It’s quite easy to get a car and learn how to drive today. Owning a car is more than just having your own vehicle to drive. It is also important that you understand your car. Whether it is new or a used car, you should know how they work, how to care for them and how to maintain them. If you are a first-time car owner, here are a few things you should know before you take over the steering wheel.
Your car’s engine oil
A lot of people think that the primary purpose of oil is to help your car burn fuel. The truth is that it is used to lubricate and clean the engine. You should make sure that your vehicle always has enough oil. Otherwise, three things could possibly happen – oxidation, thermal degradation and compressive heating. When these things happen, your car’s engine oil will not do what it is supposed to do. It will instead result in friction and heat to your engine, bearings, cylinder walls, etc.
Schedule for oil change
Most car owners would change their oil every three months or every 5,000 miles. This is no longer applicable to all cars. The schedule for an oil change may vary by vehicle. The best thing to do is to read your owner’s manual to make sure that you are changing your oil when it is due.
Car maintenance schedule
Whether you have a brand new vehicle or a second-hand car, you need to stick to its maintenance schedule to keep your car running well. Your maintenance schedule will tell you when it is time to rotate your tires, when to change your fluids, etc. Each car has its own schedule to ensure its optimal performance and longevity. You can find this in the owner’s manual and make sure to follow it religiously. You can also refer to the instructions for checking and replacing parts and fluids in the vehicle.
One of the things many car owners ignore when it comes to the maintenance of the car is the tire pressure. When that light pops up on the dashboard, stop ignoring it. Otherwise, it will only increase your likelihood of getting a flat or blow out. It will also wear your tires out faster. If you want to extend the longevity of your tires, take care of them properly.
You may get nervous when the dashboard light comes on. On a positive note, it gives you an indication that you have to check something in your car. You can always check your manual to find out what your dashboard lights mean because each model varies.
Your spare tire is there in case you get a flat tire. To make sure that you are ready when you need to change your tire, take time to familiarize yourself with all the tools and where they are located. Make sure the spare tire is inflated before you even use your car. Otherwise, it’s pointless to have it with you. Changing a tire shouldn’t be hard. Although it will require you a couple of tries before you get used to it, you just need to have a stable jack that will do the heavy lifting for you.
Windshield wiper blades
One of the worst things you could experience as a car owner is driving in the rain with failing windshield wipers. For this reason, you should never overlook your wipers. Always make sure that their blades are in good shape to keep them performing at their best. While the general rule of thumb is to replace them every six months, it is still best to refer to your car’s manual.
Headlights and taillights
As time goes by, your headlights and taillights could go dimmer. Take time to inspect them every now and then. The general recommendation is that you have them changed once every year. You may also need a good cleaning of the lenses that protect your light bulbs. They tend to get dingy over time.
As a car owner, increasing the longevity of your vehicle can be done with the help of these tips. If you are looking for some used cars for sale, visit The Auto Warehouse.