Car Maintenance Tips

There are so many things that could happen when you are driving around in your car, these unexpected damages can lead to you spending more money than you planned to spend on repairs.  A popular saying ‘prevention is better than cure’, this saying could not be any more relevant when it comes to your car. It is better to prevent damage to the car by regular maintenance and servicing than to wait until the damage waiting until the damage is worse and you must spend more money repairing. This post is going to cover some basic automobile maintenance tips that will save you money and time in the future.

Owner’s Manual

The first and most important thing to consider when you get a new car is to study and familiarise yourself with your owner’s manual. A vehicle’s owner’s manual should be your first stop on the way to resolving any problems of questions you might have about your car like the servicing frequency, suggested tyre pressure and more.

Tyres

Your tyres are another important feature of your car. They are the only part of your car in constant connection to the concrete surface and should be taken care of accordingly. You should be looking for any cuts or bulges in the sidewall. If you find any, you should avoid driving the car until you get expert advice. If the damage is bad you might have to buy tyres to replace the old ones, if you do have to buy new tyres, it might be worth checking online for cheaper options. You should also remember to check your tyre pressure often, you can refer to your owner’s manual if you are unsure of the suggested tyre pressure for your car.

Oils

The purpose of engine oil in your car is to reduce friction on the moving parts on your engine while also assisting in dispensing heat. You oil levels should also be checked regularly to avoid combustion pressure from escaping, the oil should be topped off as required with the correct type of oil for your engine.

Lights

This part is very simple but important nonetheless, you need to be sure that all the lights in your vehicle are working properly, especially the dashboard warning lights. These lights make it easier to identify problems with your car and if not working it might lead to accidents or extra damage to the car.

Windscreen wipers

Checking your windscreen wipers couldn’t be easier, all you need to do is lift each wiper and check the wiping edge of the rubber is still in working condition. If the rubber is compromised, it can lead to scratches on your windscreen which can lead to chips, which can lead to a shattered glass it not addressed immediately.

There are other aspects of your car that should be maintained and checked regularly like your brakes, you should check out your brake pads, linings, rotors and more before any long journey. You should also check your fluids, air cooling system, battery, power steering, transmission and more.

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