With ever increasing service intervals in new cars – most are out to 15,000kms or six months – it is imperative that you as a new car owner do your best to keep your car in tip top shape.
That’s an awful lot of driving and a lot of stress to be put on your car, particularly if the driving involves the daily peak hour grind or a high number of short trips.
Here are three simple monthly checks absolutely anyone can do in less than five minutes so as to ensure the smooth operation of their car and keep yourself on the road between scheduled services.
Checking your engine oil level is one of the easiest and most important steps you can take to make sure your engine doesn’t make the trip to the great junkyard in the sky.
Here’s how to check the level and do it properly;
Checking your tyre pressures and the tread wear is another quick and easy maintenance procedure that anyone can do.
A quick visual inspection is usually enough to see whether or not your tyres are in need of replacement.
Tyres will have rectangular wear markers in the middle of the grooves and on the outside of the tread patch, if these markers are at the same height as the rest of the tyre, it’s time for a new set of rubber.
Like your engine oil, the windscreen washer fluid will usually have a brightly coloured lid but it will often have a windscreen symbol stamped onto it.
The reservoir is often located near the front of the engine compartment, behind one of the headlights (although it’s sometimes tucked back close to the windscreen). The lid will sometimes have a level tube attached that enables the amount of fluid to be checked easily. In any case, the operation is as simple as adding the correct amount of Bars Bugs or an alternative and filling the reservoir up with water, which can take more than two litres to fill.
Following these simple monthly checks will see you through to your next service interval and provide you with worry free motoring.
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