Performing regular vehicle maintenance tasks keep your car in good condition and save you the costs of routine car repairs. Another major reason to perform maintenance is the fact that it will consume little amount of fuel with frequent servicing. Every vehicle owner should know that a car without proper maintenance is more likely to be prone to frequent breakdowns in future. Two activities performed on a vehicle are regular maintenance and normal repairs, each with its core functions; repairs are meant to fix a problem while maintenance is supposed to prevent a problem from happening as well as ensuring the vehicle remains in good working condition.
Maintenance tasks are simple to implement and most drivers do them on their own. Activities involved in car maintenance are and not limited to checking the tyre pressure, oil changing, checking the engine fluid amongst others. Drivers can refer to the manual that comes with purchase of new vehicles on how to perform these maintenance tasks. If you feel the activities are a bit too hard to perform, always seek help from your mechanic. We highlight important car maintenance tasks that a driver can undertake on his/herself.
Before igniting the car, check the level of all fluids in your vehicle and most importantly engine. Fill these fluids to the required level every time you notice they are running low. At the same time, regularly check the engine coolant level and add to the recommended level. It is important to note that failure to check the fluids will lead to engine failure as the engine will overheat. Before you start the car, ensure you perform the above tasks as a way of maintaining your vehicle.
Check whether the car wheels have the required amount of pressure. Tyres without the right pressure amount will wear fast and result in regular change. Too much pressure in tyres can also make them burst, and cause accidents. Refer to your handbook or your mechanic the correct measure of pressure your tyres should take.
The cost of replacing a damaged engine is high, thus, as part of regular engine care, check the air filters. To clean the filters, remove the accumulated dust that sticks down the air pipe.
Another vital task to perform on the engine is frequent change of engine oil to enhance the functioning of the engine. Ask your mechanic how often the oil should be changed, depending on the number of kilometers or miles covered and act accordingly.
With the above do it yourself tasks, you will be increasing the lifespan of your vehicle and saving costs incurred through frequent car breakdowns.