Your car is most expensive property next to your house, so it’s a one’s duty to do more than just regular maintenance and checkups. Your car needs some extra care because according to a survey most car/motor vehicle accidents take place because of improper car care. Here are some tips to take good care of your car.
During the break-in period, typically the first 1,000 miles (1,600 km), keep your speed under 55 mph (88 kpm) or to the speed recommended by your car manufacturer. This will keep your engine healthy for long period and will increase car’s fuel efficiency.
Do not allow your new car to idle for long periods this is good advice for the life of your car, but especially during break-in. The oil pressure generated by doing so may not be sending oil to every part of your engine.
Buy Petrol or Diesel at the reputed Fuel Station only. You can ask for the purity meter in case you find any doubt in fuels purity. Find a station you trust and stick to it.
Air filters are inexpensive, but when they get dirty they can seriously reduce your fuel economy, and result in a fine for failing a roadside emissions test. Dirty air filters should be removed as soon as possible. It’s an easy job to do but check the handbook if you are unsure, or alternatively take it to a garage.
For your own safety, it’s important to check your brake pads or shoes. These can deteriorates due to being clamped against the disc or pushed against the drum when the brakes are applied. Also check for fluid leaks caused by damaged brake pipes or worn seals which could result in brake failure.
While taking your car for servicing or for repair, never tell a mechanic how much you’re willing to spend on the car. Arrive at a figure, and tell the garage to call you if it exceeds that amount. Also never tell the mechanic that he can have the car for as long as he wants.
Engine oil should be changed or replenished, and all vehicle fluids and lubricants should be checked and changed at factory-recommended intervals to make sure theyâ€™re fresh and filled to the recommended levels.
To keep your carâ€™s air-conditioning system fit for the next warm season, run it a few times throughout the winter. This will prevent moving parts in the compressor from seizing. Also, circulating the refrigerant will help keep the seals soft and pliant.
Before driving watch for warning lights, note performance changes and listen to your car – any changes or unusual noises are worth having checked before a more serious fault develops.
Before starting your car always check for air in your tires. Always keep car’s tires properly inflated and aligned. Underinflated tires cause fuel consumption to increase by six percent and also effect car’s suspension adversely.