If you live in the North Dallas area and you’re interested in getting superior vehicle maintenance and repairs then bring your vehicle over to our workshop. Our qualified technicians are on hand to give you excellent service and advice. If you want to make sure that your car doesn’t experience any breakdowns then there are a few things that you can do yourself. Check out these vehicle maintenance tips.
Check your brakes
When you think about your brakes you probably know that you need to top up your brake fluid from time to time. This is essential if you hope to have good hydraulic pressure when you want to stop in a hurry. Besides the fluid level, there’s something else that needs your attention. You need to regularly clean brake dust out from your wheels and brake disks. Break dust has all sorts of horrible stuff in it that can damage your brakes and wheels. Use a damp cloth to get rid of this and you’ll improve the life span of your wheels and brakes.
Give those belts some attention
There are several belts under your hood. These are generally made from rubber and they are there to turn pulleys to drive the alternator, water pump, air conditioning as well as some other items. A quick visual check will let you know if any of these are perishing and need replacing. Give them a little pull to check if they are tight enough or if they need some adjustment. It’s important to also check your timing belt. While most cars have protection built in so that your valves don’t get bent when your timing belt fails it’s still important to check. If your timing is out then you could be using a lot more fuel than is necessary.
Check your tires
Your tires are critical to your safety and should be checked regularly. If your tires are bald the even if you have the greatest brakes, you’re not going to be able to stop in wet weather. Make sure that your tires have sufficient tread. In addition to the tread you also need to regularly check your tire pressure. Under inflated tires can be dangerous and will also lead to poorer fuel efficiency. Incorrectly inflated tires will also affect the comfort of your drive. Check your owner’s manual to see what the appropriate tire pressure should be. Remember, the front and rear tires normally have different pressure requirements. Also, make sure that you take into consideration the seasonal temperature variations.
Check your oil
The oil in your vehicle is distributed throughout the engine case so as to lubricate the moving parts. The oil allows these parts to move freely past each other without causing wear or a build-up of heat. When oil levels are low the moving parts in your engine will begin to wear and you will notice increased engine temperatures. Checking your oil level is very easy. Look under the hood and you should see a dip stick. Pull it out and check to see if the oil covers up to the correct mark on the indicator section of the dipstick. If you need to top up your oil make sure that you use the correct grade. Different engines and driving conditions require different grades of oil. The thickness, and temperature response of the oil should match the requirements of your vehicle.
Check Your Coolant
Keeping your car cool while that engine revs at a few thousand revolutions per minute takes a lot of engineering. While fans and radiators are important, they can’t get the job done without coolant liquid. If you neglect to check your coolant you could find yourself in a lot of trouble. Standing on the side of the road with your hood up and steam coming out of the engine is no fun. Make sure that you top your coolant up regularly. Don’t use water. Make sure you use antifreeze or another fit for purpose coolant liquid.
These are just a few of the things that you can do yourself that will lengthen the life of your vehicle. If you do these things then you will also make sure that you don’t find yourself visiting a vehicle repair shop in the near future.