If you are having major transmission problems, tuning up your car is not necessarily going to help you. That is because car tune-ups are largely performed with an eye towards preventative maintenance, saving you time and money down the road. If you are already hearing a major clanking noise in your transmission, perhaps it is something that could not have been prevented in the first place, or maybe it is simply too late to take care of it without professional help.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few simple tips to keeping your car in tiptop shape by following a few regularly scheduled checks at certain intervals.
- Change your Oil Regularly
Whether you are driving Citroen vans or Toyota sedans, this one principle applies for all motor vehicles. Because oil is like the blood of a vehicle, it is essential that it be kept clean. As a critical lubricant for the engine of the car, it gathers particles over time that may cause components to wear down over time. Not only does the oil need to be changed, but the oil filter also should be changed. Changing the former every 3,000 miles and the latter every 6,000 miles is the most basic and essential part of car maintenance. Of course, people go longer without doing this, but they do so at the cost of deterioration leading to major issues with their vehicle over time.
The good news is that this is a fairly painless process to learn how to do by yourself. Or, if you do not feel like doing this, it is a relatively quick and inexpensive procedure to get taken care of at your local oil change place.
- Change your Coolant, Brake Fluid, and Transmission and Differential Oils
You will want to flush the cooling system about once every year just to keep things fresh. This also is a relatively simple and inexpensive task to do on your own, just be sure to properly dispose of the toxic coolant somewhere safe. Mixing the new coolant with 50% distilled water will prevent corrosion down the road.
Similarly, while the transmission and differential oils do not need constant attendance, it is a good idea to switch them up according to your service intervals. Check your car manufacturer’s manual for the recommended viscosity and type of transmission and gear fluids and oils.
Finally, checking every once and a while to see if your brake fluid is either low or needs to be replaced due to excess moisture is also a good idea. Because it attracts water, it can cause corrosion and component failure if not changed out any more than once a year – this is also an inexpensive procedure so do not overlook this.
- Check Tire Pressure and Treads
Your tire pressure will vary with temperature and become less over time, but ideal pressure sits at about 80%. Of course, treads wear over time, and thus the tire needs to be replaced when it’s down to about 1/16th of an inch in treads. Finally, depending on where the tire is located on the car, it will wear down differently. As a rule of thumb, rotate your tires no more than every 8,000 miles to wear them evenly.