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Maintaining Your Car

Maintaining Your Car

Posted On 09 Mar, 2015

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Experts reckon accidents caused by poorly maintained cars cost over $2 billion per year. And, you can add a helpful 50,000 miles over car’s service life by treating it kindly.

So, what are the key areas you need to keep an eye on?

Oil changes
Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. It stops friction, corrosion and keeps everything purring. Some estimates hint that a change every 3,000 miles is needed, but they aren’t accurate. This dataset explains why, and gives you more useful advice.

Tyre changes
Tyres should be regularly checked for pressure and wear. Try Kwik-Fit‘s online pressure tool to find the right PSI for your car. Alternate front/rear and left/right tyres to prolong tyre life.

Inspect the brakes
Brake wear is inevitable over time. Here’s a useful guide on how to check your brake pads are in good order.

Belt
Drive belts can last for 40,000 miles plus, but this depends on dirt, road conditions and your driving style. Manufacturers recommend checking the belt at your regular services, but you can look under the bonnet in between garage visits. If the belt is torn, cracked or worn irregularly on one side, you should replace it.

Plugs and filters
Your car is full of filters, to keep dirt, dust and grime away from key parts of your engine. Fuel, oil and air filters are the key places to start. There are so many guides that you can find about changing the fuel filter yourself.

Rolling the right way
Some more general advice on maintaining your car is available here. This information source, from Go Compare, estimates the majority of MOT failures are still down to items owners should be keeping track of and maintaining themselves.

Not only is correct and regular maintenance an essential for safe motoring, but it really is a very simple way to keep costs down too.

Whilst lifting the bonnet can be a little intimidating at first, it’s like parking. The more you do it, the more confident you will become.

It’s also a good idea to share maintenance among the family too. If you’re not there to do everything, your partner should also know the basics surrounding tyre, oil and hydraulic pressures. Taking a moment to learn and understand these issues can save you in so many different ways.

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