Maintaining the safety and functionality of a vehicle is a must for car owners. Inspect regularly some car parts such as lights, brakes, and batteries. For a complete assessment of your car, you can bring it to a service center while for some minor repair you may do it yourself. Here is some guide to help you do so.

Lights

A functional light should be ticked in your checklist before driving. To check your headlights and indicators, park in front of a shop with glass walls, observe your car’s reflection and see if some of the lights are not functioning. You can also ask help if you want to know the status of the brake lights, tail lights, and globes.

Radiator

The engine must cool first before checking. After removing the radiator cover, make sure the coolant level is just right. It should be within the low and high lines. If it is low, pour in the suggested coolant. There may be a leak if your car is regularly out of coolant. Examine pipes and hoses connecting the heater and radiator. Put away broken and bulging hoses.

Engine oil

Check the level of your engine oil by turning your engine on for some time then turning it off. Then lift the dipstick and remove any oil on it. Put it back then raise it again. Inspect the level of oil – it should be between the low and high markings. Add some when the level is already low. 

Tires

Tireskeep you connected to the road, so it is crucial to keep them in working condition. Always put the allowed tire pressure to avoid any accidents. The standard tire pressure is written in the car handbook. Look at tire treads once in a while. The suggested minimum tread depth is 1.5mm across the surface. Examine the tread depth indicators, and if it is already in line with the tread, you need to change tires already. Switch tires, occasionally, to manage wear and tear.

Car Battery

Battery fluid should be enough to submerge the plates. If you happen to see that the level is below usual add distilled water, also look at the battery clamps and terminals.

Fluids

It is indicated in the car handbook the proper way to measure power steering and transmission fluid levels of your vehicle.

Red Flags

Unusual noises and tremble, abnormalities when braking, and hot reading for temperature are all indicators that there is an issue with your car and it is time for it to get examined. If your car runs roughly, difficult to start, or uses more fuel and oil than average then a car service repair is needed.