5 Tips for Looking After Your Car

5 Tips for Looking After Your Car

Car repair costs and the inconvenience of needing servicing can be a worry for busy people who already have enough worries. To avoid these situations, basic car care is the simplest, cheapest, way to make sure you have a lot fewer problems. These checks will prevent development of major, and possibly dangerous, situations.

All that’s required is a few basic checks and some pretty easy maintenance:

1. Tyre pressure: There’s nothing like tyres for aggravating anything else, quite apart from the handling issues and the cheerful feeling of money about to be spent on new tyres. Check tyre pressure every month to avoid the costs and the concerns. The manual will provide the basic details for your model of car.

(Note: If you experience any new handling issues in steering, the tyres are prime suspects, and the handling will cause wear. There are several possible reasons, but never ignore these warning signs.)

Fluids: The fluids are critical for both safety and performance.

2. Brake fluid: Sudden drops in brake fluid levels are not a good sign. It means brake pad wear, and that needs fixing, ASAP. If the fluid gets down to about 2/3 full, you do need to get busy with your brake check. This is one service you really shouldn’t delay, because brakes will be either working or not working.

(Important: Do not use brake fluid other than the type approved. It can actually cause brake failure.)

3. Transmission fluid: Transmission fluid levels must be checked regularly. If there’s a smell of burning, or the fluid looks discolored, you’ll need to get the transmission checked. High levels of consumption are another danger sign requiring attention. The last thing you need is for the transmission to cut out on the road.

(Note: Be suspicious on principle of anything which feels wrong with the transmission. False starts, odd noises, slow responses are all possible indicators of transmission issues.)

4. Power steering fluid: Power steering is sensitive to fluid levels. It can actually be damaged by low fluid levels. Unusual changes in levels are definite warning signs. A vibratory sound when steering at low speed is one of the known signs of low fluid levels.

5. Oil: The oil check is so simple and so obvious, but even the best drivers get caught out by it. The fact is that people simply forget to do this check. The problem is that low oil can do very serious damage. Like the fluids in other systems, the oil is a good monitor of your engine. Excessive oil use means engine problems, so you can save yourself a lot of trouble by just doing a routine oil check. Foam or a strong smell aren’t good signs, either. Oil changes should be carried out at the specified intervals without fail.

These very simple checks can be done in a just few minutes. They’re the easiest, best possible way of keeping track of the real health of your car.

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