5 Tips To Maintain Your Car In Between Services

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1. Check Your Fluid Levels

Under bonnet fluid level checks are critical, as these are things that are very likely to need topping up between services, particularly as manufacturer’s increase recommended service intervals more and more.

As a minimum check the
– engine oil,
– radiator and reservoir,
– brake and clutch master cylinders
– and windscreen washers.

Fluid levels need to be kept between the full to low marker, as dipping below the low marker means the system that component is part of won’t operate at its optimum level.

If there is excessive fluid usage or a leak and the system runs dry that system will probably fail ie no brakes, blown head gasket or a seized engine.

A few minutes every week could save you thousands of dollars if you detect something abnormal early.

How Often You Should Check: Weekly

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2. Check Your Tyres

Correct inflation and wheel alignment ensure even tyre wear. If your tyres are not wearing evenly it is a telltale sign that something needs attention.

Incorrect inflation is the number one reason for premature tyre failure.

Don’t forget your spare tyre, they are useless if they are flat!

Symptoms of poor alignment include steering pulling your car to one side, your vehicle shuddering at higher speeds or excessive wear on the edges of your tyres.

A tyre must be replaced when the tread has worn even with the tread wear indicator that runs across the grooves on the tyre tread, marking the minimum allowable tread depth.

Replace your tyres before they reach the minimum depth.

How Often You Should Check: Weekly

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3. Check Your Exterior Lights

You’d be surprised how often someone doesn’t know that they have a blown headlight, let alone possibly knowing a brake or taillight isn’t working.

As it is unsafe, your vehicle is considered defective.

Sometimes you can replace a bulb very easily, sometimes the complete light assembly needs to be removed; it varies greatly between vehicle models.

You may need another person to help you activate the lights from inside the car while you check them from the outside.

You should check your headlights (low beam and high beam), tail lights, fog lights, blinker lights, brake lights and hazard lights.

How Often You Should Check: Weekly

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4. Take Notice Of Strange Sounds

If something doesn’t sound right it probably isn’t; don’t wait until your next service to have it checked out.

That squeak or rattle that is a quick fix now may be something much worse by the time your next service comes around.

Sometimes the noise comes and goes and is what is referred to as an intermittent fault.

Take note when you hear the noise; is it only when the engine is cold? Hot? When cornering? At a certain speed?

If you can replicate the noise for us diagnosis of the fault is easier and quicker, therefore saving you money for any repair. 

And if an inexpensive repair now saves you from a breakdown and major repair later, you have saved yourself a lot of money and inconvenience.

How Often You Should Check: Every day! At least turn your music off once a week to have a good listen for any abnormal squeaks, squeals, scrapes or rattles

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5. Be Breakdown Ready

Think it isn’t going to happen to you?

Think again!

Get yourself organised and be prepared to handle a breakdown (flat tyre, flat battery etc) as it will probably be at the most inconvenient time.

Keep a set of gloves (get them filthy, not your hands and steering wheel), a disposable poncho and a hat somewhere in your vehicle so you can handle the situation quickly and as comfortably as possible, whatever the weather conditions.

Stocking some spare fluids also has some merit.

Keeping 2 litres of water, brake fluid and engine oil in your car boot can come in quite handy for a side-of-the-road top-up if you are close to home or your mechanic and you know it is safe to drive there.

How Often You Should Check: Right Now! The sooner, the better

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We recommend getting regular car services to keep your car safe on the road and to save money in the long run.

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