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Car Maintenance Tips

If you wish to keep your car in good condition for a long time, you need to ensure that you maintain it on a regular basis. Maintenance can be quite demanding, but you need to do it either way. It does not have to be expensive for you as there are many things, which you can take care of on your own. Some tips to help you out are given below.

Car maintenance tips

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After every 5000 miles (or 8000 kilometers), you should rotate the tires of your car. Tire rotation refers to the practice tires to evenย out the wear. For effective rotation, swap the front tires with the back tires. You should also clean off brake dust on a regular basis. For the tire pressure, make sure that you check at least once every week. This is because bad pressure may have a negative effect on fuel consumption, comfort, and handling. The same can also be said about tread depth. Bald tires are not good on the roads and may even result in an accident due to slippage. If the tread on a tire is too low, replace the tire with a new one.

Electrical

You should also make sure that the electrical components of your car are in good condition. Disconnect the battery before working on any electrical bit. When disconnecting, start with the negative terminal to avoid any short circuit. Check the status of the battery as well and replace it when need be. Remember to clean the terminals as well.

Engine

6yuttr6tfyi6tt7For the engine, start by checking the rubber drive belts that run the pulleys. The belts drive many things including the a/c compressor and the alternator. Rubber can wear off, especially in extreme conditions. That is why it is important to ensure that the belts are in good condition. Ideally, you should check them after every 25,000 miles and replace them after every 50,000 miles. Check the oil level in the engine as well. If the oil is too low or too high, your engine may experience some problems. Ensure that you park the car on a level ground and wait for the engine to cool before you check the oil level. The last check that you can do on your own in relation to the engine is the coolant level. This should also be done when the engine is cool.


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Car Accessories That You Should Have

After making a purchase of a new car, the next step is usually to try to personalize it. This can be done in many ways. Something as little as having your favorite car perfume is already a step towards personalizing it. Many people will accessorize their cars using various accessories that cater for their needs. There are many types of accessories available for different cars. However, some are quite important and belong in every car. Some of the accessories that you should consider having are highlighted below.

Must-have car accessories

Car charger

This is the most common accessory found in cars. Its usefulness and low price are perhaps what makes a car charger so common. In the current world, people rely on their cellphones for more than just communication. You can conduct business online through the phone or use it as a navigation tool among many other things. The phone uses Li-ion battery that can run out of power. Having a car charger means that you can charge it while on the go, as opposed to sticking it to a wall outlet that will limit your movements.

Baby car seat

This mostly applies to parents who have a baby. To travel with your baby in a car, you will need to have a car seat for them. The seats are designed to make the baby feel comfortable such that they will not become fussy during the trip. The main use of baby car seats, however, is to strap the baby in to ensure maximum safety for the young one.

Tire puncture kit

Emergencies do occur, and as per Murphyโ€™s Law, they will occur when you least expect it. There are many chances of having a puncture when on a trip. Having a spare tire can help, but it covers only one puncture. With a puncture kit, you will be able to repair a puncture from wherever you are and continue with your trip. It comes quit handy for those who go on off-road trips often. The kit includes a tire inflator, which you can use to pump up the tire after you have inflated it. It goes without mentioning that a car jack is one of the other accessories that you will need.

Car mobile holder

rrtud5r764e65r6dfA mobile holder, as the name suggests, will hold your phone one the dashboard, in an angle that you can easily see and access your phone screen. Most of them use a suction cup, meaning that you do not have to worry about installation. It will allow you to focus and concentrate on driving, even when using your phone.