In a 2018 auto guru report, it was revealed that many drivers fail to keep their cars in good condition. According to the data produced from this report, 68% of vehicles have at least one problem. Unfortunately, car owners know about these problems but consider them insignificant because the car still moves. However, technical issues regarded as trivial quickly become complex ones. In worst-case scenarios, you may have to change the car or pay for expensive repairs. Find out below how these tips keep your vehicle in top condition.
Inspect and maintain tires
Your car tires are in regular contact with different surfaces from smooth to rough, tarred, and untarred roads. And the friction causes quicker wear and tear of your vehicle’s tyres. However, by extension, good tyres ensure you have excellent fuel mileage. In other words, the low rolling resistance of your tyres enhances the economical usage of fuel.
Not many people know that car tyres are created with either soft or hard rubber. While the former improves grip, enhances the braking system, and increases traction, the latter offers fewer benefits. Hard rubber tyres are excellent for rough terrains and high speed. Therefore, depending on the car you drive and your regular landscape, an experienced tyres service company, can recommend the best choice for your vehicle. While at it, they will educate you on the best air pressure for your wheels.
Change the oil as often as required.
Ideally, after driving your car for 6000 up to 7,500 miles, experts recommend changing your oil to keep the engine healthy. Dirty oil can be detrimental to a vehicle’s engine and subsequently cause irreparable problems. More importantly, you should know what type of motor oil is best for your car. If you are unsure, it’s best to enquire from a trusted service centre.
Additionally, it is crucial to set it to an adequate level when changing your oil, as indicated by the car manufacturer. When changing your oil, three things to be mindful of are viscosity, synthetic or non-synthetic, and car mileage. Your vehicle is a significant investment, and you must follow guidelines as spelt out by the manufacturer or a trusted service centre.
Change your engine air filter at each servicing
An engine air filter that remains unchanged will trap dirt and other particles into the engine. And over time, dirt accumulation will reduce engine efficiency. Most car manufacturers recommend an air filter change after driving anywhere from 12,000 to 15,000 miles. In most cases, that is once a year. However, the frequency of change will also depend on the environment you drive often. If it is a dusty and rough terrain, every six months is better.
Replace windshield wipers
Worn-out wipers reduce visibility during rain or snowstorm, increasing the risk of collision on the road. Ideally, wipers should clean your windscreen without leaving marks. To avoid these dangers, replace them as often as necessary to enhance your safety and others on the road.
Other maintenance issues to note are your brakes, car lights, fuel consumption, etc. it’s better to be mindful of all these than wait for a small problem to get out of hand.
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