The 8 Essentials of car maintenance

You don’t have to be a mechanic to understand how your car works. Think of your car like the human body. From head to toe there are 8 essential parts to the body of your car. Learn what maintenance you can do at home to keep your car healthy, and when it needs a doctor.



Dash lights are wiring are like synapses in your brain telling you how your vehicle is feeling. Look at the colors of the icons on the dashboard. They’re like those on a traffic light: 

Green: Go baby, go! 

Yellow: Budget! Have some money set aside for maintenance

Red: Full Stop! Something needs ASAP attention



Use your intuition and pay attention. 90% of accidents are caused by poor visibility. You need to see and others need to see you. We check to ensure you have a great sense of sight, smell, look & feel. 

Tail Light – Brake Light – Windshield Wipers – Mirrors- Headlight and Lenses



Fuel and energy is the food that makes your vehicle go. to keep your vehicle healthy and running smooth. Know what you eat, It matters!  We check the health of your digestive system.



You can’t deny the MacDaddy of all hard working electrical parts. One loose connection and you’re dead. We check your battery, starting and charging system.



Have you ever ran a marathon while having an asthma attack? Every breath you take counts, and that philosophy carries over to your vehicle. If a filter is dirty, it puts a strain on the system it filters. We check your exhaust and filters.

Air – Cabin – Fuel – Oil – Transmission



Your circulatory system keeps blood pumping through your veins, like the fluids that run through the systems in your vehicle.  We check your fluids. 

Motor oil – Power Steering – Brake – Battery Coolant – Transmission – Washer 



No matter how cat-like your reflexes are, if your vehicle’s brakes aren’t working properly, you’re in trouble. We check your brakes, steering, front end and suspension to make sure your vehicle’s reflexes are as good as yours are.



Neglect will cause you to break down, get stuck on the road, waste your time and waste your money.  Rubber is used to transport fluids to each system, and support the structure of your vehicle. Being proactive offsets system failure. We check your rubbers. 

Tires – Belts – Hoses – Boots – Bushing

Now you know the 8 essential systems of your car. Click here to download a FREE copy of the 8 essentials. Make sure you keep up with repairs with this maintenance planner  from Ladies Kar Care. The next time you bring your car into the mechanic for a checkup, you will know what system they are fixing up, to keep your vehicle in good working order. 

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About Audra - Busy-Mom Mechanic Expert 4 Articles
With over 106 million female drivers on the road looking to save money and get their Vehicle to go that extra mile, Audra Fordin understands. Fordin, owner Great Bear 164-16 Sanford Avenue, Flushing NY 11358 a licensed/certified technician, 1st female, 4th generation owner of her family's auto repair shop, founded in 1933 is always speaking to women using her unique approach to demystify the automobile by correlating the car to the human body while educating on the basics of auto maintenance in a fun, friendly environment. FREE Workshops are available at Pledged Auto Shops nationwide. She is also married with 3 children!

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