Vehicles are an integral part of day-to-day life and require attention to prevent unexpected tragedies and high costs. Carrying out a basic check-up will not only reduce the cost of repairs in the long run but also keep your vehicle in good condition for a considerable time.
Things you need to always check are Engine Oil, Break Oil, Transmission Fluid, Power Steering Fluid and Coolant as all of these contribute to a smooth and safe drive.
Every vehicle needs a proper service at given time intervals, make sure you hire a proper professional to check your car as his inputs what he does are essential for maintaining your vehicle. In addition, if the need arises to replace spare parts and fluids, make sure that you use high quality original products, such as 3M Products, to maximize performance. Here are a few things you need to make sure your mechanic does.
Check and change Engine Oil and the Oil Filter
The Engine Oil and Filter needs to be replaced every 5,000 KM for better performance. Engine oil keeps the engine running smooth while the filter makes sure that particles do not circulate in the engine.
Check the Fuel Filter
Though the Fuel Filter does not require frequent replacement, it’s always better to check it and replace if necessary.
Inspect and replace Wiper Blades
Wipers are very important if you’re driving in the rain; make sure that your mechanic checks them for wear and tear and performance.
Inspect Tyre Wear and Air Pressure
Good Tyre condition and Air Pressure will not only make your drive smooth, but will avoid exerting your engine and save fuel considerably. The Ideal Tyre pressure for your vehicle can be found in the owner’s manual.
Over time the alignments of tyres change making it difficult to steer. This is extremely dangerous! If you find yourself having trouble with your tyres, have them checked immediately.
Inspect and change Break Pads and Oil
Obviously, breaks are essential for any vehicle, over time the Break Pads wear as well as Break Oil depreciates reducing effectiveness.
Inspect and change Radiator Coolant
Coolant keeps the engine cool by absorbing excess heat generated through the combustion of fuel in the engine chamber. While only one third of the fuel is consumed to actually move the vehicle, the remaining is either moved out by the exhaust or left in the engine requiring cooling for the engine to operate smoothly. Car care products like the 3M Car Care Radiator Coolant will help improve performance.
Inspect and change Spark Plugs
Spark plugs wear or get clouded by matter during use. Cleaning them or changing them on time will help the vehicle to perform at optimal levels as well as reduce fuel consumption.
Inspect and change the Air Filer
The Air Filter plays a vital role in the overall process of fuel combustion. The engine requires not only fuel but also Air to successfully operate. The air filter stops dust and particles from reaching the engine.
Inspect and change the Timing Belt and other Belts
Belts are what keep the engine operating and transfers power from one location to another. With time these belts loosen or wear off reducing performance.
Degrease and Grease engine parts and other spares
Greasing spares reduces friction for smooth operation as well as it acts as a protection layer reducing chances of corrosion.
Make sure that the mechanic also tightens all Nuts and bolts, Tests Electronic, Checks the Lights and lubricate locks, latches and hinges. Ask him to read fault codes from the engine control unit to identify possible issues to reduce later complications.
Finally, give your vehicle a good Wash and Wax not only for a newer, fresher look, but also to reduce chances of corrosion. Products such as 3M Car Wash Soap and Quick Wax will give you a prefect finish. Maintaining your vehicle does not take long, there are a few things you can do at home and it’s better to follow those steps to keep your car up and running till your next visit to the Service Station.