Car Maintenance Tips
Motolite encourages you to learn more about the various aspects of car maintenance. Knowing how to look after your car makes you less dependent on mechanics and allows you to spot problems around the vehicle. You may not know how to fix these issues, but at least you'll catch them before they worsen and cause damage to your car.
Check The Oil
In the engine department, you'll see dipsticks with yellow rubber handles. These determine the engine and transmission oil. You only need to look at the oil and check if it's still amber in color. If it seems black, even in daylight, then an oil change is necessary. As for the braking and steering fluids, just make sure there is enough oil in the reservoir and you're good.
Check Your Lights
The easiest part of car maintenance is to check if all your lights are working. It can't be more than flashing everything, the headlights, indicators and breaking lights. Rather than simply discouraging you from taking the risk of driving when one major light is out, we'd rather you replace the bulb as soon as you can. The process usually just involves unscrewing some parts, and it's something everyone can learn with ease.
Check Your Tires
It wouldn't take you half an hour to drive to a vulcanizing shop, have the tires checked for holes, and drive back home. They can usually plug small holes, but anything bigger, we recommend changing tires.
Check Your Steering and Transmission
Turn the steering wheel, and if the wheels are responding accurately, there's no problem. If you have a problem when turning the steering wheel, however, there may be an issue with the steering fluid.
For automatic cars, checking the gear knob is painless. Put it on every mode, though have your foot on the brake every time you change, and see if the car responds as well. When in park and neutral, the car should sit still unless you're on a slope. The reverse should be easy to figure out, and the car should move forward regardless of driving mode.
Check The Engine Coolant
If you don't have enough coolant, you run the risk of overheating your engine and damaging it. Keep the coolant level topped up, especially if you're going on a long trip during warmer months.
Check The Belts
The belts, though small, are vital to the full delivery of power from your engine to the rest of your car. Any wear should be easy to spot.
If you want to know more car maintenance tops, scour the Internet, read magazines or watch tutorial videos. You can count on these things to be extremely helpful.