Vehicles benefit from routine maintenance. Learning to perform routine maintenance at home can save you money while extending the life of your vehicle. Here are several basic routine maintenance tasks you can do each month to get started.
Gauge Air Pressure
Proper tire inflation keeps your truck driving smoothly. It can also improve your gas mileage. Changes in temperature can affect the air pressure in your tires. You should check air pressure when the tire is cold. If you have recently driven your vehicle, add 4 PSI to the reading to account for the change in temperature due to driving. The optimal tire pressure for the vehicle is located inside the driver’s side door jamb, usually on a sticker. If it’s been removed you can check the owner’s manual. If during your inspection you notice you need some replacement parts, try ordering used Ram truck parts to save money.
Check Your Fluids
Once you are done with your tire pressure check, move on to checking the fluids that keep your truck running smoothly. Most vehicles have brake, transmission, coolant, and washer fluids in addition to motor oil. You should find removable caps for each fluid under the hood. Remove and inspect the level in each. If you can’t see any fluid within, it’s time for a top off. However, never check coolant fluid levels by removing the radiator cap. Instead, check the coolant level through the transparent refill container.
Replace Wiper Blades
Most of us ignore windshield wipers until caught in a storm. Add this item to your monthly vehicle maintenance checklist to avoid getting caught with ineffective wipers during a downpour. Use some wiper fluid to check the performance of each blade. If major streaks appear or the blades screech, it’s time for a replacement.
Inspect Your Battery
Over time, corrosion can occur on your car’s battery. Giving it a quick once over every month can correct issues before they become a problem. Corrosion reduces your battery’s lifespan. Clean off any corrosion with a wire brush. For persistent rust, use a baking soda and water solution to clean it off. You should also tighten down the nuts on the battery to ensure it stays snugly in place.
Starting with these small monthly maintenance tasks can keep your vehicle running smoothly for a long time. If you ever notice something that seems out of place or problematic during your inspections, make sure to reach out to a professional.