Maintaining your car must be a top priority, if you want to drive it for years to come. It is not always possible to take it to a service station, if one is not nearby. Here are some handy maintenance tips that can make things easier for you. Keep the manual in hand and get to work.
Tyres and Wheels
- Tyre Rotation: No, this does not mean you have to spin the tyres. This means that you have to exchange the position of your tyres every 8,000 km or 5,000 miles. This will even out the wear that your tyres get subjected to.
- Cleaning Brake Dust: The brake dust that accumulates on your wheels is a mixture of road grime, heat, and moisture. Use a wet sponge and clean water to get rid of it.
- Tread Depth: Unless you want to drive your car in a drift race, you should take care that your tyres are not bald and slick. The tread wear bars on the tyres can help you determine, if you should replace them.
- Check the Engine Belts: There are many rubber drive belts in the front of the engine that loop around many pulleys and keep things running. Rubber wears down faster due to the extreme conditions in the engine bay. Replace theses belts every 50,000 miles.
- Fuel Economy: Low pressure in the tyres can negatively affect your fuel economy. Check for it once in a week to make sure the pressure is at the ideal level.
- Check the Oil Level: If the oil level in your engine is too high or too low, it can cause problems. Use the dipstick to check oil levels easily.
- Coolant Level: The engine cannot work without the coolant. Locate the coolant bottle in the engine bay and check the level with the help of the markings given on it. The coolant level should be between the “high” and “low” markings.
- Disconnect the Battery: Before you get to work in the electrical components of your car, make sure to disconnect the battery from the system. Remove the connector on the negative side first and take off the terminal cap. Then remove the positive connector if you want to remove the battery.
- Battery Terminals: Clean your battery terminals. Dirty contacts make it difficult for the current to flow properly in the electrical system. After removing the terminal caps, clean each of them with a wire brush.
- Reconnect the Battery: Plug in the positive connector first and then the negative terminal. There could be a spark when you put in the negative one but that is not a worry. Ensure that the terminal caps are tightly done.
Follow these simple steps to keep your car in a good condition. However, DIY techniques do not work all the time. When you need reliable professional help, MOT or car servicing, get in touch with the experts at Express of Walton Ltd. We are a premier car servicing and MOT company based in Walton on Thames.