Car Maintenance

When a car is well maintained it is much more economical to run and provides the safety you and your occupants deserve.
Routine car maintenance can be simple. We've outlined a few tips here that can save you money and a lot of trouble in the long run.

Oil check

Check your oil once a month. Wait until the car has been stationary for five minutes so the engine is cool, and open the bonnet for an accurate reading. Make sure the oil level is above the minimum mark and below the maximum mark. Top up accordingly check your vehicle handbook for the correct oil.

Check the coolant

Open the bonnet and ensure your water levels are topped up correctly.

Check brake fluid

It's important to see if your brake fluid is at the right level but don't change it yourself leave this to the professionals. Don't open the container or touch it yourself. If a bit of dirt gets in, this can damage the whole system.

Get regular maintenance checks

You wouldn't get into a plane which has not been checked regularly by an engineer, so why not do the same for your car? Try and make sure your car gets checked regularly, and have an awareness of its condition.

Check your tyre pressure

This will extend the life of your tyres and you'll save up to ten per cent on fuel if your tyres are pumped up correctly. Under-inflated tyres on a bike will make it harder to pedal cars are similar.

Tyre Safety
The safety requirement is 1.6mm of tread depth. Worn down tyres can skid if this happens, it's likely your tyres are nearing the end of their life. Try and get them changed as soon as possible.

Don't avoid a service

It's really important to have brake pads changed and your engine checked. Brake pads can wear down and lose their stopping power, so it's worth paying for a service. Air filters may need changing and any other problem will be identified. This will also improve the value of your car and keep it fuel-efficient.

Dashboard signals

Warning signals are your car's way of telling you something is wrong, so don't ignore them you could run yourself into expensive damage.

Change windscreen wipers

Your windscreen wipers should be changed once or twice a year, depending on their usage. You can change these yourself to avoid garage labour costs.

Look after the bodywork

Try and get any bodywork damage fixed right away otherwise rust can set in. Phone around to try and get the best deal. Always make sure the mechanic uses the correct paint colour before making any repairs or changes to the car's paintwork.

 

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