Cars have so many different elements which need looking after, which means it’s important to keep up with essential maintenance to keep them healthy. When something goes wrong, not only is it inconvenient and expensive, but it’s damaging to your vehicle’s long term health and value. A few regular checks can keep your car in its prime for longer, so read on for Windmill Garage’s top car health tips.
Don’t skip the annual service
A vehicle service is your car’s best friend – and also your wallet’s. While it may seem tempting to skip the service if your car seems fine and you’re short on cash, it can save you from some steep repair bills down the line. Any problems will be spotted early on, and even if no work is needed your car will be fresh and healthy for the next few months.
Protect the interior
As much as keeping your car healthy is about maintain what’s going on under the bonnet, it’s also important to keep the exterior and interior looking clean and happy. The interior especially can get grimy if not cleaned regularly. Use all-weather floor mats to protect the floor of your car from mud, snow, sand and everything in-between. These should be removed and washed every few months. You can also keep seats clean with a hoover and if they are leather, a wipe down with a wet cloth.
This acronym is the best way to remember the ultimate car care essentials. You need to check these on a regular basis, especially for long journeys.
O – Oil
W – Water
E – Electrics/lights
R – Rubber/tyres
The petrol check is seemingly obvious, but you’ll be surprised how many cars get stranded on the hard shoulder after running out of fuel. Check maps for petrol stations along your route.
Neglecting to check your oil level can be catastrophic for your engine. Check it using the dipstick regularly, and it’s also a good idea to keep some oil in your boot for when you’re on the move.
Just as important is the water level in the engine. The level should be marked on the coolant tank, and you also need to be topping up with anti-freeze during cold weather.
The electrics in the vehicle, especially the lights, need checking on a regular basis. You should also keep a set of spare bulbs in the boot for emergencies (make sure you know how to change them as some can be quite fiddly).
The rubber checks refer to the rubber on all four tyres. Firstly, check they are inflated to the right tyre pressure. Not only does this make the car safer, but the wrong pressure will also cause them to wear out faster. You should also be checking the tyre tread, ensuring it is not past the legal limit of 1.6mm.
If you have any concerns when carrying out your car checks, bring in your car to get looked over by a professional.