How to Properly Inspect Your Vehicle

Friday, December 13, 2013

Inspect your VehicleInspecting and performing periodic maintenance is extremely important for your vehicle as it will guarantee your safety and make sure that it is performing at its best. You may not always be able to go to a professional for inspection, but there a few things you can regularly check on your own.

Make Sure That All the Lights are Functional

This is one of the most important things to check when you are performing an inspection on your vehicle. Check if the headlights are properly aligned and pointing in the correct direction. Most importantly, see if the indicators and brake lights are functioning fine. Checking the headlights and indicators may not be a problem, but you will need an extra set of eyes to check the brake lights. You may also do this on your own by parking your car against a reflective surface. If a light is not functioning, replace the bulb.

Regularly Top-Up All Fluids

Check your fluids every day. Sometimes fluid lines may have a small leak or a broken seal. Checking the fluids on a daily basis only requires five minutes and may save you hundreds of dollars. Use the provided dip sticks to check the engine and transmission’s oil levels. Brake and clutch fluid containers are transparent with a level indicator.Regularly top-up all fluid and oils, but if you find that a fluid level is dropping constantly, have it checked for leaks.

Check the Tire Pressure and Treads

It is important that you check the pressure of your tires on a weekly basis. Incorrect pressure can affect your car’s gas mileage and may even cause your tire to explode. Also, check the tire tread indicators and be sure to replace the tires when indications of wear start to show.

If you are not particularly sure about how to inspect your car properly on a regular basis, you may go to a local car dealer for tips. If you find anything out of the ordinary, make your way to the mechanic as soon as possible.