Keep Your Car Healthy By Inspecting These Things Every Time You Get Gasoline

Posted on: 16 May 2017

In the last century, when you took your vehicle to get gasoline you went to a "service station" and as the gas was being pumped into your car the service station's attendant would clean and check vital parts of your car. Since people in most areas of the country now pump their own gas, these regular checks often do not happen. As a result, many smaller problems are never detected until they cause the need for major car repairs. To avoid this fate, check each of these things every time you get gas for your car:

Inspect Your Car's Windshield for Chips or Cracks

Since you need to be able to see well out of your car's windshield for safety, take the time to wash it off each time you get gasoline. While you are washing, check the windshield for any small cracks or chips in the glass. If you find any cracks or chips, then you should take your car to a local glass shop for repairs or contact a local mobile windshield replacement company. Often, small windshield defects can be fixed without having to completely replace it.

Inspect Your Car's Tires for Signs of Damage or Wear

As you are gassing up your car, walk around it and check each tire for proper inflation. Each tire should look full but will likely bulge just a bit where it comes into contact with the ground. This is normal and exactly how your car's tires should look. Fill any low tires with air at the gas station.

While you are checking the tires, look at their surface to ensure there are no nails stuck in the tires or signs of abnormal wear of the tread. If you see either problem, take your car to your local tire repair shop as soon as possible to have the tire repaired or the alignment fixed.

Check Your Car's Fluids for Proper Coloration and Loss

Your car relies on its motor oil, transmission fluid, and coolant to keep it running. For this reason, when you are getting gasoline, you should get into the habit of checking each of these three fluids.

First, pull the dipstick for the motor oil and check to ensure the fluid level is at full. Wipe the dipstick on a clean rag and look for the presence of metal particles or a burned color to determine if your engine is having a mechanical problem that needs to be checked out.

Second, check the transmission fluid to make sure it also registered as full on its dipstick. Transmission fluid is red in color and if you see any metal particles in it or the fluid is dark, then you should have a transmission shop check out your car because this is a sign of a problem.

Finally, while you should never open a hot radiator, you should check its overflow bottle and make sure that it has fluid up to its full line. If there is not enough fluid in the bottle, add either distilled water or antifreeze.To learn more, contact a business that handles auto and glass repairs.