Automatic transmissions, air conditioning systems, and power steering are just some of the features that make your car such a convenient mode of transportation. But you know all too well how quickly these things can start to break down.
If you’ve ever been stranded on the side of the road waiting for roadside assistance because your battery died or your engine overheated, then you understand what it means that cars need maintenance.
This article explores five tricks to help maintain your vehicle like a pro!
Find Creative Ways to Take Care of the Car’s Body
There are many creative ways to take care of the car’s body and interior. For example, you could clean off the dirty windows with a used snow foam. You can also shampoo carpets with vinegar instead of carpet deodorizer, which is better for everyone involved (including your allergies).
The paint job on cars is essential because it makes the car look more attractive. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can use a clay bar to remove any oxidized paint and wax them afterward. If not, you can opt for vinyl wrapping which comes in handy in protecting your car’s paint.
Other tips include using a leather cleaner on upholstery in your car instead of carpet deodorizer or air fresheners. This way, not only will your car smell good, but you’ll get clean leather too.
Clean the Inside Thoroughly Every Month
Car detailing is a bit of an investment, but it’s worth the time and money to make sure your car stays in good shape. Take care of cleanings as they come up because if you let them pile up for months at a time, this can cause dirt buildup that will eventually lead to corrosion and rusting on the frame or undercarriage.
Cleaning also helps prevent mold growth inside, which not only makes your ride smell terrible but can even affect your health! For example, if you have allergies. When it’s time to clean the inside of your car, make sure you don’t just go over everything with a wet towel or rag.
You want to get into the nooks & crannies and remove as much dirt as possible from those surfaces—and this means using some cleaner! For fabrics, use something like a spotless solutions fabric care system, specially formulated for auto upholstery and carpets.
Also, take note: spots are likely oil-based, so always check before cleaning by rubbing an inconspicuous spot with a dry cloth.
Check Your Tire Pressure Monthly and Rotate Your Wheel After 7,500 Miles
To maintain your car like a pro, check tire pressure monthly. After driving for an extended period, you may notice that the rubber in the tires becomes a little bit softer and takes on more air as it heats up. This means that your vehicle needs new wheels sooner than usual because the old ones will be too worn out to function correctly while carrying high loads – but what if you can’t afford them right now?
Fortunately, one great strategy is rotating your wheel every 7000 miles so that each side gets equal wear and tear over time. It would help if you also considered investing in anti-lock brakes or aluminum alloy rims for better performance under harsh conditions (like sandy terrain).
Ensure Your Mirrors Are Always in Perfect Condition
Always clean your mirrors at the end of each day, especially if you drive during rush hour in a city. This will help reduce fog and add to visibility for other drivers on the road. Often, this is all that needs to get done!
If not, there are some simple tricks. For instance, use a dry sponge or towel with a little bit of water which works well as an alternative to expensive car cleaning products. If warm weather is still lingering around and bugs have been hitting your windshield hard (or worse), use vinegar mixed with water to wash off any residue from insects’ wings – it smells better than most insecticides too!
After waiting five minutes for the mixture to work its magic, rinse it away. Many people put wax on their car to give it a beautiful shine, but this can often be overkill. Instead of using the product so much, add a little bit when you first get out for the day and then after washing your car – that’s all you need!
To avoid rust buildup from salt in winter or other precipitation, clean beneath by spraying with water (or taking an old toothbrush) and rub gently until you remove the dirt. You want to dry off anything that may have gotten wet as soon as possible, too, because moisture will cause more damage if left alone.
If You Aren’t Driving Your Car for a While, Store it Well
When storing your vehicle for some time, make sure to leave the tank at least half-full. A full gas tank holds less water than an empty one does. This can cause rusting and contamination from other elements that would usually be held back by gasoline’s chemical properties.
Also, regularly check tire pressure with either a gauge or by using your hands as ‘barometers.’ If you don’t do this, then over time, air will leak out, causing higher wear and tear on your tires.
Don’t forget to clean off the inside of your windshield and headlights! You can use a little isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol or glass cleaner to do so, but make sure not to spray any water as it could damage them if you hit rough roads while driving.
If you have time, give those surfaces a quick buff with some paper towels too for an extra shine! Wash your car every month or two depending on what type of environment you live. For instance, coastal areas may require more frequent washing due to salt-laden air).
Maintaining your car doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these simple tricks, you can keep it running like the day you bought it, for years! Keep an eye on your fluids and take care of any maintenance issues right away; this way, they don’t become major problems with expensive consequences down the line. Ensure that everything is in working order before starting up the engine so that even if something minor goes wrong while driving, nothing will happen due to anything breaking or being out of place!