How to look after your car
1 May, 2018, 9:43 am
KEEPING your car clean is like keeping your room clean except everyone can see your car and know how clean or dirty you are.
If you have a car remember the car maintenance becomes your responsibility.
The investment you make today will save you money down the road.
Here are some tips by website www.artofmanliness.com on how you can take care of your car.
Clean windshield — a dirty, bug-splattered windshield is a safety hazard as it obscures your view on the road, so give it a regular cleaning.
Using the spongy part of the gas station squeegee, soak the whole windshield with the cleaning fluid. Then pull the squeegee tightly from the middle of the windshield to the sides, finishing off the remaining streaks by pulling it top to bottom.
This is especially important after an extended drive on the highway. If your headlights are dirty, clean it as well.
Check tyre pressure — maintaining proper tyre pressure will keep you safe and even save you a little dough.
Tyres with the correct pressure have a longer life and increase your fuel efficiency. Tyre pressure is something you have to keep your eye on, as it constantly changes as the tyres log miles and the temperature fluctuates. That’s why it’s so important to check it regularly and add air when needed.
Check oil level and top off as needed — motor oil is essential to your car’s performance. Its most important job is to lubricate all the moving parts in your engine so they don’t grind and tear themselves into dysfunction.
It also transfers heat away from the combustion cycle and traps and holds all the nasty byproducts of combustion, sending it to the oil filter. If your engine doesn’t have enough oil, your car is at risk of going kaput.
To ensure your car always has enough oil, it’s important to get in the habit of regularly checking it. Checking your car’s oil level is super easy.
All you need is a clean paper towel, adequate light, and about three minutes. You should save this job for last because you need to wait about five minutes after you turn the engine off for the oil to drain back into the pan:
Wash your car regularly — every day our cars are subjected to sun, salt, grease and grime, acid rain, smog and worst of all, the acidic compound of bird poop bombs.
These things eat away the paint, and once that’s gone, they will eat the metal in your car. While failing to wash your car won’t result in immediate damage, over time the elements will corrode your vehicle, along with its potential re-sell value.
Note location and climate are the two biggest factors in determining frequency. If you live in an area with a lot of pollution and sea salt in the air, you’ll need to wash it two or three times a month. If you live inland and in an area with little pollution, a once a month car wash will suffice. During the winter, you may need to wash your car more frequently than you do during the summer due to the snow, salt, and mud that will accumulate as you drive along icy roadways.
Don’t use the inside of your car as a garbage can — the inside of your car is not a garbage can, so quit treating it like one.
Get in the habit of regularly cleaning out your car so it doesn’t constantly look like a dump. Keeping your car’s interior clean and tidy can reduce stress in your life and make the driving experience more enjoyable. Also, you never know when you’ll have unexpected passengers.