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08.08.2020 - 14:13

Fundamentals You Need To Know If You are A Car Owner

We can all agree on the fact that driving a car is convenient and fun. But we often tend to overlook the flip side of it

We can all agree on the fact that driving a car is convenient and fun. But we often tend to overlook the flip side of it; maintenance. As a car owner, it is your responsibility to understand your car, either from a local, trustworthy mechanic or from the owner’s manual! 

Apart from regular servicing and maintenance, they can also teach you some do-it-yourself fixes and things to keep in mind.

Some vital things every car owner must know - 

KNOW YOUR CAR - And by that, I don’t mean know every single detail including where the nuts and bolts of the car come from. No. I mean, know the make, model, and year of manufacture of your car. Seems pretty basic, right? And yet, it is easy to get muddled up with the details and end up buying incompatible parts. So, knowing exactly which car you own makes everything easier. 

  • READ A DIPSTICK AND CHANGE YOUR OIL - A dipstick tells you the quantity and quality of the oil in the car. It can tell you when you need to change the engine oil and indicate the ideal amount of oil needed for smooth functioning. Know how to read a dipstick and also how to change the oil when it is needed.
  • CHANGE A TIRE - This one does not even have to be mentioned, right? Know where the spare tire of your car is located and also how to jack up the car and change tires when needed. The handiest trick to have up your sleeve if you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere with a punctured tire.

Oh, and let’s not forget to keep an eye on the pressure of the car’s tires which is very important to keep them durable.

  • KNOW THE DASHBOARD INDICATORS - There are many icons on the dashboard that are likely to confuse you. However, these are in place for a reason and it’s vital to know what each one does. The check engine light, the engine overheating light, the petrol tank indicator (with a tiny arrow pointing to the side of the gas tank) are all important and need to be understood. 
  • MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE - To keep your car running smoothly and increase its lifespan, regular servicing is a must. Hence, it is important that you maintain a checklist of the schedule. You want to keep track of when you got the tires changed, the engine checked, the fluids replaced, etc. Different cars have different maintenance schedules. Use the owner’s manual for this or get help from your five dock mechanic

CONCLUSION 

You don’t have to know everything there is to know about your car, but having a fundamental knowledge will help you know and use your car better. For everything else, you have your local mechanic to rely on!

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