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How To Maintain Your Used Car

How To Maintain Your Used Car

Posted On 12 Aug, 2013

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After buying the car of your dreams, irrespective of its second hand nature, you’d want to keep it in tip top condition. Regular maintenance is important for all cars, new or used, and by abiding to a few simple rules, you can effectively look after your used vehicle.

To begin, check your tyres regularly. They are your point of contact with the road; it is therefore, very important to keep them as safe as possible. Make sure that you check your tyre tread for wear, as a worn tread is highly unstable and could be the cause of a serious accident. You should also make sure to rotate your tyres around every 5,000 miles to make sure that they do not become uneven.

Next, look at your battery. You should make a point of regularly checking your battery terminals, as they are the most important feature that keeps the electrical system going. If they are not clean, you are going to have a lot of trouble either starting the engine, or having the engine cut out whilst you are driving.

Then, check your oil. This is something that’s quick and easy, and also important. If the oil level is too high or too low, it can cause trouble for your engine. To check the oil, park on level ground and wait until the engine has cooled before locating the dipstick. Pull it out and wipe it clean, then push it all the way back in until the top is seated properly in the dip tube. Wait for a moment then pull it out again. This will give you an accurate reading. Another used car maintenance tip is to check the car’s coolant. Every engine is different, but if you check your handbook, you should find where your coolant reservoir is.

There are a number of ways in which we can make sure our vehicles stay in good health. If you adhere to the aforementioned suggestions, your used vehicle should run smoothly for years to come.

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