For your car to work properly, you need to carry out preventative maintenance. Though the maintenance schedules differ, all cars need proper maintenance. This will make your car have a long life. Regular maintenance according to the owner’s manual is not always easy because of the costs it involves, and also because of our many commitments and obligations in life. However, it is possible to maintain your car to a satisfactory level, and here is the list of things you can do to achieve that.
1. Don’t ignore the Check Engine Light
This is easy to overlook because sometimes when it comes on, the car seems to operate as normal. You may then promise yourself to have it checked later. But as you push it further, the car ends up breaking down. When this dashboard light comes on, get your car checked by a mechanic as soon as possible. The longer you take on checking this problem, the higher the costs you will incur to get your car repaired. But the time you spend having the car checked will save you lots of money on repair.
2. Check the tire pressure
Failure to check the pressure of your car tires is a common mistake most people make. This is often because the tires look properly inflated. But looks can be deceiving; the tires could be low on pressure. It may not blow the tires, but it will contribute to poor fuel economy, which translates to higher fuel costs. It is easy to lose pressure in the tires just by going over a pothole. The weather also has an effect on the tire pressure. The tires lose up to 2 lbs of pressure for every 10-degree temperature drop outside. Thus, check your tire pressure regularly because you don’t want a flat tire or poor gas consumption.
3. Don’t ignore the TMPS light
You need to check the tire pressure when the tire Pressure Monitoring System light comes on. This light comes on as a warning when the tire deflates beyond what is considered safe by the manufacturer. So, if this light comes on while you are driving, pull over at a safe place, preferably at a gas station, and verify the tire pressure. And if necessary, add some air to the tires. Sometimes the TMPS sensor may need replacement. If it indicates low pressure when the pressure is sufficient, you need to replace the sensors. Balanced tire pressure will enable an even wear on the tires, and this will give your car long life and good fuel efficiency.
4. Don’t skip an oil change
The engine and motor oil technology has advanced over the past few years. Depending on the manufacturer, you may not be required to change the oil every 3,000 miles. Most of the today’s cars have an average engine oil life of about 7,800 miles. The good news is this equates to less time and money spent on changing the oil. But this does not mean you avoid changing the oil. Every engine needs oil to function properly. Without it, the engine will die. The oil should not be too old. If it is left for too long, the engine will develop nasty sludge and deposits. And instead of lubricating, the oil will destroy the motor. So, change the engine oil regularly.
If you own a BMW Isetta, you need give it proper care by regularly checking the tire pressure and changing the engine oil. And don’t ignore the warning lights such as the Check Engine light and the TPMS light.