There are many different ways to protect your vehicle, in which you invested lots of money. Proper maintenance of your car will have your car running for many years. Here are some pointers you might want to consider.
One of the vehicle maintenance processes is to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual, where you will find the proper detailed maintenance schedule for your vehicle such as changing the engine oil on time (usually every 5,000 miles in average), changing transmission oil, etc… If you follow the maintenance schedule properly, you will not only insure the protection of your vehicle’s value, but also you will save money in the long run.
Check your tire pressure at least once a month for proper inflation. Also, you might want to check if your tires are wearing evenly, which will ensure fuel economy and tire life of the vehicle.
Check your lights consistently at least once a month. Check your break lights, signal lights, license plate lights, the hazard lights, reverse lights, headlights, park lights, high beams, and front signal lights.
Check the engine fluids of your vehicle including: engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, washer fluid and look for visible signs of fluid leakage underneath the hood and under the front part of the vehicle. If you notice that there is a leak, take your vehicle to your nearby auto repair shop to check and fix the leaks.
Wash your vehicle at least once a week in order to keep road grime off of it. Waxing also helps the removing of the dirt easily in addition to having your vehicle looking shiny and protecting the paint.
If you ever saw the temperature gauge is all the way up to the “H” while driving your car, it means that your car is about to overheat. Each time your car overheats, it causes damage to the engine and the costs to repair overheating damages are very expensive. Here are a few tips on how to avoid overheating:
Check your Antifreeze. If your car is not circulating antifreeze properly, it may cause the engine to overheat. Antifreeze keeps the engine temperature at a desired level for your engine: both during summer and cold winter (preventing the water to freeze). Always check underneath your car while it’s parked and see if you notice any leaks in puddles or just simply look for stains while your car has been parked for several hours. It might just be your antifreeze leaking, which will cause a lower level circulation to the engine, thus, causing overheating.
Sometimes, though, you may not notice an antifreeze leak by looking underneath the car. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to regularly check antifreeze levels, making sure it’s at a proper level stated by your owner’s manual.
If you have ever found yourself in a situation, where your car is about to overheat (that’s when your temperature gauge nears a high,) immediately turn up the heater. Running the heater will cool down the engine temporarily and the temperature gauge should drop slightly, or may even return to a normal level. Safely park your car and turn it off. You can also open the hood to have the air cool the engine, but NEVER open the radiator pressure cap at any circumstance, while the engine is hot. The hot radiator fluid will cause severe burns.
You may also add some water to the antifreeze tank, if you know where it is located. This will also cool the engine by circulating cool water through it.
If you ever choose to run the car while the temperature gauge is on a high level, be prepared for some costly repairs cause by the overheating damage. Turn off your air-conditioning, as it adds more pressure to your engine. However, you might have to tow your car to your nearest auto repair shop to have it looked ASAP, at after driving it for a long time while the temperature gauge is on high.
Before going on a long trip, your car needs a series of exams because even small problems may turn your trip into a nightmare. There are a few small exams you can do on your car to make sure it’s ready for a long drive. It’s very important not to leave the exam for the last moment, because there might be some things that need to be done which may take a day or two. Therefore, it’s recommended that you do your car exam at least a few days before your trip. Here are a few things that we, at Pristine Autobody shop recommend you check:
Engine oil – if your oil needs to be changed anytime soon, then we recommend you change it before going on the trip.
Transmission fluid – make sure you warm up the car first. With the engine idling, check the fluid with the dipstick after wiping it clean. If the fluid is darkish, then it’s time to change the transmission fluid altogether. If it’s low, simply add some.
Engine antifreeze or coolant – it’s usually visible and should be anywhere between minimum and maximum marks.
Battery – make sure there aren’t any acid leaks
Tires – tire pressure should be indicated on the tire or in the owner’s manual. Also see if the spare tire and the jack are in good and working conditions.
Emergency items – there are several emergency items that you may want to have in the car when going on a long trip such as: flashlight, jumper wires, tire repair kit, and a tool kit.
Emergency Kit – make sure all the items in the emergency kit are within the expiration date.
And just in case you need auto body repairs done in Beverly Hills or West Hollywood, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll make everything right for your car and make it ready for your long drive.