With the onset of modern ages, our cars are getting more modern and technologically they are far more complex than what they used to be. But in essence, the functionality of the car remains the same. And one simply needs to be completely adept at their car’s functioning to increase the life and durability of the vehicle. Now, as a regular exercise, how many of you pop open the hood of your car to do a visual and physical check? Most people would be shaking their heads to say a no. Now, how many of you will actually open the hood to shut it instantly because what’s inside scares them? That’s got, most of you saying yes, hasn’t it?
The problem is not the technicality of the car but the mental block that most of us have about the car being too complicated to be understood by an ordinary person. And that’s what we’ll clear today. After all who knows your car better than you?
Know the behaviour
You drive your car every day and you are the best judge to pick out any change in the behaviour of the car. Your car, like most machines, gives out certain signals that indicate some aberration. And here’s how you will learn to pick up on these little hints. Basic checks are all external, and here is the list of things you can see from the body of your car:
- Check to see if all the tyres are equally and properly inflated.
- Look for any bodily damage & treat it immediately.
- Leaking fluids under the car could be oil, brake fluid, transmission or some other fluid. Please note that the car air conditioner leads to water dripping from below, and that’s normal.
- Startup fumes or smoke from the bonnet.
- Any peculiar smoke from the exhaust should also be checked instantly.
Apart from these, most cars have been designed to indicate any internal warning with lights on your dashboard. In case you aren’t aware what these lights mean, please get it checked immediately.
The technical know-how
Now comes the slightly difficult part or so you think. As a regular exercise, make sure you pop open your hood and look at the parts intently. Here are the main components of what’s under the hood and how you can look for issues:
The car engine being more or less the heart of your car, you need to take immense care to not hamper its normal functioning. Keep an eye out for lose cables, wires, leaks in the containers and canisters and worn-out belts. This is not too difficult to spot and once spotted, get an expert to replace them or get it repaired.
A car battery ages with its use and once it’s passed its optimum age, you need to get it replaced for the smooth functioning of your car. Ideally, batteries must be replaced every five years but the first indication of a worn-out battery is trouble in starting your car in one go. And when that happens, you know what to do.
- Changing the oil
Changing the oil and the oil filter is most crucial thing you can do for your car. Remember to change the oil and replace the oil filter every 5000 miles. Also checking your oil level can be easily done by you. The oil canister has minimum and maximum fill lines. Take enough precautions to check that the oil is always below the maximum line and above the minimum fill lines.
Having done these basic but all too important checks, you will now feel like a pro when it comes to car maintenance. With the backing of this knowledge you can also take more care to ensure that the workshops don’t charge for things that are unnecessary. Carworkz aims to bridge this gap and give you the information you need to make all the right decisions for your car and Get Car Servicing Right.