Keep Those Wheels Turning: The Basics of Car Maintenance

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car maintenanceWhether you’re a first-time car owner or a seasoned driver, car maintenance is a must. This isn’t done just because you want your car to look good; car maintenance ensures your safety, as well as the safety of the people you’ll be riding with.

Keep in mind the following tips from Richard’s Tyrepower on what things to check in each of your car’s essential components.

  • Battery. This is what powers your car, and is one part that you’ll certainly have to check if it needs replacing already.
  • Belts and hoses. Damaged belts and hoses (cracks showing, frayed, wear and tear due to prolonged use, a general brittle quality) could spell disaster for your road trips. Check regularly to ensure that your car’s belts and hoses are still in top working form.
  • Brakes. Defective brakes are one of the most common causes of vehicular accidents. Once a year, have your brake linings, rotors and drums checked, and make sure to have damaged or malfunctioning brakes replaced immediately.
  • Car fluids. Engine oil, brake, power steering, transmission, coolant and even your window washer solvent should all be checked regularly.
  • Exhaust system. Yet another critical part of your car, the exhaust system must be completely free from damage or leaks, and must not emit any strange and irregular sounds.
  • HVAC (Heating, ventilating and air conditioning system). While air conditioning is not really that high on the list of absolute essentials, it still pays to have it checked and replaced when necessary.
  • Lights and wipers. Check them for functionality; the former ensures that you’ll be seen by other vehicles, while the latter allows you to see even in horrid weather.
  • Steering and suspension system. Have your shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts checked at least once a year.
  • Check for unevenness, tread and wear. If signs point to danger, go to a tyre shop immediately and replace your tyres.

Schedule a tune-up session every once in a while to ensure that your car’s engine continues to perform at peak efficiency. With careful maintenance, regular checking and a good sense of prioritisation, car safety and efficiency will never be a problem for you.