Improving Your Car's Performance

Improving Your Car's Performance

New Driver And Got Your First New Car? 2 Things You Should Do To Keep It Maintained

by George Mason

If you are a new driver and have just purchased a new car, you should learn how to properly take care of it. This can make your car last much longer and require less repairs, which will save you a lot of money. Below is some information about two types of maintenance.

Oil Changes

Refer to the user's manual for your car on how often you should change the oil. It will likely tell you either every 3,000 miles or every 5,000 miles. If you drive your car a lot every day, however, you should stick to something more like 3,000 miles just to be safe.

If you do not get an oil change, it can cause engine damage. This is because oil keeps the parts of the engine lubricated so everything flows correctly. When the oil becomes dirty, it starts to clump and cannot flow freely. These oil clumps can also get stuck in different areas of the engine, which can lead to problems.

An oil change is not expensive and will only take a few minutes of your time.  

Wheel Alignment

With a wheel alignment, the mechanic will check and adjust the angles of your wheels as they are relative to the car body and to each other. The mechanic will mount special sensors on each wheel, and a computer device will measure the angle of each wheel. The mechanic will use these measurements to make the needed adjustment to the wheels.

The mechanic may test drive your car before they do the wheel alignment, as well as adjust the tire pressure. The mechanic may also check the strut, tie rod, and ball joint, which are the steering components. If the mechanic finds anything that is bad, they will replace these parts before they perform the wheel alignment.

It is important that you have your wheels aligned. How often this is done depends on how much you drive your car. Things like running over potholes and hitting curbs can cause the wheels to become unaligned, as well as if you are in any kind of accident, even if it is something minor. The mechanic will tell you how often you need to get this done.

If your wheels need to be aligned, you will notice the steering wheel is a little off center while you are driving straight and your car may pull to one side while you are driving straight. The tread on your tires will wear unevenly.

For more information, contact local professionals like Spring Suspension & Alignment Services.


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Improving Your Car's Performance

When I started traveling a lot for work, I realized that my older vehicle might not make the grade as far as performance went. My car was old, outdated, and needed a lot of repairs. It was frustrating to deal with issues on the road, but unfortunately, I came across more than just a few. This blog is here for anyone who needs to improve their car's performance. By reading these articles, you might be able to hone in on problems that are ruining your vehicle, make the necessary steps to make things right, and protect yourself while you are traveling for work.