What You Should Frequently Check in Your Car to Make it Safe on the Road
Having a car is an endless investment. Aside from the payment for the vehicle, you have to eventually pay for maintenance, repairs, fuel, and more.
However, a lot of these expenses could be reduced if you check your car periodically. What exactly should you inspect on your vehicle to maximize its performance and keep it safe?
Here’s the list of elements that you should keep an eye on!
This is the fluid that makes everything in your car work perfectly. To check the oil levels in your vehicle, you only have to use the dipstick and see which mark the liquid is at.
Keep in mind that if the color of the oil in the dipstick is black, your car needs an urgent change of oil. Generally, this fluid must be changed every 3,000 miles.
A clear sign that you should measure the oil is when the corresponding light comes on on your dash; however, the light can also come on when there is a pump failure, or there is a clog in the oil filter.
Checking this would save you from a lot of troubles because when your tires are not inflated correctly, the risk of causing an accident is higher due to flat tires that may result in loss of car control.
You can buy a pressure gauge to measure the tire pressure yourself, or you can go to a body shop regularly to do it. Remember to check with the tires manufacturer for the correct pressure and what outside temperatures may affect them.
Never assume that your car breaks are working properly! Have a professional check them periodically to prevent you from having an accident. If you wait to hear the annoying screeching of the brake pads signaling that they no longer work, your composure will be much more expensive.
If the corresponding light comes on your dash, you should take the vehicle to a professional immediately.
Power Steering Fluid
The majority of the manufacturers recommend to change this fluid every 62,000 miles; however, it could be necessary to advance that change if any of the following scenarios happen:
- Change of color, oil darkening
- Sudden presence of burning smell
- Increased resistance when turning the steering wheel
- Presence of abnormal noises when turning the steering wheel
- Lose of fluid
Moreover, you should change the power steering fluid if you have made any repairs to the pump or any other steering component.
Have you ever noticed that your car turns slightly to the left or the right when it should go straightly? If so, it is the right time to take your vehicle for a tire alignment just to be sure that they react and run properly.
This fluid avoids corrosion and calcification in the car engine. These days, there are different types of antifreeze on the market and some of them lose their properties at the same speed. You should check what type of antifreeze your car needs. Here are some instances:
- Those that have glycol should be changed every 24,000 miles or 2 years.
- The organic ones should be changed every 50,000 miles or 5 years.
In case that the antifreeze light comes on your dash, this means that your engine is overheating. You’ll have to open the hood and let it cool down. Do not try to touch the radiator because you could burn yourself!
The life of your tires depends on their tread, which provides traction on asphalt, especially in slippery conditions. To make sure your tires are working properly, look for any signs of wear on the surface or strange lumps that could indicate a problem.
It is a porous material whose mission is to avoid that dust or other particles get in the engine. The filtered air is necessary for the car’s fuel. Keep in mind that for every liter of fuel that your vehicle wastes, it needs 10,000 liters of air, so you should change the filter every 9,000 miles or once a year.
Since the environmental conditions may not be favorable for your vehicle, chances are, you have to change the filter sooner. The main indicators that it needs to be replaced are lack of power and the exhaust is emitting black or opaque smoke.
To avoid an expensive repair, you should check frequently the levels of this fluid. The majority of the cars allow you to check it with the dipstick, while the engine is working. When you do it, you should check the color of the fluid. If it is black, you’ll have to wash the transmission and change the fluid.
Even though every make and model are different, usually, the transmission fluid should be changed every 37,000 miles or 2 years.
If you are going to change the fluid yourself, remember to check what type of transmission your car has. Since not all cars use the same transmission fluid, you will need a fluid with special characteristics suited for your car.
The most common fluids are:
- DCTF. Double Clutch Transmission Fluid
- ATF. Automatic Transmission Fluid
- CVTF. Continuously Variable Transmission Fluid
Furthermore, it is important to know if your transmission needs a synthetic or an organic fluid and if it needs to be high performance or not. To know all this information, you must consult the user manual of your car.
It is really dangerous when the lights on your car are not working properly. Also, this could lead to a fine. Remember that the lights help you to keep safe on the road and to communicate with other drivers. Have your lights checked regularly to avoid being caught in an accident!
They control impact and bounce when your car goes through a pothole, making them an essential part of the steering system. To ensure proper operation, you should check them every 50,000 miles or whenever you feel a decrease in smoothness when driving, as well as a loss of control.
Doing these maintenance revisions not only save repair costs but guarantee the correct function of your vehicle and minimize the possibility of having a car accident.
If after everything you’ve got involved in a car accident, remember that in Farahi Law Firm we have specialized attorneys that will advise you to get the compensation you are entitled to. Call us at (844) 244-2955 for a free evaluation of your case.