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Don’t drive yourself crazy

Don’t drive yourself crazy. Here are (4) small things you can have done to keep your vehicle in good shape.

Have you ever felt that your car was doing something awkward or weird, and your first reaction is "Shoot, I bet this is going to be expensive?” Well, sometimes it is not as big as you think it is. Don’t neglect the small stuff. Small things that you should pay attention to and get checked out can keep you from having bigger problems and if you get to them as soon as possible, you will be able to save yourself some money. Here are four things you should do to avoid massive car issues.

 

1. Get your battery checked.

Battery

 

Battery You should always stay alert and aware of how your vehicle is performing. Depending on the climate in your area, your battery might not be supplying enough energy. Colder weather causes thicker oil and your battery will need the power to get it cranking. Batteries can be stressed by extreme heat as well!

 

2. Get your oil changed

Oil Change

 

The oil in your engine is what keeps it running smoothly. All new cars have that attractive purring sound that sounds reliable and strong. As time goes by that purr begins to lose its appealing sound. Good news is that to prevent your engine from having internal issues, you should stick to the recommended schedules for oil changes. Oil leaks can occur, however, leaks can be fixed thus keeping your engine full and in good shape.

 

3. Check your engine coolant (antifreeze)

Coolant

 

Coolant Rather than open the cap on the radiator, just check to see whether the liquid reaches the “Full” line on the side of the coolant over flow reservoir. It’s part of the coolant recovery system. If the liquid doesn’t reach the “Full” line, open the bottle and add the recommended coolant until it does. Some coolants require mixing with water, so check the bottle to see whether you need to add water or just use it as-is. Use caution! Never add coolant to a hot engine! If you need to add more liquid, wait until the engine has cooled down to avoid the possibility of being burned or cracking your engine block. Don’t open the caps on either of these systems when the engine is hot; if you do, hot coolant may be ejected.

 

4. Check your Power Steering

Power Steering

 

Although you should check all your fluids, the power steering fluid seems to be neglected. You should keep your power steering system in good condition. The power steering allows you to turn corners smoothly, park easily and go on long trips without a stiff steering wheel. Other components of the power are the power steering pump and pulley; if all are in excellent condition then you will be steering to your destination with no problems.

 

Keeping up with the maintenance on your vehicle will keep you from experiencing severe conditions that could have been prevented. Touching back on the point of getting your battery checked. Fobes.com reported that in 2017 the number of car owners with battery issues has risen by 44%. Although a percentage of these are factory related problems, getting it checked out will give you a better insight on what is going on with your vehicle.

 

If you feel that your car needs maintenance, try not to put it off for too long. The longer you stall, the worse things can get. It is always better to be safe not sorry.

 

References

Gorzelany, J. (2017, March1). Why JD Power Reports 44% More Car Owners Are Having Battery Problems. Retrieved from Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/mitsubishiheavyindustries/2018/03/02/how-to-cure-the-range-anxiety-of-electric-cars/#7c7158526da5

How to Optimize Your Oil Change. (2018, April 17). Retrieved from Car Care News Service: https://carcarenewsservice.org/article/how-optimize-your-oil-change

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