Here are 74 Maintenance Tips and Tricks Which You Can Use to Extend Your Car’s Lifespan! (Part Two)

Here are 74 Maintenance Tips and Tricks Which You Can Use to Extend Your Car’s Lifespan! (Part Two)


  • Clean up the light fixture socket

If you are replacing a bad bulb on your car, it is always a good idea to clean up the socket before inserting the new bulb. You can use some steel wool or a small wire brush. Prior to inserting the new light bulb, ensure that you wipe debris completely off the sockets. This will allow effective electrical contact and operation of the new bulb.

  • Fix any small chips in the windshield immediately

Small rocks and debris can fly into your windshield as you drive. They can cause small holes, cracks or chips in the windshield. If this happens to your car, ensure that you visit the garage as soon as possible. This is so that they can fix the chip before it transforms into a large crack. Various windshield repair shops can do this for you at an affordable price.

  • Only use washer fluid

Many drivers are tempted to add water to the windshield washer reservoir. Water will not clean the windshield as effectively as washer fluid. It can even freeze up in the cold weather and cause major damage to your system. Therefore, make sure that you only use washer fluid. If the fluid is depleted, do not try to run the windshield cleaner system because this can damage the pump.

  • Quickly fix the washer fluid tank

The washer fluid tank can get damaged and crack after using your car for a long time. If this happens, make sure that you replace this tank. In the mean time, you can insert a plastic bag in the damaged tank and use it to hold the washer fluid until you buy a new one.

  • Do not overload your car

Every car has a weight limit. Also known as a load specification, this is the total weight which it can carry. This information is contained in the car’s manual. There is a weight limit indicated for the trunk and also for the roof rack. Make sure that you stay within the recommended weight limits. This will preserve the structural integrity of your car and protect the suspension.

  • Always have an old blanket in your car

Old, clean blankets are versatile and can be used for various purposes inside and outside your car. Whenever you are about to tie some bicycles or luggage to the roof rack, place the old blanket over the roof under the rack. This protects your car from scratches and dings from the cargo.

Here are 74 Maintenance Tips and Tricks Which You Can Use to Extend Your Car’s Lifespan!

  • Make sure that you secure loads

Whenever you are carrying some cargo on the roof rack or in your trunk, it is very important to secure it. This prevents the load from moving around and scratching up your car as you drive. Make sure that you invest in a good quality roof rack. Fasten cargo on these locations using canvas belts or cargo nets.

  • Take a look at the splash guard on your wheel wells regularly

The splash guards on your car’s wheel well perform a very important task. They prevent water or mud from splashing into the engine compartment. If it enters these locations, the water can effectively damage the electrical systems. Splash guards can also tear off. Thus, have a look at them every time that you wash the car. Any torn or missing splash guards should be replaced.

  • Wash your car in the winter as well

Many drivers are not enthusiastic to wash their cars in the winter. They conclude that the mud and ice will still get on the vehicle anyway. Little do they know that if these elements are left to solidify on the car’s body, they cause rusting. Moreover, the road salt hastens this process and harms your car’s body panels. Make sure that you wash your car regularly even in the winter so as to avoid this. Rinse out the undercarriage of your car after a winter drive. This gets rid of the road salt. You can use warm water for the process so as to eliminate the ice particles that could contain frozen debris.

  • Wax your car every time after you wash it

Cleaning your car is essential for protecting its paint job. However, the care does not stop there. You need to wax the car too. Wax slows down oxidation that fades out the paint. It also provides a protective barrier against bird droppings, dust, tree sap and pollutants. The best type to use for this purpose is paste wax.

  • Add some adhesive skin for extra protection

Thanks to modern innovation, you can use some self-adhering urethane films to protect your car’s body. There are films which are available in literally any color. Many body shops provide these films and will install them on your car professionally. The self-adhesive polyurethane films can be washed and waxed just like the rest of the car body. They offer an excellent protective option.

  • Avoid scratching up your car’s body with tools

Whenever you are performing some repairs in the engine bay, avoid placing the tools on your car’s fender. Drape a fender cover on this section. After that, place the tools on this part as you work. The fender cover will prevent the sharp ends of your tools from scratching up your paint. It is a sure way to maintain shiny, attractive fenders.

  • Keep the caps fastened on your tire valves

It is often possible to get up and find that your car’s tires have gone flat overnight. In most cases, this is caused by a leaky valve that has its cap missing. To prevent this from happening, ensure that you keep the caps firmly fixed on the valves. Moreover, make sure that you get some new caps whenever you replace your tires.

  • Ensure that your car’s tires are inflated at the right pressure

One of the most important elements to ensure is that your car’s tires are properly inflated. They cause excess heat and stress on the tire. This can lead to abrupt tire bursts which are very dangerous. To prevent this, measure the pressure in your tires using a pressure gauge. Use it to measure the pressure in your tires every month. Whenever you inflate your tires, refer to this gauge as well. Measurement should be done more often in the Summer than in the Winter.

  • Check for moisture in your tires

After you inflate your tires at a gas station, press upon the pin on the tire valve with your thumbnail. If some moisture or water is ejected onto your thumb, the air tanks at the station need to be drained. Proceed to another gas station and re-inflate the tires there. Moisture in your tires is very dangerous because it can cause variations in pressure and corrode the rims.

Here are 74 Maintenance Tips and Tricks Which You Can Use to Extend Your Car’s Lifespan!

  • Check your car’s tires for uneven wear and tear

Sometimes, your car’s tires can get worn out unevenly. This often happens if they are not well aligned. If your car has uneven wear yet all the tires are well inflated, go for a wheel alignment. Other causes of uneven wear include worn bushings, internal tire damage, bad shocks or bent wheels.

  • Check your car’s tire tread depth

Tire treads need to have a particular depth so as to provide ample traction. In most countries around the world, if your tires get worn out to a depth of 1/16-inch (1.5 mm), they need replacement. This means that you should always check the depth of your tire treads. This is essential for good traction meaning better braking, efficient acceleration and better handling.

  • Make sure to rotate your tires

Do not let each of your tires stay in the same position on your car. Rotate the car tires so as to achieve even wear and tear. This also ensures that you are able to get the maximum road life. By referring to your car’s owner’s manual, you will be able to get the correct directions for proper tire rotation. Essentially, tires should be rotated every 6,000 to 7,500 miles. Furthermore, you can ask your tire dealer about the best tire rotation pattern.

  • Note that temperature can affect tire inflation levels

Tires can gain or lose pressure depending on outdoor temperatures. For example, a 10 degree drop in temperature can cause your tires to lose between 1 and 2 pounds of pressure. Tires can deflate quite dramatically in hot weather. Therefore, note the temperature differences in the atmosphere and understand their effects on your tires.

  • You can buy used tires

If you only plan to drive your car for a short period of time such as a year, you don’t have to buy new tires. You can replace your old tires with used ones. Contact your local tire dealer and get a set of used tires for a good price.

  • Implement your wheel cleaner

Car tires receive the greatest impact during driving. Dirt and debris wears out your brake pads and tire tread as well. The splashes of dirty water and mud can create stubborn stains on your brake calipers and rims. Whenever you wash your car, the cleaning liquid will not do much of a job. Therefore, you need to use specialized wheel cleaner for this purpose. There are wheel cleaner solutions that can be used on the rim and the tire. Others are specifically for each section. Invest in some wheel cleaner so as to get spotless tires.

  • Lube the lug nuts

The lug nuts are very important to your wheel. Therefore, they need regular maintenance. They should be lubricated regularly so that they do not stick to the studs. This can be caused by corrosion. Whenever you change your tires or rotate them, make sure to apply some anti-seize lubricant at the automobile supply store. Clean the threads on the lug nuts and apply the lubricant. This will preserve them and help to attain a tighter fit.

  • Maintain your hubcaps

The hubcaps protect the central section of your wheels. After regular driving, they can come loose and even pop right off as you drive. Therefore, you should make sure that the hubcaps are constantly tight upon your car. Ensure that the wire ring retainer is in good condition and holding the hubcaps in place. Also, avoid scratching or hitting the hubcaps.

  • Perform regular wheel alignment

It is necessary to have your wheels aligned as often as possible. This prevents problems such as uneven wear and tear, bad shocks and inaccurate handling. Make sure that your car’s wheels are aligned every 3,000 miles. If you replace a rack-and-pinion steering system, your wheels should get aligned too. Performing regular wheel alignment ensures that your steering system is accurate.

  • Maintain the levels of your brake fluid

This is a very important fluid in your car. Brake fluid ensures that the braking action is executed accurately in your vehicle. Check the brake fluid on a monthly basis. As you do so, make sure to wipe dirt from the master cylinder lid. If the brake fluid levels are low, ensure that you add the type which is specifically recommended by your car manufacturer. Do not substitute brake fluid and don’t use any from a previously-opened container.

Here are 74 Maintenance Tips and Tricks Which You Can Use to Extend Your Car’s Lifespan!

  • Maintain your anti-lock brakes

Anti-lock brake systems boost safety as you drive. Despite its efficiency, this brake system is prone to moisture. Water in this system can ruin the ABS pump and rot the brake lines from the inside. Ensure that your ABS anti-lock brake system is purged every 3 years. This can also be done according to the directions in your vehicle owner’s manual.

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