Much like how a regular check-up with your physician can make sure that you stay perfectly healthy and/or proactive about preventing any illnesses, you need to perform preventive maintenance on your car to ensure that it’s consistently running smoothly.
While helping to keep your car in excellent condition, preventive maintenance also eliminates the possibility of nasty surprises, leaving you with a repair bill that can go well beyond the thousand dollar mark. Furthermore, certain malfunctions like a tyre blowout can prove fatal and hence performing scheduled preventive maintenance can potentially save your life.
So how do you perform preventive maintenance on your vehicle? What’s involved? Here are a few helpful tips to help you get started:
Learn What’s Best for Your Own Car
No matter how important it is, most people don’t so much as glance at the official manual for their car. Manuals usually list a lot of crucial maintenance information like how often you should replace the oil and we recommend that you give it a thorough read because these specifics can vary a lot from one vehicle model to the other.
If you bought your car second-hand and didn’t receive the manual or if you’ve misplaced it, you can still find a digital copy of it online. Most of the time, it will be available to download from the manufacturer’s website itself. However if you’re unable to locate one, we recommend that you consult with a mobile car mechanic Sydney-based or elsewhere, depending on where you live. Professionals like these are well aware of maintenance specifics, even when it comes to very old models, or at the very least, they have ways of finding out what you need to know.
Perform Visual Inspections Regularly
Sometimes, this is all you need to catch an issue with your car. For instance, you can accurately tell whether a tyre needs to be replaced by checking for wear and tear and signs of deflation. Also, you can quite easily check whether your lights are working just by looking at them.
Pay Attention to Fluid Levels
Periodically check whether your transmission fluid, washer fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze and others in your vehicle are at their optimal levels. While you don’t necessarily need to learn how to replace them yourself, you should, however, be able to tell whether they need to be re-filled or whether they’re leaking out.
Pay Attention to Your Oil
Learn how to spot the difference between clean oil and oil that has been contaminated because it can be evidence of a malfunctioning engine. While most drivers will recommend that you change your oil every 5000 kilometres or so, note that this does not apply to every make or model. As mentioned earlier, consult your vehicle’s manual to find out how often you should change your oil.
Pay Attention to Your Windshield Wipers
You definitely don’t want to have your windshield wipers stop working when you’re driving on an icy road while it rains snow on your windshield. Maintaining visibility is very important for your safety and the safety of others on the road, especially during harsh winter conditions. Hence, we recommend that you periodically replace your wind shield wipers instead of waiting until they abruptly stop working properly.
While this isn’t all you can do during preventive maintenance, these tips cover some of the most important areas. In addition to these, you can periodically replace your spark plugs, get your tyres inflated, and inspect your battery.