However old your vehicle is, routine maintenance should be a top priority. Below, we go over the most important things you should check on a regular basis, and why vehicle maintenance is so crucial.
Why routine maintenance matters
If you want to get the most out of your vehicle’s lifespan, you need to maintain it properly. Car maintenance helps you identify minor problems quickly so you can avoid some more costly repairs down the line. So, how do you get started?
How to maintain your car: 6 tips
If you’re unsure how to maintain a car, here are the six car maintenance tips you need to get started.
Know the owner’s manual
Every vehicle manual has a car maintenance schedule at the back. This schedule sets out how often the manufacturer recommends that you shoulder service the car and change various parts. Familiarise yourself with this manual and follow the guidelines.
Check your tyres
Your tyres should be inflated to a certain level – you’ll find these levels in the vehicle manual, or you can ask us for advice if you’re unsure. We recommend you check your tyre levels at least once a month.
Get an oil change
Changing your oil regularly keeps your vehicle’s important parts properly lubricated. Low oil levels, or old oil, can seriously damage your engine. Change your oil at least every six months.
Inspect all fluids
Aside from oil, you should also check your vehicle’s:
- Transmission fluid
- Washer fluid
Check levels when the engine is cold.
Check other parts
Alongside fluids, you should check these parts regularly:
- Wiper blades
- Belts and hoses – look for wear and tear
- Air filter
Get a basic car service
“What do they do in a car service?”
This is a common question. When you get a basic car service, your mechanic checks all your vehicle’s key components and undertakes some routine maintenance. You should get your car serviced at least once a year.
Now you’ve got a vehicle maintenance checklist to work from, you can keep your car running smoother for longer, and maintain your car properly between full services.