The Simple Car Maintenance Every Driver Needs To Do

For some drivers, their car is their pride and joy. After all, you saved up for months to afford the deposit. You take it on road trips and love every second behind the wheel. You might even say goodnight to it, and check through the curtains to make sure it’s still there (you know who you are). When you care about your vehicle this much, you should extend that care to the engine and inner-workings. But, if you think car maintenance is too complicated, you’re wrong. It’s time to put fears aside, and open the bonnet.

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Check and replace fluids

The fluids are found under the bonnet and around the engine. They are crucial to the smooth running of the car and need checking regularly. The most important fluid tank is the oil. Your oil helps keep the mechanical parts moving over each other smoothly. As it wears out, the metal will grind against each other. You don’t need us to tell you that’s bad news. Use the dipstick to check the level, and replace it entirely every 3,000 miles. Next, check the level and condition of your coolant, braking fluid, and power steering fluid. A leak here is one of the most common cause of breakdowns, so keep your eye on it.

Check and replace drive belts

There are plenty of sounds you never want to hear from your car. Clunks, bangs, and cracks are rarely good news! But there’s one sound worse than all of them combined: squealing. A high pitched squeal coming from the engine means your drive belts are in dire need of attention. Look for cracks and wear in the belt itself; this is a sure sign it needs replacing. Another bad sign is a loose belt that sags. You can tighten it, but it’s often best to replace it entirely.

Check the brake pads

It’s easier than you think to remove the wheels and take a look at the brake pads. And it’s crucial that you do. If the brake pads wear down, you put your safety at risk. The worst case scenario here is the brake pads wearing down completely. You’ll hear a metal-on-metal screech as the rubber finally gives way. If you’ve never checked before, set aside an hour this weekend to practice taking the wheels off. Take a good look at the brake pads, and replace if necessary.

Check the tyres

Your tyres tell you a lot about the condition of your vehicle. They wear down which can cause dangerous driving conditions. The first thing to check is the tread depth. Anything below 2mm is concerning, and below 1.6mm is illegal! If they’re below the legal limit, you’ll need to call out the mobile tyres experts immediately. The next check is the tyre pressure. Follow the suggested level in your car’s manual, and check it every couple of weeks. Too flat, and you’ll add strain to the engine. Too high, and you could lose control of the car.

There’s no reason why you can’t take care of these simple tasks on a regular basis. If you do, you’ll get a long life from your vehicle, and you’ll keep yourself safe on the road.

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