Proper maintenance is the key to preventing any long term damage that is prone to occur to any vehicle. This is especially important for the internal components of the car such as the engine and battery. The saying prevention is better than cure has never been truer when it comes to car engines. It is a lot cheaper and profitable to give your car a few minutes of love every day before you operate it. This way you can check for any malfunctions or discrepancies, and ensure that the internal components are running smoothly. It is more rewarding to prevent any malfunction from occurring in your car than having to invest a lot more time and energy into getting it fixed or repaired.
In this article we will be focusing on the important tiny things you can do for your car and its components daily to ensure it remains in tip-top shape for a good amount of time and rarely ever need to call a car towing service
THE CAR BATTERY
This is the first part of the dual powerhouse of the car’s functionality. If the battery doesn’t work, your car is not going anywhere. So, calm down, give it a few minutes of your time and ensure it is in a good shape. The battery is utilized for storing energy which is required to start your car engine. When the engine starts, the battery’s energy gets recharged by the use of the alternator, anticipating your car’s next start. To take care of it, inspect it every morning to ensure its connections at tight at all terminals and it is not vibrating in its compartment. Keep it clean and check its water level from time to time, and refill it if necessary.
THE CAR ENGINE
The car engine is the second half of your car’s dual powerhouse. Like your car’s battery, if your engine does not run, you are not going anywhere anytime soon. However, the car engine is much more critical than the car battery. You can always jumpstart your car’s battery but you definitely cannot jumpstart your car’s engine. If your car engine develops a fault then it is going to cost you time and money to get it fixed or worse towed, and running in top shape. So for optimal engine maintenance, here are some daily tips to follow:
- Change your oil
- Change your oil, air and fuel filters
- Inspect your PCV valve for optimal operation
- Inspect your spark plugs and spark plug wires
Clearly, checking your oil levels is the key to keeping your engine healthy. It is advised that the oil be changed every 3 months/3000 miles to prevent contamination. However if you are performs more heavy duty operations like towing, or is operated in dusty weather then you should change your oil more frequently. Also, it is critical that you keep an eye on your engine oil level, else your oil may be leaking and empty out the oil compartment and completely destroy your car’s engine. So please, please and please check your engine’s oil constantly, and change it when due.
Braking is an important aspect of driving, and hence the system that overlooks it should be taken care of. Your car’s owner’s guide should provide you with information on how frequently you should maintain your breaks and what to do in case you experience certain noises or your brake pedal feels wrong. If your brake pedal feels too spongy or too low, this could indicate a problem with your car’s hydraulic system and you should get that checked out ASAP at your mechanic’s. Also, your brake-warning light could come on to alert you of discrepancies in the functionality of your brake system, which you should heed to as soon as possible and get it looked at by your mechanic.
When you operate a machine like a car with many moving parts, the friction involved will generate a lot of heat, which if left unchecked could cause serious damage to your car’s internal system. This is where the cooling system comes into play. It transports coolant between your car’s radiator and engine, which absorbs the heat produced, and reduces the temperature of the car’s internal system. So, ensuring your cooling system is perfect working condition is also vital to your car’s longevity, and should be checked out by your mechanic at intervals.
THE EMISSION SYSTEM
This humble system runs all through the length of your car and only peeks out at the rear bottom as the exhaust pipe. This system is important for collecting the gases created in the car and converting them into water vapor and less harmful gases, to be emitted into the environment. This piece of equipment is very vital to your car’s smooth operation and should be checked out at least once a year by your mechanic.
So, there you have it folks. Simple but vital ways with which you can ensure your car’s longevity and optimal operation performance. If you ever find yourself in car or truck trouble on a highway or road please call our towing service to get help immediately 24/7