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5 Tips to caring for your car

Owning a car is excellent since you can go anywhere you want at any time. You can have your car music at full volume with your windows down. Driving is a good feeling until your car breaks down at the middle of nowhere because you ignored some simple maintenance rules. Just as we eat, exercise, and go for medical check-ups, we also need to care for our cars to ensure that they remain on the road and out of mechanic shops.   Every car owner has ever paid a lot of money to fix a car problem they could have prevented. Here are five tips to caring for your car.

1. Follow the manual: Many people ignore the manual, yet it is the best way to extend the life of your vehicle. They forget that no one knows the car better than the manufacturer. You may own a Nissan, and your friend a Honda. The two vehicles may have similar symptoms of a problem, but they have different solutions. A garage expert may tell you one thing but insist on what the manual says, especially when servicing the vehicle, changing the oil, and the proper grade of fuel to use.

2. Listen to your car: You may know little about cars, but anything out of the ordinary on your vehicle should catch your eye. For instance, a bent or flat tire should not escape your attention. Being observant could make you spot faults that can escalate to major issues if unchecked. A bad tire can damage your wheel rims and suspensions. A worn out wiper can cause scratches on your windshield thus damaging your windscreen. The sound of the engine can also tell you if there is something wrong. Learn to listen to your car, and you will never have to pay more to a mechanic.

3. Check under the hood: The bonnet carries the essential parts of a car. Keep an eye on the battery, belts, hoses, fluids, and the cooling system. Check the level of your fluids using the dipstick to ensure the car does not need a refill. The oil level is particularly important since low oil levels could severely damage your vehicle. Check the belts for wear and fraying on the belt edges. The car’s manual can guide you on how to check the parts under the hood.

4. Visit Professionals: Even if your car is still running well, visit a professional and have your vehicle serviced. An expert may note some faults while servicing. However, get a well-recommended mechanic on standby. Do not wait until you need a mechanic to find one. Even if you decide to go the DIY way, consider reading reviews from popular platforms such as to make sure that you get the right information on your car. 

5. Keep Your Car Clean: Wash your car regularly to get rid of dust, and dirt in the vents. A clean car is a reliable car. If you leave near the ocean, the salt can corrode your body paint. Wash and wax your car regularly.

After following the above tips, practice good driving habits to avoid unnecessary accidents. 


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