A major revolution has changed the way modern cars run. No longer are cars fully dependent on carburetors, gears, transmission, and so forth in order to operate. Modern computers and software are now fully integrated in modern cars to make them run efficiently, be more fuel efficient and less polluting to the environment.
But this situation made car maintenance even more imperative. You can no longer ignore the scheduled preventive maintenance of your modern car, just like you did in your old gas guzzler. Your car must be checked every hundred miles or so if you want it to run smoothly and for a long time.
What are the preventive maintenance services that your car needs so that you can ensure its long life? This article will show you the upkeep of your modern car that will make it fully functional every time you use it.
Provide your car good lubrication
The heart of your modern car is still its engine. Provide it good lubrication and you can expect it to give you more miles. And this is where regular oil and filter changes is important. The car manufacturer specifies the number of miles when to have your oil and filters changed. This should be clearly indicated in the car’s operator’s manual. Don’t ever economize on these changes or you will risk damage to the car’s cylinders, as well as its other parts.
Provide the essential fluids that your car needs
Your modern car has many moving parts. Friction is the greatest enemy of moving parts in your car and the best way to mitigate their effects is through the application of fluids to lubricate the contact between each metal part. Here are several fluids that your car needs to operate efficiently.
- Brake fluid – this ensures that your breaks will function efficiently when called upon, and help prolong the lives of your brake pads. You need to have your brake fluid flushed and refilled periodically, as per the recommendation of your car manufacturer.
- Transmission fluid – this fluid ensures the proper functioning of your transmission. Every time you change gears, the car’s transmission engages and reacts. Without this fluid, the metal parts will get hot compromising the integrity of its metal parts. Regular flushing and changing of this fluid is also recommended as per the instruction of the manufacturer.
- Differential fluid – this fluid takes care of the efficient functioning of the car’s differential. It also needs to be flushed and changed periodically to protect the metal parts that get in contact with each other every time the car runs.
- Power steering fluid – power steering takes off the hard work of steering the wheels. What makes this possible is the power steering fluid. Although it is not subjected to a lot of stress, the car manufacturer also recommends a periodical flushing and change to ensure the efficient operation of the power steering.
Regularly check the car’s air filter
Your car needs outside air in order to burn the fuel inside the car’s cylinders that makes your car run. As such, the air must be filtered before it enters the cylinders. Therefore, the air filters must be efficient in filtering out all solids and impurities that may damage your cylinders. Regular filter changes are also recommended as per the instruction of the car manufacturer.
Regular engine tune ups
Regular engine tune ups are a must for all cars. If you want your car to last long, you must have a regular schedule of tune up and follow it without fail. With a tune up, the car mechanic will be able to fine tune your car engine, even if you are not experiencing any significant problem.