In Tips in Safeguarding Your Auto Investment (Part 1), I have mentioned the importance of having a maintenance plan and taking care of the car’s engine. Today, I share more tips in protecting your most prized possession.
Keep it cool.
- Cars nowadays easily get hotter than older models. With the advancement of automobile engineering, many manufacturers cut down on the weight in order to save space. However, the cooling system of the car needs to work double time. More work is needed on newer cars than the other models.
- In order to make sure that your car won’t overheat, it is best to take care of the cooling system. A sure way to maintain it is replace the coolant and follow the recommendations of the automobile manufacturer.
- For some vehicles, the coolants may be usable for a long time, but antifreeze quickly wears out. Take time to regularly replace the coolants. If you do this, the corrosion inhibitors are definitely going to work against scales and corrosion. Hence, foreign elements won’t clog up the cooling system.
Replace the different fluids in the car.
- If you’re wondering on the most neglected fluid, it has to be the brake fluid. However, you should not take for granted the brake fluid because it is the most important fluid in your car. It is not made of petroleum so it will be able to absorb moisture from the air. Once this happens, the hygroscopic quality decreases and it will affect the braking performance.
- Next, you need to be on the lookout for any sludge build up. Over time, sludge will close off the valves in the antilock brake (ABS) units. This will mean more expensive repairs in the future.
- Additionally, the sludge build up will cause the calipers and the cylinders to ooze, forcing you to do a replacement or repair. This is why car experts suggest that the brake fluid should be free from foreign substances. Moreover, have it changed periodically and strictly follow the recommendation of the car manufacturer.
- Now, let’s move on to the transmission fluid. This has to replaced often to ensure the the car’s transmission in its best condition. Generally, manufacturers advise to change the transmission fluid every 100,000 miles.
- Transmission failures are usually caused by the lack of maintenance. That’s why you should also schedule periodic maintenance aside from the transmission fluid change.
- When you schedule your car maintenance, take note that the transmission replacement will be higher than the other fluid changes of your car. Plus, there are other filter changes to consider for the rest of your car’s life.
- Lastly, there’s the power steering fluid. The power steering fluid is like the break fluid, which is often neglected. It also follows the same recommendation; the power steering fluid should be removed and refilled with new one.
- A typical fluid change will make the differential last. If you own a four-wheel drive, you have to change the transfer case fluid too.