Top Tips For Preventative Car Maintenance

A lot of us rely on our cars to get things done. To avoid unexpected breakdowns, it’s important to perform preventative maintenance on your car. Here are the top tips from when it comes to which preventative maintenance services that you should perform regularly.

Get an Oil & Filter change

This is arguably the most important service that needs to be done. A lot of people tend to not take this seriously and often delay oil changes thinking it’s okay to wait. Carmakers today recommend an oil and filter change every 7,500 – 10,000 miles. With some synthetic engine oils claiming to last over 20,000 miles, it’s no surprise that people often overlook oil changes. However, it is strongly recommended that you check your owner’s manual to see exactly how often you should change your oil and filters. Newer cars come equipped with an engine oil monitoring system that helps you keep track of your next oil change. We would still recommend changing your oil and filters every 5,000 miles to be on the safe side. Clean oil equates to lesser friction between the gears and keeps your engine running as it should.

Tire Rotation, Alignment and Balancing

Tires are the only moving component of your car this makes contact with the road. All tires wear down with time; however it is worth noting that not all tires wear at the same rate. They wear down differently depending on their position. A great form of preventative maintenance is to ensure that your tires are rotated every time you bring your car in for an oil change. Regular rotation will ensure that all tires wear at the same rate. Wheel alignment and balancing are equally important, routine checks will help ensure a safe and smooth drive whilst ensuring that you are getting the most in terms of performance, fuel economy and comfort.

Car Battery

You wouldn’t want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery. It’s important to have your car battery checked twice a year at your local service outlet. You should also look out for signs of a weakened battery. A telltale sign of a weak battery is taking longer than usual to start the car. Should this be a symptom, then head over the service outlet and have them check the state of battery and remaining charge. Change if necessary.