5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Car
Now that the new year is here, it’s time to make resolutions and shift gears! Our cars can become faithful companions if we treat them well. This year, make a few resolutions for your vehicle. Once you get in the habit of taking better care of your car, you won’t even think twice about it.
Here are five simple and easy resolutions for your car that can get you started.
Inspect Transmission Fluid
Automatic transmission fluid cools and lubricates all your internal parts. There are recommended service intervals to change and flush this transmission fluid. Carefully inspect the fluid by pulling out the transmission dipstick, more often when it’s warm outside. You should find a sweetish smelling magenta fluid inside. If you get a burnt odor and a darker color, it needs a change.
Since there are many automatic transmission fluid variations out there, use the one best suited for your make and model. It’s a good idea to completely replace the fluid once in a while, instead of just adding more. A full flush includes detergents to help dislodge sediments and other particles that clog the inside of your car.
Examine Car Tires
If you’re getting a wobbly or vibrating car on your daily drives, tend to it immediately. It could be your alignment is out of order. If you catch this early, your repair bill will be much lower. The temperature and road conditions also affect the pressure in your tires, so check the pressure often, especially in the cold. Your front and rear car tires are subject to varying degrees of wear and tear. Rotate your tires whenever you get an oil change so that they wear evenly.
Check Cooling Efficiency
Not only does your car’s cooling system prevent overheating, but it also prevents freezing. Don’t let the name fool you! Regularly maintain the cooling system by checking the level of coolant and refilling it whenever needed. Flushing the system and cleaning it frequently also prevents corrosion, so do this when your mechanic recommends it.
Replace Brake Fluid
Your brake system is designed to be highly sensitive for safety purposes. Over time, your brake fluid contaminates and breaks down. When this fluid appears muddy and brown instead of a clear yellow, your system needs to be completely flushed. Clean brake fluid means that you don’t have to brake as hard if you need to stop your car quickly in an emergency. Faulty brakes are dangerous, so take precautions to make yours last as long as possible.
Clean and Service Frequently
You’ll have a comfortable ride that keeps its charm if you take measures to clean it up every once in a while. Your vehicle won’t look as shabby if you clean not only the outside, but the inside. Also, don’t forget to take your car in for regular servicing. You’ll be able to find problems early to cut repair costs and enjoy a smoother ride.
Give your car care it deserves and have a stress free drive through the New Year!