Looking for ways to make your car last longer? Giving your car the proper care that it needs is the best way to ensure its longevity and keep it in the best condition possible for as long as possible. Not quite sure how? Here are some of our top easy-to-follow tips to help you look after your car. Although some of them may feel quite simple, you’d be surprised by just how many drivers don’t follow them all:
The number one thing you can do to take care of your car? Keep on top of a consistent servicing schedule. This will not only keep your car in top condition, but it can also prolong its life.
If you’re not sure how often your car should be serviced, this is usually done based on how many miles you’ve driven or time. Generally, most cars should be serviced at least once a year or every 10,000 miles driven. You can consult your car’s handbook to find out when your car should be serviced and exactly what work is required. Your car may also have a warning light on the dashboard that will alert you when maintenance is required. Search for ‘auto repair near me’ or ‘garage near me’ to find the best car service price in your area.
So, what exactly does a car service include? Well, a minor service could involve your local mechanic changing the car’s oil and oil filter and replacing other fluids if needed. A professional will check for any leaks, check the condition of your tyres and brake wear, and make sure that your steering, clutch, gearbox, lights, wipers, etc are all in good working order.
A more extensive service (which is recommended every couple of years) will include all the above but could also include replacing the air filter, cambelt and spark plugs.
Remember, an annual car service is an investment that can actually save you money on costly repairs in the long term.
Over time, it can be easy for your car’s filters to become clogged with use. Don’t forget to get these replaced on a regular basis. These can be done as part of your car service. If you’re worried about the car service cost then you can also try and change them yourselves. Find out how by consulting your car’s handbook, where you’ll find detailed advice on filter cleaning.
Always get genuine replacements. If you invest in cheap parts you may end up with poor quality filters that end up damaging your engine over time.
If you’re dealing with an air filter, prolong its lifespan by washing it regularly.
Another top tip on how to take care of your car is to try and drive as smoothly as possible. Driving aggressively is sure to add to the wear and tear of your car. Smooth driving, as well as keeping an eye out to reduce the need to break suddenly, can go a long way in helping extend the lifespan of your car. It can also save you money on your fuel bills.
As obvious as this one may sound, it’s always worth mentioning. Many people don’t realise that not keeping their car clean could lead to a reduced lifespan. Wash your car on a regular basis to avoid dirt and grime making their way into vital parts. Debris and grit can lead to quicker wear and tear and even corrosion.
Car cleaning is something that can easily be done yourself, or you could take your car to your local car wash for a more thorough and professional clean. If you do decide to clean your car yourself, make sure you use a high-quality car cleaning solution rather than just using generic cleaning liquid. Dry your car afterwards using a soft and durable drying cloth.
To keep your car well protected and looking great, we’d also recommend getting the paintwork polished every year. This gives the exterior of your car an extra layer of protection and prevents rust.
Oh, and don’t forget to clean the inside of your car as well. Hoover up any dirt, leaves and debris from the car seat and floors and use a cleaning spray on your dashboards. Remember, keeping your car clean on the inside it out will both maintain its condition and also retain its value if you ever want to sell.
Fluids are what make your car run. Don’t forget to top them up regularly or as needed and avoid driving your car when it’s low on oil. Low levels of oil can lead to breakdowns and damage to your car’s engine so routine checking is a must. Find out whether they need topping up by checking your car oil once every couple of weeks. You can do this by opening up the bonnet and simply removing the dipstick to check whether the oil level is low – it’s easy enough to do this yourself.
Other fluids to check include the coolant reservoir – this should be topped up with a mix of distilled water and antifreeze if needed. You’ll also want to keep an eye on your windscreen fluid to make sure that you’ve got enough for your windscreen washes.
Get in the habit of checking your car’s fluids on a fortnightly basis.
A regular tyre check is another thing you want to keep on top of for optimum maintenance of your car. Tyres are undoubtedly a hugely important component of any vehicle, and they’re also a vital safety feature. Check them at least once a week to keep your car in safe driving condition.
If your tires are under-inflated, your car will be consuming a lot more fuel. So you can also save yourselves money on fuel consumption as well as car breakdown costs by checking your tyres on a regular basis. Keep your tyre pressure topped up to the recommended level (which you’ll be able to find in your car’s handbook).
It’s worth mentioning that tyre pressure can sometimes be different for the tyres at the front and the tyres at the back. Find out from your local car service professional whether they can rotate your tyres (that is, by moving the front ones to the back or the other way around). This could help to extend the lifespan of your tyres by evening out the amount of wear they get.
Check the level of tread on your tyres frequently. In the UK, it should be at least 1.6mm. However, we’d recommend changing them if your tyre tread is anywhere between 2 and 3mm. Remember, the less tread your tyres have, the less effectively they will grip the roads as you drive.
Are you in need of quality car repairs or MOT inspection services? Give Adderley Green Garage a call or visit us at our office. We can offer fair prices for car services and have decades of experience working within the automotive industry. Our team of professional mechanics also offer speedy and affordable breakdown recovery services throughout Longton and the surrounding areas.
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