Check the Engine Oil
Oil helps your vehicle work more smoothly and efficiently. Changing it timely is the best way to keep your car in good condition. Not changing your oil on regular intervals can result in a voided vehicle warranty, poor engine performance or even worse (a complete engine failure).
Experts suggest changing the car engine oil after every 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometres) or 3 months interval. However, if your car is old, check the engine oil weekly and inspect it thoroughly as old cars can have an oil leak.
Some newer cars come with electronic oil monitors which notify the driver when it’s time to change the oil. You can also check the oil with the traditional dipstick method.
Check Tire Pressure
Enabling your vehicle to roll down the road smoothly, car tyres are an essential part of the vehicle. You need to keep your car tyres at the proper pressure. It is not only important for your safety but keeping the tires at the right pressure (not over-inflated or under-inflated), will increase the life of your tires with greater endurance.
Improperly inflated tires also increase the risk of a blowout.
So, the tire pressure is something you need to keep an eye on constantly. It can get affected when the car covers greater distances or the temperature rises or falls.
Checking the tire pressure will not take more than a few minutes. Here’s the easy way to do it:
- To get an accurate reading, check your tires when they reach a cooler temperature. If you check right after a drive, the readings won’t be accurate. Let the tires rest and get cooler before you take a reading.
- Check the reader’s manual to know what the recommended tire pressure is and keep the tires to the recommended level regardless of the tire brand. Many people fill the tires to its maximum PSI, which increases the risk of tire blowout. The max PSI level is there to indicate the maximum volume of pressure a tire can carry. Don’t confuse it with the ideal pressure levels.
Inspect your tires monthly
While checking the tire pressure is essential, you should perform the inspection of the tires every month to make sure they are in good condition. When examining the tires, look for the following signs:
- Bulges or air bubbles on the surface of the tire
- Deep cracks on the sidewalls (you can ignore slight or minor cracks)
- Depth of the tread. To check the tread depth, you can use a tread depth gauge for this purpose.
- The minimum legal depth in UAE is 1.6mm but, consider replacing the tires after they reach a depth of 3mm as it increases the chances of hydroplaning, causes break problems and decreases fuel efficiency.
Wash the Car
Cleaning and washing the car is the most overlooked thing when it comes to car maintenance. Many people give importance to oil change and car inspection but fail to notice issues like rusting, damaged paint and corroding which occurs when the vehicle does not get cleaned.
To avoid dirt sticking and paint damage, wash your car every two weeks or at least once a month. Clean the body and if you have time, take the dirt out from fender walls and undercarriage. While washing your car, you can also look for loose parts like the headlight, exhaust system or the license plates.
Keep the Windshield Clean
Interrupting your sight while you drive, a dirty windshield can be a threat not only to your car’s life but to yours as well.
Cleaning the windshield becomes necessary after a long drive at a highway. As it gets hit with insects, cleaning it through your car’s viper can make it a bigger mess which will obscure your sight even more.
Taking out some time to clean the windshield before you begin to drive can help you have a clear vision of the road and prevent an accident from happening.
Inspect the windshield of your car regularly and if you notice any minor damages or cracks, take it to the mechanic as soon as possible.