Basic Vehicle Maintenance Tasks
Corner Park Garages, Swansea and Cardiff
August 29, 2017 at 2:40 PM
Car maintenance may sound like a daunting task for many used car owners. However, it really needn't be. With a few simple pointers, looking after a vehicle can be a fairly straightforward and simple affair that can be carried out when a few spare minutes find their way into the day. It is also true that, the earlier and more frequently that car maintenance is attended to, the easier the task, and the cheaper the repairs that might be needed. For anyone wishing to do away with chargeable trips to the mechanic, here are a few simple tasks that anyone can do to keep their car in good shape.
Check Oil Levels
Perhaps that most basic of all car maintenance staples, but one that is often underestimated in its importance. Particularly with a used car, oil levels are something which can start to drop quicker with age and so a regular, precautionary check is needed to make sure that the car is not in danger of seizing up. If levels are dropping dramatically, this can signal the need to take the car in for a more 'in depth' look by a qualified mechanic, but the benefit will almost always be that the home-based check of the dipstick will make the problem quicker (and cheaper) to fix. Not checking levels will cause a seized engine and will kill the car many years before its due for the scrap heap.
Check Tyre Pressure and Treads
All four tyres need to be in tip top condition, not just as poor pressure cuts down on fuel economy, but also because poor tyre tread can be illegal, and lethal in the event of an accident. UK road law puts responsibility for tyre tread on the owner. The purchase of a tread gauge is a worthwhile investment; it will only cost a few pounds but can be a life saver and avoids penalty points and a fine. Similarly, checking for uneven tread wear is also a cheap and effective way of spotting any wheel alignment issues.
Top Up Windscreen Fluid and Antifreeze
Again, the legal ramifications of not having sufficient windscreen washer fluid can be expensive. However, fluid needs to be topped up for a reason. A regular check of washer fluid ensures that, in the dry summer months, the usual road film, dust and other detritus are easily washed away, increasing visibility on the road and also stopping ingrained, sticky messes from forming on the windscreen.
It is surprising to see how many garages, mechanics and similar will charge for the above services. They will take only a few minutes on average to complete in the comfort of one's own driveway, and act as a preventative measure against not only failure to comply with the law, but potentially deadly accidents due to poor vehicle maintenance.