Good car maintenance is important because it can help prevent accidents. It’s also a great way to save money on repairs. Here are some things you should keep in mind when maintaining your car.


Clean Your Car, Inside and Out

Cars can get dirty in a very short time. Make it part of your routine to clean inside and outside your car at least once every week. Check the owner’s manual to see what types of products can be used safely on your car’s exterior and interior. You should also make it part of your car maintenance routine to keep the windows clean.


How to Wash Your Automobile:

  1. Make sure your car is cool to the touch. You should never wash a hot car.
  2. Hose down the top of the car, the hood and trunk first. Don’t use a pressure nozzle at this stage as it can damage the car. Finally, do the sides of the car.
  3. Put a little dishwashing soap in your bucket and fill it with warm water from the hose. 
  4. Dip a sponge into the soapy water and begin washing.
  5. Rinse the soap off the car before you move on to another area. Don’t let it dry on the car.
  6. Spray your car with water and then wipe it with a clean towel or microfiber cloth.
  7. Wipe around door handles and areas where your hands normally touch.
  8. Add a layer of polish or wax for an extra layer of protection.

Perform Basic Vehicle Checks

Driving is fun, but you need to make sure your car is in good shape before you go on a trip. You can perform a basic vehicle check using the word FLOWER:

  • Fuel - Before every journey, make sure there's enough fuel in your tank.

  • Lights – Check your headlights and make sure they are clean. If they're not, use a toothbrush to clean them. It's also a good idea to make sure all the lights on your car are working once a week.

  • Oil - Regular oil changes are important because they prevent dirt and grime from building up in your engine over time.

  • Water - Every month, your car's cooling system and fluids should be inspected to guarantee that it is in good operating condition.

  • Engine and electrics - Start the car and listen to make sure all the engine sounds sound okay once a month.

  • Rubber - Check your tires for cracks or bulges and check your spare tire weekly. Rotating your tires can also help them wear evenly and help them last longer. You can use the rotation period as an opportunity to check your tires for any damage.


By performing these routine car maintenance checks, you can prevent serious vehicle problems and save yourself money.


Protect Your Car From Extreme Weather

Harsh weather can damage your car in a short time. Take steps to protect your car from extreme weather, including very hot or cold temperatures. Protect it from rain and snow by putting a good car cover on when you aren’t driving. Keep your car in a garage or covered area if you don’t drive it often. If your garage can’t protect it from extreme heat, use a car cover outdoors as well.


It only takes a few minutes every month to stay on top of your car maintenance. So, there’s no excuse not to. And if you have any questions or just want more information on car maintenance, feel free to stop by Boch Collision Center in Norwood, MA.