Though car maintenance is probably not at the top of your list of things to do, it’s not rocket science…
A little bit of know-how can save you time, help prevent unnecessary breakdowns and make savings on your car’s running costs:
- Read your car manual for information on car maintenance and safety precautions.
- It’s important to keep your windscreen washer topped up with water and a cleaning agent or, in winter a 50:50 mix of water and anti-freeze.
- Keep your car’s engine oils and transmission fluids clean and topped up.
- Engine oil should be filled with oil endorsed by your manufacturer. Check the dipstick at least every fortnight and before long journeys.
- Manufacturers recommend that you change your transmission fluid every 15,000 to 30,000 miles.
- Every six months check your break fluid. If it’s low, top it up.
Why not set up a maintenance schedule for the parts of your engine that need regular servicing like the brakes, filters, timing belts and spark plugs?
Check tyre pressure
Routinely check your tyres to ensure they have enough tread, are inflated to the correct level are balanced and aligned.
If you ever notice any strange noises, steam or smoke coming from your engine make a note of the details and let your mechanic know as soon as possible.