Even though you wisely did not pay the money for a new car, you still want your new pre-owned car running as good as if you did. Caring for a pre-owned car is similar to caring for any car, but with added rigidity in your maintenance schedule. Here are some steps to keeping your pre-owned car running like the day it was made.
Check and Change Your Oil
Maintaining oil level and cleanliness will ensure your engine on your used car does not get gummed up. Make sure you regularly check your oil levels, weekly at the least. Changing your oil every 3000 to 5000 miles will make sure your engine is in working order.
Check Your Fluids
Your transmission fluid should be bright red and topped off. Your transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. Make sure your coolant is always full to prevent overheating which is a common problem in older vehicles. Power steering fluids and brake fluids should be full, as well, to maintain safety.
Look at Your Belts
Belt failures can be catastrophic, resulting in massive engine damage. There are many belts in your vehicle, so checking your belts frequently for cracks and brittleness is necessary. If you notice any of these problems with your belts, then get them replaced immediately.
Examine Your Tires
Checking your tires regularly should be standard practice by now. If you don’t already, check the tire pressure frequently, keeping it at the recommended rating. Also, look at the tread wear to make sure your tires are not too bald. Also, remember to get your tires balanced and rotated every few years.
These basic maintenance steps will keep your new pre-owned car running well and on the road. For help in choosing the right used car for you, come visit us at My Carman, where we’ll save you money, earn your trust, and get you the car of your dreams.