How To Make Your Car Last A Long Time - Simple Checks

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hello everyone and welcome in this video

I have teamed up with progressive and

we're gonna be talking about simple

checks that you can make on your car at


and I would recommend doing this at

least every six months if not more often

than that certainly some of these items

you will want to check more often than

once every six months but these are

simple checks that you can do at home to

make sure your car is in good running

condition so we're going to start with

the exterior of the vehicle looking at

the tires that brakes the suspension and

then we will dive under the hood and

start looking at filters as well as

fluid checks now starting with the tires

there's three things we want to be

looking at the tread depth the tire

pressure and how the tire is wearing now

starting with the tread depth on all

tires you'll have these wear of our

indicators so you'll notice them within

the grooves and so what these indicators

tell you if you roll your finger across

from one tread block over to the next

over top of one of these tread wear

indicators and it runs perfectly smooth

across rather than falling down into the

groove and then back up if it runs

perfectly smooth across then that means

you need to replace your tires next it's

important to make sure your tires are

properly inflated you'll find the tire

pressure information on the inside of

your door jamb or within your owner's

manual and you want to make sure that

this tire pressure doesn't get too low

because this can result in uneven wear

or a fuel economy and increase your

chances for hydroplaning and finally we

get to tread wear so if you look at your

tire and you notice that the center of

the tire is wearing down more than the

outside of the tire then that probably

indicates your tire pressure is too high

if the outsides are worn down but the

center isn't as much then your tire

pressure is likely too low and if you

notice that one side of a tire is

wearing far more than the other side

then it likely means you need your

alignment readjusted next we're going to

inspect the brakes now I've removed the

wheel using the spare tire kit from the

back of the vehicle but oftentimes you

won't actually have to remove the wheel

you can simply look through the holes in

the wheel and look at your brake pads so

looking at a brake pad a new brake pad

will typically have around 12

millimeters of pad material remaining

and you want to start thinking about

replacing it once that pad material gets

down to about three millimeters if

you've only got one or two millimeters

left of pad material you want to replace

those brake

pads oftentimes when these brake pads

get down to about three millimeters

they'll have a metal indicator in there

and you'll start hearing a screeching

sound from your brakes letting you know

that it's time to replace them moving on

to the shock absorber you want to make

sure you don't see any fluids leaking

out of the damper you also want to look

for any visual damage on the shock or on

the springs and make sure everything

looks like it's in good working

condition and again you don't have to

remove the wheels to do this you can

simply rotate your steering wheel all

the way to one side look in from that


rotate the steering wheel all the way to

the other side and then look in from the

other angle okay now let's take a look

underneath the hood now the first thing

we're going to look at is the engine oil

so you're going to want to find the

dipstick and pull it out and as you pull

it out we're going to wipe down the

entire thing using a towel so we're

going to clean it off that way we can

get a good reading once we insert it

back in so once we know that it's clean

stick it right back in and then we're

gonna pull that out and read it and so

looking at the dipstick once it's pulled

out after you've cleaned it off and then

stuck it back in and then pulled it out

once more you will see that there are

two little indicators so there's a hole

right there and there's another hole

right here and so you want your oil

level to be somewhere between these two

and you can see that here it's right at

the end right at the high fill line now

if it's right towards the bottom or if

you don't see any oil you might want to

add about half a quart to the engine and

then recheck the engine oil level using

the dipstick and add as needed you want

to make sure though that it lies between

these two indicators now as far as how

frequent you should be changing the oil

refer to your owner's manual and one

thing you also may want to look for is

if you see a milkiness in the oils color

that can indicate that coolant is

getting in with in your engine oil and

so that's a big problem you don't want

to have that happening so just make sure

that it's either clear we're starting to

get darkish that darkish color comes

from the oil holding contaminants before

you change it out now depending on your

vehicle you're gonna have different

fluids that you need to check so for

example this vehicle has electronic

power steering so there's no power

steering fluid to check you do want to

check the brake fluid so you'll see a

max and a minimum indicator line on the

brake fluid reservoir

and so you want to make sure that the

brake fluid is between those two lines

you'll see the same thing on your

coolant reservoir so somewhere near your

radiator or coming from your radiator

you'll have an expansion tank for the

radiator and you'll see a min and a max

line you want to make sure that the

coolant Falls between the min and the

max line and of course top off your

windshield washer fluid as needed next

we move on to filters and there are two

filters which we're going to want to

inspect the first of which being the

engine air filter and oftentimes these

actually don't require tools to gain

access to you can simply pull these out

and inspect with just some clips which

are used on this and you can see there

is a little bit of debris in there but

overall it looks pretty good still very

clean you can shake out some of that

debris and then put that back in or

replace it with a new filter the second

filter we want to check is the cabin air

filter so you'll generally find this

behind the glovebox and it usually won't

require any tools to remove simply pop

that out and inspect so this one's

looking okay it's definitely got some

debris in there so I'll tap some of this

out and perhaps consider replacing this

fairly soon there is a good amount of

you know kind of dirt and debris stuck

in there

and go ahead and slide that back in and

then we'll place the glovebox back in

it's also a good idea to check out your

wiper blades you want to make sure that

it's a nice smooth continuous surface

that doesn't have any cracks in it and

that the rubber isn't starting to

deteriorate you know it's still flexible

so that it maintains good contact with

your windshield and finally you want to

make sure that all of your lights are

working properly so your headlights your

indicators and then for your brake

lights you can either have a friend

check the brake lights for you while you

press on the brake pedal or you can set

up a mirror perhaps use your phone and

record them and make sure that all of

your brake lights are working so

hopefully this has provided you with

some useful information easy stuff to

check over on your car but it can save

you a headache in the long run and it

could save you some money as well if you

catch a problem early so thank you all

for watching and of course thank you to

progressive for partnering on this video