Maintaining a brand new or used car is not a difficult task. Purchasing a used car can be beneficial in times when you are working on a limited budget. Small cars and less technical vehicles require little maintenance. A brand new car won’t need in depth maintenance in the first two years. On the other hand, a used car can require quite a number of maintenance sessions. Whether you purchase a used or brand new car, the right type of maintenance can help your car run for longer and in a more stable condition than before.
All vehicles require constant attention to ensure they run optimally and avoid regular breakdowns. It is therefore important to ensure your car is thoroughly inspected during scheduled maintenance sessions by the most qualified and experienced mechanics to avoid accidents and breakdowns. Although your car will be checked for safety issues and related components, there are other things that will need your input. Here are some of the critical areas that need a thorough inspection at least once in a year to maintain the condition of your car.
Brake and Tyre Inspection
Brakes and Tyres are among the commonest car problems. Most breakdowns are caused by flat Tyres. However, a flat or worn out Tyre or damaged brakes are easier to replace than a damaged engine. Tyres wear out quite fast if they are exposed to extended harsh weather conditions. It is advised to check Tyres for any tread wear. Similarly, the Tyres need to have proper balancing. A mechanic can also check the condition of the brakes and correct them if needed.
Engine Oil and Transmission Fluid
The engine oil level should be checked at least once a month. Additionally, you should check for any particles in the oil which create a burning smell which is an early indication of a damaging engine. The transmission fluid should be checked at least once a year. If its color has changed to brown or black, then it needs repair.
Belts and Wipers
Windshield wipers are made of rubber and need to be checked for abrasions or cuts. This type of wipers can potentially smear your windscreen. Similarly, check the engine belt for dryness or cracks. If they have these two signs, then they might need replacement to reduce the chances of snapping.
Every battery has a maximum shelf life. If a battery is almost reaching its end date, it might be time to replace the battery with a new one. If you need to check it by yourself, a sticker on the battery will inform you when the battery was bought.
In the worst scenario, a small emergency kit will come in handy. The kit needs to have the basic components such as bottled water, flashlight, flares, first aid supplies, and any painkillers.
The antifreeze plays a critical role even though many may dismiss it. A mechanic can check it for any problems with your radiator.
All these are car maintenance best practices. Checking your car at least once a year is the surest way of maintaining it in perfect running order.