A Step By Step Guide on Taking Care of Your Vehicle

A vehicle is one of the things that you will use consistently in your life. A car is not only about – it requires maintenance. Drivers should learn how to take good care of their car in order to make sure it stay in good running condition, promoting safety not only for you but for your whole family as a whole. A car that is not maintained properly can cause consequences that all people do not like -it includes costly repairs in the future. In this article, you will learn some tips on how to take care of your car and maintain its state in a good running condition.

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1. Make sure your cars are insured with liability insurance so if you happen to crash into another vehicle, or someone, or something, the medical bills and or the repairs will be tackled by your insurance coverage. You can keep a copy of your current insurance company inside your vehicle to make sure that you have it with you anywhere you go. Keep it in a safe place so it will be easy to find but it should be kept in a place where it wouldn’t be tossed out when your car is vacuumed, cleaned up, or de-trashed.

Always remember that if you crash into a nice car that is a property of someone else, the repair or replacement of the vehicle can cost over $50,000. Because of this, it pays that you secure your own insurance coverage.

2. Make sure you have a copy of your current vehicle registration papers inside the car.

3. Make sure you have the current emissions and safety inspection documents.

4. You can also keep the receipts for maintaining the car as well. Some individuals do not keep these inside the vehicle. However, this can be a problem when you’re at home for the weekend or at the shop and you wish you have kept your receipts in the car if you are asked when you last changed the transmission fluid or the oil, rotated the tires, or flushed the radiator. That is why it is somehow important to keep these maintenance receipts in the car.

5. Learn how all the pressure in tires and try to keep a tire pressure gauge inside your car so you can be able to check it at least sometimes a month. Under inflated cars may cause a lot of accidents. Under inflated tires can be torn off its rim when cornering hard and can cause a really serious crash.

6. Always remember that your engine oil should be changed regularly. Try checking your manual for complete guidance. It’s recommended to regularly change the engine oil every 4,800 km or 3,000 miles.

7. Your air filters must also be replaced in every certain period. Dirty air filters and dirty oil will allow dirt into your engine, scarring the inside elements of your engine. It can make your engine wear out much faster as well as cause very expensive and early engine failure.

8. Every time you change your oil, you should also rotate your tires. It means you have to take them off and put them back on in different locations like moving the back tires to the front and vice versa. This actually helps your tires wear more evenly in order for it to last sometimes twice as long.

9. In a visual manner, your brakes should be inspected at least once a year. It is because brake shoes can eventually wear out just like your running shoes’ soles. When then they wear out all the way through, brake shoes can cause to your car’s brake rotor, making you spend too much money. Even though they are able to stop the vehicle effectively, the brake shoes could be very thin due to wearing and might start damaging your brakes. That is why it’s crucial to check your brake shoes visually most especially when you are rotating your tires.

10. Learn how to change a flat tire and use the lug and jack wrench that is placed in your vehicle. Start by practicing how to jack up your vehicle and changing a tire in the driveway so you’ll know what you are going to do if ever you get a flat tire.

11. Learn how to effectively and properly wash your vehicle. Never wipe off your car if it is dry as it will only scratch the paint. Use a pressurized water, car shampoo and wax to achieve a brand new look.

 

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