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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

How To Maintain Your Car For Long Run?

 

How To Maintain Your Car For Long Run?

Hello everyone and welcome to “Advanced Tech World”. I have teamed up with progressive and we're going to talk about simple checks that you can make on your car at home and I would recommend doing this at least every six months. If not more often than that certainly some of these items you will want to check more often than once every six months, but these are simple checks that you can do at home to make sure your car is in good running condition. So we're going to start with the exterior of the vehicle looking at the tires then brakes, the suspension and then we will dive under the hood and start looking at filters as well as fluid checks.

 

Tires

Now starting with the tires there's three things we want to look. The tread depth, the tire pressure and how the tire is wearing. Now starting with the tread depth on all tires you will see tire wear indicators. So you'll notice them within the grooves and so what these indicators tell you if you roll your finger across from one tread block over to the next over top of one of these tread wear indicators and it runs perfectly smooth across rather than falling down into the groove and then back up. If it runs perfectly smooth across then that means you need to replace your tires next.


Tire Tread

 

 

Tire Pressure

It is important to make sure your tires are properly inflated you'll find the tire pressure information on the inside of your door jamb or within your owner's manual and you want to make sure that this tire pressure doesn't get too low because this can result in uneven wear or a fuel economy and increase your chances for hydroplaning and finally we get to tread wear. So if you look at your tire and you notice that the center of the tire is wearing down more than the outside of the tire then that probably indicates your tire pressure is too high. If the outsides are worn down but the center isn't as much then your tire pressure is likely too low and if you notice that one side of a tire is wearing far more than the other side then it likely means you need your alignment readjusted.

Pressure Guage


 

 

Brakes

Next we're going to inspect the brakes now. You can simply look through the holes in the wheel and look at your brake pads. A new brake pad will typically have around 12 millimeters of pad material remaining and you should start thinking about replacing it once that pad material gets down to about three millimeters. If you've only got one or two millimeters left of pad material you want to replace those brake pads oftentimes, when these brake pads get down to about three millimeters, they'll have a metal indicator in there and you'll start hearing a screeching sound from your brakes letting you know that it's time to replace them.

Brake Pad

 

 

 

Shock Absorber

Moving on to the shock absorber you want to make sure that you don't see any fluids leaking out of the damper you also want to look for any visual damage on the shock or on the springs and make sure everything looks like it's in good working condition and again you don't have to remove the wheels to do this. You can simply rotate your steering wheel all the way to one side look in, from that angle rotate the steering wheel all the way to the other side and then look in from the other angle. Now let's take a look underneath the hood now the first thing we're going to look at is the engine oil.

 

Shock Absorber/Suspension

 

 

Engine Oil

So you're going to want to find the dipstick and pull it out and as you pull it out. We are going to wipe down the entire thing using a towel so we're going to clean it off that way we can get a good reading once we insert it back in. So once we know that it's clean stick it right back in and then we're going to pull that out and read it and so looking at the dipstick once it's pulled out. after you've cleaned it off and then stuck it back in and then pulled it out once more you will see that there are two little indicators (edge cuts) so there's a hole right there and there's another hole right here and so you want your oil level to be somewhere between these two. If  it’s right towards the bottom or if you don't see any oil you might want to add about half a quart to the engine and then recheck the engine oil level using the dipstick and add as needed you want to make sure though that it lies between these two indicators now as far as how frequent you should be changing the oil refer to your owner's manual.

 

And one thing you also may want to look for is if you see a milkiness in the oils color that can indicate that coolant is getting in within your engine oil and so that's a big problem you don't want to have that happening so just make sure that it's either clear we're starting to get darkish that darkish color comes from the oil holding contaminants. Before you change it out now depending on your vehicle you have different fluids that you need to check.

 

Engine Oil

Brake Fluid & Coolant

Some vehicle has electronic power steering so there's no power steering fluid to check. You do want to check the brake fluid so you'll see a maximum and a minimum indicator line on the brake fluid reservoir and so you want to make sure that the brake fluid is between those two lines. You'll see the same thing on your coolant reservoir so somewhere near your radiator or coming from your radiator you'll have an expansion tank for the radiator and you'll see a min and a max line. You want to make sure that the coolant falls between the min and the max line and of course top off your windshield washer fluid as needed.

 

Filters

Next we move on to filters and there are two filters which we're going to want to inspect the first of which being the engine air filter and oftentimes these actually don't require tools to gain access to you can simply pull these out and inspect with just some clips which are used on this and you will see there is a little bit of debris in there but overall it looks pretty good still very clean. You can shake out some of that debris and then put that back in or replace it with a new filter. The second filter we want to check is the cabin air filter. So you'll generally find this behind the gearbox and it usually won't require any tools to remove simply pop that out and inspect so this one's looking. 

Oil Filter

 

 

Wiper Blades & Lights

It is also a good idea to check out your wiper blades. You should make sure that it's a nice smooth continuous surface that doesn't have any cracks in it and that the rubber isn't starting to deteriorate you know, it's still flexible so that it maintains good contact with your windshield and finally you want to make sure that all of your lights are working properly so your headlights your indicators and then for your brake lights you can either have a friend check the brake lights for you while you press on the brake pedal or you can set up a mirror perhaps use your phone and record them and make sure that all of your brake lights are working.

Wiper Blades

 

So hopefully this has provided you with some useful information easy stuff to check over on your car but it can save you a headache in the long run and it could save you some money as well if you catch a problem early.

 

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