- Do It Yourself Auto Repair
Preventive car care tips and techniques
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CAR CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Major impact, minimal cost of time and money
Cars are expensive to repair, doing regular easy maintenance can cut off future repair expenses.
Making time or room in a budget for car repair is one the greatest barriers we have to deal with, therefore, these easy to understand tips are designed to ensure major improvement at minimal costs and minor routine changes.
UNDERSTANDING WHAT POWERS YOUR VEHICLE
I do not mean mastering in a bast automobile vocabulary or knowing where every single piece of the car is and does, I mean only know what makes your car move forward like the tires and gasoline. Yes!, you need to only know those two concepts to keep your car in a daily good shape. Check your car’s owner manual to know what the proper tire pressure is and what gasoline octane grade your car works with and that will help do the car maintenance job for you. If you do not have your car’s owners manual you can check your vehicle speciations details at www.fueleconomy.gov to know what your vehicle’s millage per gallon (MPG) and recommended gas octane grade is.
YOUR EVERYDAY ROUTINE AND WHAT YOU LEARNED FROM LAST STEP
Ok, so now you know your car’s abc, lets apply what you just learned to your everyday driving activities.
A) The Tires
Now we figured out what the proper pressure for your car’s tires is and we want to keep it at that number over time. It would be smart to regularly (either weekly or monthly) you check on the tire pressure using a tool from your local auto part seller, but remember, we want to do major impacts at the cost of minor routine changes. It would be smart to check regularly, but is wiser to have a tool checking the tires pressure constantly 24/7 for you. Yes, it would mean no change in your routine because you do not have to check the tire pressure your self, let the tire itself tell you when it needs inspection or pressure is low. You may purchase the Victor valve cap from your local auto parts seller. Here is how it works, replace your actual four tires plastic cap with this four Victor valve cap. You will instantly notice the cap turns from a transparent clear color to a green, yellow, or red bright color. Green means the tire’s air pressure is fine, yellow means more air is recommended, and red means inspection is recommended. Now every day at any time you park your car and step out or come to your car and open the door you will notice the color of the tires’ cap and know their condition.
After learning the recommended octane grade for your vehicle you will only drive to the gas station and fuel the proper octane grade. The ranking for gasoline comes in this order: regular 87, mid -grade 89, and premium 92. Most 4 cylinders and compaq cars will need only the regular 87 octane grade gasoline while others larger motor cars will require greater octane grade to perform at their fullest. Some gasoline brands use the minimum EPA required detergent blending, some others use more efficient blending detergents that boost and improves the car millage saving you money and time by having to return to refuel less often.
WHAT HAVE WE DONE SO FAR?
If you think that steps A and B will not upkeep the car over all performance because they sound to simple, is enough to know that no huge major labor is required to upkeep a car. What you do, or fail to do, on the outside will have a long lasting major effect on the way your car works inside. The gas you fuel, for example, impacts the car much more and much longer than you think. If you fuel from least quality gas stations your car will suffer it, on the other hand, if you fuel from more detergent friendly gas brands using blending and detergent that cleans the engine system as you drive by. If you follow step B, having a clean engine has never been so easy before! The tire pressure at its recommended level will help the tire wear off slower, much more slower and reduce the friction force that is created in the weight your car carries. An extra 100 pounds reduces your car millage per gallon by as much as 2%. Here is where a good pressured tire will help: proper pressure keeps your car running normally at all times.
C)Regular Maintenance Labor
Ok, after reviewing the minimal cost and minor routine changes, here is where the actual mechanical labor part comes. On this part, you will change and replace some part of your car like oil change, motor oil, and maybe perform other mechanical labors that your car might need. The Mobil Super Oil 10w-30 will maximize the engine life and reduce wear, the full synthetic version will also reduce fuel consumption and protect at high temperatures. Another recommended product is a fuel injection cleaner that helps clean the gas tank and system. It is recommended to do this tune up every certain number of miles like 3,000 or so. Some cars may need some fixes and additional labor, consult a mechanic if experiencing issues. An additional tip for saving gasoline and extending tire life is having the 4 tires balanced and aligned. A tire balance and alignment can be performed much less often about every 12 to 18 months or at any given time when the 4 tires or wheels are replaced.
After reading this article you may have noticed that up keeping a car in good shape is as easy as “abc”.