It’s one of those things that we all feel as dads, we should know about. If your child is of the age where they want to borrow the car, we owe it to ourselves to learn some of the basics when it comes to maintenance. Because if your car breaks down, do you know how to get it started again? Let’s show you some simple things to get you started.
Knowing Your Limits
This is the most important lesson for most dads. If you are looking for engine overheating reasons online and it turns out to be blocked hoses, you might think that you can easily take out the hoses and replace them, but this is dicing with danger! Engines are one of those areas that we think we should know everything about, but the reality is that it needs to go to a specialist. We’ve got to know our limits, and this is why we will delve into some of the basics so you can look after your car.
Changing the Oil and Filters
The oil will need changing approximately every 5,000 miles. Getting your oil changed is one of the most important things that you can do, whether you go to a mechanic or not. Additionally, you need to change the air filters, which is incredibly simple to do and will prolong the life of the engine.
Looking Out for Rust
Rust is one of those things that can cause a lot of aesthetic damage. One of the biggest contributors to rust is leaving your car out in the sun. You need to look after the exterior by waxing it, but also think about how you store your vehicle overnight. If you don’t have a garage, you could invest in a carport to keep the rays away.
Understanding the State of Your Tires
You need to make sure your tires are operating efficiently. You need to rotate your tires approximately every 5,000 to 10,000 miles so the natural patterns equalize, resulting in a smoother ride. It’s also important to keep an eye on your tread. When it gets below a certain level, you will need to change the tires. And if you don’t know if the tread is worn away, the Lincoln penny test is incredibly effective.
Knowing How to Jump-Start a Car
If you have never learned how to jump-start a car, this is handy if you’ve got a flat battery. While you can use jump leads to get the battery going, you need another car for this. Jump-starting a car without jump leads can be done, but only works in manual vehicles.
Learning to look after your car is also about driving skills as well. Ensuring that you are driving safely is one of the best ways to actually look after your vehicle. Ensuring that you drive slowly and smoothly while building up speed gradually is one of the best ways to prevent wear and tear. Looking after your car covers so many different things but the basics here can give you a solid foundation.