Car maintenance basics for dummies
It might bore most people when it comes to car maintenance. But if you want a smoothly-working car, and even don’t want to get trapped into the situations where your car suddenly fails you in the middle of your fun trip, at least equip yourself with the following basic knowledge.
1. Engine oil
Choose the right oil for your engine
The engine oil you use may greatly affect your car performance, either positively or negatively, just as greatly as blood does with the human body.
Engine oil serves as a cooler and lubricator for your car engine. If you replace it less frequent than it should be, your engine could be filled with debris and dirt, even could run slower. If the situation persists, your engine may last shorter than expected.
Most younger car models is compatible with synthetic and semi-synthetic engine oils which last longer than the conventional engine oil used for old models. A detailed post about engine oil shall be available on Naij Auto very soon so stay tuned. You can also subscribe our newsletter and never miss an article that might be of your interest.
Make sure to check your user manual for the right oil for your engine.
2. Tyre pressure
Tyres should be filled with appropriate pressure
Being careful about your tyres is never too much as over-inflated and under-inflated tyres can both be equally negative for your car. To be specific, your car may hold less firm to the ground with over-inflated tyres. The other way around, under-inflated tyres wear out quickly, which will in turn makes your car brake less efficiently.
Ensure your car tyres are filled with the appropriate pressure by checking the pressure guide sticker on the driver’s side. You will find the right amount of pressure in psi that can be applied to most car. The other places to find this information is the inner side of the gas tank door and user manual.
The proper time for pressure checking is in the morning as the tyres are the coolest, which provides the lowest degree of pressure indicator.
3. Brake fluid
Fluid level should fall between 'MIN' mark and 'MAX' mark
Brake fluid keeps your brake work efficiently so make sure to regularly check the brake fluid reservoir.
The levels of brake fluid of both lower than the ‘MIN’ mark or higher than the ‘MAX’ mark indicate negative effects on your break efficiency. It also good to know that improper brake fluid gradually deteriorates the whole brake system.
4. Windshield wiper blades
Well-functioning windshields are important for your safety
Make sure that your wiper blades are in their best condition. Failed wiper blades pose safety risks to your rides as blurry streaks, smears and other sight obstructers will not be cleared. Immediately replace the blades if they don’t work properly.
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