Taking car of your car and properly maintaining it can not only save your money but it also leads to safer driving.
Change Car Filters Regularly
Your car filters collect dirt and debris over time so it’s important to change them regularly. Changing your air and oil filters is a relatively easy and inexpensive job that’ll help to keep your car on the road for longer.
Your filters are usually changed when your car is being serviced but it’s also something you can do yourself with the help of online instructional videos. But how do you know when it needs to be changed? It is best practice to check your air filter every 10,000 km. If your filter looks damaged or overly dirty, then it’s time to replace it. It’s a good idea to track how often you change your filter as you may end up paying for unnecessary changes when the car is being serviced.
Top Up Liquids
Allowing fluid levels to dip too low can have a detrimental effect on your car and its engine. If you’re a car owner, you need to be in the habit of checking fluid levels at least once a month. This includes oil, coolant and windscreen washes.
The most important fluid to check is the oil. This can be done using the dipstick under the bonnet of your car. If it is below the minimum level, you’ll need to top up the oil. You can find the correct type of oil to use in your user manual. As well as keeping an eye on the oil level, you’ll also need to change the oil in your car at least once a year. An oil change is usually performed when your car is being serviced but you will also find DIY videos online if you want to save money and do it yourself.
While you don’t need to top up coolant as often, it is important to monitor your coolant levels at least once every 3 months. Coolant is responsible for preventing your engine for overheating. Without coolant, you could blow a head gasket and ruin your car’s engine.
It’s important to monitor the levels to identify a leak. If the levels do reduce slightly, you can top it by easily by removing the lid and filling up the containing to the max mark. However if you notice the levels reducing again, you may have a leak so you should get your car assessed by a mechanic as soon as possible.
Windscreen washer should be used to insure that your car windscreen is properly cleaned. Dirt and grime can build up on your windscreen which can increase the glare from oncoming headlights at night. It is advised that you use purpose made windscreen washer, as other cleaning products may contain corrosive ingredients that could damage the paintwork on your car.
Are Your Tyres Roadworthy?
Taking care of your car tyres can not only make them last longer but it can save you money too. The condition of your car tyres can have a big impact your safety. As we’ve previously discussed in our article regarding tyre maintenance, having your tyres properly aligned and balanced can increase breaking distance, improve fuel efficiency and increase the lifespan of your tyres.
Ensure that you change your car tyres when necessary. You can check your tyres for wear and tear yourself and also look at the thread depth. The legal minimum limit is 1.6 mm. If you’re caught with tyres that are less than the minimum, you may receive a fine, penalty points, and if it is seen to have caused an accident, your car insurance may be void.