Maintaining your car can may seem like a big hassle, but it is essential to the life of your vehicle and your peace of mind while driving it. A small effort can pay off big when the repair bills can pile up when your car breaks down. We found 9 helpful tips to keep your car run longer and avoid any unnecessary costly fixes.
- Always keep a working spare tire.
It’s crucial that you check up on your spare tire’s pressure and make sure that it will work when you need it. Even though most companies offer roadside assistance and deliver spare tires, you never know how long it’ll take for help to arrive or whether they have the right “fit.”
- Make sure the engine oil and other fluids are changed on schedule.
Not changing the oil on-time, whether it’s every 3,000 miles or every 5,000 miles for most modern engines (check your manufacturer’s guide for recommendation), could be a very costly mistake to fix. It’s best to change engine oils on schedule and if possible, the oil filter along with it. Depending on the oil filter, some to start to erode after few thousand miles and some the erosion might end up in the engine (you do not want that). Other fluids, such as transmission, windshield wiper fluids etc. are usually take longer than engine oil to expire and are not as important. However, it is still recommended to change them on regular basis.
- Definitely check up on your car battery.
Most modern vehicles do let you know when it’s to change their battery ahead of expiration. Nonetheless, if you saw bluish or white powder on top of your battery, we suggest you start shopping for a new battery that fits your vehicle. Remember, maintaining your vehicle can save you money; a dead battery might cost north of $100, however, a dead battery away from the city might force you to hire a tow truck, which costs more.
- Brake pads need replacements over time.
Again, certain modern vehicles are equipped with brake pad censors which to warn you ahead of time to replace the wafer-thin pads, however, it’s safer to check up on them whenever a mechanic is around or when the car is being serviced for something else. Not only they are important in maintaining your car, but they are also crucial to you and your passengers’ safety.
- Rotate the tires
As trivial it might seem, this process can help you keep up with your brake pads status and give your vehicle better handling. Most of the time, the front set of tires wear off faster the rear set. This is due to engine’s weight above the front suspension and the turns you make which cause more friction on them. It is important to even out the wear and tear on tires by rotating them during every oil change service (some scheduled maintenance service). This will also delay the purchase of new set of tires often and can save you money in the long run.
- Replace your air filter.
The vehicles air filter can keep unwanted air substances from entering vehicle. An old and worn air filter can cause your vehicle’s air conditioning units to age faster and possibly break down. This is a very expensive and time-consuming problem to have. We suggest you change the air filter every 12,000 miles or annually.
- Check your coolant.
As we mentioned earlier, A/C unit is always an expensive unit to fix in a vehicle, and the coolant must run through it to keep it from corrosion. The coolant affects important aspects of the A/C unit, such as water pump, heating system and the radiator. Check your coolant at least twice a year and make sure to always use the manufacturer’s suggested coolant as using the wrong type can also harm your vehicle.
- Keep up with your belts and hoses.
Checking up on engine belt, water, and coolant hoses as well as other connections inside or underneath the engine bay, can save you money in the long run. You do not want the engine belt to go out in middle of the road as it is a hazard, and you will end up hiring a tow truck to move your vehicle. Overall, catching such issue will keep you from paying bills after bills to get your car running again.
- Do the emissions inspection on regular basis.
Emission inspections are not only required by the state, but they are essential to let you know about your vehicle’s health. If you do annual inspections on your vehicle’s emissions, you could keep up with your car’s status and keep it in its best condition as well as avoiding a failed emission test when you need your car pass at the time of license registration.
At Legacy Car Rental in Los Angeles, we take all the above-mentioned tips and guidelines seriously; both for our customers’ peace of mind and their comfort. We do keep our fleet of vehicles in their best condition and detailed-clean to deliver satisfaction to whomever driving them. It is important to mention that we learned about the tips and recommendations, regarding car maintenance mentioned above, through years of experience and practice. We hope to offer the best that any car rental company can in Los Angeles, next time you rent a car from us.