We highly recommend that when you get a new or new to you vehicle that you familiarize yourself with its needs and functions as well as you can. There is no better way to learn about your vehicle than going over its owner’s manual.
The owner’s manual is specific to your vehicle model and contains a wealth of vital information. It teaches you everything from initial set up, proper fluid levels, tire care and so on. We realize, however, that for some that amount of information may be a little overwhelming. With that in mind, we have put together a list of what we consider the 10 most important items found in your owner’s manual.
- Initial Vehicle Set-Up: Manufacturers have added many new safety and convenience systems to their vehicles over the last few decades. As each new technological advancement is added to our vehicles, they require a little more set up on our end. The sound system, keyless entry, and auto-adjust seats are only some of the things that may require your attention on a newly acquired vehicle. The owner’s manual is your guide to setting such things up easily, without any guesswork.
- Checking Fluids: As the location can vary from model to model, the owner’s manual is your go-to when you need to locate where to measure the fluids of your vehicle. It will also tell you whether the fluid should be checked hot or cold, and how often the levels should be checked and the fluid changed.
- Driving Habits That Are Best for Your Vehicle: Every model has its own set of quirks, and some driving methods may not be good for your vehicle. The owner’s manual summarizes the do’s and don’ts of operating your vehicle for best performance. You can learn how to achieve the best gas mileage your vehicle offers and how to operate it so that you get the most out of its safety features.
- Fixing Common Problems: Even those who practice regular vehicle maintenance may find themselves in a bind at some time. Your owner’s manual contains information on how to handle problems like jump-starting your vehicle, opening an electric window manually, changing a flat tire, and more.
- Technical Data: There will come a time in your vehicles life that you will need to access technical information on its components. The owner’s manual has a technical data section that provides facts and figures on a range of items such as vehicle dimensions and engine size.
- Optimal Tire Pressure: Maintaining the correct tire pressure helps the performance of your vehicle. Your owner’s manual not only tells you the proper psi for your vehicle but provides instruction on how to properly adjust the pressure so that the tires are not over or under-inflated.
- Cleaning and Protecting Surfaces: As one of your top investments, it only makes sense that you would want to keep your vehicle looking its best for as long as possible. While many vehicles can be cleaned in much the same way, you may want to check with your owner’s manual to see if the specific upholstery or leather used in your car has special care needs. Also, the manual will often outline how to clean parts of the vehicle that you may not think of on your own, like the wiper blades and mirrors.
- Type of Oil: Your owner’s manual will advise what type of oil is recommended for your vehicle. It may also advise different oils depending on the type of climate you find yourself in. It is crucial to use oil that is the correct thickness, also known as viscosity, for your engine. Oil that is too thick or too thin won’t protect your engine and could cause damage. Because oils must comply with certain quality standards, the standards for your car should also be listed. Because standard motor oil doesn’t always meet these specifications, a lot of car’s today require synthetic oils.
- Best Gasoline: What gas should you be pumping for your car? Your owner’s manual will let you know the proper octane level. Gasolines that are “Premium” or “Plus” aren’t always the superior option. Different engines are designed to work with different fuel. Use the grade of gas that is recommended for your specific vehicle to achieve peak performance.
- What’s Covered by Warranty: With new cars especially, some concerns that may arise could be covered by warranty. Often, you can find this information in the owner’s manual. Your manual will explain what should or shouldn’t be done to your vehicle within certain time frames so that you don’t void the warranty.
Remember, while the above items are very important, they are not all you will find in your manual. Be sure to keep your owner’s manual in your vehicle for future reference.
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