How to Conduct Regular Maintenance of Your Car

Automotive Blog

Many people depend on a car for daily needs, but a poorly maintained engine can become expensive at the mechanic. Simple checks and a maintenance schedule will not only extend the life of your car, but will keep the engine running smoothly and save you money.

Weekly Checks

Getting in a weekly routine will make your maintenance seem like the norm. Weekly checks don't take long, but they provide peace of mind that your car stays away from the mechanic's garage.

  • Check the water levels – Water is stored in the header tank where it circulates around the radiator of the car. Many header tanks will have a fill level line for you to gauge the current level. For others that show no line, the water level can be determined by eye. Keep this topped up with tap water. In the colder months, anti-freeze can be added to the water to prevent it freezing through the system.
  • Checking the oil level – For an engine to run smoothly, there must be sufficient oil to lubricate the moving parts. Checking the oil level is vital; a seized engine will require the attention of a mechanic.
  • Visual Checks – Look over the engine with a careful eye each time you lift the bonnet. Look for loose wires, loose fittings and wet patches. A wet patch will indicate a leak. If you can't identify the fluid level, checking with a mechanic will help determine the repair required.
  • Other visual checks will include the car's electrics such as ensuring all lights illuminate when required.

A Maintenance Schedule

Some checks need not be completed weekly, but they will still need to be checked periodically to keep a vehicle in good order. These include:

  • Brake Fluid
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Screen Wash
  • Tyre Pressure and Tread
  • Battery Fluid and Charge

Each make and model of vehicle will differ, and referring to the manufacturer's manual or a qualified mechanic will help to identify the location for each check.

Knowing When You Need a Mechanic

Not all defects will be easily identified when the vehicle is stationary. With this in mind, be aware when driving and note anything that seems a little different so you can investigate further on your next check up. If you discover a fault that you cannot remedy, seek the advice of a mechanic and get the car checked to help keep you safe on the road.


29 January 2016

Keeping Your Auto Safe and Secure

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