A car that is regularly serviced saves the owner repair costs as it does not break down often; thus the motorists do not have those frequent garage visits. Another major reason to perform maintenance is the fact that it will consume little amount of fuel with frequent servicing. Car owners should be aware of the fact that a vehicle without proper maintenance is prone to frequent breakdowns in future. 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. Vehicle maintenance involves activities such as oil checks and replenishing, tyre pressure checks, and many more. New cars have a handbook with instructions on how to perform these tasks as well as what is expected of the user or driver in this case. Drivers should request the help of the preferred mechanic if they find the tasks been too complicated to undertake. 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. Fill these fluids to the required level every time you notice they are running low. Next, check the engine coolant and ensure it is at the right level. Low levels of engine fluids will automatically result to engine failure as a result of overheating. Spare some few minutes each start to perform these vital tasks as they will ensure your vehicle remains in good working condition.
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. Note that by exceeding the required amount of pressure in a tyre will cause it to explode and consequently cause accident. Consult your mechanic if you are not sure how to check the pressure of your car tyres.
The engine is an important part of your car, and if damaged, it will cost you so much to replace, therefore, it is important to check the engine air filter as dirty ones will reduce the lifespan of your engine. To clean the filters, remove the accumulated dust that sticks down the air pipe.
Another vital task to perform on the engine is frequent change of engine oil to enhance the functioning of the engine. Ask your mechanic how often the oil should be changed, depending on the number of kilometers or miles covered and act accordingly.
To increase the lifespan of a car, perform the above simple maintenance tasks and save the cost of repairing the vehicle as a result of frequent breakdowns.