Have you ever wondered why your car seems to be getting old while some vehicles bought a long time ago are still in good shape? It is because you are not giving your vehicle the care it requires. A car does not always have to visit a garage only when it needs cleaning or has some malfunctions. A vehicle requires regular care and maintenance to stay in good shape and enhance performance and reliability. Below are some essential car maintenance tips.

Conduct regular car check-ups

An owner’s manual contains a car maintenance checklist and how to perform the basic car maintenance activities. The car check-up is a simple process of assessing the functionality of different car parts and components. If you notice any problem, you can inform a professional to check it for you.

Replace any broken indicator bulbs

Indicator bulbs are essential car features and should not be overlooked. You can replace your indicator bulbs without going to the car shop. When returning them, ensure you do not touch the glass bulbs to avoid removing them from their mounting. You can only touch the metal bulb holder at the base of the lighting fixture. If you do not have the skills to replace the bulbs, you can have a professional do it for you.

Replace broken windshield and windscreen.

Windshield wipers are not durable and tend to wear out a little faster than other car components, get streaky, and make a squeaking noise. Your windscreen might also have cracks and will require windscreen replacement. These features are essential as they act as the drivers’ window to see where they are going.

Get your tire alignment checked

Wheel balancing and alignment are essential in the amount of fuel used and your safety on the road. Your car tires should be rotated, balanced, and aligned according to the mileage indicated in your owner’s manual.

Replace your car spark plugs

If your car is experiencing misfires, lack of acceleration, unusual fuel consumption, engine surging, or you are having trouble starting your car are signs that your spark plugs require replacement. A vehicle requires spark plug replacement after 30,000 miles for the standard copper types and after 100,000 for the more advanced iridium spark plugs.

Conduct a tire pressure check-up

The tire pressure determines the amount of fuel your car will use and also affects the handling and comfort of your vehicle. Your owners’ manual has the recommended tire pressure for your car, and tire pressure check-ups should be done weekly. Some vehicles are fitted with intelligent gadgets connected to the phone that constantly monitor tire pressure and send a notification if any tire needs air.

Car maintenance improves safety by making your car run smoothly and efficiently and saves you expensive repair costs. A well-maintained vehicle will sell at a higher price in the resale market than a neglected car. When maintaining your vehicle, you should pay attention to your owner’s manual, which contains information on optimizing your car’s performance and functionality.