You just signed the dotted line and drove off with your brand new car. You couldn’t be happier with your purchase. You did your homework and now your basking in the pleasure of feeling, smelling and driving a car that perfectly suits your needs. If you want to keep enjoying the pleasures for as long as you can, proper car maintenance is the key. Below are some things you can do to properly maintain a new car.
Read the manual
All new cars come complete with its owner’s manuals. If you’re like some people, you’ll probably just stash it somewhere in the house and only remember it when something happens to your car. Don’t go the same route by reading your manual as soon as you get home. In the manual, you’ll find detailed steps and specifics on how to maintain certain systems and functions to get the most value out of your car.
Care for your tires
One of the most important things you’ll find in your owner’s manual is about tire rotation. This is when rubber meets the road. Your car won’t run unless it has tires after all. Even if you car is new, it’s imperative to regularly check and rotate your tires because one, it does not only ensure long life for your car but two, maintained tires means safety on the road. M/p>
Use the right oil
Another regular and routine maintenance to keep in mind is oil changes. By changing your car’s oil regularly, you’re delaying the next visit to the mechanics. Plus the process is easy and inexpensive too. There’s no excuse why procrastinate on this one. To know when to chance your car’s oil, go back to the manual. It will tell you how often you should do this. In any case, the trick to proper car maintenance is to use the right oil. You should find more details on factors such as viscosity, type and even recommended brand on your manual.
Replace your air filters
Another must do for your car maintenance is changing your car’s air filter. Just like tires, air
filters wore out over time hence needs regular changing. Air filters are what prevents contaminants, dirt and debris from wreaking havoc on your engine. They get clogged and less effective over time, which is why it’s recommended to change air filters in every 12 months or every 12,000 miles.
Mind the weather
Weather conditions especially extreme cold weather can put a strain on your car. Some of the common issues that may occur during cold weather include dead battery, radiator problems, ignition problems, coolant issues and cracked windshield wipers. Be sure to check all these things regularly to keep your car in tip top shape.
Keep tabs of your stats
With some of the top keep-up things about your car taken care of, this next step is pretty simple. Don’t just drive you car, care for it by keeping an eye on the stats. That includes tire pressure, fluid levels, etc. This way, you’ll know exactly when to bring the car to the mechanic for regular and overall maintenance