Performing regular vehicle maintenance tasks keep your car in good condition and save you the costs of routine car repairs. Regular servicing of the car will also reduce the fuel consumption of the car. As a motorist, always note that lack of car maintenance services will lead to frequent breakdowns and in future, reduce the lifespan of the vehicle. There is a difference between the normal maintenance and repairs, where the routine maintenance is meant to keep the vehicle in good working condition while repairs are conducted to fix a problem.
Most drivers can perform auto maintenance as it is not an uphill task. Some of the vital activities of a car maintenance are fluid checks and modifications, tyre pressure checks, etc. Drivers can refer to the manual that comes with purchase of new vehicles on how to perform these maintenance tasks. If you feel the activities are a bit too hard to perform, always seek help from your mechanic. Below is a detailed discussion of some of the important car maintenance tasks that a driver can perform by his/herself.
Start with oil check and other fluids every time before you start the vehicle. Do not wait until the fluids run low, fill to the required levels. Engine coolant is vital and should always be at the right level, check and fill. It is important to note that failure to check the fluids will lead to engine failure as the engine will overheat. You can make it a habit of checking these fluids, every start of the day before you start the car by allocating few minutes of your time.
Check whether the car wheels have the required amount of pressure. Tyres without the right pressure amount will wear fast and result in regular change. Tyres should contain the right amount of pressure to avoid accidents related to tyre bursts. Refer to your handbook or your mechanic the correct measure of pressure your tyres should take.
Replace the engine air filters as they play a major role in ensuring the lifetime of the engine is extended. Check the handbook if not sure how to change the air filters.
To ensure the engine remains in good working condition, empty the dirty engine oil frequently and replace with clean oil. Ask your mechanic how often the oil should be changed, depending on the number of kilometers or miles covered and act accordingly.
With the above do it yourself tasks, you will be increasing the lifespan of your vehicle and saving costs incurred through frequent car breakdowns.