There is something about a clean dressed man and smooth looking automobile, out cruising the town on a Friday night. He is starched, pressed and a sporting a fresh haircut. His favorite watch is gleaming on his wrist as he walks into the club, smelling as good as he looks. Across the bar he spots her, classy, sassy and not too brassy. Four drinks later, among smiles and heavy flirting, the fine lady agrees to follow you back to your place.
You are ready for this night as you escort her to her car. In a very gentlemanly fashion, you open the car door and wait for her to start her engine. Using your best cool daddy walk, you make your way back to your car, slide inside the seat, insert the key…and nothing happens.
This cannot be happening.
This was not the way this evening was supposed to end.
It is all your fault you know. You failed to get’er done. You know, the oil change, the coolant, and the battery.
Your car only runs as well as the maintenance you provide. A man’s car is more than just his transportation to and from work; it is an extension of who you are. How well you treat your car is also a symbol of how well you will treat your woman. If you push your car without giving it tune ups, and regular oils changes the engine will become sluggish. The same can be said for your relationships.
Here are 10 tips from KBB.com to take care of your car. Your relationship, we will deal with in another blog post.
Check and change the oil. Nothing destroys an engine faster than neglecting oil-level checks or fresh-oil changes.
Flush the cooling system and change coolant once a year. A 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water will keep the cooling system in good shape and prevent corrosion and deposits from building up inside the cooling system.
Change out transmission and differential oils. While not requiring frequent service, these fluids must be changed according to service intervals. Always use transmission fluid or gear oil of the recommended type and viscosity.
Keep it clean. While washing the outside of the vehicle is obvious, most everything the vehicle ran over can also get stuck to the underside. Hosing off winter salt and road grime is a good idea.
Everything with moving parts needs grease to survive. Ball joints can go into early retirement due to poor lubrication.
Nothing keeps paint looking good and protected like a coat of quality wax. Apply wax at least every six months.
Driveline components such as u-joints also require regular lubrication. The driveline may have to be removed to access the zerk grease fitting. I don’t know what that is either…
Protect the interior by parking the vehicle in the shade, using a window deflector screen, and applying a UV protectant to prevent the dashboard and vinyl from drying out.
Inspect, clean, and repack wheel bearings with wheel bearing grease according to service intervals. Wheel bearings and grease are inexpensive compared to spindle and hub replacement, or liberated wheels rolling down the road ahead of you.
Brake fluid is hygroscopic. This means it is adept at attracting moisture. Moisture causes components to corrode and fail. Replace fluid and bleed system once a year. Brake fluid is cheap. Calipers, hoses, and sensors are expensive.
Now, if you can manage all of this, then you may just be ready to head back out and find that special lady. And next time, on Friday night, this could be you. Sorry, but you have to work your way up to that car though…