Rental Car Common Knowledge and Basic Instructions

If you have a rental car, you might not know important things about the car because you’re new to it. But that shouldn’t be a concern if you follow a few basic rules. For starters, your fuel gauge can tell you the correct side the car’s gas tank is located. The fuel indicator may have a small arrow next to the gas pump icon showing you on which side of the car the gas tank is located.

It’s also important to keep the gas tank full because if you run out of fuel, it can cause severe problems in your car’s fuel line. If your car has a fuel injector and you run out of fuel, rust and small dirt particles on the floor of your gas tank can get sucked past your fuel filter and into the fuel injectors causing some serious problems.

You also need to maintain fluids in your car and it’s not just a matter of changing oils. You may need to change the motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and windshield washer fluid. You also need to check your car’s battery from time to time and ensure the terminals and cables are properly attached.

It’s also important to clean brake dust on a regular basis. A combination of moisture, heat and road grime can bake this dust onto your wheels and it will be difficult to remove. Your tire pressures need to be checked regularly, at least once per week because bad tire pressures affect handling, comfort and fuel economy. You also need to remember to rotate your tires after every 5,000 miles so that they can wear out evenly.

Something a driver might forget is checking on their car’s hoses because extreme heat can lead to hoses drying out over a period of time and start to leak. If left unattended, you might be left stranded when the hose eventually gives in. Also remember to check your antifreeze levels, especially during extreme cold or hot weather.

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