Car Care Tips to Know When You’re in Your 20s (Part 3)

You have reached the last part on my discussion about the Car Care Tips to Know When You’re in Your 20s. For this final post, I will share a few more tips in taking care of your car.

Warming up your car before hittin’ the road

Immediately running your car is one sure way of shortening its lifespan. Warming up your car won’t take 20 minutes or so just like your grandfather used to do; you’ll just be wasting gas. The point is to let the engine oil flow before you start your journey.

Describing your car problems to the mechanicgrayscale photo of man fixing gear

Mechanics cannot read your mind. For a mechanic to help you, you need to tell them what the problem is.  They can only properly diagnose and provide solutions if you tell them in detail.  You can’t just appear out of nowhere and complain that something is broken.

Instead, you should say something like, the brakes aren’t working. Perhaps, tell them about the rattling sound you here. The tires are leaning towards one direction. Whatever the case is, describe your problem in complete detail.  Don’t resort to saying that it is broken or damaged!

Checking the fluid levels

Aside from check the engine oil as stated on Car Care Tips to Know When You’re in Your 20s (Part 1). You also have to learn to check the other fluids like the coolant, windshield washer fluid, and brake fluid among other things. It is best to go over your owner’s manual to check on the correct filling locations and recommended amounts.

Replacing the bulb of a headlight

The thing is if you only replace only one, the brightness level won’t be equal. So, better buy 2 and replace the lights in front. All you need is a few crescent wrenches, and just follow the instructions on the box. I know that each car may vary, but for sure, the difference is only with the nuts and fasteners.

Learn the proper way to jump-start your car battery

Let me put it out there that it always comes in handy when you have jumper cables in the trunk. For you to jump start  properly, you first need to turn off both cars. Then, examine the dead battery, and attach the red clamp on the positive (+) terminal. Next, you need to place the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the live battery.

The black clamp should be placed to the negative (–) terminal of the live battery, and the other end of the black clamp should be attached to an area of unpainted metal on the empty car’s engine block. Finally, you can switch on the live car, and run the empty car for around 30 minutes to recharge the battery.

Knowing the numbers on the gas pumps

Don’t make the stupid mistake of putting diesel in a regular engine. Generally, the typical cars in the US will use a regular unleaded, but if you own a high-performance vehicle like a sport car, you will need a premium or a higher-octane fuel.