General Car Maintenance Tips

Properly maintaining your car is not an easy task, there are about 30,000 parts in a car, each providing a little to the proper functioning of a car. Its nearly impossible to identify each part and maintain all of them, unless you are a mechanic of course. Therefore here are a few of the basic and simple components you need to pay attention to.

How Often You Should Rotate Your Tires
It is said that every time you replace your oil, you should rotate your tires. Therefore it typically needs to be done every 6 months at least, this helps maintain tread wear on all four tires, leading to better gas mileage and a smooth and comfortable ride. The more often you rotate your tires the more it will prolong the life of the other suspension components as it reduces the vibrations.

Even though it is suggested to replace your tires every 6 months, it would be best to go through your car manual and follow the guidelines listed in it, as there may be a certain time and pattern for your vehicle and the type of tires it has.

Replacing Your Brakes
Replacing your brakes depends on quite a few things. One of the main signs you need to replace your brakes as fast as possible is when you hear a distinctive noise, it can either be a screeching noise or a grinding noise while braking. When the braking pads are worn off, it causes a metal on metal scenario as the calliper rubs against the router. If the router is damaged it can cause the steering wheel to vibrate. Therefore if your rotor is damaged then it’s definite that your brake pads have worn off.

When to Change Your Engine Coolant
Some may think that changing the engine coolant is not a necessity, but it is highly recommended to change it at least every year. Ideally engine coolant should be changed every 30,000 miles. It is said that most vehicles have a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water, which is used to protect the car during hot and cold weather.

Not checking on the engine coolant can lead to corrosion, as coolant can deteriorate over time and become acidic causing corrosion.

When to Change Your Transmission Fluid
Similar to other fluids, transmission fluid deteriorates over time. There are many things that can increase the deterioration, one of these include hauling of heavy loads. Transmission fluid is in the colour of red or green, this it to be able to differentiate it between other fluids. When you check on your transmission fluid and notice its darker in colour, then it is a sign that you need to get it replaced.

Transmission fluid is mainly used as a lubricant for the gearbox, therefore if you fail to change it on time it may lead to many issues, therefore we recommend going to a good mechanic; it is said that you can find the best automatic gearbox specialist in Brisbane but if you are not in that city, you can always visit a mechanic close to you.

If you pay attention to these components and regularly maintain them, then you should not find any problems with your car and can expect to see it running for a longer period of time.