Treat your car right and it will serve you for ages. You must have heard this adage for a long time. It is by all means true. But how in the first place do you treat your car right and maintain it well if you’re just a first time car owner? What exactly do you do with your first ever Volvo when you’re too mesmerized with its efficiency to figure out when it’s time to change the oil filter? There isn’t much you should do other than the basics. Check the engine oil level, take the car for servicing and be a good driver. But despite these basics, there are car parts and components that should always be in a good condition 24/7. That is, the parts have a direct impact on both safety and performance. They include:
The Braking System
The system is made up of components like the brake rotor, calipers and discs. Brake fluid falls under this category too. It is easy to understand why all these parts should always be in a good condition. Take the brake caliper for instance. It is always subjected to high heat levels each time the car brakes as you try to slow down. The heat then radiates from the brake pads and the rotors before they reach the caliper assembly. Before long, the temperatures reach 200 or even 300 Degrees Fahrenheit. This can only mean one thing to the braking system. Corrosion will become inevitable. Braking will then be hard or in some cases where the brake calipers completely fail, braking will simply become impossible. Your best bet is to therefore inspect the braking system each month. Change the rotors, discs and calipers if you have to. Then while at it, ensure the system has enough brake fluid.
The Air Filter
The air filter has one primary function which is in essence the lifeline between a car that can move and one that cannot. In other words, your car won’t just work without a good air filter. Its main function is to remove contaminants that accumulate in the engine over time. Without the air filter or with a faulty one, accumulation will force the engine to struggle with dirty oil. Before long, you will notice thick smoke coming off the exhaust with traces of oil. By this time, damage has already happened. Chances are, you will heat clunking noises as you drive. Do not wait until this happens. Change your air filter as often as our mechanic recommends or according toe the car manual. To be safe, have the air filter inspected after every two months.
This is a no brainer. Unfortunately for many car owners, engine maintenance is all about changing engine oil. This is not true at all. There is much more into engine maintenance than just the engine oil. Start by taking your car for servicing regularly. Then by all means, do not ignore the check engine light that stays on for more than 24 hours. Remember the engine is connected to nearly all other components starting from the steering wheel and the air filter all the way to the braking system, the air pump and even the CV joint. If any of these parts have a problem, the engine may also be affected. The best you can do for the sake of your engine is to ensure no part of component that makes the engine function is compromised. In simple words once again, take your car for regular servicing.