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Vehicle Maintenance Tips

If you want your car to keep running reliably then you will need to do regular maintenance. This doesn’t involve major work or time in the workshop. In fact, a lot of these maintenance tips are things that you could do in your own garage at home. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to keep your car in tip top shape.

Check Your Car’s Oil

It’s important to regularly check the oil level of your vehicle. When there is sufficient oil in your car then you will experience less wear or overheating while driving. This is a good thing to check when you fill your tank with gas. Get into the habit of doing a quick oil check while you’re filling up and you’ll never get any surprises. Also, make sure that you put in the correct grade of oil. Your owner’s manual will tell you what grade of oil you should use. Don’t try to save money by using cheap oil. The cost of repairs in the end will far outweigh any saving that you think you’ll be making.

Replace your brake pads

When we think of car maintenance we often just think about the parts that make the car move forward. Equally important are the parts that make the car stop. Make sure that you replace your brake pads regularly. Don’t wait for the sound of metal on metal to tell you that they need replacing. If you replace them regularly then you will not only have a safer vehicle but your disks and wheels are less likely to get brake dust or even rust build-up on them.

Check your lights

Make sure that you regularly check each of the lamps in your lights. This includes low and high beam lights up front, indicators back and front, and brake lights at the back. While maintenance is usually about reducing breakdowns, this will make it less likely that you’re involved in an accident. Being able to see where you’re going is only part of the issue. You need to make sure that you are highly visible to other motorists.

Replace Wiper Blades

Visibility in rain and snow is extremely important. You need to be sure that when the drops hit your windscreen that you’re able to get rid of them quickly so that you don’t have reduced visibility. It’s not only about being able to shift the drops. Replacing your wiper blades regularly will make sure that your windscreen will stay streak free when it rains.

Tires

Make sure that the tread on your tires is deep enough to ensure safe driving, especially in wet weather. Check that there are no bald spots on the tires. If you see bald spots then it may mean that your wheels are incorrectly aligned, causing uneven wear. Getting this adjusted and rotating your tires to opposite ends of your vehicle will also help.

Checking these simple things regularly will keep your car on the road for longer and will save you money in the long run. Paying attention to these things will also ensure safer motoring.