What makes a car last for so long? Does it have something to do with the brand of chemicals that they use? The kind of engine the car has? The material being used? You’ll be surprised that even the cheapest car in the market can last more than five years without changing any of its parts. This is only done so when they learn more about how to keep their car maintained. A well maintained car or any vehicle is expected to run to its optimal condition.  

Do you want to learn how this is done? Learn the 4 tips below.  

Regularly Maintaining Your Car

It doesn’t matter whether your car is old, you still have the means to bring it back to its original optimal condition. However, this doesn’t mean to say that you don’t need to   until you find some defects to it.  

Lubricate the door latches – while this one will not necessarily extend the lifespan of your car, at least it will keep it from getting to annoying. Squeaky hinges can be very irritating and even make the hatches and doors very difficult to open. All you need is a good spray lubricant, like the lithium-based grease ones. This will be an easy fix and cheap as well.  

Check out tire pressure – stability and traction are 2 things that get affected by the tires that are either underinflated or overinflated. Keeping a good pressure gauge in your car is the only way to check out on your tires. You should get a simple one that is operated by a battery.  

Oil change – changing the oil of your car is one of the most effective ways and the simplest in keeping your car running for many years. Having a lubricant of good quality will protect the internal components from damaging due to heat, friction and any combustion byproducts. You will also need the premium filter that will prevent the particles from damaging the internal components of your car.  

Cleaning Your Car

You will need to clean the exterior and interior of the car if you wish to do this on your own. Cleaning will help keep your car running in its optimal condition. Here are the things that you will need:

  • Bucket filled with lukewarm water that is mixed with car shampoo
  • Sponge
  • Cloths for car cleaning
  • Car brush
  • Chamois leather
  • Car buffer
  • Car wax
  • Car polish
  • Pressure washer or hosepipe
  • Wheel cleaner
  • Windscreen cleaner
  • Trim and dashboard cleaner

To clean the exterior, you have to rinse off the car first using the hosepipe. This is to let the dirt get loose that could damage the surface’s paintwork. Next, use the sponge and dip it in the soapy water and wipe it all over the car. Avoid using the sponge when you drop it on the floor. It could’ve picked up hard debris from the floor that can damage the bodywork.  

From there, hose the car to remove all the soapy substance off the surface. Clean the wheels using the wheel cleaner. If your wheels are made out of alloy, use alloy cleaner. Use a brush in order to get rid of the dirt building up within the wheels then finish it off with a cloth. Rinse it down with the hosepipe. Use the chamois leather to dry the body of the car and make sure that you avoid streaks.  

As with the car’s interior, you have to get rid of all the trash and many other rubbish out of the car. You have to take out the car mats as well and give them its own dose of cleaning. Using a vacuum, sweep thoroughly the insides of the car and make sure that you get into the cracks, too. Clean the inside of the windows using the windscreen cleaner. As with the seats and other surrounding area, do it with an upholstery cleaner. Wipe the dash, window trims and steering wheel using the trim cleaner on a damp cloth, then dry.  

Checking on the Fluids

There are 5 fluids in your car that you need to check and must be done regularly. At best, check them all out before you turn on your car.  

Engine oil – this is usually located together with the car’s engine. Remove the dipstick and wipe the tip off. Insert it again to get a cleaner read where the engine oil’s level is at. Your car’s manufacturer must have instructed you where the level is considered normal. If it is low, you should add more oil or it may need oil changing, check out the car’s manual to clarify when you are going to change the engine oil.  

Coolant – look out for the plastic container right near the radiator. This is where you will find whether you need to fill it back with liquid.  

Power steering – you can find the container for this right near the firewall at the base of the windshield.  

Brake fluid – this is usually placed in a clear reservoir that has marks for minimum and the maximum lines.  

Windshield washer – always keep this container full. It is important to keep the windshield clean at all times.  

Making your car run better

There are so many things in this area that you need to keep an eye on, but one of them is already mentioned – the engine oil. Others include the following:  

  • Transmission – you have to check out the transmission fluid that will keep your car’s shifting performance go smoothly.  
  • Battery – the battery is the one that stores the necessary energy to start the engine of your car. Once the engine starts running, the battery starts recharging by the alternator. To maintain the battery, you need to keep is secure in its place and clean to avoid it from vibrating. Keep the connections tight and clean at the terminals. You also need to check out the water level if needed.  
  • Emission system – the emission system is the one that almost runs the whole length of the vehicle. Since this part of the car is the one that provides the performance of your car, you have to let it inspected by professionals at least once every year.