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Car Maintenance

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Elaine Comerford

on 17 October 2014

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Transcript of Car Maintenance

What is it?
Car Maintenance is described as the inspecting or testing of the condition of a vehicle. These inspections and tests are to test the safety, reliability, drivability, comfort, and longevity of a car. Some parts may be taken out of a car and replaced during regular maintenance updates. How much you take your car in for maintenance depends on how much you drive every day, the climate conditions, the condition of the road you are driving on, if you stop and go a lot or if you cruise a lot, and if you are often pulling heavy loads. Car maintenance is often done by a car mechanic but sometimes people will know how to do their own car maintenance and be able to do it at their own homes. If you every think that something is wrong with your car, whether it's a funny sound when you brake, or even if it just doesn't feel right you should take it to the mechanic because even if everything is okay, it will save you a lot of trouble later if it breaks down.

Reason
Car maintenance is needed if you want your car to run smoothly and properly. Getting your tires changed, getting your oil changed, replacing your timing belt and other belts, and making sure everything is in top shape is all part of car maintenance. If you visit your local car mechanic they can help you make sure your car will be safe for you and everyone else in your vehicle. Car maintenance can help uncover other problems with your car, it can prevent larger problems, it can save labor time, it can save money on towing, a good local mechanic always costs less than a car dealership.
Safety Precautions
Car maintenance can be a little bit dangerous if you aren't careful around your vehicle. Make sure to never smoke while working on your car, always have the parking break on, gear in either park or neutral, and the engine is shut off, make sure all the parts of the vehicle are cold so that you don't burn yourself, never jack up a car unless the wheels are blocked, before working on your car take off any jewelery and tie back your hair if it is long, if you are using toxic chemicals keep them away from your mouth and eye and wash your hands thoroughly after using them. If you are smart about it you will not have any problems fixing your car.
History
Car maintenance has been around ever since cars were made. In 1885 the Benz Patent Motor Car was made and therefore car maintenance was invented. But, before there were car mechanics you would have to fix your own car or have a friend help you. It was easier to fix the older cars because there wasn't much to them. Now that there are certified car mechanics it is much easier to either drive or tow your car in to the mechanics and tell him what your problem is and he'll know exactly how to fix it. You could have your car back by the end of the week. In 1885 since there weren't many cars around everyone would help with everyone else's cars.
How-To's
To fix your own vehicle you'll need to know how to do some simple car maintenance. You'll need to know how to check your fluids, in some cars you can see the tank level directly but in most you will have a gauge or a dipstick you can pull out. If you are running low add more and
never
ignore a leak. If you need to get your timing belt replaced do not wait to get in to a mechanic or read your owners manual to find out how to do it. To see if you need to change your oil there is often a dipstick that you can check the oil's color and oil level. Murky oil can tell you that there's something wrong with your engine. Clean your battery with a battery cleaning brush if there is any buildup on it. Replace your windshield wipers if your windshield is streaky. Your car manual will often tell you how to rotate your tires as most cars are different. The manual can also tell you how exactly you should change your spark plugs.
Since car parts are continuously moving and causing friction between each other, oil is needed so that your car doesn't deteriorate as fast as it would if you didn't have oil. You should change your oil about every 3,000 miles if you are driving in bad weather and road conditions and about every 7,500 miles if you are driving in good weather and road conditions. Antifreeze is needed to keep your car parts from freezing in extreme temperatures and regulating the engine's temperature. Your tires are put on your car when you get it and they will last around 3-4 years or longer depending on what kind of terrain you are driving on. Wiper fluid is used to clean your windshield so that you can see where you are driving. If there are streaks on your windshield you will need to replace your windshield wipers. You can use regular window cleaner for wiper fluid and it wil do the same thing that actual wiper fluid would do.
Mileage for major maintenance
For minor maintenance, you should see a mechanic about every 7,500, 15,000, 45,000 and 75,000 miles. Major services include all the minor services plus replacing filters, fluids, and spark plugs, timing belt replacement if it is needed, and other services related to fuel delivery, emissions, and ignition systems. These major services should be done about every 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles.
Additional Information
If you own a car, that car should have come with a car manual. This manual will tell you all you need to know about what could be wrong with your car. If there is an odd symbol on your dashboard that you do not recognize, look in your manual and there is a 100% chance that that symbol will be in the manual. The manual can also tell you how often you need to take your car in to the mechanic or the dealership.
Car Maintenance
By: Elaine Comerford
Oil, Antifreeze, Tires, Wiper Fluid
Sources
http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2013/05/how-long-do-tires-last.html
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/maintaining-your-wipers-and-washer-fluid.html
http://www.precisiontune.com/OurServices/ScheduledMaintenanceServices.aspx
http://narpro.com/5-reasons-why-regular-car-maintenance-helps-you-save-money/
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