No need to be a mechanic or a perfect handyman to take care of your vehicle! Proper maintenance of your car, first and foremost by simple daily actions will give your better performance, longer life and greater safety. If you are using aftermarket parts, they must be in best condition to maintain your car.
It will also be easier to resell it later if it is kept in good condition … Here are 5 great tips to properly maintain your car.
AN EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE OF THE CAR
It is very important to regularly wash the outside of your car and especially the body, to preserve the condition of the paint, especially if you do not have a garage. Pressure jet washing is the most recommended. A polishing product will also guarantee a lasting protection for the varnish. If you want to repair a scratch on the body itself, different products will be needed: degreaser, paint, resin and polisher. A protective wax can also prevent small scratches caused by dust, washing rolls, etc. Prevent rust from settling by treating the impact of gravel and other blisters. Avoid too much exposure to the sun, to preserve your body, but also the mechanics.
CLEAN THE CABIN
The cockpit must not be outdone! This, to allow you to drive in pleasant conditions and to give a good picture of the general condition of your car! Put a cloth on the dashboard to dust it off. Apply a vacuum on the floor mats, carpet and seats, after the holidays especially. You know, when you get the feeling that all the sand on the beach has slipped into your car … It is very important to pay particular attention to the maintenance of the carpet at the level of the driver. If it is damaged, it leaves more moisture and increases the risk of corrosion of the floor.
CHECK THE CONDITION OF THE TIRES
Checking the condition of the tires is essential for regular maintenance of a car. It’s about your safety, as well as fuel consumption. Regularly check the tire pressure for good handling. Also examine the wear (depth of the grooves, cracks, bumps, etc.) and if necessary, replace your wheels to ensure a perfect grip on the ground. These include reducing rainwater aquaplaning or avoiding punctures!
CHECK THE OIL AND BRAKE FLUID LEVELS
Every 1,000 km or so, make sure that the oil level is sufficient, so that your engine lasts longer. The method: open the hood, pull the dipstick and wipe it with a cloth. Then, put the dipstick back in, remove it again and observe where the oil level is. This must be above the “Min” marker (Minimum level). Refill when needed. Overconsumption of oil may mean that there is a problem with the engine sealing. The good reflex: lean under the car every morning to check for leaks!
CARRY OUT REGULAR OIL CHANGES AND REVISIONS
It is essential to carry out regular oil changes, in accordance with the maintenance booklet of your car. This ensures a good quality of the oil present in the engine, whose role is to lubricate the moving parts and to limit the friction between them, but also to evacuate the dirt.