Most of us are not car repair experts or mechanics. In fact, the majority of drivers only care if their car runs well and looks good. But it is imperative that you take 10 to 15 minutes every month (or week) to give your car some car care that will keep it looking and running its best. None of the maintenance is neither hard nor time consuming. These are simple tasks that anyone can perform in only a few short minutes.
First you will need to check the essential parts of your car. Begin with the car battery. Check for any leaks or bulges on or around the battery. Some cars require water; if necessary add only 'distilled' water. There will be an indicator to let you know your battery is full. Today, most batteries require very little maintenance, but you should at least know where it is, if it requires water or charging, and how to remove the battery correctly to check the battery housing for any cracks or damage.
After you have checked your battery you should check all fluids (motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze levels, and windshield wiper fluid.) You can find these locations in your car engine using your owners' manual. In which you'll find fill instructions on how to fill, change and refill each item and where they are located under your hood.
Also check your car air filter, replace as necessary. Use your owners' manual to locate this as well. The air filter is generally in a round or rectangular box on top of your car engine.
Check your cars' tire pressure and fill if necessary, carefully so as to not over inflate. Additionally, check the tires tread, if you notice any worn areas on one side, you will need to have your tires rotated. Also check your tire walls (the sides of the tire) for any splits, deep holes or gauages. As these can cause the tire to blow out when driving - so are worth checking.
Check the condition of your wiper blades. If they are streaking or making noises when they move across a wet window then chances are you need to replace the wiper blade refills.
These simple car care tasks, if performed on a regular basis, will help you to become aware of a more serious issue that will require a professional auto mechanic to solve. It is the very best way to keep your car looking and running at its best and to avoid expensive car repair fees in the future.
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