Regularly Check the Vehicle to Keep It Running in Good Condition
Whether for a gasoline or diesel engine, it is recommended to follow the manufacturer's recommendations (available in the maintenance book) which will indicate the deadlines for oil changes, filter changes (oil, air, and pollen), etc.. Generally, today the oil changes are to be done every year or 2 years and approximately between 10,000 km to 30,000 km (the first of the two expired terms) depending on the model.
In order to avoid any surprises which can generate very high repair costs, it is also necessary to carry out regular checks. A monthly check of the elements below is a guarantee of safety.
The engine oil level should be checked regularly and especially before long journeys. An oil of too poor quality or too old will see its lubricating properties reduced. This will have the effect of increasing the friction between the engine parts and thus damage them more or less seriously. In addition, an oil that is too old can lead to overconsumption of fuel.
The engine oil should be checked with the engine cold. Pull the dipstick (often yellow or blue or red) for the first time, wipe it completely with a dry cloth, put it back in its location, then remove it to check the level which should be at the level of the Max or slightly below.
The coolant level should also be checked regularly, and always before long journeys. The coolant, as its name suggests, prevents the engine from overheating, and therefore serious breakdowns.
The check is carried out when the engine is cold, and we check on the edge of the expansion vessel (transparent jar) whether the level is at the level of the Max or slightly below.
The brake fluid level is obviously essential for safety. Check it regularly when the engine is hot or cold, it doesn't matter, in the same way as the coolant. It is also necessary to drain these fluids at the rate recommended by the manufacturer. These changes are most often accompanied by the change of the oil filter.
It is also easy to check the air filter. It is located in the airbox, not far from the front ventilation grille of the hood. If it starts to get dirty, then the engine will have a harder time sucking in the fresh air, and therefore a decrease in power and an increase in consumption will be felt.
An air filter that is too damaged will see its filtering properties diminish and may cause breakdowns if dust or gravel accumulates in the intake, or worse, enters the engine.
Timing Belt and Accessories:
Also, remember to check the timing belts and accessories. A belt with lacerations means it is at the end of its life and urgently needs to be replaced.
Check the engine hoses. It is preferable to identify a hose that begins to be porous or a little cracked before it gives way completely while driving, and thus to avoid more or less important repair costs.
Exterior and Body:
Also think about cleaning the exterior and body of your car, especially if you want to sell your used car!