Your car is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, so it really pays to know how to best maintain it. If you drive it around daily or if you regularly use your car to go for long commutes, you’ll probably hit the 5,000-mile mark earlier than you might think. Here are some tips to help you maintain a car at 5,000 miles:
- Regularly check your car’s engine. The most important thing to look out for would be dirt and oil leaks. You’d also need to wipe the engine clean about once a week. If you notice that the engine consistently appears dirty and oil-greased, you may need to have it professionally checked for leaks. However, never attempt to hose your engine down with water; this may cause your engine to short circuit.
- Know how to clean your car battery terminals. Using a wire brush, clear away white deposits that form on the terminals. Mix two teaspoons baking soda with 1/2 liter water and wipe down your battery with this solution.
- Know when to replace different parts of your car. For example, your automatic transmission fluid must be replaced every 36,000 miles or earlier if it begins to smell burnt or takes on a brownish tinge. Your antifreeze should be drained and replaced every two years; and your car’s fan belts and hoses should be replaced once they show signs of wear.
- Know which regular car maintenance habits to practice. For example, preserve your car tires by rotating them every 7,500 miles. Lubricate your car door’s hinges annually. Check and change your oil every two weeks. Wax your car about three times every year. And of course, clean and hose down your car’s exterior about once a week.
- Practice driving habits that would extend the life of your car. For one, you should make sure to stop in between shifting from reverse to forward gear. This will help reduce wear on your clutch. Also, do not overwork your car engine by regularly going above speed limits; maintaining your car within prescribed speed limits will not only help preserve your car engine but will also keep you from getting speeding tickets.
- Finally, make sure that you submit your car to regular checkups by a professional mechanic, to ensure that all its parts and mechanisms are working properly. This will also help prevent unnecessary repairs that would likely set you back by hundreds of dollars.
There you have it! These are just some of the basic maintenance tips to help preserve your car. Do remember that taking the time to practice these car maintenance habits will spare you all the pressure and hassles of having to get total car repair. Also remember that when in doubt, have a professional mechanic check on your car to make sure that it receives the proper care that it deserves. Make sure that the mechanic you’re bringing your car to is a reputable mechanic, one that you could trust. Good luck!