We all know the better you take care of something, the longer it tends to last. When it comes to a pricey investment like your car, there is no exception. If you want to keep you car on the road, purring mile after mile, here are a few things you should make a habit of checking.
Tires – Tire manufacturers have a suggested PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) for the optimal life and use of your tires. Driving on tires over or under inflated can cause them to wear improperly and require more frequent replacement.
Oil – If your car isn’t purring, when was the last time you gave it something to purr about? Maximum engine efficiency calls for changing the oil every 3,000 miles or three months.
Coolant – Just as the car needs oil to keep it properly lubricated, it needs coolant to keep it from overheating. You should replace the coolant every 30,000 miles (approximately every two to three years). Keep an eye on the coolant level, since your car may need a top off before it needs a flush.
Power steering fluid – If you like how fluidly your steering wheel turns, I suggest you maintain the power steering fluid. This should typically be replaced every three years.
Brakes and brake fluid – Low break fluid can be an indication that your brakes will need to be checked soon. If your car is squeaking, grabbing, or vibrating as you brake, it is probably time to get the brake pads replaced.
Air filter – You want to breath clean air, so does your car. A clean air filter will lead to improved functionality of your engine (translation: better gas mileage and decreased emissions). Consider changing the filter once a year.
Windshield wipers and fluid – You want to be prepared for inclement weather, so be sure to keep an eye on your windshield wipers (watch for dry rot) and the level on your windshield wiper fluid.