Owning a car does not come free; well, except if it’s a gift and even then, proper maintenance is an expression of gratitude. If you play your cards right and maintain your car well, it’s capable of serving you and your family for many years, despite being used on a daily basis.

The first step to owning a long-lasting car is to buy a reliable model especially if you do not want to go through the trouble of fixing a particular issue year in, year out. However, that is a preventive step and proper maintenance is still a requirement for your car to be efficient and last long. Proper care maintenance does not only extend a car’s serviceable years, but it also makes it safe and reliable while maintaining its value. For all these reasons, we’ll be looking at tips to help you maintain your car.

  1. Follow a Maintenance Schedule

Every vehicle has a manufacturer’s maintenance schedule which guides you through the service check-up your car will need throughout its lifetime. Adhering to these rules is one way of doing yourself a great service since you’ll be privy to knowledge like when to rotate or change your tires and change the oil filters.

Irregular car maintenance schedules can equally affect the engine of your and reduce its lifespan so, be sure you stick to the schedule. Nevertheless, in the case that you’ve not been doing this, simply drive to a trusted mechanic’s workshop and have them examine your car to resolve any issues.

  1. Listen to Your Car

Sometimes, way before your car develops a visible fault, there are signs that come in the form of sounds and smells. So, pay attention to the signs on your dashboard and routinely opening your hood to inspect for leaks, frays or cracks in the belt – this will enable you to fix the problem before it even becomes a problem. 

Also, if you notice a decrease in acceleration and power, perhaps your fuel pump is faulty and the problem could be from the Pneumatic Actuators. If that’s the case, have it checked right away. Oftentimes, when car issues are not noticed and fixed quickly enough, they tend to affect other things and you end up spending more money and time to get your car back into good shape.

  1. Do Not Compromise 

Take caution when buying parts for your car, that’s something you should never compromise on. Furthermore, it is advisable to only buy car parts that meet the manufacturer’s specifications, as opposed to cheaper unnamed brands that won’t pay off in the long run. A common thing that people try to save on is gas but what you should know is that bad gas, such as higher-octane gasoline, can affect your car’s engine and possibly cause irreversible damage.

Above all these tips, preventive care is key, and this should be your key take away. Buying a good car is not just enough and basic maintenance is required so, don’t be lazy. In addition, make sure you have a reliable mechanic or servicing company that you trust because putting your car in the wrong hands is not a risk you should be taking. At the end of the day, an unqualified mechanic can end up causing irreversible damage.

 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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