If you own an older car, then you know that you have to maintain it a lot to keep it running smoothly. However, there may be some tips that you have ignored and could keep your car from running its best. Luckily for you, you can try to make the best out of your old car by following these 7 tips to properly maintain an old car.
Tire’s Air Pressure
You might just inflate your car’s tires whenever you feel like it, but you should be inflating it to the correct psi otherwise you are not getting your car to its full potential. Check the spare and the other tires at least once a month and before you plan on going on a long drive. To check it, use a digital or pencil-type tire-pressure gauge.
Clean the Glasses
To avoid any safety hazards, you should clean the glasses of your car regularly. You should regularly clean the headlights, rearview mirrors, and the windshield. To get bug splatters off rearview mirrors and windshields, wipe it off with a cleaning fluid. To fix the headlights, a UV-resistant clear coat from a can will do the job well but you can try using baking soda or toothpaste.
If you have an old car, you have to get your brakes changed regularly to avoid a nasty accident. Typically getting your brakes checked 2-3 times a year is a good amount, but a few more times would be safer if you drive long distances frequently. If the brakes look a bit faulty, check out a Mercedes parts catalog (especially if you own a Mercedes) to get new brakes and replace your old ones.
Regularly check for leaks and the level. Fill your tank (do not overfill it) if the level is low and fix any leaks that you find immediately. When you check the engine oil, park yourcan on a surface that is even and check it with a dipstick.
Wash Your Car
While this seems like a basic step, it is important that you properly clean your car regularly. It can be a bother, but it can make a huge difference when people look at your car and avoid things such as rust. Aim to wash your car at least once a week and remember to remove dirt and road salt from the undercarriage and fender wells.
Rotate Your Tires
About every 7,500 miles, you should rotate your tires. That way, they will evenly wear as you drive them. Additionally, you will notice that it is easier to steer which avoids a few problems. Do not forget to replace them though when you see damage or it is too worn out and check out a Mercedes parts catalog to find a replacement.
Store It Properly
If you are not planning on driving your car for a bit, store it properly so it does not get damaged. Clean it, make sure it gets topped off with glass, keep it covered and occasionally start the car. These small steps can help keep your car running while you are not using it.
If you drive an old car, follow the tips above to let it reach its full potential and keep it in working condition for a longer period of time.
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