When budgets are tight one may be tempted to skimp on keeping up with their basic vehile service. Dont make that mistake. A little investment now will save you thousands down the road.
Seven steps to maintaining your car on a budget.
1. Oil change
Having your oil check or change is one of the simplest tasks to be done. You can check the dipstick your self to see if your car needs an oil change or if the oil is below level and if there is any change to the texture or color.
2. Transmission fluid
You are basically doing the same routine except the dipstick would be labeled transmission. When looking at your dipstick make sure there is no chunk or flakes containing metal, if you find any, bring your car to the mechanic.
3. Your Battery
You can do a manual check of your battery by checking the terminals. If you find any rust or corrosion a simple task can be done about it. Make sure first the car is turned off and the battery is disconnected. Take a steal brush and can of coke, pour the coke over the terminals and let it build up. Afterwards start scrubbing, the corrosion should come off. And in turn increase the voltage flow. Battery water level should not be below the lower mark levels.
4. Air filters
Check your air filters, see if they are mostly white or brownish and black. If white then you don’t need to change them if the other then times to get a new one.
Check your radiator to see if it needs any water, do this before hand of using your car. If you live in colder climates then an anti freeze/water mixer is needed. But, if you live in hot areas then a regular addition of coolant in a plastic bottle named coolant beside the radiator, will protect for over heating.
6. The lights
Make sure all your lights are in working order. Check every one from the back, front, tail lights brake lights turn signal lights and so on. This should be done frequently, because a slight stop of current or overflow of current might cause damage to bulbs.
Check your tires for air and pressure. If your tires seem on the low side, your local gas station should have air pumps to inflate low-pressure tires. Be sure to remove any unwanted sharpnels attached or sticked to your tires.
With these simple yet easy tasks done, you’re sure to save money on maintenance and inspection. Performing routine checks on your car will also save you money by taking care of the problem before it becomes bigger and having you spend more then you should.