Common Car Maintenance Tips

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The modern car isn’t a status symbol. Well, some models are, but most people have a car of their own, or for their family, which they use regularly. For some people, the car is much an extension of their home. For some, it’s also lets them be the house’s breadwinner.

Regardless of what reason people have for owning their car, it’s important to make sure it stays in good shape, so they can get the most out of it.

Here’s a few tips to help with that.

Regular inspections

Simple car maintenance and checks are, well, simple, but they help a great deal. The owner’s manual contains all the info you’ll need to handle basic maintenance of your automobile, and its auto parts, so turn to it in case you’re lost.

You don’t really need to do anything complex here, just check everything, keeping an eye out for things that your owner’s manual warns against. Regular checks will let you know of any potential problem before they escalate, and give you more knowledge of your vehicle.

Heed the warnings

The warning light indicators in a car are there for a reason. Why do we say this? Well, people seem to ignore them a lot. You don’t want to be like that; consult that owner’s manual (you’ll be turning to it a lot) and read up on the warning lights on your car. Learn what they mean, what you need to do, and when you need to bring a professional in.

Check the oil and coolant levels

Simple stuff really. Oil and coolant are key to making sure your engine runs properly and optimally. Both of these help keep the heat generated by your engine to manageable levels. The former also makes sure all those moving auto parts in your engine keep moving. Consult your manual to see how to check their levels, when to do so, and when to replace them.

Stick to your manual’s octane rating recommendation

Higher octane means more power, right? Yes. But no. Higher octane fuels are designed to stop purpose-built, high-performance engines from detonating the fuel in the engine, and running these engines at optimal levels. And that, right there, is the caveat. Certain octane ratings work best for specific performance levels. That’s why your owner’s manual has a recommendation for this. Stick to it.

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