Batteries, Tires And Fluids; Oh My!

25 May 2017
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When it comes to taking good care of your car there are many things you want to watch for. One of the most important pieces of advice you will be given is to get your car looked at by a professional mechanic any time you have a reason to believe something may be wrong. This feeling may be caused by a new sound, a strange odor or a different feeling the car all of a sudden has. Aside from making sure you take your car in to be looked at when you should, there are also specific routine maintenance things you should do on a regular basis in order to catch problems early on, as well as to prevent problems from arising to begin with.

Take proper care of your battery

Your battery doesn't require very much maintenance at all, but there are a couple of things that you should do. The first thing you want to do is look for signs of corrosion starting to appear on the posts. You can use a little bit of baking soda and water to get the corrosion right off the posts. Also, if it's been very hot lately then you want to pop open the covers for the cells and add water if they look low on water. If you do need to buy a new battery remember to bring your old battery in with you because you will generally be given a core deposit back, which means you won't be out as much money for that new battery.

Take proper care of your tires

Don't assume that your tires are in excellent condition because they look so great from the outside. You also need to look at the insides to spot signs of wear. Make sure to get them rotated according to the manufacturer's advice and keep in mind that not doing so can actually void the manufacturer's warranty on those tires. If it snows where you live then you should swap out your tires for studded ones at the beginning of winter to make your winter driving experience a safer one.

Check and fill all of your fluids

There are quite a few fluids in your vehicle and each one of them plays a very important role in keeping your car running smoothly. In fact, allowing most of these fluids to get too low in your car can lead to its ultimate demise. When you check one fluid you should go ahead and look at all of them. There is the motor oil, the water, the brake fluid, the transmission fluid and even the wiper fluid. You should check them monthly and even more if you live somewhere with very high daily temperatures. For more information, contact Alaskan Auto Center Inc