101 Car Maintenance Tips
Your Car’s Life Matters


I hope you know that relatively economical maintenance is way better than excessively expensive repairs.

Here is a quick but comprehensive guide on how you can keep your car maintained, healthy and happy!

These tips would apply to all types and models of the cars as they all are pretty much very similar in their structuring.

Car Maintenance Tips

Contents

The First 1000 Miles
Chapter 1
The First 1000 Miles
Everyday Driving Tips
Chapter 2
Everyday Driving Tips
Must-Have Things
Chapter 3
Must-Have Things
Oils and Fluids Checks
Chapter 4
Oils and Fluids Checks
Tires and Wheels
Chapter 5
Tires and Wheels
Weekly/Monthly Checks
Chapter 6
Weekly/Monthly Checks
Car Cleaning Tips
Chapter 7
Car Cleaning Tips
Storing the Car
Chapter 8
Storing the Car
Car Parts Replacement
Chapter 9
Car Parts Replacement

Chapter 1
The First 1000 Miles


Here are a few tips you need to follow to keep your new baby healthy (Of course I am talking about your car).

It will make sure that your four-wheelers never gets grumpy and remains a great partner to travel with.

Tire Production

1. Read the Manual Thoroughly: Think how exciting it would be if you would get to read a user’s manual for your partner? Not possible in case of a partner but yes! You do get a user’s manual for your better half (the car). The user manual tells you all the tricks and optimum measurements that you need to know for keeping your car faithful to you for a longer run. So settle down and give it a thorough reading.

One thing you likely have in your car at all times is your owner’s manual and, if you don’t, you should keep it nearby.
McAfee, E. From YourMechanic.com

2. The Break-in Period: When you start the engine of your car for the very first time, you need to be extra cautious of some elements for the first few days. The first 1000 miles mileage period is known as the break-in period and this period is crucial and appropriate handling extends the life of your car’s engine.

3. First Few Days are Critical: After getting a new car, the early days of riding the car for some hundred miles are considered to be the break-in period. Ride the first 1000miles of your car during the break-in period under 55 mph. this will benefit the car’s overall efficiency in the longer run. This will help add some extra years to your car’s overall life.

4. The Car is a Vehicle, not Superman: Do not try towing heavy weights or loading the roof rack or trunk with heavyweights. Be gentle with it so it remains gentle with you.

Never overload your car

5. Keep it Moving or Turn it Off: Keeping the car in idle mode for longer times is anyhow damaging for the engine in any case but doing this adventure when the car is just new can get you in many future adventures (not good ones of course).

6. Accelerate with Love: The damage done in the start will affect the car’s later performances, it does not matter how much you try maintaining the car. It is recommended to keep the acceleration rate between the low to medium and the engine RPMs less than 3000 for the first few hours of your car run.

7. Steer Properly: Holding the steering wheel to the extreme right or extreme left while turning the car can damage the power steering pump and of course you do not want that. So yes, keep the body in control and do not push that little wheel right or left more than a few seconds.

Steer your car with care

8. Make Sure to Plan Multiple Errands: The car goes under critical changes during the first rounds of the run and keeping the trips shorter but frequent will keep the engine happy for a long time.

9. No Extended Idling: Long idling is just a myth attached to new engines (or idling during colder days). You just need to run the engine in idle mode for a maximum of 2-minute. Further idling can be harmful.

10. Watch the Speed Limit: Speeding is always an endangering factor. If it will not harm you, it would still harm the tires and engine. Quick start, stop or turn is lethal to the tires. Other than harming the tires, speeding puts the lives in danger.

In 2016, the deaths of 10,111 people were attributed to excessive speeding. That number represents 27% of all the traffic deaths that occured on the country’s roads.
Thompson, M. From NewsBlaze.com

11. Drive your Car Daily: Keeping the car moving is important because it keeps the components lubricated and in their right forms. If you have to leave the car back home for many days and no one is going to drive it then there are several precautions you have to do before leaving the car in the garage to rest.

Chapter 2
Everyday Driving Tips


Here are some habits or routines…

Which you have to take care of for making sure your car stays in awesome Condition.

It will not only prevent your car from damaging but help it survive for a longer time without you having to invest too much on the vehicle.

Everyday Driving Tips

12. Observe Road: Keep a keen eye on the road and avoid striking the car with any object on the road. Avoid the potholes and speed breakers/curds too. Hitting any object can cost you much by making the tire withered. Sliding over a curd in an improper way can also cause serious damage. Do not get scared, driving is fun, you just need to keep your eyes and mind open.

Observe the Road Conditions

13. Be Cautious in Extreme Weather: Extreme weather either hot or cold needs extra attention from the motorists. Over speeding on a hot road creates extreme friction between the road and the tire and ultimately results in a tire explosion. When the tire explodes during a drive, balancing the car becomes almost impossible. The same happens in extreme cold and dry weather conditions. A better guide for driving in Extreme Weather can be found here.

14. Neutral Mode when the Traffic is not Moving: Overheating the engine results in accumulation of soot or combustion of fuel, so do not strain the engine and either turn the engine off or shift the automatic transmission to neutral while you are waiting on the red light for the traffic to move ahead. Do not shift to Parking mode, as it can damage the transmission.

Do not shift into ‘P’ or ‘Park’ when stopped in traffic. This can lead to critical transmission damage and eventually failure.
Todoroki, T. From PicknBuy24.com

15. Get Off the Car Carefully: If you are in a parking lot, make sure you slowly open the door of your car so it does not hit any nearby car or wall. In case if you have to get off the car in the middle of the road or maybe on a sidewalk the always be patient, look carefully for any vehicle coming towards you. When you see that the field is clean and no vehicle is approaching you, slowly open the door for getting out of the car. A number of accidents caused by opening doors in traffic can be found in this video.

16. Be Gentle with the Car Doors: Try closing the doors of your car without smashing them. Rather than forcefully closing them, close the doors gently but properly.

17. Choose a Good Gas Station: It is your right to inquire about the proper filtration through filtration plants and about the quality of the oil or gas you fill in your car from the gas station management. Be sure that if they are keeping the standards intact, they would happily answer your queries and if they do not answer what you are asking, change the gas station. (Ask your friends for recommendations and try sticking to the same gas station about which you are sure that provides good quality oil.)

18. Be patient if your Car Tires Stuck: When we get our cars stuck in snow or mud, we tend to raise the temperature of the engine and try making fast moves to and fro or we just move the wheels right and left repeatedly. You can surely try doing this slowly for some time but even after multiple attempts you fail, do not exert unnecessary pressure on the car component and seek help from a tow truck.

Courtesy: Budgetdirect.com.au

19. Remove Burden from the Keychain: Some people add in multiple keys in the keychain or key ring along with the car keys. What happens is that the extra bunch of keys adds in built-up load while you have your car key in the ignition switch. Especially when the keychain bounces during a drive, this extra load damages the tumblers in the ignition point and that causes the ignition switch failure.

Car Keychain with a lot of weight

20. The Car Mechanic: Make sure you always go to the same mechanic every time you face minor or major issues related to any component of your car. Going to different mechanics can be bad as if your car stays in one hand then that person becomes familiar with the way your car works and switching mechanics too often can damage the car.

21. Keep your Mind Attentive: Being a motorist is exciting but you need to understand that every time you get on the road you are not only responsible for your life and vehicle, but you are also affecting other people’s property and life too. Avoid distractions and try being focused. Do not drive if you are sleepy or not in good health.

22. Repair any damage Immediately: If you see any dent, rupture or any other small problems like these, do not wait for them to worsen up. Get them fixed as soon as possible.

23. Take Care of the Child’s Lock: If you are traveling with kids, make sure you stay attentive about the door locks. In case a child accidentally opens the door, the door can slide or collide with nearby vehicles and that can be very dangerous for you and your car. This video can help you learn using the child lock.

Keychain with a lot of keys

24. Do not Fill-up from the Recently Filled Tanks: If you see a gasoline tanker filling up the tanks at your gas station, cancel the gas filling plan for the day and come the next day. Newly filled gas has sediments still running in it and those sediments can choke the fuel filters and fuel injectors of your car.

25. Do not Smoke in the Car: Smoking is perilous in all aspects and smoking in the car can be bad for your car as well. Any burning remains or ashes from the cigarette can ruin the interior of the car. Smoke from the cigarettes leaves a long-lasting odor that does not go away easily and it makes your car smell foul and stale.

26. Avoid drinking from Cups in the Car: Use bottle if you really have to sip on anything. When the car is running, drinking in the car using cups especially for hot beverages will result in spills and stains ultimately and that will make you bear the cleaning expenses. So better avoid it.

27. Be Careful on Gas Stations: Any burning or lightening object can have very dangerous consequences while on the gas station. It is also recommended not to use cell phones while getting the tank of your car filled.

Smoking at Gas Station
Sean Penn holding an unlit cigarette in his mouth while filling gas. Courtesy: Zimbio.com

28. Do not leave Unattended Oil Containers in the Car: It is always recommended to have extra oils and fluids with you in the car but they must be packed tightly in highly insulating bottles and containers. Having them in your car in low-grade bottles and that too in spots where the car usually heats up can cause huge loss. Be careful about never leaving such a bottle in the car while you have parked the car in a hot climate.

29. Be Careful of Aerosol Sprays: Mostly it is observed that people do keep aerosol sprays in their cars to spray the air freshener. A single bottle of aerosol, when heated can cause an explosion and fire. Make sure not to leave any aerosol spray in the car and use liquid air fresheners instead.

Aerosol spray cans are pressurized canisters that are known to explode when exposed to extreme heat, that’s why manufacturers warn users of these cans not to throw them into an open flame, even when empty.
Tan, W. From Carmudi.com.ph

Chapter 3
Things Must-have in Your Car


There are certain things…

That helps in maintaining the car better by assisting in damage control and fixation.

Those can be as complex as mechanic tools and as simple as an iPhone charger, let’s have a look!

Things Must-have in Your Car

30. Keep extra Motor Oils with you: Engine and other motor oils also come in thick and safe packing which you can keep in your car with proper caution. While going on long distances, keep them with you to handle any unpredictable situation. This will make sure that your car’s engine is not facing too much exertion and the oil levels are met.

31. Keep Extra Coolants: You never know when your car gets stuck in jams or runs out of coolants, always keep a bottle of coolant (of course a properly packed one) in your car so you do not have to drag the car while heating it.

Keep Extra Coolants in the Car

32. Keep Extra Fuses: Sometimes your car can stop working without any visible reason. There can be a problem in the care fuse. They are mostly found under the steering part of the car. Take the fuses out one by one and smell them for any burn. If you find any burnt fuse just simply exchange that. For all this, you need to have extra fuses with you. It will save your car from any damage or experimenting. Every car uses specialized fuses and keeps the appropriate ones with you.

33. Keep a Toolbox: Having a toolbox with you in the car can come quite handy in case you come across any situation in which you would want to fix small problems temporarily so your car does not face any further damage. Having a toolkit also saves the day if you get into the need of changing the tire.

34. Keep an Extra Tire in the Car: Having an extra tire also helps in saving your car from damage. If you find out that your current tire is out of gas and there is no mechanic or gas station around, you can simply switch the faulty tire with a new one. This will not only help in having a smooth journey but will also save the tire from any further damage.

35. Keep a Tire Jack: Keeping a tire jack is always a smart idea and helps in rescuing problematic situations anywhere on the road.

36. Keep Jumper Cables: If your car’s battery runs out of power you can always take power from another battery using a jumper cable. Connect the positive terminals with positive and negative with negative terminals carefully. Connecting the other way can be dangerous. Be careful of this.

Keep Jumper Cables in the Car

37. Handle Carefully if the Car is Heating: If the car is heating, which means that the fan which cools down the radiator has got some problems and is not working? Better stop and look for some other option to travel or keep putting the coolant in the radiator till you reach the mechanic.

38. Extra Wiper Blades: Out on a rainy day and realized that wipers are not working properly, what a mess! This is always a smart idea to keep a pair of windshield wiper blades with you in the back of your car. You should know how to change or swap the old and faulty ones with the new ones and you can save the day.

39. Reflective Warning Triangles: Always keep at least 3 warning triangles in your car. Having them in your car and using them where needed can save your car and others live as well.

40. Fire extinguisher: In case of any oil spills and fire combustion, having a fire extinguisher can save you from huge and irreparable loss. You don’t have to keep a big one really, a small 2kg is enough.

A Small fire extinguisher in the Car

41. Extra batteries: Having power back up is always good. It saves your car from getting exerted by any load shortcomings.

42. Rope and Duct Tape: In case your car needs to be towed, these accessories make the procedure quick and easy.

43. Foam Tire Sealants: Several times it happens that you are on a long road and in case of any puncture, you cannot find any workshop or fixing counter nearby. Having foam tire sealants can save you from the diversifying efforts of changing the tire and you can reach your destination without harming the rims and tires of the car.

44. An OBD2 Scanner: OBD2 Is the abbreviation of On-Board Diagnostics 2. It is a very small lightweight gadget that helps you finding and interpreting car malfunctions and errors. To help you find the best OBD2 Scanner, please follow this guide.

The OBD2 is a sophisticated software with so many self-checks to monitor and regulate the functioning of your car and in so doing maintain its good health for the longest time possible.
Alex. From Totalcardiagnostics.com

45. A Dash Camera: A dash camera is always necessary to capture any accidental footage. I really hope that you don’t ever face a moment to use that footage, but we all know that accidents do happens and so it is good to be prepared for the worst!

46. Best Placement for Dash Camera: The best place to install the dash camera is in the center of the windshield, right under the rear-view mirror. That is the exact center point of your windshield, and you will get the best possible footage from there. You might also want to read this guide to get the best dash camera.

Chapter 4
Oils and Fluids Checks


There are certain Oils and Fluids levels which must be maintained for the safety of your car.

Fluids are vital for your car and keeping their optimum levels intact is very important.

Here is the guidance about the list of oils and how to keep a check on them.

Oils and Fluids Checks

47. Keep a Check on the Engine Oil Level: Oils are very cheap and engines are very expensive. So it is always a good idea to keep an eye on the oil levels. On opening the car hood or car bonnet you would be able to see a knob or ring-type structure which actually is the knob of the dipstick.

That yellow knob belongs to the dipstick.

You would be able to take the dip stick out. This dipstick knob is actually a measuring tool that tells you about the fluid levels of your car. You need to first wipe the dipstick off for removing any oil on it so you could take the right measurements. Dip the stick back in the oil chamber and take the stick out. The stick already has dotted points to determine the minimum and maximum levels. You can just check this way that where the oil of your car engine reaches the dotted measuring points and always have a pre-hand idea if the engine oil is running out.

48. Don’t take out the Dipstick Knob right after Turning-off the Engine: Another thing that should be kept in mind is that you are not supposed to pull out the dipstick right after turning the engine of the car off. It takes time for all the engine oil to come back to the oil chamber. You need to give it at least five to ten minutes after switching the engine off before taking the dipstick out for measuring the oil level.

49. Power Steering Fluid: The power steering fluid reservoir or other oil containing boxes would have a description of what kind of oil should be used for your car’s specific model. The lid of steering fluid reservoir would often have the oil seepage because it has tiny holes from where the oil spill out if the pressure is built. On removing the power steering cap you would gain see a measuring rod-like structure that would have minimum to maximum pointers. Just like you did for the engine oil, you would clean it with a napkin and would dip it back in the fluid to see till which point the oil reaches. This video can help you with power steering fluids.

50. Other Oil Fluids: The same should be the procedure for all types of oil filters. Take out their caps and wipe out the oil from measuring rods, put the measuring rod back and check where the oil reaches between the minimum and maximum point. Some oil boxes would have a transparent scale on the box itself for you to directly see where the oil is, so could know when is it the time to fill it back.

All kind of Oil Fluids

51. Take care of Optimum Oil Levels: As explained earlier that all the gouging rods and measuring tools in the car would tell about the maximum and minimum parameters for the oil quantity, maintaining oil levels somewhere in between these two points is a good thing to do. It is known that having oil in a low amount can hinder the performance of your automobile but overfilling of fluids can also be as damaging as the under-filling. So do not exceed both the limits for keeping your car going well.

52. Check the Quality of Oils: Along with the right quantity, keeping a check on the quality is also very important. Dip a clean white napkin or paper towel into the different fluid containers of your car or simply clean the dip sticks of different oil containers with the white napkin to see if there is any dirt or soot left on the napkin after cleaning the oil from the dipstick. If yes then you should get the oil changed as soon as possible. This guide can help you determine engine oil quality.

Poor-quality engine oils are often put on the market due to ignorance or greed. Unfortunately, for the uninformed automobile owner, a high-quality engine oil and one of poor quality will look and feel the same.
Dasbach, T. From Machinerylubrication.com

53. Check the Water Level of your Car’s Battery: Open up the battery and check for its liquid level as well. Use distilled water if you feel the levels are not optimum. You would be able to see a mark and make sure the liquid level stays till that mark.

54. Keep a Check on Coolants: Coolants are liquids that help in stabilizing the car heat. Coolants are usually ethylene and water mixtures but in case you do not have any coolant, using distilled water is also a safe option. The coolants go in the radiator and an adjacent container. Both the radiator lid and container come with proper information about measuring the coolant optimum level.

Keep checking coolant levels

55. Hydraulic Fluid: Examine the levels of hydraulic fluids as well.

56. Be Careful while Handling Radiator: When you want to open the radiator’s lid, make sure that the engine was turned off at least ten to fifteen minutes ago. You would still want to touch the hose and see if it’s cooled down or not. If no, then certainly opening it can be harmful. Push the radiator lid down with a paper towel slowly and listen carefully for any sound of pressurized air. If you hear any sound, stop and wait for a while before further opening it. Upon hearing no sound, proceed by winding the lid counterclockwise while still pushing it down.

57. Radiator Coolant Measurements: If there are no measurement instructions engraved, you can visually observe the coolant levels. The adjacent coolant container is usually semi-transparent and comes with two drawn lines or markings on the outer side for pointing the minimum and maximum coolant levels.

58. Opening the Radiator of a Heated Car: Extra tip: if you are in the middle of the road and you realize that the coolant has run out and opening the radiator immediately is necessary then do not go for opening it after switching the car’s engine off. You can open its lid while the engine is still on but remember to push the lid down and slightly moving it counterclockwise and listening to the sound of pressurized liquid. If you hear any, stop!

Opening Radiator of Heated Car

59. Transmission Fluid Check: Transmission fluids or tranny fluids are used in self-shifting or automatic transmission cars. The transmission fluids are usually red or green in color so the drivers could distinguish these fluids from motor oils. Different cars have different transmission fluid gauging systems as some have dipsticks in transmission oil containers and some do not. You need you to see the user guide for your car’s make and model for having a better idea of this.

60. Check the Brake Fluid: Almost all the brake fluid containers are clear for you to see the brake fluid between the minimum and maximum levels where the fluid is. You can check that without opening the container but you would want to open the lid and check the color of the fluid for having an idea of the quality of the fluid. If the fluid is of light brown or golden colour then the oil is perfectly fine but a gruesome color means that there are metal residues and you need to change the brake oil as soon as possible.

Car Brake Fluids

61. Use Specialized Liquids for Windshield Cleaning: Adding specialized liquids in the container that provides liquid for the windshield cleaning rather than the plain water saves the windshield from any frictional scratches which the brittle rubber of wipers can cause otherwise. Replacing the water with specialized liquid also halts the effects of precipitation and road grime to accumulate on the windshield and gives you a better view of the road.

62. Carefully Open and Close the Lids: When you are inspecting the oil level, make sure you clean the lids with the napkin so that no dirt gets in the oil container when you are opening the lid.

63. Check for any Fluid Spills: Visually observe for any oil or fluid leaks in and around your car. If you smell as if something is getting burnt, it means that oil of some kind is leaking in the car and if you get to sniff a sweet smell then most probably it is the coolant. When the engine warms up and you actually see smoke coming out of the bonnet, it also means that there are oil spills somewhere inside it. In such cases, stop the car and do a whole visual inspection to check if there is any fluid spill left on any surface or something seeping out of the gasket. Clean the spills yourself and go for professional help in the case of continuous seepage or leakage.

Chapter 5
Tires and Wheels


There are certain checks that you need to do, not on a daily basis but weekly or monthly.

You can simply check on these integral aspects quickly once a week or fortnight.

Tires and Wheels

64. Examine the Wheels: Checking the overall condition of the wheels is also very important. Wheels carry the whole car structure and look for these checks to make sure your car never goes off-balance.

65. Checking the Tires: The tires of your automobile are responsible for maintaining equilibrium. You can only have a safe ride if the Tires are in good shape. What we often tend to do is that we only focus on the air of the tires and only consider repairing to be enough in case of any puncture.

66. Checking Tire Treads: The overall health of the tires is determined by the number of treads they have. Keep an eye on the tread patterns and you will see some tread bear bars which run between the tread patterns in the form of grooves. When the tire is worn out, these treads tend to flush with the bars of the wheels and the groove spaces get shallower. You can always use a penny to test if the grooves have gotten shallower or not. If the penny gets stuck in the tread grooves then your tire is totally fine and there are minimum chances of any unpleasant accident but if the penny does not get stuck in the grooves then you need to change the tires immediately.

Tire Treads

67. Tire pressure: Having a pressure gauge is also a must. Undo the valve stem cap of the car wheel and stick the pressure gauge in it. The optimum pressure for your car is often written inside of your car door or in the users’ manual. You need to keep a check if the pressure is within the specifications because too low air pressure or too high air pressure, both are lethal and can result in imbalance, wear and tear and even exploding of the tires. So you better not to try being an automobile engineer and guess on the optimum level and refer to placards or stickers on your car doors or on the manuals.

Tire Pressure

68. Check the Wheel Camber: Camber helps in distributing the load of the whole car on the tread. The Camber angle is made between the vertical axis of the wheel and the vertical axis of the vehicle. If your tire is tilted it means that it has a negative or positive camber and needs to get fixed. The positive camber results in rapturing of the tire on the outside and the negative camber results in the rupturing of the tire on the inside tread pattern of the tires. Having a balanced camber will ensure that the wheels stay safe from any wear and tear and last long so you really need to keep an eye and if your wheels are tilted inside or outside then you should get the camber fixed. If both sides of the wheel tread are wearing out but the middle is not then you are low on the air and need to fill the air in the tires.

69. Check the Surface of Wheels for any Bulge: Move your hand across the surface of the wheel and see if you feel any bubble or swollen structure. Repeat the procedure for all four tires and make sure that nothing is swollen.

Check for tire bulges

Chapter 6
Weekly or Monthly Checks


Types of Tread Wear

70. Windshield Wipers: Lift the wipers and examine them properly. Make sure there are no cracks in the rubber and the rubber is sharp and brittle and has no splits. This will prevent the windshield from getting scratches and good quality wipers will also make sure that during a rainfall you enjoy the ride rather than getting worried about the distracting view.

71. Examine the Serpentine Belt: The serpentine belt is actually a long belt that runs through all the components of the engine for powering them. You don’t need to check this belt quite often but yes, once in a while take the flashlight and visually examine this belt for any rapture or cracks. If you hear a squeaking sound or screeching noise, that also means that this belt requires an immediate change for preventing the complete engine failure.

72. Let your Engine Breathe Fresh: Fresh air is good. Of course, it is good for you but it is good for your car too and something that is good for our car is ultimately good for you. Did it make sense? No? Ok, whatever! So having a clogged filter will ultimately reduce the output of your car’s engine. Here comes the good news, the filters are relatively cheap and easy to replace. Pop up the car hood and open the filter box which usually would be in a rectangular housing. Simply swipe the old gruesome filter with a new and fresh filter.

73. Make sure the Battery is Doing Fine: I know we all can get lazy but keeping a check on the battery once in a while would not take much time. Simply pull up the terminal cover and clean it if there is any corrosion. Simply take a brush and surely you know you have to rub it on corrosion to remove it. You can also use anti-corrosion sprays for better cleaning.

74. Fix the Scratches and Damages: Weekly or by weekly properly check the windshield and the pain of the car and fix any damage using proper remedial procedures.

75. Examine the Windshield: Take a plastic bag or a rubber glove and move it around the windshield with your fingers to see if there is any dust accumulation, imperfections or scratches on the windshield. If you feel that there are just minor scratches, clay bar it.

76. Fill in the Rock Chips: Filling in the rock chips found on the windshield or on the metallic and painted surface of the car is very important. There are several methods like bridge method or syringe method for filling the rock chips in. Filling the rock chips not only means repairing what is damaged but it also makes sure that the deep scratch or pit does not spread.

77. Use Clay Luber, Clay Bar: Take a look around your car and check if you see any dents. If yes then do not delay for them to get bigger. Small dents can be fixed using handy tools and some recommended techniques but for serious dents visit your mechanic next weekend.

78. Check the Minor/Major Dents: Take a look around your car and check if you see any dents. If yes then do not delay for them to get bigger. Small dents can be fixed using handy tools and some recommended techniques but for serious dents visit your mechanic next weekend.

79. Use clay Luber, Clay Bar: Clay barring is not only for the windshield. Using a clay bar on the whole car makes it look shinier, prettier, cleaner and newer. Use clay luber spray on the surface of your car. Take the clay bar and press it into a disc form and rub it on the car surface properly moving it all along the surface. Clean it with a soft microfiber towel and here we go. Your car’s surface is as smooth as silk just like you bought it yesterday.

80. Use Wax or Sealants: After proper clay barring, use any wax or sealant for preventing future contamination and dust accumulation.

Chapter 7
Car Cleaning Tips


81. Clean the Interior of Your Car: Cleaning is important and collecting all the dust and junk with a vacuum or clothes also makes sure that you get any kind of liquid spills cleaned before the stain becomes stubborn and does not go off.

82. Be Gentle with Your Dash Gauges: The plastic lenses are allergic to pressure and will break down if you would try being wild with them. Gently wipe the lenses up with a damp cloth otherwise… I told you, right?

83. Put some Rugs: Rugs beautify the car, absorb the sound noise and give the car a serene and graceful outlook.

84. Buy yourself a Foam Rug Cleaner: The foam rug cleaners really help in keeping the carpeting and seats clean and make the car look fresh and new.

85. Invest in Rubber Mats: Rubber mats help in saving the carpeting from dirt, mud and other debris accumulations. Rubber mats stay in pace and are very easy to clean. Getting the car intact with good quality mats will not only save your car but would save you too, from having to put extra effort into cleaning the carpeting.

Car Rubber Mats

86. Cleaning Rubber Parts: Clean the rubber or silicon protectors of the car’s doors and windows with a cloth dipped in the mild cleaning liquids. Cleaning rubber with oil-based cleaners will damage the shine and quality of the rubber attachments.

87. Adorn the Car with Accessories having Practical Uses: Accessorizing the car is always a good idea but it is smart to add accessories that also have practical uses. Accessories like air freshener, organizer boxes, suction mounts, GPS navigators, parking sensors and jumper cables can always come in handy for maintaining the safety and interior of the car.

88. Weatherstripping needs your Attention Too: On noticing that the weatherstripping is letting the rain enter the interior of your car, take a detailed examination to figure out if the seal needs to be repaired or replaced. Brush-on seam sealing can be helpful in case of small raptures of damage but if the problem looks out of hand, replace the stripping for saving the interiors from external factors.

89. Pamper the Leather of Interior: Leather ages gracefully if taken care of properly. The leather of the seat only adds beauty and comfort to your car so it is very important to protect this beauty from getting faded away. Use leather cleaners for cleaning the leather sheets. Do not use ordinary detergents or cleaning fluid. You can do a little more effort by protecting the leather from drying out by using specialized pigments and protecting oils.

90. Buy your car a Good Quality Cover: It is important to keep your car covered when you park it for a long time. Keeping the car safe from outside contamination and will help in keeping your car new for a longer time.

91. Choose a Quality Service Station: If you choose to leave your car to a service station, make sure it is a reputable service station. Many people tend to call home service providers as well. Make sure they use the right gadgets and go easy on your car and do not damage any interior or exterior component.

Chapter 8
Storing the Car for Long Periods


Going out of the station and leaving the car back home?

No, you cannot choose to leave it just like that.

There are certain steps you need to take to make sure your car does not go under any damage.

Storing the Car for Long Periods

92. Prevent Gas Condensation: Do not leave your car for a long time without filling up the gas tank. Lower amounts of gas con condensate and can damage the car. Add a fuel stabilizer and drive your car for a few minutes to make sure the additives are distributed in all parts of the engine.

93. Protect the Exterior of the Car: When leaving the car back home in the garage for a long time, make sure you clean the car thoroughly so no dust stays on the surface and then use proper covering and sealants for keeping it safe from the debris.

Proper Car Cover

94. Prevent Brake Corrosion: Disengage the parking brake to make sure rust-free and corrosion-free storage span.

95. Do not leave the Battery Connected: Disconnect the battery to save it from draining and sending shocks to car components. Connect the battery with a tickle-type charger or a small light bulb to periodically draining it. Later you can charge it with a low volt charger.

unplug the car battery

96. Secure the Tailpipe: Secure the opening of the tailpipe so no moisture gets into it and the car remains in the best possible shape and condition.

97. Use Jack Stand: If you are going out of the country or somewhere for a long period of time, it is better jack stands, rather than wheels. This will help in keeping the tires in good shape so you could drive the car right after reaching home without any service of mending. It will also prevent the car tires from dry rotting.

Chapter 9
Car Parts Replacement


There are some maintenance areas that do not need frequent checking or switching up.

Swiping them with new components yearly will make sure a new and beautiful outlook.

Car Parts Replacement

98. Headlights and Taillights Bulbs: With the passing time, the headlights and taillights bulbs start getting dimmer. Before they completely go off and land you in problem and cause any car damage, better change them yearly.

Car Headlight

99. Shocks and Struts: If you see that the car is rocking back and forth every now and then or produces rattling sounds when going over bumps, it means that it is time for you to change the shocks and struts of your car as soon as possible for avoiding future problems related to your four-wheelers.

100. Car Brakes: When it comes to safety, high-grade brakes are integral for a safe and secure ride. If you feel that the steering wheel shakes when you step on the pedals then you should know that there is some problem with the brake system. For stability and control, get it fixed without a delay.

Car Brakes

101. Wait before Turning on the AC: If the car’s fan stopped working and you turn on the AC then it is quite a possibility that your AC’s gas will run out and a refill can cost you quite a lot of bucks. Better wait for a little to make sure that the fan is running fine and the car is not heating up, only then turn on the AC of the car.

Conclusion

So here is our take on tips regarding the complete car maintenance and safety.

Being a motorist demands you to be active and responsible.

Follow the tips and ensure that your car stays maintained and survive for long years.

If you want to share some tips, or have any questions, leave a comment below.

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