When most people bring their car into a mechanic or oil change place for routine maintenance, they simply drop the keys off and pay the bill after work is completed. They don’t think much about it and generally agree to whatever recommendations that mechanic might make about services to perform. This is a big mistake! Not asking questions or paying attention during even the most basic of car care procedures can cost you hundreds of dollars immediately or down the road.
Being a smart car owner means asking questions. Here are a few things that you should be prepared to ask your mechanic when you bring your car in for an oil change, tune-up or any other scheduled maintenance procedure:
- Are you putting the right oil in my car? If you have an older car, you will want to consider motor oils designed for high mileage vehicles. If you drive in cold weather or frequently haul things, you might want to consider different viscosity oil than what is standard for your model.
- Is it time to change my oil filter? A dirty oil filter can hurt your engine’s performance and rob you of gas mileage.
- Are my fluid levels where they should be? If your fluid levels are lower than would be expected for the amount of time between maintenance visits, this could be a sign that you have a leak or some other mechanical problem which is draining your fluids and could be something to look at.
Most people understand that it’s important to change your motor oil and other fluids in your car on a regular basis on order to keep your car running properly. While the old axiom of having a motor oil change every 3,000 miles might not hold true today with improvements in motor oil technology, it’s still a good idea to change your oil every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
But your motor oil isn’t the only thing you need to be replacing on a regular basis in order to maximize the performance of your car. The air filtration system is an incredibly important part of the car’s internal workings but something that many people ignore. Cars need fresh air in order to fire properly, meaning that your air filter and other parts of the filtration system need to be checked and cleaned on a regular basis.
Simply making sure that your air filter is clean can improve your gas mileage by 10 percent or more along with reducing the wear and tear on your motor and improving your engine life. Every time you replace your motor oil, making sure you check your air filter. If it is simply clogged, the particles can easily be removed; older air filters will need to be replaced. It’s an easy and cheap way to improve your gas mileage and performance.
The warning lights on your dashboard are there for a reason – they serve to let you know about a potential problem with your car. However, many people choose to simply ignore the warning lights, even going as far as to put tape over their dashboard in order to avoid seeing the flashing lights. This is a terrible idea! Ignoring warning lights will only make a bad situation worse and could lead to major car troubles.
It’s important that you immediately take your car into a mechanic if you get a “check engine” light or other warning on your dashboard. A mechanic can run a diagnostic check to see exactly what the problem is with your car. In many cases, the problem will only get worse as time goes on. If not fixed, many minor issues which can trigger a warning light can turn into significant problems down the road.
For example, the oil light is a sign that your car does not have enough motor oil to function properly. This is not a sign that you need to drive home and then check the situation but a warning that your car is in serious danger. Driving without enough motor oil can cause your engine to seize up and create major damage. Pull your car off the road immediately and call a tow truck to take you to a service station immediately if you get this warning sign.
All the hype, all the fame and all the attention went to the Yamaha YZFR15, only because of its rumored 22bhp output. Now that its released, there are so many people ready to buy it. Yamaha is regaining its popularity. But not everyone noticed the other bike standing next to the YZFR15 in the Yamaha stall during the autoshow.
Now that it is time to have some FZ150 talk, lets talk! :). The FZ150 is the replica of the much bigger macho FZ1 1000cc bike, with a 150cc engine. A few shots have been taken by Bike India and members of Team-Bhp to show that Yamaha is almost ready to release the naked monster.
Yes, another facelift from Ford. Old news, but its still a news. The Ikon started off like the Fiesta did, got great response, made it a “drivers” car and became a common sight in the road, being the luxury car at that time. The Ford Ikon will be getting a facelift and will be entering the market soon. This facelift is similar to the Fiesta’s, where only the frontal part is worked out and the rear is left the same.
The interior style is being changed a little, like new seat fabrics, revamped instrument clusters and new dials. The front part of the car gets new European styled headlights and a Fiesta-like nose and an all new bumper with fog lights. The rear gets clear tail lamps.
TVS had been facing losses after Bajaj had dominated over the performance zone with the 180cc, 200cc and 220cc. There were many TVS fans who wanted a higher capacity Apache and soon their demands will be fulfilled. TVS is going to launch a 180cc of the Apache to compete with the Pulsar.
Bajaj, TVS and HH are doing great business by getting out new bikes and upgrades from time to time, but the company that was going slow is Suzuki. After a long time meddling around the 125cc range, Suzuki finally came to the 150cc range. This might be a start to what can end profitably.
A few days ago, Ford launched the face-lifted Fiesta to encounter some serious sales as the figures were lowering day to day. Why was that? the most possible answer is that the Fiesta was told to be a drivers car, while the Aveo got away with the looks and interiors, the City stole the brand image and the refined engine and the SX4 got away with almost everything. That is why minor changes were made to make the car look modern and updated.