If you’re like most people, the thought of car maintenance in an age of computer diagnosis and engine components, can be a bit daunting. But there are basic things to which you should attend to before the summer driving season.
HERE ARE A FEW BASIC CHECKS TO HELP YOUR CAR LOOK BETTER, RUN SMOOTHER AND ULTIMATELY LAST LONGER.
First item on the list is Engine Oil, but is often ignored. For synthetic engines, If you’ve traveled 10,000 KM since your last oil change, change your oil. Half the mileage for mineral driven engines.
Second item on the list is the engine cooling system. Check for signs of leak and pressure test system. At the same time you don’t want to find your self in a hot climate with no air conditioning, check the air compressor function and check the pressures on the system.
If you live in a cold climate and use two sets of tires, this will be a good time to take off those winter wheels. Winter tires can affect your millage and performance on hot dry pavement. If you have not installed winter tires, check the tire pressures. Properly inflated tires improve gas millage and prevents uneven tire wear.
While you are at it you should have your brakes checked, have a mechanic check your brake fluid moisture content. If there is too much moisture in the system that can be hazardous. Have the system flushed, also check brake pads and related components to ensure braking performance.
Your windshield is an integral part of your vehicle’s safety system. If you can see a nasty little crack, get that windshield replaced. Also check your wiper blades, these little things help you see clearly through your windshield; if they have had a workout during the winter season; if they are leaving streaks or failing to clean those spring showers, it may be time to get them replaced.
Clean your car, washing your vehicle in the winter season doesn’t make any sense, best to wash the accumulation of the road soot coating your cars finish as it may actually damage your paint finish. Apply a wax finish while you are at it, clean the interior of your vehicle; a clean car will always have a higher resale value.