Automotive

Understanding Basic Upkeep Procedures for your Vehicle

 

Basic upkeep of your vehicle is vital to keep it running smoothly. Keeping your car in optimal shape can significantly extend the life of your car. With proper care and maintenance, your car can continue to run, regardless of the number of miles. Let’s take a look at some of the basic maintenance procedures that can be utilized to ensure your care remains in top condition.

Air Filter

The air filter is vital because it ensures a proper balance of the air to gas ratio. If this filter becomes clogged you will experience stalling, sputtering, and dying of the engine. Your air filter should be changed every 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever happens first. You can prolong the life of your air filter but using an air tool and blowing our debris, however, the filter is a cheap and easy repair.

Windshield Wipers

Changing the windshield wipers is an easy, inexpensive step. Of course, you can hire someone to do this for you when you purchase them. However, the deals on ‘free installation’ typically only refer to if the buyer purchases the most expensive blades, which of course, is unnecessary. To ensure that your wiper blades are installed correctly, refer to your owner’s manual. Windshield wipers typically last six months to a year.

Spark Plugs and Wires

Spark plugs and wires typically need to be replaced every 30,000 miles. If you know nothing about cars, it is better to let a professional handle this. Spark plugs are vital to keeping your engine running smoothly, and a gap set wrong or a dead spark plug can cause your vehicle to misfire or refuse to start. You can visit this page from Wikihow to get detailed instructions on vehicle tune-ups.

Oil Change and Oil Filter

It cannot be stressed how absolutely essential it is to get your oil and oil filter changed. Oil is the blood of your vehicle and if it is not changed, it can blow the motor. It is recommended that you get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, although if done with high-quality products, you can let it go to about 5,000 miles. Changing the oil in your vehicle can be one quickly and cheaply and should never be overlooked. You can find additional information on oil changes by checking out this detailed article from Angie’s List.

Battery

A dead battery can be frustrating and irritating. Battery issues are one of the most common car starting problems we find. Be sure to keep up with regular maintenance of your battery to ensure a clean start. Always remember to check for a good connection and any white residue buildup on the battery posts.

The Bottom Line

Of course, there are additional services that should be remembered as well. These include flushing the radiator, changing the brake pads, changing the fuel filter, and replacing the tires. Most of these maintenance procedures are quick and inexpensive. In the end, these procedures can save people significant money.