Mercury Lynx Maintenance: Car Care Habits You Shouldn’t Pass Up On
Maintaining your Mercury Lynx can really get in your way of life, but you have to do it anyway, if you want your car to still give you a good run despite the many miles it has already provided you with. And car maintenance doesn't start and end with the engine; your ride still has a lot of systems and components that require your attention. Here are some of the often-overlooked car maintenance regimens that you shouldn't ignore if you want to keep your more-than-a-decade-old Lynx on the road in the years to come:
- Checking the tire pressure often
It's easy to overlook the vehicle's tire pressure because most of the time, the looks of the tires can deceive you. Yes, tires can still look properly inflated even if they are already low on air. And even if they aren't blown out yet, tires with not enough pressure usually result in poor fuel economy. It's so easy for the tires to lose pressure. Most of the time, going over a pothole or driving over hot pavements can reduce the tires' air pressure. Since you never know when the tire pressure will be low, it is always a good idea to do a regular check. Keeping your tires properly inflated won't just save you from the hassles and expense of having a flat tire, but it will also give your Lynx better gas mileage.
- Tending to warning lights ASAP
Don't ever make the mistake of ignoring a dashboard warning light that has turned on because that's your vehicle's way of telling you that something's wrong with it. Whether it's the Check Engine Light, the TPMS lights, or other warning light, tend to it immediately. Your manual can tell you the right way to troubleshoot or fix the problem so the light will turn off. So before making any fix, make sure to consult your manual first.
- Doing fluid checks regularly
The engine oil isn't the only fluid in your Mercury Lynx that needs to be checked and changed. Even the brakes, steering, cooling system, transmission, hydraulic suspension system, and windshield wipers also rely on their respective fluids for proper operation. If you've been ignoring these fluids and they're just replaced or topped up when you take your Lynx to your mechanic, it's time to give them more attention. Check with your manual and make it a habit to replace your essential fluids according to your manual's recommendations.
- Replacing the windshield wipers annually
Most of the time, vehicle owners only pay attention to their wipers when they stopped working or start leaving unsightly streaks on the windshield. Do not be one of them. If you've been doing this in the past, then for safety's sake, stop ignoring the windshield wipers this time. You see, the wiper blades degrade over time not only because of their tasks but also due to changing weather and temperature. Dust, snow, rain, and even harsh UV rays can reduce your wiper blades' ability to rid the windshield of anything that can blur or affect your driving vision. This is why it is recommended that you replace your wiper blades every 6 to 12 months, depending on the type of blades your wipers come equipped with.