Understanding the basic steps that can be used to avoid serious problems with your car is essential for anyone that owns a vehicle. However, there are some basic guidelines that often go overlooked by well-meaning but misinformed car owners. Failing to address these issues can lead to a variety of performance issues, mechanical failures and general damage to the vehicle.
Change Your Filters
There are a number of filters that the vehicle will use during the course of its operation. For example, there will be oil and fuel filters that are designed to prevent particulate matter from getting in the engine. Also, there will be air filters for the engine and the cabin of the vehicle. All of these filters should be periodically changed. Otherwise, they will become excessively dirty, which will severely degrade their performance. It can be rather difficult to keep track of the dates when these various filters are changed, and this can lead to you going for much longer than is advised between filter changes. By keeping a small notepad where you write down the dates and type of work that is done to your vehicle, you will find it is much easier to determine the last time that this maintenance was performed.
Check The Ground Near The Parking Spots You Normally Use
Many individuals will park in roughly the same spot every day. However, they may not give much attention to the ground beneath their vehicle. However, the ground can provide some invaluable clues to potential problems with your vehicle. For example, you may notice fluid leaking out of the vehicle onto the parking spot. This can be particularly noticeable when the vehicle is parked for long periods of time. If you notice that there are any unusual fluids on the ground beneath where the car was parked, it can be wise to have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic to determine whether there is a serious leak that needs to be addressed.
Avoid Using Old Windshield Wiper Blades
Over time, the windshield wiper blades will start to degrade. This can cause the windshield wipers to be unable to effectively remove water from the windshield, which can lead to extremely hazardous driving conditions. Also, using windshield wipers that have old blades on them can be extremely damaging to the glass, as the blades will cause deep scratches in the surface of the windshield. Whenever you notice that the windshield wiper blades are starting to become worn, it can be a good idea to change them as soon as possible.
For more information and tips, you may want to contact a local auto parts store.