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Just because you aren’t a mechanic doesn’t mean that you can’t have an interest in your car and how well it performs. And just because you don’t have a mechanical qualification doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of ways in which you can provide general maintenance and upkeep to your vehicle between mechanic visits. In fact, some of the work you can do might actually help keep your car away from the mechanic.

Tips to Help a Regular Driver Take Care of Their Own Car

If you find yourself interested in how your car works and what you can do to keep it performing at its best, but you are stuck on where to start, then you have come to the right blog. For this post, Synthetics Northwest has a basic maintenance checklist to share to get you started.

First Things, First

You aren’t going to like this one, but the first step to keeping your car in good shape is to keep it clean. Both inside and out.
  • Instead of a simple hose, use a bucket with warm water and car cleaner to really give your vehicle a thorough wash down. Pay attention to hidden areas such as underneath your tires or inside exposed door creases. These are two top areas which can see a quick accumulation of dirt and general debris. If left to build up, this can cause serious corrosion to the body of your car, including its mechanics.
  • If you haven’t wiped your car down, then you haven’t finished the job. Instead of leaving water to cause damage to your paintwork, always dry your car completely.

Fluid Levels

Every motorist knows that their fluid levels are important. Many motorists also still believe that topping up or replacing the fluid levels is something that a mechanic needs to do. However, the opposite is actually true. All of your fluid levels can be topped up by an everyday driver. In fact, if your motor oil is coming to the end of its lifespan, instead of topping it up, consider a full synthetic oil change. It might seem daunting at first; however, this is definitely an act of maintenance which you can perform at home. To make sure you are using the right motor oil and engine lubricant for your vehicle, speak with somebody who knows what they are talking about. Call Synthetics Northwest at (888) 283-3580 (Toll-Free) to find out which high-quality AMSOIL engine lubricant is best suited to your car and which can help you get the most out of your next synthetic oil change in Hayesville.

Check Your Battery

Have you ever had to call for help in the morning because your car wouldn’t start, only to find out it was loose or dirty connections? This is an experience that not only costs you time and money but is also very avoidable. Pop the hood and take a look at the condition of your battery and the terminals/connectors. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure what you are looking for; damage and corrosion on your battery and cables will generally be obvious. If you notice your battery connectors are in bad shape, safely disconnect the battery and clean your cables and terminals.

Under Pressure

If you feel like your control the steering seems sluggish, or you are seeing your gas use increase, take a look at the pressure in the tires and compare it to your manufacturer’s recommended levels. If there is too little pressure in your tires, then it creates extra friction between your tires and the road. This friction causes two main problems:
  1. It makes it harder for you to steer and generally control your vehicle
  2. Your engine needs to work harder to keep the wheels spinning, meaning more gas usage for the same amount of miles.

Air Filter

Imagine that you were wearing a mask to protect you from breathing in pollutants. This is similar to what your air filter does. And as you can imagine, when it gets too full of debris, it makes it hard for your engine to breathe. Open the hood of your car and locate your air filter. Your owner’s manual can likely show you where it is, otherwise, look for a medium sized plastic container sitting on the top of your engine. It will have a lid that will be held closed with clasps or clamps. If you take the cover off you will see, and can remove, your dirty air filter. Take it out and give it a good clean. While you have it in your hand, give the casing it was sitting in a good clean also, to remove any remaining dust particles. Once your air filter is clean, simply put it back in place and replace the clamps. It is important to remember that you can’t continue cleaning your air filter forever. Eventually, the fibers will become worn out, and it will no longer be able to do its job. If you have cleaned it a couple of times already, or it looks like it’s at the end of its life, it’s better to replace it.

Keep Your Car Running With These Tips and a Simple Synthetic Oil Change in Hayesville

These are just some of the ways in which an everyday motorist like yourself can easily perform vehicle maintenance without spending time and money at the mechanic. The most important aspect to remember when performing your own maintenance is to make sure you are using the right products. If you are new to vehicle maintenance, don’t take a guess. Speak with Synthetics Northwest at (888) 283-3580 (Toll-Free) and talk about the make and model of your vehicle. With expert knowledge and a wide range of AMSOIL engine lubricants to choose from, Synthetics Northwest will make sure you get the right one for you.

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