06 Jan 5 Things Every Car Owner Should Know About Their Vehicle
This post is about 5 things you should know about your car, if you don’t already know! There are simple things every car owner can – and should – know, no excuses.
- Open your hood – There are some of you out there who still do not know how to open the hood of your cars. It is quite simple and it is crucial not to fear what is under the hood. There is a small latch usually under the left side of the steering wheel or by the driver side seat that indicates the front of the car open (kind of like the trunk button, only for the front of the car). You pull this latch and the hood pops open.
- Check your oil – Now that you have opened the hood it is important to regularly check if there is the right amount of oil in your car. To little and your engine can burn out, too much and it may not drive as smoothly. There is usually a yellow cylindrical looking cap with a oil lamp on it – this is known as the dipstick and you can easily pull it right out to see how much oil is in there. You may touch it with a cloth or your hand to see how deep the dipstick is in the oil. This can help you catch leaks and better understand when to preform an oil change – a basic and necessary maintenance procedure.
- Change your power steering and coolant – Like your oil, you can check your power steering. Power steering is what allows us to move the steering wheel so easily – without it, steering becomes stiff and very hard to control the vehicle. You can check and refill this yourself – it is good to make it a habit! Similarly, your coolant or anti freeze runs through your engine to keep it cool. The right amount is very important as it can prevent over heating and other engine issues.
- Keep a service log – Like any other large asset, it is important to keep track of what you did with your vehicle or what was done prior to your purchase. You never want to be unsure or ripped off. Keep a logbook or folder with all records of when the car was sent in for maintenance. Keep it in your glove box, or somewhere you will find it easy to access.
- Jump-start your car – Sometimes, our batteries die on us leaving us helpless. Keep a pair of jumper cables in your trunk and this way you can use the power of another car to power your own. The red cable hooks onto the positive terminal while the black hooks onto the negative terminal. Be sure never to touch the metal and to attach the cables to the car with power first. Once attached you may start your car! If you have a portable battery charger, then there is no need for a second car – simply attach the cables before turning the battery pack on.
Hopefully this helped some of you understand some simple tips and tricks to use for common maintenance on your vehicles. Keep them in mind and remember how easy it is to keep your car in top notch condition.