There are a few things that you always need to do with your vehicle to make it run properly. For most people in the United States, the most dangerous thing that you will do today is drive a car. That is because you are putting your life and the life of others in a your car's hands. You are counting on the car driving correctly and you need everything to work just right. You know that you need to keep your car well maintained, but have you ever stopped to wonder why. This article is going to explain the why behind a few of the most basic maintenance aspects of a car.
Oil lubricates all the moving parts of the engine. The oil is also what is able to get the small debris like metal fragments or dust particles out of the engine. You will have a few options when you change your oil. You can use the crude mineral, oil which is your basic oil from the ground. This can protect your engine for 3,000 miles. Or, you can use synthetic oil, which is the crude mineral oil that has been engineered to last longer. This type of oil will usually protect your engine for about 7,500 to 10,000 miles. After these benchmark miles (3,000 and 7,500) the oil becomes less effective in cleaning, and your engine can seize up.
You count on your tires every time that you get into your car. You know that you need to rotate them, keep them aired up, and change them out. However, you may not know when or why. Your tires are engineered to last a very long time, but the road will wear them down. Your car drives a specific way on the road, and the tires can start to wear a very specific way. You get your tires rotated so it can even out the wear and the tear. This prolongs the life of your tires, and makes them much more capable of handling bad weather. You need to change your tires out when the tread is worn down. To know when it is time to change your tread, stick a penny in the tread with President Lincoln's head down. If you can see the top of President Lincoln's head then it is time to change the tires. This is because the tire is worn down so thin that it no longer provides you the traction that you need.
For more information, contact a professional service, such as Precision Automotive.