Are you getting the most out of your car? Your car needs fuel to run. But, to perform, it needs all the other parts to be in good condition.
Of course, you need your car to work hard for you whether you use it for commercial or domestic purposes. You also want it to last longer. Otherwise, it becomes a bad investment. Your car will only achieve optimal performance and last long through regular maintenance and servicing.
The following are a few tips on taking good care of your car.
Like most car owners, you take your car for servicing. But, do you observe the correct servicing schedule? You can find the recommended servicing schedule for your vehicle in the manual. The manufacturer indicates the service intervals and the services required at each interval.
What if you do not have access to the manual? The basic rule, for a full service, is every six months or every 10,000Km. Also, after taking your car for service, the auto repair shop will give you a date for the next service.
The important thing is not to skip the car service. Car service helps:
- Improve fuel economy
- Prolong the life of the engine and other parts
- Reduce engine wear
- Correct issues on the car systems before they become significant problems requiring expensive repairs
Use the right fuel for your engine
Your car should use either regular or premium fuel. The difference between the two types of fuel is the octane level. Octane measures the fuel’s resistance to pre-ignition. High level of octane means the fuel will not detonate easily.
You will find the octane rating of your car’s engine in the user’s manual. Basically, regular fuel has an octane level of 87 while premium fuel has an octane level of 93 or 91.
If your car is designed for an octane level of 87, there is no need to use premium fuel. Your car will not run better. You will just be wasting money.
If your car is designed for premium fuel, never use regular fuel. In old cars, regular fuel will cause damage. Modern cars have knock sensors that can return engine and avoid pre-ignition. But, the results are reduced power and bad fuel economy. Engine damage is also likely to happen.
You can only take your pick if the manual states ‘premium fuel recommended’. You will not damage the engine by using regular fuel.
Check fluid reservoirs regularly
In the engine bay of your vehicle, you will find plastic reservoirs for fluids. These fluids are the brake fluid, engine coolant, power steering fluid, and windshield water fluid. The reservoirs have two markers; fill and full. If the liquid falls below the fill point, you should add it until it reaches the full marker.
Each vehicle has specific requirements for the type of brake fluid and engine coolant. Refer to the owner’s manual for this information.
Change engine oil
One of the services you should expect during a car service is engine oil change. But, you do not need to wait until your next scheduled service. Engine oil should be changed every 5,000 km (3,000 miles) or 3 months, whichever comes first.
When changing oil, change the oil filter, fuel filter, and air filter. Also, check that the PCV valve is functioning well. Use the right amount and type of engine oil during each change. Or, have it replaced by lubricants like Spectra Oil from trusted repair technicians to ensure a smooth pickup.
Check tire air pressure
The tires have a significant impact on car control, comfort, and safety. Underinflation reduces the durability of the tire by up to 25%. It also reduces control and fuel economy. Overinflating also reduces control and increases the chances of accidents when the car hits potholes or road debris. The tire could even explode.
Therefore, you should always ensure that your car’s tires are inflated to the proper PSI. The PSI, the standard rating of air pressure within a tire, can be found on the tire, on the driver’s door jamb, or in the user manual. Ask the PSI rating for any new tires you buy for your car.
Those are just a few tips to helps get the most out of your car. The most important point to remember is regular servicing. During the car service, the technicians at the repair shop will perform a routine maintenance check on all other parts of your car.