechanic. If you know nothing about replacing headlights, you can request someone to teach you. Gone are the days when you had to visit a dealer to replace your headlights.
Inspect for leaks
A leak in the cooling system is dangerous for your engine because it might cause it to overheat. The primary reason is the air accessing the cooling system. When leaks are present, the coolant levels reduce and the air is engulfed in and circulated in the system. Since air is lighter compared to the coolant, it will rise to the top and cause what is known as an air lock. In simple terms, it’s like an air bubble that can’t be pushed by the coolant flow. This will prevent cooling, and the engine will become overheated. If you notice leaks, take your car to a specialist before it’s too late.
Check spark plugs
Do you have problems with the performance of your engine? Well, your spark plugs can be the perfect place to start searching for engine problems. If you notice that your plugs have a red rust color, then your fuel additive is not right. On the flip side, if you see fuel on your spark plugs the chances are that you are burning an over rich blend of fuel, using a clogged air filter or idling for long periods. Additionally, if you notice oil all over the spark plugs, then the rest of the engine needs to be checked since oil may be getting into the combustion chamber and lastly, if the electrode is burnt or damaged it could cause ignition problem and the answer is changing your spark plugs.
Check battery connection
The secret to keeping your engine running smoothly and efficiently has a good battery connection. If you notice some white residue on the posts, it’s worth noting that it can prevent your car from starting. By checking the condition of your battery frequently you will be able to know when to get rid of the white residue.
Change oil filter
Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you should replace your cars oil filter after 5000 miles. Instead of requesting a mechanic to replace the filter you can save time and money by handling the change yourself.