Car Ownership Tips

Own a car? Yes. Then there are several things you as a car owner should know how to do. While a lot of car maintenance should absolutely be handled by a professional mechanic, knowing how to do or check these basic things in your car will not only help you be aware of when something isn't right, but they can save you money in the short and the long term. Before we jump into the 5 things every car owner should know how to do, let's talk about the car owners manual. Every new car has one as does any new to car. What that means is, you should take the time to get to know your car by first reading the manual. Some of the basic things you need to know how to do are specific to your car model so don't take the owners manual for granted. It's a good idea to keep a copy in your car just in case you need it in a pinch. For used cars, you can call the company and or find the manual online. Don't work on anything in your car until you have read about that task in your manual. 

3 Things Every Car Owner Should Know How to Do

Check Tires and Add Air

One of the basic things you can do to make sure you are safe while driving is checking your tires. Most newer model cars come with a computerized tire pressure monitoring system which will alert you if your tire pressure is off. You can also buy an inexpensive tire pressure monitor to keep handy for your new car and older models. A tip here is once you know the required air levels for your tires (by checking your manual or the side of your car door in some cars), a manual monitor will help you while filling the tire. You don't want to add too much or too little air.

Another thing with tires is being able to identify if you have enough tread on your tires. You can use the penny trick for this but again check your manual before replacing any tire to ensure you get the right tire for your car. 

Check Fluids 

While you may not be able to change all the fluids in your car, you should know how to check at least some of the fluid levels and conditions. Oil is a big one here. Knowing if the level is right regardless of the "change it every 3000 miles" rule and also if the oil is clear. Dirty oil can be an indication of an engine issue especially if your oil was recently changed. 

You can also check your antifreeze, power steering, coolant and wiper fluids. I bet you can add more wiper fluids if none of the others without needing help. 

Windshield Wipers 

One of the easiest fluid to care for on your own is your windshield wiper fluids. But you can also easily tell when your windshield wipers need to be replaced. It's also pretty easy to buy new wipers at your local auto store to replace the old ones yourself.


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