Congratulations! After months of budgeting and saving, you just bought your first car. Now, all you need to focus on is maintenance.
Keeping up with car basics is essential for first-time car owners to keep your car on the road for as long as possible.
Here’s what you should keep in mind:
Don’t get stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire! Keeping your tires properly inflated is one of the most important maintenance tasks. Ideally, you’d check your tire pressure once a month and before any long road trips. The best thing to do is keep a tire gauge in the car so you can do a quick check yourself. By checking your tire pressure regularly, you can find problems in your tires before they blowout in the middle of the road.
Make sure you change your oil regularly. When your engine is not well lubricated by new oil, it can produce friction and heat, which can cause permanent damage to your car’s engine. How often you have to change your oil depends on the model and year of your car. Some models need oil changes every 3,000 miles while others can go 10,000 before they need one. You also have to keep in mind what kind of oil to use. If you have an older car with high mileage, it’s recommended you use the high mileage oil to keep your car running smoothly.
Your car’s battery will start to decline in performance after an average of four years. If you’re wondering about the state of your battery, a good indicator of the state of your battery is how quickly the engine turns over. If the battery seems labored when you start your car, the battery may be nearing the end of its life. To check the voltage of your battery, you can get a digital multimeter and inspect the battery once the car is turned off and the engine is cool. Another sign of decline is corrosion. The white, chalky substance forming around the battery means it’s time to get a new battery.
The coolant prevents your engine from overheating. Monitoring the coolant is crucial if you want your car to last for years. To check the coolant, check your owner’s manual and look under the hood when the engine is turned off and cool. The coolant reserve is usually a white or clear container. Try not to get this container mixed up with the wiper fluid container. If the coolant is near the “full” line, you’re good to go!
Getting your first car can be liberating and exciting! By following the tips above, you’ll make the most out of your first car and hopefully drive it for many years to come.
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