Being a car owner is not simply tied to buying a car, you have to have devotion and know how to taking care of it. However is does not always apply to all of us, because there are some people who are really busy with their jobs or they’re just not into the whole getting down and dirty with cars. So without further delay, here are the not so obvious signs that means dire maintenance for your car that you should take note of.
Oil – There are several signs that your oil needs changing, if you physically check it, the color should still be within honey, once it’s black, then you need to change it. If you decide to skip the checking and go straight to driving your car, listen to the start up and running, if it is louder than usual then the oil has either been consumed by your engine or it’s very old.
Brakes – This is very important, before you decide driving away with your car try stepping on the brakes, if it feels soft or sloppy, then you need to have the brake fluids refilled, stat, or you might not get another chance.
Alignment – There are various ways of checking this, perhaps the easiest is driving straight and the streering wheel is not centered.
Tires – Put a penny between the grooves of the tires with Lincoln’s head down, if you can see his forehead then it’s a clear sign to replace your tires.
Transmission – If you ignore transmission fluid levels, you’re gonna have a bad time. New transmission can be costly to repair, so if you notice difficulties in transmission, have the fluid and filter changed.
Air filter – No need for check ups, change regularly, especially if you drive near dirt or heavy urban areas.
Engine – Perhaps the most important part of a car, although they are built to last, they unfortunately won’t last forever. Signs that you need to an engine rebuild would be if you’re consuming oil too fast, and having too much fumes in your exhaust.
Do these regularly and you might just save your future self thousands of dollars on costly repairs and irrevocable damages. And if you don’t have the time to do it, arrange a regular check up for your car with your local auto dealer, although the costs will be higher, but not as much when damage is already done.