maintenance

Simple car maintenance

Your car needs to be loved and looked after, and in return it will look after you and live longer. Be sure to get your car serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s specification.

Follow these easy car maintenance checks for safer driving:

Tyres

  • Check your tyres are inflated correctly – this should be in accordance with the manufacturer’s handbook, and can be done at your local garage. At least every two weeks is best.
  • Look for any tyre damage. The tread depth must be above the legal minimum of 1.6 mm throughout a continuous strip in the centre three quarters of the tread, and around the entire tyre circumference.

Battery

  • Your car battery is more likely to fail in the winter than any other time  – Its winter time when a car battery will have extra loads put on it – the additional use of lights morning and night along with heating and de-misters will all take extra drain from the battery.
  • Ensure the battery connections are – secure – clean and free of corrosion – where any corrosion has built up this will show itself as white furring on the terminals and should be cleaned off – Be careful not to let any corrosion come into contact with your skin.

Lights

  • Check all lights weekly. Don’t forget indicators, brake and fog lights.
  • Clean lights regularly. In bad weather, wipe them over with a damp cloth during driving breaks.

Engine oil

Water

  • Check the coolant/antifreeze level regularly, but only when the engine is cold.
  • Have the coolant/antifreeze concentration checked before the winter.
  • Antifreeze not only protects the coolant from freezing, but also prevents the build up of corrosion within the cooling system. It is important all year round.

Wiper blades

  • Always replace your wiper blades before they become too worn. They do not cost much and you want the best vision at all times. Replace them at least once a year.

Screen wash

  • Check your screen wash on a regular basis. You really don’t want to run out.

Windscreen

  • Check your windscreen on a regular basis for damage. Repair a chipped screen as soon as possible, and this can prolong the life of the screen. A cracked screen will need to be replaced.

Power steering

  • The fluid reservoir is checked when your car is serviced, but also check it yourself once a month. Top it up with hydraulic fluid as approved by the manufacture in the handbook.

Wheel change kit

  • Know where your jack and wheel removal tools are stored, and where the jacking points are on the car. Keep the wheel locking nuts in a very safe place.

Bodywork

  • Check the car’s bodywork from time to time, to identify any issue of corrosion before it sets in.
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