Part of being a responsible car owner is having a handle on a few basic elements of your car. Having this knowledge empowers you to make the right decisions when it comes to car maintenance or repairs. Now, it’s quite unlikely that any of us will read our car manual cover to cover. So, here are 5 things you should look out for and familiarize yourself with:
1. Make and model of your car
Parts, fluids, and other accessories required by your car differ from model to model. Ads the design & make of the car changes so do the parts required by it, often significantly. It’s critical that you know the exact make, model, and year of manufacturing for your car. You and your mechanic can both be confident about what your car needs and avoid expensive, dangerous mistakes.
2. Locating and Understanding your VIN
Your Vehicle Identification Number is a 17-digit number that is unique to your car. This one number can give you a hoard of information about your car - make, model, country of manufacture, vehicle specification, engine size. This helps your mechanic easily find parts etc. Each number & letter indicates details about your car. The VIN is usually located on the driver’s side at the corner of the windshield.
3. The correct tyre pressure
Tyres are arguably one of the most important parts of your car and one that see the most wear and tear. Simply maintaining the correct tire pressure as much as possible can increase their life and save you expensive tire replacements. Luckily most new cars have an indicator that lets you know when tire pressure is getting low. Keep an eye on this indicator and fill the air in your tyres as soon as possible. Also, be sure not to overfill!
4. Your car’s maintenance schedule
For your car to run smoothly it needs regular maintenance and upkeep. This includes changing your oil, replacing your fluids, rotating your tires. There are a lot of maintenance guidelines and directions. However, the best course of action is always what’s recommended by your owner’s manual. Make sure you stick to this schedule to ensure that your car performs at the top of its game at all times.
5. What your dashboard lights mean
An indicator lighting up on your dashboard usually means your car requires attention. Your owner’s manual can tell you what your dashboard lights mean and how immediately this issue requires your attention. Familiarizing yourself with these indicators will help you fix things quickly before it becomes a bigger issue or even leads to your car breaking down.