A car can be your best friend if you take care of it, and your worst enemy if you don’t. And depending on what stage of life you’re in, you can either afford to make mistakes with your vehicle, or you can’t.
So what that means, for any vehicle owner, is that you should always maintain your car to keep it running as smoothly as possible, and the following five tips will help you make that a daily reality, so be sure to be aware of the benefit of engine additives, know how to check your own, pump your tires up, pay attention to warning lights, and clean your air intakes.
Be Aware of Engine Additives
Engine additives may be something of an enigma to some people, especially since they aren’t used all that regularly with common cars, but they can be a huge benefit to people who are willing to find out what they are and what they can do to help with fuel and overall engine efficiency. They are more often used in heavy construction or military capacity, but that doesn’t mean they don’t help on a smaller scale as well.
Know How To Check Your Oil
You should check your oil regularly. As in, all the time. Dirty oil is bad for your engine. Low oil is bad for your engine. Something wrong with your oil is one of the first indicators that something is wrong with your engine. Are you starting to see what all that is pointing to? So be sure to pop that hood at least once a month, and learn to read your dipstick.
Keep Your Tires Pumped Up
Having tires at the wrong pressure affects how long they last, how well your car steers, and your overall fuel efficiency. It only makes sense then to check the pressure of your tires regularly. In fact, it makes sense to check them out every time you check your oil level, just to make it part of your pattern.
Don’t Ignore Warning Lights
Lots of people think that warning lights on their dash just mean to be aware of something. This is not the case! When the warning lights go on, it’s time to head to a repair shop! Especially if it’s the oil light, you need to get that sucker in before something major breaks.
Clean Out Air Intakes
Finally, you may notice that your air conditioning, heater, or vents aren’t quite running as well as they used to, and that may be a direct correlation to air vents that are clogged. Leaves and things can get stuck in those areas, so brushing them off regularly will keep those systems running straight.