A lot of people look at their car in a bit of wonder. This vehicle almost seems magical when you think about it. In reality, it’s not magic but rather the combination of engineering and systems that work in wonderful harmony. Knowing more about your car is incredibly helpful as you go about your day-to-day. In fact, we listed learning more about your vehicle’s maintenance as one of our five New Year’s car care resolutions last time. With that in mind, here are 10 things you need to know about your car.

How Are The Brakes?

Your brakes are the single most important safety feature on your vehicle. A faulty brake system can’t be overlooked at all and the impact of one could lead to tragedy. Pay attention to the signs of brake problems when driving, such as a rattling steering wheel when stopping, and heed the advice of mechanics when the brakes are worn and need to be replaced.

What’s Your Tire Pressure?

Tire pressure is an underappreciated part of car maintenance. IF your tire pressure is low your tires will wear out faster. Too high and it will decrease the traction making stopping more difficult and decreasing handling. Take a moment to learn what tire pressure you should have and regularly check it, especially if there have been drastic recent temperature changes.

How’s Your Engine Oil?

Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Your oil lubricates and cools the motor, making sure it’s still running properly despite all of the stress put on its components. Too little oil, or older oil, can introduce debris and create friction. That friction will destroy your engine over time. Every car owner should know what oil their car uses as well as how often it needs to be checked/serviced.

How About the Other Fluids?

Your car runs on more fluids than just oil. Make sure you’re regularly checking brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and windshield washer fluid for a much smoother and safer drive.

Where’s Your Spare?

It’s amazing how many drivers don’t have a spare tire in their vehicles. When you find yourself with a flat tire, the spare can get you down the road to safety and the professional assistance you need for a more permanent repair.

Take a Look at Wiper Blades

Rain is something we know very well in the Lowcountry. The amount of rain we deal with in this part of the country is the primary reason you need to make sure your windshield wipers are working properly. When they start to wear, spend that little bit of money to replace them. You won’t regret it.

Check Your Lights

Your lights are important. These beauties not only help you see what’s coming but also help other drivers see you in nighttime driving conditions. The problem is that they dim over time and the covers can get dirty. Take some time to regularly check your headlights and taillights for safety.

Air is Important

Air is a vital part of the combustion process. The air for your engine is pulled in through the engine air filters. Those should be checked every 6 months to make sure they are clean and not clogged.

Do You Have an Emergency Kit?

The best-maintained vehicle could still break down at any time. That’s why you need to make certain you have a well-prepared emergency kit in your car at all times. What should be in it? At a minimum include jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, flashlight, gloves, glass wipes, reflective vest, and duct tape.

What’s the Best Body Shop and Mechanic?

Unfortunately, accidents happen. When they do you need a trusted technician to help you get things back to normal. A great body shop should have a well-trained, professional team, use the best parts, and hold standard industry certifications. Your mechanic should be the same way. If you don’t have a shop in mind, we have a suggestion or two.

We are Your Auto Repair Source

Fender Mender is the name for auto repair in the Charleston area. Whatever body repair you need, whether small body damage or a full collision repair, our team can help you get your car back to the way it was. If you’ve been in a recent accident, or have automotive damage you want fixed, contact us today. We’re ready to help you!