The owner’s manual is very important as it basically contains all the information that you may need to know about your vehicle and how to maintain it properly. This way, you can keep it performing effectively and in a good condition for many years to come. Regular maintenance will also keep you and other motorists safe on the road.
So whether you are taking you are taking a driving exam/test or you simply want to know more about your vehicle so that you can maintain it better, below are some of the simple regular maintenance tips that you will need to know in order to be able to drive a car and also keep it running effectively for many years and without many issues.
Check the Oil Level
There is a dipstick or oil level indicator located in the hood of the car. Remove the dipstick, wipe it and then dip it into the engine oil reservoir then remove it. The oil level should be between the minimum and maximum mark indicated on the dipstick. If it is below this mark, you should add more engine oil into the reservoir. The oil level should also not be above the maximum mark indicated.
Ensure that the engine has cooled down before adding in any oil into the reservoir and take care to avoid spilling the oil outside the reservoir.
Check the Engine Coolant Level
Ensure that the engine and the radiator have cooled down before checking coolant levels in order to avoid getting scalded. If the coolant is below the minimum level indicated on the reservoir, mix the coolant and water in the recommended parts and then pour it into the coolant reservoir until it reaches the indicated maximum mark, then replace the cap.
Window Washer Fluid
Flip open the lid of the window washer fluid reservoir and check the level of fluid left. If it is below the neck of the reservoir, you will need to add more fluid. Mix the window washer liquid with water as indicated on the back of the window washer fluid container and top the reservoir. Do not use antifreeze to avoid damaging your car.
Check Brake Fluid Levels
The brake fluid reservoir is easy to identify because the brake symbol is indicated on the lid of the reservoir. Checking the brake fluid level is very easy as the reservoir is also transparent. The brake fluid level should be between the minimum and maximum levels as well. If it is lower than the minimum mark, make sure to top it up to avoid a soft pedal pads situation when driving. Ensure that it is also not above the maximum mark.
If you find yourself having to top up the brake fluid reservoir frequently, this could indicate that the fluid is leaking and that you may have a more serious problem. Take your car to a professional auto mechanic so that he or she can examine it more deeply and see if there are any problems that need to be fixed.