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Simple car maintenance tips

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Updated 9 Oct 2019Adele Goodwin
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Maintaining your vehicle’s condition can be a challenge and be very costly.

However, there are ways to keep your car in great shape without breaking the bank.

Here are some tips to ensure you are keeping your vehicle in perfect condition:

Tyres 

To make sure your tyres are always good as new, make it a habit to check them once a week.

Have a look at uneven tread wear and regularly check tyre pressure.

Instead of spending thousands in wheel replacement and alignment, invest in a tyre pressure gauge.

Charge it up

Usually, batteries go unnoticed until, one day, you can’t start your car.

To make sure this does not happen, check and charge up your battery - especially if you’re going on a long drive.

Lights 

First of all, it is against the law to drive with broken head or tail lights.

Every light, inside and outside of your car, is important - they serve as your way to communicate with other drivers when you’re on the road and it’s dangerous if they don’t work.

So make sure you check your lights!

Check for cracks 

Every time you clean your car, check the body and your windscreen to see if there are chips or cracks.

The tiniest cracks can cause huge problems, so make sure you get on to it right away if you see one. This is to ensure you prevent any further damage.

Oil levels and fluids 

Engine fluids are important to ensure that parts of your vehicle do not create friction and your vehicle runs smoothly.

Remember to always check your brake fluid, power steering fluid and your coolants to ensure you’re safe on the road.

The simple dipstick trick helps to check oil levels but make sure your car is parked on level ground and you clean the dipstick first to get accurate results.

Time for a change 

Parts like windscreen wipers and cabin air filters collect a lot of dirt and dust which makes them worn out.

Make sure to check them every now and then to see if they need replacing.

You can usually change them on your own, just refer to your vehicle manual for instructions.

These simple tips are easy and take only a few minutes of your time to complete.

It’s all about being aware of the parts of your vehicle that do a lot of work and checking their condition.

Prevention is always key to proper maintenance and it helps you save a lot of time and money.

We emphasise the importance of regular car service to ensure that ALL parts of your vehicle are thoroughly checked.

If you need something major repaired or serviced on your car, you can easily use AutoGuru to book a local, high-quality mechanic. 

You're just a few clicks away from seeing instant quotes, transparent prices and seamless online booking experience. 

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Written ByAdele Goodwin

Adele, owner of Ipswich City Mechanical & Auto Electrical, has been in the industry for 20 years, which includes time spent in car audio and dealerships.

She has a passion for exceptional customer service and educating drivers about their vehicles by posting informative and helpful videos online.

When she isn't working, she loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.