After years of sacrifice and aspirations, it’s now time to sign the dotted line. Your dream is now about to come to pass; it’s time to own your first car. The joy is absolute and unmatched. Consequently, a car is akin to a baby. It has regular demands and needs. The following are four regular services you should keep in your mind as you get that first car.
1. Wheel Alignment
Occasionally, you’ll replace or upgrade your tires; thus, a wheel alignment is mandatory on each upgrade. Wheel alignment is the adjustment of the tires in tandem with the vehicle’s suspension system. It’s matching the wheel angle to that of the suspensions. Proper wheel alignment boosts your car’s agility, tire longevity as well as fuel efficiency. Poor wheel alignment often yields steering vibration, uneven tread wear, and steep gravity pull on either side of the road if you notice that when you release the steering wheel. The vehicle pulls itself in the opposite direction; the wheel alignment might be amiss. Whenever you take your car in for an oil change, ask your mechanic about getting a wheel alignment at the same time. This will keep you on top of it.
The brake system is one vital component that demands regular and intricate servicing. After several kilometers, you will need to dust off your rear brake linings and sand the brake pads. For a precise braking distance and time, consider fitting in the recommended brake pads and linings. Consequently, have a keen eye on the brake fluids as you service the brake system. Poor brakes often cause skidding and rolling. Be keen to check out whether the brake component is the Anti locking Brake System (ABS). Listen for signs that it’s time for you to change your brakes. Squeaking will be a big indicator that it’s time to take your car into the shop.
3. Oil Replenishment
Oils play a significant role in lubrication and avoiding rust. Imagine running two dry metals together. A lot of friction and wearing out will occur. The same case happens in cars. Replenish the engine, transmission, power steering, and brake fluids regularly. Overly used engine oil may yield to engine stall and failure. Consequently, leaking or empty steering fluid will detrimentally affect the steering wheel angle and positioning. Make sure you know how long your car can go between oil changes. Always keep tabs on how many miles you have to go before it’s time to take your car in.
4. Suspension Tuning
A vehicle’s stability is greatly influenced by the shock absorbers, suspensions, springs, and coil-overs. In each visit to the garage, have your mechanic check on these components. Worn-out springs and rigid shock absorbers often cause a loss of stability in the road. Damaged coil-overs and bushes delay the turning distance and increase the friction while turning and negotiating corners.
Take notice of the above four regular services as you get your first car. Safety and stability are inherent in the car’s condition and status.
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