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Car Maintenance Tips When You Buy Used Cars

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Did you know the importance of your vehicle maintenance? Cars need regular maintenance if you want them to last longer. Car maintenance helps to increase the efficiency of your vehicle, and it keeps your vehicle safe and dependable. Some people like to maintain their vehicles on their own, while others just take their cars to a service station regularly. 

Any one of the above things is okay, as long as you know what you are doing. Some things in maintenance are as basic as checking the fluid level or changing a flat tire, while for others, you might need to take your vehicle to a professional. Whether you do it by yourself or by taking the help of a professional, you need to take care of your vehicle’s maintenance at every cost.

Now is car maintenance expensive? This depends on the vehicle type, model, and condition. Smaller vehicles are usually easy to maintain. But one thing we can promise is that regular car maintenance can save you from big bulky expenses. In this article, we have some tips on how to maintain your vehicle, so read till the end. 

Regular Engine Tune-Ups

Regular engine tune-ups are very important, especially if you buy used cars. An engine that is properly tuned will not only increase fuel efficiency but also provide reliability. When you take your vehicle for an engine tune-up, all the parts of the vehicle’s engine that affect the performance are checked and replaced if needed. 

Most used cars for sale in Pakistan are several years old. If you have bought one, make sure that you check its engine spark plugs. If there is a problem with spark plugs or they are too old, they can cause a misfire. Except for the plugs, air filters and fuel filters are important things that need to be checked while doing an engine tune-up. 

Some other things that you might need to do while performing an engine tune-up may include examining the PCV valve and replacing it if needed. You might need to replace the oxygen sensor, spark plug wires, distributor cap, etc. Overall, an engine tune-up will increase the life of your engine and prevent major expenses. It will also increase fuel efficiency.

Regular Oil Changes

Did you know that the oil in your vehicle needs to be changed every 30,000 miles? Many people forget this step. Old oil can prove damaging to your vehicle. Changing the oil can be challenging if you have no idea what you are doing. There are three steps that you need to take for changing the oil, which include

  1. Completely drain the old engine oil
  2. Change the oil filter
  3. Insert new oil 

You can either change the oil by yourself or take your vehicle to an oil changing station. But make sure to use the manual’s guide while changing the oil yourself. You must also know which oil you should use for your vehicle. For this purpose, you need to know the oil viscosity and your vehicle’s mileage. 

Check Air Filters

As we are talking about car maintenance, air filters are something you don’t want to forget. On average, you should check your vehicle’s air filter once a month. If the filter appears obstructed or dirty, you should change it as soon as possible.

Now, how to know if the air filter needs to be replaced? You just need to check the inside of the filter by illuminating it with light. Check if you can see the light from outside the filter. If you can’t see the light from outside, this indicates that the filter is too clogged and dirty; it needs to be replaced right at that point. 

Changing the air filters also requires some skill and specific tools. So, if you are not an expert and don’t know what to do, take your vehicle to a service station. Changing the air filter will not cost you a lot but it will surely save you from other heavy expenses. 

Check tyres regularly

Tyres maintenance is another important step in maintaining your vehicle. Tyres operate along with the suspension system to keep your vehicle balanced. You need to keep a strict eye on the tyre pressures. You need to make sure that the tyres of your cars for sale in Pakistan are properly aligned as they are subject to wear and tear. 

Check the Lights

Are you worried about your safety while driving? One thing you need to do to be safe is to inspect the light bulbs of your vehicle. You need to make sure that they work properly before you take off on the highways. Some people continue driving with one bulb out. This can be very dangerous as it can cause accidents. Plus, you will get the ticket. So, clean the lenses of your headlamps on a regular basis. If they start dimming, replace them. 

Check windshield wipers

Windshield wipers are very important during monsoons. If the blades are damaged, the visibility can be reduced to the minimum. So, you need to replace them if this happens to keep yourself and your family safe. You can either change the whole wiper or just the blades. 

Check the Brakes

The brakes pads of your vehicle need to be inspected on a regular basis. If you hear any kind of squeaky noises from your brakes, you should have them checked. Just keep in mind that brakes play a huge role in safety. So, you don’t want to compromise on that, trust me!

Wash your vehicle

Have you seen the dirty vehicles being driven on the roads? I mean, don’t they disgust you? Your vehicle is subject to all kinds of road elements. This unwanted dust and debris can harm your vehicle, and it can cause damage to your vehicle’s paint. So, cleaning your car every day and taking it to a car wash every week is essential. 

Conclusion

Your vehicles are expensive, and it is important to keep them appropriately maintained to avoid any inconveniences. So, take some time out of your busy routine for your precious car. 

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Christopher Stern
Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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