Now that you have found the salvage car you want, it is important to know how to keep it in the best shape possible. There are a number of cars on salvage lots that are simply in need of minor or worthwhile repairs. If you do your part to keep your vehicle in working condition, you may be able to operate the car with little to no problems for years to come. Here are a few vehicle maintenance tips to keep in mind.
Do A Battery Check
Your battery should be maintained all year, but when the weather starts to cool down, it is essential to have a battery that works well. If you live in an area where the temperature drops below zero in the winter, there may be days when your car will not turn over. If this happens when you are away from home, this could turn into a life-threatening situation. Bring your salvage vehicle in to your mechanic and have the battery tested to make sure it can hold a charge for long periods of time. Clean off any corrosion that is collection on the battery as soon as you notice it, and check the battery fluid a few times a year to make sure the levels are adequate.
Keep Your Fluids Leveled
Making sure that your fluids are at the right levels is ideal for keeping your salvage car running smoothly, especially during the colder months of the year. Your antifreeze should be filled, and the windshield wiper fluid and coolant should be topped off as well. These fluids should always be at adequate levels, since they have a high water content, so they can freeze easily in the winter, which could be dangerous while you’re on the road. The mechanical components of your car should also be kept intact, which means that you’ll need to get an oil change on a regular basis. This is especially important if you do lots of stop and go driving in your vehicle.
Inspect Your Lights
Your lights should always be bright enough for you to see clearly, and your brake and headlights should always be in working order. This is a must when you’re driving in harsh weather or at night. Replace the bulbs as soon as they go out and clean the lenses to ensure that your lights are bright when you’re on the road at night.
Check The Air Filter
Your engine needs the air filter to perform correctly. Air is pushed through the engine grill, and the air comes through a filter. The air filter keeps debris, foliage and other impurities from compromising the function of the engine. When these items get stuck in the air filter, it can cause serious problems, which is why air filter replacement is an important part of vehicle maintenance. The filter should be replaced about every 7,000 miles to help your engine ‘breathe’.
Keeping up with these practical maintenance practices can keep your car running smoothly, and can save you from costly repairs in the future.