9 Car Care Tips to Keep Your Car Running and Looking as Good as the Day You Bought It
- Always wash your car on a regular basis.
Preferably once every two weeks. Upkeeping your vehicle’s paint will prevent stains and contaminant from embedding into the clear coat. Your clear coat is your shine. Keep away from machine, drive through car washes. Always hand wash.
- Wax your car on a regular basis.
This is crucial to preserving your clear coat and protecting it from the sun’s UV rays. UV light, especially when always parked outside will eventually cause paint-check. This is when your clear coat starts to deteriorate. Waxing 4-5 times a year will protect your clear coat from this issue as it creates a barrier. Kind of like how we us sun block to protect against sunburn.
- Clay Bar your car’s surface preferably two times a year.
Clay Baring is like giving your vehicles paint a facial. This removes any contaminants that have been embedded into the clear coat. Once this process is made, this is a good time to apply wax.
- How do you protect the front end of a vehicle from road chips and debris?
There are two ways to go about it. One would be to have a clear bra applied to the front section of the hood, front fenders and front bumper. A clear bra is a form of rubberized sticker, or wrap which is almost undetectable at a distant and will keep you car looking the same but highly protected from those flying pieces of gravel falling from trucks. Another way to go about it is having a ceramic coating applied. Many auto dealers offer this service along with body shops. It’s a bit more pricey due to being a ceramic clear coat which is sprayed on the vehicle just as paint would be. This would never show any difference in color mismatch and would still look factory and is undetectable by the human eye.
- Change your oil on a regular basis.
This is mandatory to the life of your vehicle’s running ability. Always follow the date and, or mileage specified for your next oil change. If neglected too far, your vehicle’s motor will create a sludge substance due to dirt buildup and will cause much stress on the engine components resulting in expensive repairs, or a non-usable vehicle.
- Always check your tire’s air pressure and tire tread wear and tear.
This maintenance is easy and will prevent having a blow out on the road which could result in an accident. Check the label inside your driver’s door jam for the tire pressure the manufacturer calls for as this is the safe pressure they recommend. If your tire tread is starting to look close to being low, it’s time for new tires.
- Get routine brake checks when going in for service.
Brakes are your only hope to stop in a hurry, so make sure they are in good shape with enough padding for your own safety. Usually with a brake service you will want the rotors turned or replaced as well. Brakes and rotors go hand in hand for stopping power. A worn out, unbalanced rotor could create a bouncing rhythm to your stops, not allowing the brakes to apply full, even force to the rotor.
- Check your fluids!
This is something many don’t pay attention to. Your engine oil level is the Number 1 fluid to be check on a regular basis. Oil can be burned inside the motor and whereas other fluids wont. Low oil can cause harm and bad friction to your engine components and MUST be kept full at all times. Your other fluids are brake fluid, engine coolant and transmission. Most transmission fluids need to be checked by a repair facility due to a closed system. If you happen to check your coolant level you can see the level in a clear reservoir tank visible in your engine compartment. If the car has been running, DO NOT OPEN THE COOLANT CAP!!! This can and will explode open from massive pressure and can cause serious burn injury. Only remove the cap when the engine is cold and hasn’t been running. We always recommend having a repair facility check and refill engine coolant whereas they have special tools to relieve pressure in the cooling system.
- Pay attention to your vehicle’s system warnings.
These warning will alert you with icons that will light up on your instrument panel. When a warning icon flashes on, we recommend you take the vehicle in to get checked. The most crucial warning you can come across is an engine overheat. With later vehicles this will tell you with an icon, or message on your dash. With earlier vehicles you must take on the responsibility to check the engine temperature gauge located on your instrument panel. If your engine is getting overheated, pull over and shut the engine off immediately! This can save your vehicles motor from having to be replaced.