How to Take Care of Your Used Cars. Everything in this world that exist have certain life period, but there is no surety that they remains at good condition for long term unless they are maintained and taken care. When we talk about the machineries or automobiles there wellness depends upon how we take care of them, Cars are such things where the importance of caring is matters a lot especially when you owned a used car.
Used cars needs a lot of care to maintain their conditions and taking them in use for more years. This article is helps you in taking care of your used cars.
Taking care of the cooling system:
There are so many parts in the car that are very critical and important for the performance of the car. The hoses that carry the coolant in your car’s engine go through a lot of wear and tear. It is necessary to check on them regularly to spot trouble.
Coolant hoses, both the water pump as well as the heater hoses, need to be replaced on time. If they are ignored then there are chances that your car suffer a breakdown at the most inopportune moment or you are going for some important meeting.
Water pumps when they are in need of replacement or repair will leak a green liquid (antifreeze). You can let your car sit overnight and then check for any leaked fluid on the floor of the parking space. If you find water on the floor then there is a leak in the water pump or gasket, and antifreeze on the floor signifies a coolant leak. Also, you need to make sure that every time you change the transmission fluid each time the coolant.
Attention !!! As per the experts recommendation that it is ideal to get the coolants changed every 24,000-30,000 miles. Car engines run at very high temperatures and it is very important you keep the coolant system in top condition, especially in used and old cars.
Checking oil Regularly:
All car manufacturers recommend oil check at every gas fill-up, but at every other fill-up will also do just fine. It is also suggested to check air filters and replace them every time you change the oil. The color and nature of the oil that drains out tells you a lot about the health of the engine. If you find that the oil is jet black in color and is peppered with white flakes, or looks curdled it means something is wrong with the engine. Chunks of metal in the drained oil also points to impending breakdown.
An easy way to clean the system is to drain the oil, replace filters and refill with synthetic oil which will help dislodge any sludge in the crankcase.
Drive the car for about 100 miles and then drain the oil. Repeat for about two to three times until the oil drains out clear. If problems persist, it is time to call in a mechanic.
Bleed the Brakes:
Bleed the brakes at least once every two years. It will help keep the calipers and other parts in good condition. Jack up the car and bleed the brakes. If the fluid runs clear and amber, it shows that the system is in good condition. If the brake fluid is dark black with pieces of rubber, then the system might be in for an overhaul. Replace the rubber brake lines and check on of rotors to ensure that everything is in good shape.
Keep your car clean and shiny:
Wash your car regularly. If you find that water does not bead on the surface of your car, it is time to get it waxed. The paint and wax will help protect what lies beneath them and keep away rust and corrosion.
Some other tips to take care of your used car:
- Ensure you and the car are insured with at least liability insurance so if you crash into another car, or something, or someone, that the repairs, and or medical bills will be covered by your insurance.
- Make sure that you have a copy of the current vehicle registration papers in the car.
- You should have the current safety and emissions inspection documents.
- You may want to keep the maintenance receipts in the car as well.
- Learn how to check the pressure in all of the tires and keep a tire pressure gauge in the car so you can check it at least monthly.
- Check the pressure in the spare tire every month along with all of the other tires.
- In case of emergency keep a few items in a duffel bag in your car.
- If you live in a wet or snowy climate you may find it helpful to throw an old towel on the floor of your car to soak up slush and mud from your shoes.
- Your brakes should be visually inspected at least once every year.
- Keep this thin book tucked between the passenger seat and the center console for easy access.
Obtain a small booklet of sheet protectors to keep a few very important documents safe in your car. Learn how to check the vital fluids in your own car for your own safety. Remember that the oil in the engine needs to be changed regularly.
- Air filters should also be replaced periodically.
- Rotate your tires every time you change the oil.
- Learn to change a flat tire.
These are some tips which you to keep monitoring in your owned used car and if you found any fault, just go and fix it, these will improve your car performance and longevity.