Sabtu, 15 Desember 2012

Special New Car Maintenance Tips - Autos

<p>The great thing about the new cars of today is how little maintenance they need when compared to the new cars of days gone by. Although some maintenance is still needed, it's nothing compared to all the tiny details that had to be repeatedly checked, lubricated, replenished, and serviced in the new cars of only a decade or two ago.</p>

<p>Today's new cars can do without regular attention to the spark plugs and condenser, and servicing the breaker points on a regular basis is now a thing of the past. Many spark plugs last the entire life span of the car. You may not even know what a condenser or breaker point is thanks to the new electronic ignition systems that have made those items almost obsolete. New cars of today also rust a lot less than new cars of just a few years ago, even with prolonged exposure to moisture. Regular lubrication is no longer needed in the suspension system and the chassis, as these parts now generally come with lifetime lubrication systems.</p>

<p>Most new cars of today have powerful extended warranties, and most tend to last long past the expiration date of the warranty. With just a bit of maintenance, your new car may be able to last you for as many as 200,000 miles. Here are some special new car maintenance tips that you should regularly perform to keep your new car in peak condition.</p>

<p>Oil CheckCheck your oil at least once a month. Make sure your car is not parked on an incline when you check the dipstick, and if you do need to add oil, don't add too much. If your oil level is regularly low, get your car checked for leaks.</p>

<p>Tire CheckBuy a tire-pressure gauge and check the air pressure in your tires at least once a month. Air pressure is best checked when the car is cold. Check your owner's manual for the recommended inflation pressure. When checking tire air pressure, be sure to also check the pressure in your spare to make sure you are prepared for any emergencies.</p>

<p>Wash and WaxThe body of your car should be regularly washed. It's particularly important to hose down the underside of the car to get rid of dirt and mud. Your car should be waxed whenever the beads of water that linger on its surface measure more than a quarter of an inch across.</p>

<p>Oil ChangeEvery six months or 7,500 miles, your car's oil and oil filter should be changed. When you change the oil, you should also check or change the following systems and parts.</p>

<p>Air Filter CheckHold your air filter up to a light source and check if you can still see through it. If not, change it.</p>

<p>Exhaust System CheckCheck the muffler and exhaust system of your car for rust or loose clamps. If any clamps are loose, tighten them. If any components are rusted, change them.</p>

<p>Brake CheckYou should have your brakes inspected by a professional every time you change your oil just to make sure that they are still in good condition.</p>

<p>Fluid CheckCheck the levels of all fluids in your car including the transmission fluid, the power steering fluid, the brake fluid, and even the windshield wiper fluid. Make sure to check the transmission fluid when the engine is running.</p>

<p>Battery CheckInspect all cables and terminals on your battery to make sure they are tight, stable, and free of rust. If your battery fluid level can be checked, make sure that it is still at an acceptable level.

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