Cars these days are no longer just luxury possessions – owning a car has become more of a necessity. The average person prefers driving a personal car to conveying themselves with public transport.
However, owning a car can be very stressful if your vehicle develops faults every now and then. Just as prevention is better than cure, maintenance is better than repair. Although repairs are one of those things that you cannot run away from.
The aim of maintenance is to keep everything in good working condition for your own safety on the road, and to prevent abrupt lump-sum expenses on sudden repairs.
Different cars have their recommended Tyre pressure. You can refer to your owner’s manual for the recommended tire pressure for your car. It is not safe to just pump your tires to any level. Over pumping your tires put more strain on the fibers of your tires than they can handle. This could lead to your tires bursting on the road. Bad tires affect fuel economy and make handling difficult. You can also see the recommended levels on your types by the side.
2. Check-ups With Your Mechanic
It is advisable that you visit the mechanic at regular intervals, even when you are yet to spot any faults. Use a reliable and trustworthy mechanic, who won’t constantly manufacture faults for your vehicle just so he can get some money off you.
3. Oil Level
Check your oil level, as it tells you whether the car needs more oil. Never let your car run out of oil. To check this, look for the dip stick, pull it out, and after wiping it clean, push it back in. After a few seconds, pull it out and check where the oil is. As long as the oil is in the middle of the Low (L) and high (H) marks, you are okay. If it is below the L, then you should top up your oil.
4. Avoid exhausting your fuel
Running out of fuel means that your fuel pump would pull sludgy petrol from the bottom of the tank through the system, staining and spoiling your oil filter. Hence you would have to change it earlier than normal. Avoid running out of fuel. Fill up immediately the fuel light comes up.
5. Check Engine Light
Your car’s ‘check engine’ light might not always mean that you should stop driving, or that your car is about to get destroyed, however, in many cases, it does indicate a major problem.
Also, the ”Service Engine” light means means that you are getting close to a scheduled maintenance interval. It can come up on different bases, depending on the car make. It could be counting miles or temperature level, oil level, etc.
6. Windscreen Wiper Fluid
Always make sure your windshield fluid is topped to ensure that your windshield/windscreen is properly cleaned so that you can have clearer vision.
7. Keep your car clean
Keeping your car clean will prevent dirt from accumulating and keeps corrosion away too. Clean the exterior and interior areas of your car.
8. Drive Carefully
Driving carefully not only protects you from accidents, it also reduces wear and tear.
- You should only buy cars that you can maintain, in terms of finances and time required.
- Only buy cars that are compatible with your environment. Not all cars are meant for every location.
- Ensure you buy cars that you can easily get the parts to buy.
- Make sure you have your fire extinguisher in place.
- Keep your papers, license and other particulars updated and properly in place. Also have a copy at home.
- Don’t leave your car parked for too long. Take your car for a ride every once in a while. At least keep the engine running.
Hope this was helpful.