Running or driving of a motor vehicle causes wear and tear of it, therefore being an owner of one means you have to look into its maintenance. You don’t have to be a mechanic to look into the maintenance of your car. All you need is a steady set of hands and some elbow grease.
Step one: Check the oil level
Measure the oil level after the car has had time to cool down. The level can be identified using the dipstick included in the engine block. The dipstick has notches on it so it makes identifying the level of oil much easier. If the level is low, replace it with an appropriate brand of motor oil. After checking the level of the oil, check the texture and colour of the oil. If you notice that the oil has sediment in it, it would mean that the car requires an oil change.
Step two: Inspect your tyres
You mainly need to check the air pressure and see if there are any nicks or cuts in the outer rubber of the tyre. The air pressure can be checked at a tyre shop or gas station using a pressure gauge. The suitable pressure level can be found on the driver’s side door on a sticker on the doorjamb of the car, if not, talk to your mechanic. Do not exceed this pressure limit as it may lead to a faster deterioration of the tyres.
After you’re done at the tyre shop in Singapore, it is time to check the fluids of your car. Some fluids would include brake fluid, radiator fluid, windshield washer fluid and power steering fluid. These fluids need to be at appropriate levels which allows the smooth running of the vehicle. Transmission fluid needs to be changed approximately every 30,000 to 60,000 miles or so. Radiator fluid basically maintains a cool atmosphere which helps reduce the chance of overheating. Windshield washer fluid mainly helps the maintenance your windshield-wipers.
Step four: Check your battery and your break.
To test your brakes, drive around in your vehicle and occasionally pump the brakes really hard and slowly to see how they react. If you feel like they don’t work normally, get them checked by a mechanic to avoid any mishaps. Next clean the terminals of the battery and re-fill them with battery fluid. This cleaning can be down using baking soda and a toothbrush.
Learning these steps to tune your vehicle will save you money and keep your car in top condition year-round.