The inner workings of your car are complex, and if you are not an automotive engineer, then you can find yourself helpless in the face of a malfunction. However, some inspections are very basic, even for the average car owner. Adhering to them every other month contributes vastly to your car’s running condition, and fortunately, they are easy to do as well.
Windshield Wiper Fluid
Not many people worry about wiper fluid, and most will ignore inspecting the wiper and the fluid inside. However, windshield wipers are components that rid you an obstruction in road visibility. This can be critical in bad weather conditions and potentially life-saving.
Thus, washer fluid helps clear your windshield from precipitation and road grime, and checking whether the reservoir is filled with washer liquid couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is pop open the hood and look for washer fluid cap and pour it in.
Fluid is not the only thing you need to inspect, but, you should also be very critical of the windshield wipers. If you find any damages, scratches and other signs of wear on the wipers, then replacing it with a new one is the way to go.
Change Engine Oil
The engine oil is one of the most crucial lubricating fluids for your car. You not only have to check whether it is at an optimum level, but you also have to check whether the oil needs replacement. Checking the oil level will require you to park your car at a level surface.
Then, wait a while and let the oil drain back into the pan completely. This will eradicate any possibilities of a false reading. After that, you have to simply pull the dipstick out of the engine, and wipe it off with a cloth so that it is clean.
Then, you have to put the clean dipstick back into the engine column and pull it out to get the reading. If the oil line appears between the low and full mark, this means that the level is perfect. Another thing you need to be aware of is the viscosity of the oil. If the oil is milky and does not have good density, then it may be time that you need to replace it.
Tire Pressure Inspections
Tire inspections are important. They are parts of your vehicle that are responsible for moving the vehicle and giving them good road grip. This is a very easy task, requiring car owners to just remove the stem cap and insert a tire pressure gauge into it.
You then want to check the reading and make sure that it matches with company-recommended PSI level. If the pressure is more than the optimum level, then you have to deflate the tire. Alternatively if the pressure is falls anywhere below, then you have to inflate it to the optimum PSI.
Making sure that your car is nourished with the essential fluids, has good tire PSI levels, and is not leaking from anywhere, allows the car to last you a lifetime.