Top 5 Basic Car Maintenance Tips

Keep your eyes peeled

If you want to save on car maintenance bills then be observant, so you notice problems as and when they emerge, these can be resolved more easily, reducing the potential for large repair bills. Take a walk around your car and see how it looks and keep your eyes peeled for any signs of wear and tear. Inside your car, don’t simply observe, but also take note of the sound and feel of your car as you drive, as any irregularities could indicate a problem. If warning lights go off on your dashboard – investigate the problem without delay – don’t ignore them and take your car to your local garage for further investigation.

Keep your car clean

Cleaning your car inside and out regularly will keep it looking good, be more pleasant for you to drive and it will help you to retain its value for longer. However, more importantly, if you are cleaning your car regularly, it would prevent any corrosion by removing any grit and dirt. As you will be in close proximity you may see any potential issues.

Top up fluids

Be sure to keep your car’s essential fluids at their optimum levels, so that it’s working as efficiently as possible. Also, be sure to change your engine oil and filters at regular intervals to prevent potentially harmful pieces of dust, dirt or debris getting into your car’s engine.

Tyre checks

To make sure your car is safe and efficient it is advisable to check your tyres regularly. Take a look at their general wear and tear (any cuts, cracking or perishing to the tread or sidewalls) or any other abnormalities, as these could result in a new tyre(s).

Check the tread depth too. Remember you need to have a tread depth of 1.6mm all around your tyres and across the central three-quarters of the tread pattern for them to be legal. Do the 20 pence test on the tread (in three separate places on each tyre) to ensure they are safe and legal to drive, simply pop a 20p into the tread, and if you can’t see the rim, it’s legal.

Lastly, check the pressure of your tyres, if they are under or over inflated it could affect the wear of your tyres, meaning they will not last so long. More importantly, your handling of the car and ultimately your safety could be adversely affected.

Keep up to date with servicing

Owners that don’t keep their car regularly serviced could potentially face large repair bills at a later date.

So there are a few tips for maintaining your car, be observant, keep your car clean, check the tyres, essential fluids and ensure your servicing is up to date.

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