Cars need care and attention. It’s a fact no one is going to complain about. We take good care of our pets and children, so why wouldn’t we treat our cars the same? But sometimes here or there we might forget things. Or maybe, it’s hard to keep up with a schedule. That’s why we’ve decided to write a list of car parts which require some extra special care on your part.
A car’s engine.
The engine is the heart of a vehicle. It’s what makes your car go, but it requires a lot of maintenance to keep it going smoothly. If you don’t care for your engine, it can show signs of damage that require expensive repairs. You should always recognize the signs of engine damage and take steps early to prevent them from getting worse if possible.
Engine damage most commonly occurs when you allow too much oil to build up in your car’s system, causing friction between its parts and overheating. Driving at high speeds for long periods of time can also cause engine damage by wearing down various parts.
So how do you know if your engine has been damaged? Well, there are a number of symptoms to look out for:
If your check engine light pops on while driving, or you hear strange noises coming from under the hood, it could be an indication that something is wrong with your engine. Other warning signs include poor gas mileage and black smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe (this one’s pretty easy to spot).
You can prevent this type of damage by giving your car regular tune-ups, which ensure each part is working as efficiently as possible. A good rule to follow is getting an oil change every 3 months or after every 3,000 miles driven (whichever comes first).
With cars, there are many essentials you should keep in good condition. The essential parts of the car are obviously the brakes—these come first in all vehicle maintenance checklists. Ensure that these things are regularly checked and maintained for them to last for a long time.
While there are many parts in your car that should receive special attention, tires top the list. Tires are the only contact between your car and the road, so it’s important to make sure they’re in good condition. To check your tires’ pressure, you’ll need a tire gauge to measure the amount of air in each tire. If you don’t have one of these handy devices at home, most gas stations keep them for sale or for convenient use. You should make sure to check your tire pressure regularly (at least once a month; more often during extreme weather). If you notice that the pressure is low on any of your tires, add air accordingly.
You should also keep an eye on tread depth and tread wear. Manufacturers recommend replacing tires when tread depth drops below 1/16 of an inch (the space between a dime’s edge and its face; see picture here). This is because treads play a large role in traction control as well as handling. If you’d prefer not to do this measurement yourself, take your vehicle to a mechanic shop—they can perform this test for free or charge very little to do so—and ask them how your wheels look. If they can be salvaged with some new treads, then consider getting new ones right away!
The radiator is a part that’s often overlooked and forgotten about, but it’s one of the most critical pieces of your engine. Your engine will overheat quickly if your radiator fails. This can result in severe damage to your car. The radiator is located in front of your engine and is connected to it by hoses. It uses coolant (a combination of water and antifreeze) to keep the engine cool and operating efficiently. Radiators can be damaged if they are hit or if a hose breaks or leaks, so you should always pay attention while driving to avoid hitting anything that could cause damage.
The clutch is what connects your engine to your transmission. The transmission then transmits the power to your wheels. To be able to change gears, you have to disengage and re-engage the clutch. The most common problem with a clutch is not letting it fully engage before putting the car in gear when starting off (or going from reverse back into drive). This will cause damage because the gears are now spinning at different speeds, causing them to grind together – which is bad!
In order to not do this, you need to get a feel for when the clutch plates fully connect. If you’re not sure if they’re engaged or not, just let go of the gas pedal very slowly and see if it grabs without accelerating further. If it does, great! You should be good to go into first gear now.
Another thing that can damage your transmission is known as “riding” the clutch – this means using your foot on the pedal constantly even when driving at constant speed or braking. Doing this will wear down both your brake pads and your clutch plates faster than normal. Simply put, use only enough pressure on either pedal for what you need at any given time – don’t keep pressing them down if you don’t need their maximum effect yet!
Check the oil level on a regular basis.
We’re here to help you with all your vehicle maintenance needs, but it’s good to know the basics yourself.
Checking your car’s oil level is something that you should do on a regular basis. Most experts recommend checking the level every time you fill up or at least once a month (more often if the car is older).
To check your oil level, first, make sure that the engine has been turned off for several hours so that all of the oil has settled into the pan. Then pop open the hood and locate where your dipstick is located (usually near one of the front corners). Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean with a rag or paper towel. Re-insert it fully into its tube and pull it out again.
If you see oil between two marks on the stick, then you’ve got enough; if not, add a little more until you reach those marks.
Make sure that the headlights, brake lights, and turn signals are all working properly.
There are many crucial parts of your car, but headlights, brake lights, and turn signals are absolutely essential. If they’re not working properly, you could be putting yourself and other drivers at risk. To ensure that they’re all in good working order, start by using a flashlight to evaluate the condition of each bulb. If any of them are damaged, or it looks like they could fail soon, replace them immediately with new ones. Also, check for cracks or other damage that might allow moisture inside the light housing; this can cause issues in the future if left untreated. If you notice any problems with the bulbs or housings during your inspection, take your car to an auto shop as quickly as possible to have them fixed or replaced before you hit the road again.
Check the coolant levels regularly.
It is equally important to ensure the coolant level in your vehicle’s radiator is at the proper level. If the coolant gets too low, the engine will overheat quickly. Low coolant levels can cause damage or even failure of an engine. It is recommended that car owners check their coolant levels once every month.
The most common problem with engines is overheating, which happens when there is a problem such as a cracked hose or a cooling system clogged with dirt and rust. However, an auto owner should know that if these problems are not fixed immediately, they will eventually lead to more serious issues like an engine malfunction caused by internal components being damaged from excessive heat. This can cost thousands of dollars to repair–not including labor costs!
Your auto insurance policy doesn’t cover mechanical breakdowns, so be sure to understand what types of coverage are available to protect your vehicle from mechanical breakdowns.
You know to protect yourself with auto insurance coverage in case you get into an accident. But what if your car breaks down and needs repairs? You may not be able to afford the high cost of fixing it, let alone the price tag of a new vehicle. Mechanical breakdown insurance (MBI) provides coverage for repairing or replacing your car if it breaks down from normal wear and tear beyond its warranty, which can save you money. Not all auto insurers offer MBI, so call several companies to find out whether they do and what their rates are.
A car is an expensive investment. It should be serviced and maintained in due time to be in the best state. You should know all engine parts, but it is not necessary to take care of each and every part. There are many car parts that need extra care, and we have listed all of them in order to help you set your priorities right when it comes to taking care of your car.