The new year brings the promise of change, of a fresh start and new opportunities. With 2020 around the corner, you may already have your resolutions in place – joining the gym, taking a trip to an exotic island or learning a new language or skill. But while you list your new goals, fit in a few for something you take for granted – your car! Your car takes you places whether it’s a trip to the grocery store or just a late-night drive to unwind. That being said, it definitely deserves a little effort to keep it in good condition.
So, here are a few things you can commit to this new year:
Change your oil
Crucial to the smooth running of your car is the quality and quantity of its oil. Keeping your car healthy means regularly lubricating it so that it runs without any problems and is not at the risk of permanent damage. So, starting this year make it a point to routinely change your oil and check its levels every month. As for the routine checks, refer to your car’s manual to know the exact distance after which it is necessary to change your car’s oil. When it comes to checking the level of oil, simply turn off your engine and let it cool for five minutes. Next, look for your car’s dipstick under the hood of your car that is marked with an oil icon. The dipstick has markings to determine whether your car needs more oil or not. Wipe it clean and put the dipstick all the way in. On pulling it out, you will notice an oil marking and this will let you know if you need more oil. It’s that simple! In fact, an easy way to remember to check your oil levels is by setting a reminder on your phone or simply checking it when you visit a petrol pump.
Check your tires
Let’s be real: Your tires are extremely important. They’re the ones that keep you grounded, so you should check their pressure regularly. There are several things that need to be considered when it comes to your tires. For example, if you notice a low tire pressure, get it fixed immediately as it may decrease your fuel efficiency. The same applies to the alignment of your tires. Misaligned ones can again decrease fuel efficiency while putting stress on your car’s steering wear. A simple reminder to check your tire’s pressure is when you notice the weather changing. In the case of temperature extremes, your tire pressure also fluctuates.
Take a look at your cooling system
The changing weather can spell damage for your car if you don’t protect it and keep it well-maintained. Take for example your cooling system. It does more than just keeping your car’s engine cool during hot summer months but it also powers the heater and the defroster to prevent freezing under the hood. So needless to say, this is a pretty important part of your car that requires frequent checkups. While maintaining your car, make sure to have your system flushed and refilled with new coolant so as to prevent corrosion. While you’re at it, check the other fluids too! Brake and transmission fluids too play a role in keeping your car in a good condition. Make a resolution to do this at least once a month.
Don’t neglect your car
By this we don’t mean taking your car out as much as possible but simply don’t ignore the warning signs. Look at your dashboard and look for the blinking lights. When you don’t pay attention to a warning light it may end up further damaging a part of your car. The same applies to an odd sound coming from under the hood. When you feel something may give way, tend to it and get it fixed. The last thing you need is sticking your hand out, asking for help in the middle of your road trip.
So, there you have it – simple ways to keep your car in great shape by setting a few reminders.