Most Overlooked Services that Could Extend the Life of Your Car

Posted on 10 December 2017 (0)

DifferentialToo often we are engaged in work and family issues that we ignore some car care services that could have helped extend the life of our cars. We concentrate on the most common tips such as oil changing, tyre rotations, and brake maintenance. We eventually find our cars in almost irreversible conditions for small things we could have done but overlooked them. The following are 5 of the most neglected services in car maintenance.


Differential Service

The differential is one of the most overlooked areas, even though its impact on life extension of the car cannot be understated. Ideally, the differential is responsible for transferring the input directly from the transmission to the car wheels. Some car models that are front wheel drive tend to incorporate this element into their transmission, while others have separate units. However, nearly all vehicles that are rear wheel drive tend to come with a rear differential. The rear end housing hosts both the differential and the rear axle. Sometimes, there is a breakdown of the gear oil, and this reduces the viscosity and its capacity to keep the differential lubricated. Therefore, it is important to service the transfer case plus the differential to avoid their damage.

Transmission Service

When the transmission is left for about 100,000 miles unchecked, it could spell a recipe for the breakdown of the vehicle. Therefore, it is not advisable to allow it stay for this long without checking for any malfunctions. Always make sure to follow the manual which explains how to change the transmission fluid and filter. Additionally, it is important always to change the level of the transmission fluid whenever you are changing the engine oil. When you notice that fluid is dark in color or appeared as if it is burnt, it normally indicates that your transmission is overheated.


Coolant System

coolantMost vehicle engines are cooled with water. For this reason, the water might cause several maladies such as rust and electrolysis which result in coolant degradation. This can lead to some parts being broken and cracks blocks. The ultimate effect is the overheating of the engine. It is advisable to ensure that the system is flushed with fresh fluid.


Air Conditioning

The AC mostly switches off during extreme heat or cold. Avoiding this problem through basic tips is easy. Ideally, there is oil in the compressor that helps lubricate all the moving parts. Normally, most people use the AC during the summer. So, this problem is common during this time where the oil drains away. It is important to switch on the AC at least 20 minutes every month to keep it active.


Brake Service

The brake fluid has the capacity to absorb water from the atmosphere because it is hydroscopic in nature. The reservoir is not sealed like the hydraulic system. Thus, the water pulled from the outside can cause corrosion in the internal parts which could lead to the damage of the brake system. Always replace the old fluid with a new one.

How to Clean Your Car’s Air Filter

Posted on 08 December 2017 (0)

air filterIf your car air filter is dirty, consider is useless. It is like having none. It is important always to ensure that your air cleaner stays in the best condition for it to function properly, else you risk a car breakdown, which can result to towing your car. There is no specific period at which it should be cleaned. It depends on where you are driving your vehicle; if the road is dusty, you may be required to frequently do it compared to a tarmacked road. Moreover, always consult your owner’s manual to know when you should do it specifically for your car. The following are five ways and steps to cleaning your car’s air filter.


Washing or vacuuming

There are two major ways of cleaning your air filter. You can wash by using a cleaning solution like a concentrated detergent like soap. One advantage of this method is that it makes the filter cleaner than any other method. However, it will take you more time, and if you return it wet, it can damage the engine. The second one is by vacuuming the filter. Even though it is not the cleanest method, it is relatively fast and has no harm to the system. Therefore, you make your choice depending on what you need for your car.


Start by Locating and Removing the Filter

You need to consult your manual to know where the filter of your car is located. If you do not have it, search on the internet or inquire from your mechanic during the servicing of your car. Normally, it is not hard to find it because most of the cars have their filters in a little canister. You can either open with a wing nut or use several clamps to remove it. When you see it, just pull it out.


Clean the filter

CleanIf your choice is to wash it, dip the filter in a bucket that has a soapy solution. After that, swish it for some seconds and put it out. Then, shake it vigorously to remove as much water as possible and try to dry it with a towel. It is paramount to let it dry completely because, if it is returned to the engine when it is still wet, it will likely damage it by bringing a corrosion effect. For those who like vacuuming, run the cleaner over the filter. This should take you about one minute. Repeat the process on the other side. Then, remove anything which has remained on the outside.

Clean the Canister

If you only clean your filter and leave the canister dirty, you have most likely done nothing. This is because it will most likely contaminate the clean filter. Therefore, it is important to clean it using a soft cloth. If you use a wet towel, ensure that it dries completely before returning the filter.

Replace your filter

After both the canister and filter are dry, it is time to return the latter to its former position. Typically, reverse the same process that you used to open remove it. It is worth noting that, if you want to change your filter, use the same process, but leave out the cleaning.


Seven car maintenance mistakes to avoid

Posted on 11 November 2017 (0)

Apart from your home, your vehicle is likely to be one of the most expensive assets you have purchased. For you to get the most benefit from this valuable asset, you have to keep it in an excellent condition. A vehicle needs regular maintenance for it to work optimally. Regardless of how busy you are, there is no excuse for failing to have your vehicle checked. While the maintenance cost for your car may be high, deferring scheduled maintenance can cause more costly problems in the end. However, a maintenance mistake can cause lead to accidents endangering your life and the lives of others as well as cause expensive repairs. Here are common car maintenance mistakes to avoid to ensure your car drives safely.

Ignoring tire pressure

Many people forget to check their tire pressure during routine maintenance. One of the basic car care practices is ensuring the tires are properly inflated. You need to check each tire regularly to ensure the tire pressure is optimal according to the owner’s manual. The last thing you need is a flat tire which you notice when ready for a journey. Properly inflated tires are not only essential for your safety, but also for the efficient operation of your car.

Neglecting oil changes

Oil changes are very important for the overall functioning of your car. Although new cars don’t need an oil change as frequent as older car do, regular oil change is still necessary. If you let your oil get too dirty, it will not be able to lubricate your engine and prevent overheating. In fact, the dirty oil can damage your engine parts through the nasty deposits of sludge.

Failing to inspect/change brakes

Just like other parts of the car, the brake pads also get worn down and need to be occasionally replaced. You should not ignore the squealing noise of worn-down brakes. If you neglect the brake pads till they wear down completely, they may begin to work away at the rotators. This will result in more expensive costs. Get your brakes checked the first time noticed the squealing noise.

Ignoring fluid checks

Most people have the misconception that the only fluid that needs to be inspected and changed is the only motor oil. However, the other fluids such as brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid also need to be checked. Use the owner’s manual to get the recommendation on how often you should service these components.

Not using filters as recommended

For the filter to work efficiently, they need to be kept clean. Clean filters prevent dirt particles from entering the engine, air conditioning or fuel of your vehicle. When the filters are dirty, they can cause poor gas mileage, wearing out of engine components or make the engine to seize. Change your filters as often as recommended for optimal performance.  

Ignoring an overheating engine

When an engine runs, it gets hot requiring a cooling system for it not to overheat. However, if the cooling system fails, you need to stop the vehicle and call for a tow truck.

Old wipers

Windscreen wipers are usually used against harsh weather conditions and therefore weaken with time. They are very crucial for clear eyesight when driving in adverse weather. Ensure you change your windshield wipers every six months. You should also invest in quality wiper blades.