Ensuring your vehicle is well-maintained will help keep costs down in the long term and hopefully keep it running for longer. Luckily, there are some simple ways to maintain your motor without breaking the bank or having to take it to a professional every time.
We’ll take a look at some top tips for keeping your car in great condition, no matter how old it is.
Change your oil regularly
Checking and changing your oil at regular intervals can protect parts and keep your car running as it should. Adding clean oil will help lubricate and prevent engine damage.
Change your brake fluid
It’s important to check and change the brake fluid so the car’s brakes work correctly and safety is maintained. Depending on usage, this should be done annually, but always check the vehicle handbook for recommendations.
Your tyres should be regularly checked for tread wear as well as pressure. They shouldn’t be over or under-inflated and the amount of pressure should be suitable for the vehicle and the weight it’s carrying. Tyres will need to be changed when the tread becomes worn or if they are damaged. While checking tyres you’ll want the bushes looked at to make sure there’s none that need replacing, as suspension bushes can cause all sorts of noises and problems.
The water in your car helps keep the engine from over-heating, which can result in damage and a large repair cost. Keep the water topped up but remember to wait until your vehicle cools down before checking the level.
There are a few handy tools it’s worth having to help with your simple car checks. These include:
- Tyre pressure gauge – this can help measure the pressure in your tyres, so you know whether you need to add air, particularly before a long journey.
- Tachometer –used to test the rev count of your car, tachometers from reliable suppliers such as RS can be a good indicator of how well the engine is working.
- Wrench – useful in many vehicle applications, wrenches can help with the tightening and loosening of nuts and bolts.
- Circuit tester – this can help diagnose electrical connection problems and identify faulty components.
- Car jack – this is needed to change a tyre and should be kept in your vehicle in case of an emergency when out and about.
- Safety tools – these include gloves and safety glasses to help prevent burns or irritation from oil, sparks, dirt or dust getting into the eyes or onto the skin.
Whilst you won’t be able to prevent every car issue, keeping on top of maintenance and repairs will help your vehicle remain road worthy for much longer.