What’s Under Your Hood? Essential Parts You Should Keep in Tip-Top Shape
Owning a car is a responsibility and as a vehicle owner, getting to know the basics of your vehicle’s upkeep can go a long way in making sure it remains in tip-top shape. Below are just some of the most important running parts of your car that you should absolutely take care of.
Buckle up, here we go…
The battery’s main functions are to jump start your engine and power your car’s lights. Many of today’s batteries are made from lead acid and should not be completely drained before recharging. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a battery with a relatively short life cycle.
To make the most out of your battery, you have to take extra care not deplete its active material too fast. For example, leaving your headlights or interior lights on by accident while your car is parked can overtax your battery unnecessarily. Always make sure you double check your vehicle’s lights before you exit so this doesn’t happen.
Although hydraulic cylinders can weather a certain level of damage and friction, you can still do something to minimize its wear and tear. For one, you should replace the piston seals and rod when necessary so that the more expensive parts of your hydraulic cylinder lasts longer.
So how do you know when it’s time to replace the rod and piston seals? You have to be proactive in checking it regularly so it doesn’t result in a bigger problem. When checking, look out for any leakage from the rod or slowing of your car’s rod when in static pressure.
Your car’s radiator is one part you never want to break to down since it keeps your engine from overheating. To keep your radiator in good working order, you must ensure that it’s always filled with coolant mixed with water. The radiator cap must also be shut tight to keep its inside chamber pressurized and perfectly functioning.
It also pays to have your radiator cleaned a few times each year so nothing gets clogged as it functions. The great thing is, you can have a mechanic do this for you if you don’t know how to do it yourself.
Your car’s air-conditioning compressor is responsible for cooling and heating your car. Some common issues with the compressor is when it’s not lubricated enough and when the seals leak. To prevent this, you should turn on your AC regularly so that the seals stay lubricated and don’t dry up.
Additionally, if you notice any change in temperature such as your AC not cooling or heating properly, have it inspected as soon as possible so that any potential problems are prevented early.
The clutch allows you to shift to different gears so you can smoothly increase or slow your speed. But did you know that the way you drive can actually have a crucial effect on the durability of your clutch? The key to extend its usability is to know how to use it properly. For one, try to avoid riding your foot on the clutch—either don’t step on it at all while driving or press it all the way down when shifting.
When you’re on a hill, use the handbrake instead of the clutch to keep your car from rolling. Lastly, don’t drive in full tilt if you’re nearing a red light so you can easily drop the clutch and avoid slippage.
These are just some of the basic parts under your hood that you should get to know better. With their corresponding maintenance tips, car troubles don’t have to be a regular thing to contend with! All it takes are a few preventative measures and your car will stay in its best condition for a much longer time.