7 Things That Every Car Owner Should Know

Driver’s education classes focus on driving techniques and safety procedures.  After all, these are the really important things to know about driving an automobile.  It’s only after Driver’s Ed classes that most people learn the other lower level stuff, the stuff concerning car maintenance and car ownership.  If you are new to car ownership, or you just want a refresher course, here are 7 things to know concerning your car.

  1. Know when your oil should be changed. While the rule of thumb used to be every 3,000 miles, that’s no longer true for all cars. Read your manual to know when your vehicle’s oil change is due but you will likely find it is some 5,000 to 8,000 miles now.
  2. Know what it means when your “Check Engine” light comes on.  Check Engine Lights (CELs) illuminate when your car’s central computer senses that something is wrong.  In virtually every case, it’s not a serious situation – you can drive home.  But, if your CEL lights up, try and visit a dealer, like Cadillacofdublin.com, or your local garage in the next day or so to make sure it’s nothing serious.  They can read the codes in the car’s computer and tell the mechanic what’s going on. 
  3. Know how to replace your windshield wiper blades. This one is just a simple way to save you some money.  Windshield wiper blades only last 6-12 months and they are easy to replace.  If you want some guidance, there are plenty of YouTube videos that will show you how it’s done.
  4. Know how to check all the fluids in your car. It’s a good idea to know how to check and top of all the fluids in your car. This includes oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid. Your owner’s manual will show you where all these items are located.
  5. Know how to check your tire pressure. This is an important one because when you drive on tires with low pressure, you get poorer gas mileage and you wear your tires out quicker. Most gas stations have a free air station where you can add air to your tires.
  6. Don’t forget to put a roadside emergency kit in your car. It’s always a great idea to have a roadside emergency kit with some flares, a flashlight, a set of jumper cables and some first aid supplies just in case you need it.
  7. Find a good mechanic. Don’t always go with the cheapest or the shop closest to you. Ask your friends for suggestions or play it safe and go to your local brand dealer.  Today’s car are complex and you really need a good mechanic on your side. 

If you know these seven different things, you’ll be able to keep your vehicle running for years.
Article Source: Cadillac of Dublin

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