Driving safely is much more than not drinking and driving. It also means that you should keep your car in top running condition. The best way to do this is to put your vehicle through a regular maintenance routine. How about servicing your car on your own? You donâ€™t need to be an experienced mechanic to be able to maintain your car at peak performance. All you need is to know what to check for and how to fix basic problems. Yes, you should leave the more complex issues to the professionals. Hereâ€™s a look at some things that you can do to service your car, keep it in peak condition and save some money in the process.
How to Service Your Car:
There are some basic checks that you should perform on your car at regular intervals. Here is a list of things you can do yourself:
- Radiator Flush: Driving around in the heat of summer can take its toll on your car unless you ensure that your radiator is working perfectly and youâ€™ve topped up on coolant. The problem is that the radiator tends to wear down and corrode with use. This can affect its ability to keep the engine cool. The best way to prevent radiator problems is to flush your radiator once a year. All you need for this is a screwdriver or pliers, radiator flushing solution, some rags, coolant and a funnel to pour liquids through. However, before you begin, you should make sure your car is completely cool. First, remove the drain plug on the radiator, and drain out all the existing coolant. Make sure you put something to collect the used coolant so that it can be disposed off safely. Now put in the flush solution and top up with water. Turn on the car and let it run till the car reaches its usual operating temperature. Now turn on your air conditioner and let it run for about 10 minutes. Turn off the car and when the engine has cooled completely, drain out the fluid in the radiator and fill in fresh coolant.
- Oil & Oil Filter: Most car experts say that the oil should be changed every 6,000 kms. However, check what the optimal time to change oil is for the make and model of your car. Again, the oil should be changed only when the engine is completely cool. For this you will need to use a jack to raise the car. If you donâ€™t have a good jack, check out the Autosun 2 Ton Hydraulic Trolley Jack. This high quality, powerful device can lift up your car with ease. Once the car is raised to a comfortable height for you to slip under it, locate and loosen the oil pan. Let all the used oil drain out. Now remove close the drain plug and remove the oil filter. Make sure you lubricate the rubber gasket before you fit in the new filter and oil. Use your dip-stick to ensure youâ€™ve filled in the right amount of oil.
- Brakes & Brake Pads: This is one thing that can save your life in a crunch! Experts recommend that the brakes and brake pads should be checked at least every six months. And donâ€™t forget to check your brake fluid too. Once again, you will need to raise your car with a jack. You will also need to remove the car tires to be able to reach the brakes, so donâ€™t forget to loosen the lugs before you jack up the car. You will need a screwdriver to open out the brake caliper and remove the brake pads. Make sure you donâ€™t move the brake line in any way while doing all this. All you need to do then is to replace the brake pads.
- Cleaning the Interiors: Since this is where you spend most of your time with your car, it always helps to keep it clean. A portable vacuum cleaner is just right for this job. If you donâ€™t own one, consider the Autofurnish Wet and Dry Car Vacuum Cleaner. This small and easy to use device makes cleaning your car a breeze. You will also need a clothes brush or a new shoe polish brush and a clean cloth. Use the brushes to loosen all the dirt from the upholstery and floor carpeting before using the vacuum cleaner. Give all other surface a good cleaning with a cloth once you have vacuumed. Air Wick makes great gel air freshners to give your car the final touch.
It is a good idea to check your air filter and tyres as well, while youâ€™re at it. A good car repair kit, like the Emergency Kit for Car Repair by Global Gift India, is also a great idea to keep within easy reach.