Tips on maintaining and prolonging your vehicle
When we hear the word “maintenance” mentioned in the same sentence as cars, many people automatically think of lengthy maintenance procedures that take hours to finish, but that need not be the case.
From the basic and simple oil checks to making sure that your tyres are properly inflated, there are numerous car maintenance techniques you can carry out on your own, that can significantly improve the life expectancy of your car.And the best part? These won’t take a lot to complete!
Checking your oil levels:
Checking and testing your oil levels is one of the easiest and most simple maintenance tasks you can do. By being aware that the right level of oil is imperative to a perfectly healthy engine, you should be aware if your oil is too high or too low, for it could cause serious damage.
Checking your tyre pressure:
Having the correct tyre pressure leads to optimised handling, effective grip and fuel efficiency, and so it is important to check your tyre pressure at least once every week. If the pressure of your tyre is too high, then your stability in braking and turning on corners will be diminished severely; while tyres that are under-inflated will not only shorten the life of your tyres, but increase your car’s fuel consumption as well.
Checking your engine coolant:
The engine coolant’s responsibility is to help to decrease excess heat from the car’s engine,hence it is very important to ensure that this is properly checked at all times. While checking the level, you should exercise caution to avoid getting the coolant on your skin or even on your paint work – as it is poisonous and is highly corrosive to car paint.
Checking your brakes:
The car’s braking system needs to be checked at least once every 10,000 miles, or once a year, whichever is more frequent. It is fairly easy to test the brakes while driving – if the brakes seem to be too slack, then you might need to load up on your brake fluid levels; while any sounds of grinding metal could be a sign of more serious problems.
Checking the depth of your tyres:
You are legally required to ensure that your car tyres are in compliance with the minimum tread depth requirements mandated by the government. Car tyres must have a depth of 1.6mm at the minimum across the central three-fourths of the tyre, and should not have any cracks or bulges. The failure to comply with the legal requirements may end up with a fine of up to £2500 combined with three penalty points for each non-compliant tyre.