It’s important to take care of your car. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here are things you should do every month to keep your vehicle running smoothly and in top shape:
1) Change the oil, filter, and air filter.
2) Check tire pressure (including the spare).
3) Inspect belts for wear and seatbelts for any damage.
4) Grease all chassis points where applicable.
5) Lubricate locks with petroleum jelly or silicone spray lubricant; then try them out by closing doors several times before driving away (to ensure they work properly).
– Inspect headlights, taillights, and side marker lights.
– Clean the battery terminals with a wire brush if they look corroded.
– Check wiper blades for cracks or fraying; replace them if they don’t clean the windshield properly.
– Clean the interior of your car.
– Fill the gas tank to its proper level and inspect hoses for leaks or cracks. If you can’t see them, feel the hoses with your hands.
– Look under the car for signs of fluid leaks or other problems.
– Wash the exterior of your car.
– Add air to tires as needed (about 30 pounds).
– If needed, lubricate the door locks with petroleum jelly or silicone spray.
– Close doors to test them
– Check the spare tire and jack and make sure they’re in good working order.
– Use water and a mild detergent to clean the outside of your car; use soft rags or sponges to dry it. Don’t use the same rags on your paint that you used to dry it; they may scratch or leave lint behind.
– Use a wax, polish, and glaze for added shine (though be careful not to get any of these products in your car’s body seams). To avoid scratching the surface while washing, start at the top of the vehicle and work down gradually. Always wash from left to right when using a sponge or cloth so dirt doesn’t get pushed into nooks and crannies where water can’t reach them. Rinse thoroughly with clean water afterward because soap residue will attract dust over time.
for appearance but also for safety reasons: wet brakes are less effective than dry ones! It’s best if you can wash your car on a cloudy day.
– Wax and polish the paint to protect it from scratches, fading, and discoloration due to sunlight exposure. Use glaze for added shine if desired; however, be careful not to get any of these products in seams as they may scratch or leave lint behind.
– Wipe down all vinyl surfaces with a soft cloth dampened with warm water mixed with mild detergent (do not use dishwashing liquid because it’s too harsh).
– Dry each surface using a clean microfiber towel that has been sprayed beforehand with an appropriate cleaner such as Armor All® Interior Cleaner & Protectant. Do not spray directly onto leather parts: instead, mist them lightly first before wiping dry.
– Use a leather conditioner to keep the surfaces soft and supple. Buff them with a soft cloth immediately after applying, then let dry for 20 minutes before using again (if needed).
– Clean seats by vacuuming or brushing out debris; clean stains with an appropriate cleaner or mild detergent mixed with water. Do not use alcohol on vinyl parts because it will cause cracking over time. Be sure that all soap residue is rinsed thoroughly afterward so dirt doesn’t get stuck in nooks and crannies where water can’t reach them easily.
– Vacuum upholstery deeply to remove dust particles trapped deep down inside the fabric’s fibers which may scratch your car’s paint if they’re allowed to circulate freely.
– Use a damp cloth with mild detergent to clean the steering wheel, gear shifter, and other parts made of wood or leather; be sure they are completely dry afterward before touching them again (because moisture can cause damage).
– Use a dry cloth to wipe down all other surfaces made of plastic, rubber, or vinyl.
– Clean the vents by using an air compressor with a narrow nozzle attachment (or use canned compressed air) and blow out any dust that has accumulated inside them since the last cleaning. If you don’t have access to these tools, remove your car’s floor mats and vacuum each one thoroughly; then put them back in place right afterward so they’re not loose when driving (and therefore less likely to become tangled up with pedal components).
for damage or missing parts. that are broken should be repaired before putting it back on the road because cracks can cause items like belts and hoses to break under pressure which could lead to further damage.
– Watch out for signs of rust that indicate that your vehicle may need to be stripped and repainted in the near future. Look around door openings, trunk seams, gas filler cap, and undercarriages especially if you live in a region where road salt is used during winter months (don’t forget about windshield wipers because they can start rotting from underneath on older cars). If exterior paint chips easily or you see bubbles forming at any location, this could also mean it’s starting to come off inside; take care of these problems immediately before they spread further down toward other parts like structural supports. Prevention is always better than having to deal with corrosion later when repairs will require more resources and time: wash your car thoroughly once per month even during winter months to prevent dust and road salt from accumulating on the exterior.
– If you have leather seats, condition them regularly using a product specifically designed for this purpose so they don’t dry out over time which could lead to cracking.
conditioner before putting it back in its storage space when done. They can damage paint if left in place too long or are not replaced in their original spots after being removed because dirt can scratch up your car’s finish during removal if proper care is not followed (and vice versa).
– Inspect all floor mats carefully to prevent damage or missing parts. Broken bones should be replaced immediately because cracks can cause items like belts and hoses to break under pressure which could to rather than having to deal with corrosion later when repairs will require more resources and time: wash your car thoroughly once per month during winter months to prevent dust and road salt from accumulating on the exterior.