It is common knowledge that women just do not know much about the intricacies of motor vehicles.
Understanding how the engine functions and other mechanical jargon can be confusing but as owners of cars, it is important that women have a basic know-how of how to maintain their vehicles.
Listed are SEVEN car care tips that will help you know what is wrong with your car should any problem arise and how to look after your car.
1. Know your car
Upon purchasing your new vehicle, take time to go through the manual. You do not need to read the manual from cover to cover as it will go into extensive details about your car. Get to know the basics of your car; what is the maintenance plan, what products are best for your car, what fuel will give optimum performance etc.
2. Check engine air filter
Be sure to check how often your engine air filter needs to be changed. This is vital as the engine needs to get adequate air in it.
3. Check engine oil and filter
Regularly get the petrol station attendant to check your engine oil levels. Engine oil is the life source of the car besides petrol and regular “top ups” and changes will ensure a healthy engine.
4. Learn to change a tyre and have correct tyre pressure
Flat tyres are anybody’s nightmare. They are always untimely and happen in the most inconvenient places. So if you find yourself in the unfortunate predicament of having a flat, make sure that you learn how to change a tyre and make sure that when you get to a service station, you know what the correct tyre pressures are for your tyres.
5. Be fuel conscious
Do not drive with your air- con on unnecessarily, make sure your tyres are properly inflated, don’t speed etc. You have probably heard of many ways one can save petrol and it is best that you adhere to that advice.
6. Learn to check ALL car fluids
Other fluids need to be checked and replaced on a regular basis in your car. These are
o Washer fluid
o Transmission fluid
o Steering fluid
o Brake fluid
These are relatively easy components to locate in your engine and checking them may require professional expertise sometimes, but doing it yourself is definitely possible.
7. Be proactive in car maintenance
The thing with cars like most things in life, is that they are unpredictable. When you leave home on your journey, anything might happen and you may not be in a position to call anybody for assistance. Have yourself a car emergency kit and know how to use everything it. Also stay on top of your care maintenance plan (if your car has one) or simply know when your car is giving you signals of fatigue.
So there you have it, a list of what you should know about your car that will help you prolong the longevity of your cars motor health. You see it is not a long list of what to know, and even so, a little knowledge will help you in the end.
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