The Habit of Conducting Regular Vehicle Maintenance

The-habit-of-conducting-regular-vehicle-maintenance with: Kingsley Ehimare—–

Is very crucial to get in the habit of conducting regular vehicle maintenance, of course this will helps to avoid potentially costly breakdowns as well as extend the life cycle of  that your vehicle. The good thing about it is that you can handle basic routine vehicle maintenance yourself, just by following a regular schedule as outlined in your owner’s manual. Let’s take a critical look at the following points below: 

  • Get Acquaint with your Vehicle’s manual.

Every vehicle has an owner’s manual, a thick book typically squirreled away in the glove box or another storage compartment. If you can’t find your copy, you can equally find an electronic version could reside online, we are in digital era. Otherwise, contact your dealer for a copy.

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Manuals

With manual in hand, head to the maintenance schedule section. Take note of the intervals for such maintenance items as the engine oil and filter, tire rotation, belts and hoses, and so on. If you find anything difficult to comprehend on the Manual, feel free to consult us at GOF Autos Ltd. home of Automobiles experts in Nigeria. 

  • Change your oil and oil filter As At When Due

Agree with me that oil is your engine’s life blood. It serves as a lubricant, keeping important engine parts from grinding against each other and destroying the engine. Motor oil not changed regularly can also damage your engine as accumulated contaminants cause friction, rubbing parts together.

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 Check your Motor oil as regular as possible, it very important for the life span of the motor. What type of oil should you use — petroleum-based or synthetic? The truth remains, every vehicle engine has oil that is designed to meet it smooth running.  Note, “As long as the oil meets the service and viscosity requirements set out in your owner’s manual, you can switch back and forth as much as you want.”

  • Pay Attention to Your Tires monthly.

Tires are strong sub-component of a vehicle. The only thing separating your vehicle from the road is its tires. They need to be properly inflated to do their job, as well as to lessen the chance of a blowout.

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Tires Maintenance

Tires are strong sub-component of a vehicle. The only thing separating your vehicle from the road is its tires. They need to be properly inflated to do their job, as well as to lessen the chance of a blowout.

You probably know how to add air to your tires or approach that vulcanize, you may not know the correct tire pressure. You’ll find that information on a placard located on the driver’s door jamb or in the owner’s manual. Inflate tires when they are cold (driven less than one mile) to get an accurate reading, otherwise add 4 PSI to the recommended amount, explains Bridgestone Tire. Check your spare tire while you’re at it and confirm all pressures with a tire gauge once the tires have rested.

  • Inspect all other fluids.

Motor oil isn’t the only fluid to check. Your car has brake and transmission fluids, coolant, and washer fluid. Like motor oil, you’ll check transmission fluid with a dipstick. Determine brake fluid, coolant, and washer fluid levels by removing related covers and visually inspecting each. By the way, not advisable to remove the radiator cap to check coolant you risk getting scalded. Instead, check that level in the nearby transparent refill container.

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  • Check Belts & Hoses

If you want to go one step beyond basic routine vehicle maintenance, then check the belts and hoses in the engine bay. These hoses direct coolant flow to ensure the engine doesn’t overheat. If a hose has separated or shows cracks or bulges, then have it replaced.

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Variably, check the belts too. The timing belt, as found in most cars and small SUVs, is critical to the operation of your engine, notes GOF Autos. If this belt shows signs of wear, including cracking, glazing, and material loss (chunks missing from the belt itself), then it’s important you replace it quickly.

Relatively, Check Battery, Wiper blades and Air filter

There are three other areas in vehicle maintenance to stay on top of, these are: Wiper blades, the Battery, and the Air filter. If the windows streak or the blades screech when the system is operating, then replace them. As for the car battery, the main requirement here is to ensure that the battery terminals remain free from corrosion. A wire brush along with a solution of water and baking soda will do the trick. When it comes to the air filter, you may need to replace it once or twice each year. Check the air filter when you change your oil.

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Battery check

There are three other areas in vehicle maintenance to stay on top of, these are: Wiper blades, the Battery, and the Air filter. If the windows streak or the blades screech when the system is operating, then replace them. As for the car battery, the main requirement here is to ensure that the battery terminals remain free from corrosion. A wire brush along with a solution of water and baking soda will do the trick. When it comes to the air filter, you may need to replace it once or twice each year. Check the air filter when you change your oil.

Now that you know vehicle maintenance to some extent, you are positively on your way to ensuring your car remains in top working condition. This is one the essence of GOF Autos

Learn more about the habit of conducting regular vehicle maintenance from gofautos.com

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