One of the primary reasons people opt to buy brand new cars is that they do not require frequent servicing. This is because everything is in pristine condition and works perfectly. For example, spark plugs don’t need frequent changes and suspension and chassis are even lubed for life. This means that newer car models like the Chevrolet Equinox can go up to 200,000 miles when kept in great shape. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of your new ride. So here are some simple tips to keep your new vehicle running smoothly.
Check the engine oil
Regularly check your engine oil; once a month is enough to keep your car in good condition. Replace oil if you notice a leak or if the oil level is low. To ascertain the dipstick reading’s accurate level, ensure that your car is parked on level ground. Never overfill the engine oil and fix leaks as soon as you find them.
Check tyre air pressure
Every month, and before every road trip, take time to check your tyre pressure. Get an accurate tyre-pressure gauge to check the inflation pressure for each tyre, even the spare. To get a precise reading of air pressure, ensure the tyres are cold. Always follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation; most people like to go instead with the maximum pressure found on the tyre’s sidewall. Regularly check tyres and look out for bulges in the sidewalls, uneven wear and cuts.
Inspect the exhaust system
If you are capable, make under-car inspections yourself. Otherwise, get a mechanic to check for rusted exhaust parts and replace them. Also, if there are tight clamps, loosen them. As you drive, look out and listen for the sound changes in the exhaust. It is recommended that you change the entire exhaust system at once rather than fixing it in parts.
Check the brakes
Get your brakes checked by sending your car into the shop often. Have the wheels removed and the brake system thoroughly examined. Ensure that all worn pads are adequately replaced and do the same for any bad-looking drums or scored rotors. You should have these thoroughly examinations at least twice a year. But if you drive more than the average person, increase the frequency.
Check the fluids
If the automatic transmission is sealed in your new car, you have to send it to the shop to get the fluid checked. If it is not sealed, warm up the engine and leave the vehicle running for a while, then check the transmission dipstick. Do the same for the power-steering, brake fluid and any other fluid that makes your vehicle run smoothly. If any of these fluids are low, top them up and have the whole car checked for possible leaks.
Other things to do
Be sure to inspect your car’s battery terminals and cables to ensure that they are secured and not showing any effects of corrosion. Check the air filter by removing the air-filter component and hold it up to sufficient light. If you cannot see through it, have it replaced. To prevent overheating, clean the radiator by removing debris and washing the radiator’s outside with a detergent solution. Finally, wash the car frequently. Hose out the fender wells and underneath the car to get rid of dirt and road salt.
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