Effective Car Maintenance To Keep You On The Go

If you are the sole owner of your car, proper maintenance of the car is a responsibility you have to fulfill on your own. It is true that car maintenance is a time-consuming and expensive affair, but eventually, your investment will offer good returns in the long run. Since nothing happens magically, you need to develop the habit of taking care of the car on a regular basis instead of depending on others to help you with reminders like the oil change or tire rotation. The lines below will guide you with certain basic things to do for effective car maintenance.

What You Should Do Daily


Car Inspection – Get into the habit of checking your car every day especially leaks in the tires and any broken accessories or lights such as the warning lights.

Smelling and Listening – Experts opine that paying attention to the smells and sounds in the car can offer assistance in understanding any underlying problem. If you smell or get any weird sound from your car, go through the owner’s manual to evaluate the problem and find a solution immediately so that your investment doesn’t go down the drain.

Give Attention to What Your Car Says – For example, if your car’s “check engine” light is glowing; there may be an issue with the emission system of your car like bad oxygen sensor that can adversely affect the fuel usage in your car. Instead of ignoring such signs, get these issues solved right away to avoid more expensive repairs later on.

Annual check-up


It is crucial that you have your car checked annually. Full inspection of your car in a year ensures that the car is running efficiently without any mechanical issues. The yearly check-up should include checking your car’s suspension, steering, tires, brakes, charging system, and battery. This check-up should also include reference to the required service by the manufacturer and the vehicle computer system to look for updates.

Garage for Protection


To safeguard the interior of your car, you should park it in a shaded area and use window deflector screen or apply UV protection to keep the vinyl and plast



ic from getting dry. At night, the garage is the best place to keep the car protected from all kinds of damage and dirt. Keeping your garage organized can help you make the most of this space for safe keeping of your car.

DIY Tips for Car Care


Here are some Do It Yourself (DIY) maintenance tips for ensuring that your car functions to its fullest potential all the time:

After every 5,000 miles change the motor oil of your car.
After every 12,000 miles change the air filter in your car.
Make sure that your car tires are rotated after every 5,000-10,000 miles.


You are solely responsible for your car so keep it clean as much as possible. Don’t forget to wax your car every 6 months (at least) to keep the paint protected and to give the car a good look. And most importantly, don’t treat your car interior like a trash can. Make it a habit to clean the interior regularly so that you can enjoy your rides in the car and offer lifts without any hesitation (of course, it will also add to the resell value of your car).

After 40, it’s all maintenance

The other day at the gym, the teacher sent us to the wall for a set of standing push-ups.

“Place your hands on the wall at breast level,” she instructed.

I placed my hands on the wall at breast level. I saw that my hands were headed for the Gulf of Mexico.

“How did this happen?” I asked, sorrow catching in my throat.

“You know what they say,” said my neighbor. “After 40, it’s all maintenance.”

I gritted my teeth and performed three grueling sets of push-ups, determined to show that my strength and agility were not sliding nearly as fast as some of the rest of me. I did not cheat, exactly. I leveled the playing field, so to speak, by sliding my hands north on the wall closer to California, where the rest of my body lives. This made the push-ups much easier to complete. Besides, the true pain of the exercise was realizing that my 40th birthday had passed a few years ago, which meant I was overdue for some desperately needed deferred maintenance.

Back home, my first corrective measure was fishing out a catalog of women’s sports clothing. This catalog sold bras for every possible shape and fitness need. Sure enough, I found a model designed by a researcher in New Zealand who had a doctorate in Newtonian physics.

This great humanitarian had created a bra for women just like me: past our “best by” date for the cheerleading squad, but far too early for the shuffleboard squad. The researcher had actually attached sensors and electrodes to women as they jogged to determine how much retro-fitting they’d need to stay in their cups.

The bra was called “Stand and Deliver,” and I paid extra to have it shipped to me overnight.

When I heard the telltale diesel-chugging of the UPS truck on my block the following day, I ran to the door.

“Must be something special in there,” our friendly UPS man said, observing my rapid-response signature.

“Uh, yeah, the rat glue traps finally arrived,” I said. “No matter what we do, we just can’t seem to get rid of those rodents. I know this will do the trick.”
“Totally understandable. Well, I hope it works!”

“You and me both!” I waved goodbye.

When I looked at myself in the mirror wearing my new suspension rigging, I was amazed at what a little retrofitting could do for me. And I felt ashamed at my utter disdain for science classes back in high school. Had I only known how much I would benefit from a close study of Newtonian physics and its application to my ability to perform wall push-ups, I would have paid more attention in class.

My new bra was not the sexiest-looking underwire garment to have ever left the shores of Macau. It had an uncanny resemblance to building scaffolding, but I didn’t care. I had found it easily enough, which meant I was not a “problem fit” who would require the services of one of the nation’s leading bra-sizing consultants. (This was not the case for my friend Gerry, who one evening admitted to me, after a few glasses of wine, that she had been measured for a new bra with a carpenter’s level.)

I feel vindicated that Stage 1 of my deferred maintenance program has had such striking results. A neighbor stopped me the other day, looked at me quizzically and said, “Something’s different about you, I can tell. Wait, don’t tell me: I bet you finally got rid of those rodents!”

I admit that my success has had its limitations. Walking past Victoria’s Secret, that bastion of female object glorification, remains a painful experience, but at least now I do so holding my head (and my mammaries) a little higher and feeling younger. I have no doubt that Victoria’s skinny models may look better in a push-up bra than I do, but those scrawny arms of theirs will be their undoing in a contest with me for wall push-ups. With my greater musculature, I will leave them in the dust, and enjoy every thrilling minute of it.

There is more program work to be done, and my next target will be a re-evaluation of my skin care routine. Doing research online, I found a “face bra” that promises anti-aging miracles. However, this requires that I first soak the device in various solutions and pastes and be willing to wear it wrapped around my face like an Egyptian mummy for four hours a day, thereby feeling like an idiot. Fortunately, I am neither so old that I require such desperate measures, nor so young that I will fall for this kind of consumer sucker-punch.

For now, I’m happy to resume my wall push-ups, placing my hands right where they ought to be.

Judy Gruen writes the popular “Off My Noodle” column at judygruen.com. Her next book, “The Women’s Daily Irony Supplement,” will be published in May.