We spend so much money on the payment, maintenance and repair of the car, and you would think we would have a better relationship with our car. But knowing how our cars work and how to maintain them can be unbearable. All the parts, fluids, guidelines to follow, and things that might go wrong, make cars and garages look scary, but they do not have to be. You do not need to know your car like the back of your hand, but you should have some basic elements. To help you have more confidence in your car owners, here are five things you should know before driving:
The first thing
You need to know about your car is the year it was made, the brand and the specific model. It may seem like a no brainer, but you’ll be surprised how many people don’t know the information. They often make mistakes in years or models, which can lead to major errors. The fluids, parts and accessories needed to repair and maintain a car are based on the year, make and model of the vehicle, so it is important to know the exact information. The design, construction and model of a car will change significantly in a year, and so will the parts you need for your car.
The second thing
The best way to keep your car running well is to follow your car’s specific maintenance plan. Your schedule will tell you when to change the oil (no longer 3000 miles or every three months), when to check the fluid, and when to rotate the tires. Each vehicle has its own maintenance plan, which should be followed to maintain optimum performance, health and life. Your maintenance schedule is in your owner’s manual or in a separate manual that comes with your owner’s manual. Read carefully and check and replace the parts or fluids in the vehicle strictly according to the recommendations.
The third thing
Proper tire pressure is probably the most neglected maintenance problem for our cars. When the indicator light on the dashboard is on, we usually wait until the tank needs to be filled. That is when we did not have a breath, or we just didn’t want to. To be honest, I hate to inflate my tires as much as I hate refueling, but ignoring this light only makes it easier for us to flat or blow out, pick up nails on them, or wear our tires faster. Stop this bad habit now, because it will shorten the life of our tires and force us to buy them more frequently. Tires are expensive, but some tires can last more than 50,000 miles if you maintain them properly. On the other hand, make sure you don’t top up your tires!
The fourth thing
Your vehicle identification number (VIN) is the fingerprint of your car. It’s a 17 digit number that identifies your car’s date of manufacture, location, make, model, engine size, etc. The vehicle identification number (VIN) will follow the vehicle throughout its service life. You need to know where to find the number, but you don’t need to remember it. The easiest way to find it is to stand outside the car, on the driver’s side, and look at the corner of the dashboard, where it hits the windshield. Your VIN is useful when talking to machinery and insurance companies. If you want to buy a car or buy parts for it, you can use your vehicle identification number to find information.