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Diy tips to keep your car running smoothly:

Not many people consider the maintenance requirements of an automobile. The modern car is made up of thousands of parts, and the malfunction of just one can make your car misbehave strangely. Maintaining a car in good condition will help you to keep it safe, drive it for a long time, and someday sell it for a better price.
The following are important tips that does not take much time and it would help you keep your car in good condition.
. Tires
Make sure they are properly inflated to the manufacturers specified pressure. Tire gauges are cheap and easy to use. The first place to look for the correct air pressure for your specific tires is your vehicle owner’s manual. Correct air pressure should also be listed on the tire placard attached to the vehicle door edge, doorpost, glove box door or fuel door.

Tires should be replaced when tread wear indicators are showing between the treads. Check your tires every week for pressure and every other week for wear. Have them replaced when they become worn beyond acceptable limits.

You should also switch tires depending on the season. Regular tires are not safe during winter, and winter tires wear very fast during summer.

.  Oil
Oil is the blood in your car's vessels, and if something goes wrong with it, your car isn't going to go very far not to mention that oil shortage can cause serious damage to your car engine.

While oil manufacturers have claimed that their oil can last 10,000 miles, it is generally best to use the same oil for no more than 5000 miles to maximize engine reliability and efficiency over the long term.

Check the oil regularly, about once a week, and change the oil or have it changed when you reach the 4000-4500 mile limit or when the oil color changes to black and loses its viscosity.

. Windows
Make sure that all windows, mirrors and lights are not broken. Fix or replace any cracked lights or mirrors as soon as possible. Small windshield cracks can be repaired before it grows.

Always allow some room when following behind other vehicles that could throw objects from the road or lose debris from their loads.

Even a small pebble from the back of a gravel truck can damage your windshield.

. Brakes
The braking systems of modern cars are designed to be maintained periodically to attain maximum efficiency. The brake pads are a consumable part of your car.

If you notice any problems or misbehavior or even an unusual noise with your brakes, take your car and have the brakes serviced immediately. Delaying brakes service would elevate the problem and the maintenance costs.

If the
brakes fail, the consequences can be very serious.

Make sure your mechanic installs genuine brake pads. This is one part that you don't want to save money with.

. Battery
Check your car battery once per month for corrosion and clean it or have it cleaned as needed. A can of Seven-up can help in cleaning corroded battery poles.

Avoid running your battery down. Even with a jump start, it's hard on the battery. Batteries do eventually get old. A good battery would last between 35-50 months.

You can tell that your battery is dead if your car does not start in the morning, and when you put on the car headlights without starting the ignition, the lights are not as bright and luminous as they should be.

If you must replace your battery, make sure that your mechanic also checks the alternator and distributor to make sure that they are still functioning properly.

. Fluids
The other life blood of the car are the fluids that the drive train must have.

Coolant, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, brake fluid, and other fluids need to be checked at a minimum of once per week.

Ask your mechanic to demonstrate the method to check these fluids. Most of the car fluids are easily accessible from under your hood and do not require special tools or disassembly of any part.

Car fluids are not expensive but the lack of any of them in your car can cause serious and expensive damage.

. Lights
You can check your own lights if you have someplace you can park near reflective glass windows, or you can ask a friend to walk around your car while you turn on different lights.

Make sure to check your headlights, taillights, reverse lights, and turn signals.

Notice where your headlights point and correct it if you know how or have it corrected as needed. They should be pointing down and towards the outside of the road, not straight out, up, or towards the center.

You can see the light pattern on the road ahead of you. Misaligned headlights can be distracting or hazardous to drivers ahead of you or in oncoming or adjacent lanes.

. Wipers
It's not difficult to replace worn windshield wiper blades yourself.

Make sure you replace the blades once a year before the rainy season. You can also replace the entire wiper assembly if needed.

If you do a lot of driving in wet weather conditions, you may also want to apply a water repellent treatment to your windshield.

Branded wipers are defiantly worth their cost, take my word for it, you don't want to experience that your-self on a rainy day.

Stay in touch with your mechanic and ask questions! Mechanics are used to people asking car related questions, and most of them handle the questions admirably.

If a mechanic isn't in the mood to give you two minutes to answer a question, I would suggest looking for another mechanic to handle your car troubles.

In the trunk (or whatever storage your car has)
it is wise to keep some tools for checking the various fluids, tires pressure, and a flashlight specifically for maintenance uses and night problems.

If anything seems out of place, have it checked as soon as possible. An unusual smell, a new noise, a vibration, a new light on the instrument panel coming on, anything, have it checked!

As a driver, your responsibility is to maintain your car to be as safe as possible, for your sake, the sake of your passengers and the sake of those with whom you share the road.

Read your automobile owner's manual. It has lots of information specific to your car.

Track your mileage and fuel economy. Not only will you learn to save fuel and drive more moderately, but you will notice if something changes about your fuel efficiency.

A drop in miles per gallon can signal a maintenance problem.
Track your oil changes in your mileage log, too.

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