March 20th, 2020 at 7:00 am
We know how important your car can be, not only because it’s responsible for taking you from A to B, but also as it’s a costly personal investment. It makes sense, therefore, to care for it properly so you can avoid breaking down and keep it running reliably in the long-term. If you have a second-hand car, regular maintenance couldn’t be more vital.
Whether you have a used or new vehicle, these ten maintenance tips will help you to keep it running smoothly at all times.
Driving carefully won’t just keep you safe, it’ll also help to protect your car. If you accelerate your engine excessively while starting your car, your engine will wear out more rapidly. Remember to only slowly accelerate when starting to drive away and when you’re stopped at traffic lights, shift into neutral so your engine can recover.
Washing Your Vehicle
Washing your car won’t just keep it clean, it’ll also protect against corrosion. Make sure you wash all parts of your car including its dashboard, mats and interior.
If you wax your car you can protect its paint job. Natural events like pollution and bird droppings cause oxidation that damages the paint of your vehicle. Waxing keeps it safe and makes it shiny at the same time.
Keep Your Car Away From Sunlight
When you’re not out on the roads, try to park your car in a shady spot to prevent the interior damage caused by the sun’s strong UV rays. This will also protect your car’s paint. If there is no shade, you could invest in a shade for your car to minimise the sun’s effects on your car.
Change The Filter And Oil Regularly
Although manufacturers recommend that you increase the length of time between your oil changes, you should still make sure that you check its levels regularly and change it, especially if your vehicle is an older one. If the oil is regularly changed, abrasive metal and dirt particles will be removed from your engine and its life will be prolonged.
Look After The Tires
It couldn’t be more important to regularly check your tyre pressure and ensure they’re properly inflated to the user manual’s specifications. You should also check regularly for uneven wear as this is a sign that wheel realignment is necessary. If your wheels are improperly aligned, your tyres will have shorter lifespan and you could experience steering issues.
Cleaning the Engine
You should always wash your car’s engine once a year at least. Clean engines run cooler than dirty ones and you’ll also be able to spot any leaks more quickly and get them repaired before the problem gets out of hand. You may prefer to have your engine cleaned professionally instead of doing it on your own, particularly of your components are very sensitive. However, if you’d prefer to try yourself, use a brush and detergent to scrub down the engine then rinse it well.
Changing Your Spark Plugs
Every car manufacturer recommends that the spark plugs are replaced every 50,000km to ensure good performance as well as proper fuel mileage.
Maintain Your Battery
Many vehicle manufacturers say their batteries are maintenance-free, however they still need to be checked regularly to extend their lifespan. Make sure the terminals of your battery are clean. This is easy to do by using a damp, clean rag to wipe down the terminals. You should also regularly check your battery to spot any sign of damage which could indicate that it needs replacing. Any bulges or cracks suggest that you should buy a brand-new battery. Make sure you also check your car’s number plate for dirt since if it isn’t legible you could be breaking the law.
Buy Good Insurance
You should never underestimate how important it is to get good insurance since, even if you’re as careful as possible, damage and accidents are sure to happen at some point. Good insurers can replace your damaged components with genuine manufacturer ones and repairs will be guaranteed in the event of any future damage.