Studies have shown that 5% of all motor vehicle casualties are a result of neglecting automobile maintenance. These economical and simple preventative maintenance checks will significantly lengthen your vehicle’s service life, ensure safer and more efficient performance and as an added bonus, help the environment.
- Have all your fluids inspected. This includes power steering, brake, transmission, antifreeze, washer and windscreen solvent, as these fluids play a crucial role in your vehicle’s efficient and safe operation.
- Always refer to your owner’s manual, however, a great rule of thumb is to make certain that you change your oil filter frequently, perhaps between 3,000 and 4,000 miles.
- Make sure your engine is always tuned. Take note that a restricted or plugged fuel injector or damaged spark plug could decrease fuel efficiency by up to 30%.
- Have your tyres checked at least once monthly because under-inflated tyres could greatly contribute to fuel inefficiency.
- Have your air filtration system inspected regularly. Auto mechanics at LRC Automotive recommend having it checked for damage or clogging after every other oil change to make certain that vehicle is running at optimum condition.
- Check your battery posts and cables for potential corrosion and clean accordingly. Unless your battery is maintenance-free, have the fluid checked and filled a needed.
- Ensure to lubricate the chassis regularly. This will help prolong the service life of all the moving parts in the suspension system.
- Check the blades of your windscreen wipers for windscreen contact, tears, or cracks and replace them if you spot streaking or at least once yearly.
- Have all your lights frequently checked, including indicators, headlamps, taillights, and brake lights.
- Regularly check your engine belts. Watch out for missing segments or cracks.
Both petrol and diesel cars can be serviced every six months or 10,000 kilometres, whichever happens first, along with a brake adjustment, cleaning and overall checking with each lubrication service. It is, however, important to note that you should always check your car owner’s manual to determine individual service schedules since maintenance requirements substantially differ from one manufacturer to another.