When you take care of a car, it will always take care of you in return. You can keep a car running for decades when you give it all of the proper maintenance and care it needs to keep going. To new vehicle owners, it can be hard to know what to do when. Can you trust what the mechanic recommends? What can you do to know what needs to be serviced when? The following are a few things you should do regularly to keep your car in tip-top shape for the years to come.
Change the Oil
Change the oil. There seems to be quite a bit of skepticism on whether or not this should be done once every 3 months or not. Some experts will tell you that your car can last much longer than the recommended 3 months or 3,000 miles. They say that oil companies and maintenance shops use that as just an excuse to get your money into their wallets sooner.
It’s hard to tell which is true. The thing you can count on is that it can’t hurt to change your oil that often. The longer your oil stays in the engine, the better the chance it has to spread dirt and grime everywhere. Replacing your oil every 3 months or so will keep it cleaner than waiting would. Cleaner oil means a better engine for the coming years.
Check Your Brakes and Brake Fluid
Check your brakes every six months. Make sure your brake pads aren’t getting too thin, otherwise you risk grinding metal on metal, damaging your car. Also, metal doesn’t stop metal, meaning you won’t be able to stop.
The symptoms of brakes going bad include a longer braking time to stop and high-pitched squealing. As they get really bad, you can feel the car shake as it attempts to stop. This last sign means you need to get to a mechanic as soon as possible.
Conduct a brake fluid check every 6 months as well to make sure it is full and good. You can often check this out in the brake fluid reservoir without ever having to open the cap. Markings on the side help you know if it’s full or not.
Check Your Spark Plug Wires
Every 6 months, check out the quality of your spark plug wires. They should last you for a long time, but check to be sure. Check the insulation (or rubber) for any breaks or cracks. Breaks or cracks can cause a cylinder to not fire at all. As long as that is fully in-tact, you should have no problems.
Check all other fluids about every 3 months. Top them off to make sure that every liquid that needs to be getting to your car is getting there.
Keep the Battery Charged
Finally, clean your battery when corrosion appears. Corrosion kills the life of your battery and can keep it from starting at times. Get a brush and an official battery corrosion kit and follow the directions. You want to keep these connections as clean as possible.
Some of the more long-term recommendations require the suggestions of your dealer. Your dealer has made a timeline on when they think certain belt or hardware checks need to be made. The suspension should be checked after a certain amount of miles. So too should a number of important parts. Listen to your factory/dealer recommendations for advice on these more long-term items.
Your vehicle is a valuable asset that can be used to help you and your family for years to come. If you didn’t know already, it can also be used to help you get the cash you need quickly with a title loan.
A title loan is loan given based on the value of a vehicle that you own outright. The car title is given as collateral for a loan you take out to handle certain financial obligations that come your way.
The company you take a title loan out with will determine the terms of your agreement: i.e. interest rate monthly payments, and life of the loan. Some are to be paid off within just a few short weeks. Others will be paid off in up to a year.
Unexpected expenses come up all the time: a carburetor needs to be replaced, a medical bill needs to be paid, or you children need a significant amount of financial help for back to school supplies. Providing that each of these has to be paid in a limited amount of time, fulfilling these financial obligations can be a bit difficult at times.
Title loans are excellent ways to get the money to take care of your immediate needs, and then return the debt as money begins coming in again. Consider a title loan the next time you are in a financial bind.