Car technology has come on in leaps and bounds in the past few years. Who would have thought that we would be driving electric cars, or hybrid cars, or have cars that can do pretty much everything themselves?
However, whether you are driving a car that resembles something from an 80’s movie scene or something with every modern gadget going, you still need to think about the basic maintenance so that your car keeps running. Even if you don’t know a lot about Automotive Stuff, you may be able to do some of this yourself or ask a professional mechanic to take a look. In this post, we look at some of the things that you need to do to keep your car on the road – without costing you a small fortune.
If you do nothing else, check your tires. They are what literally keep your car connected to the road. Poorly inflated or maintained tires can be one of the most dangerous issues with your car. They can blow out, which, if you are traveling on a fast highway can lead to a fatal accident. Check your tire pressure regularly and look for bald patches and make sure they have a minimum tire tread depth of 1.6mm. If in doubt, get them checked out. One tire alone is not prohibitively expensive for the vast majority of motorists, but their life is priceless.
Diesel Particle Filter
If you drive a diesel engine car, this is something you should be aware of. Most of the time, the diesel particle filter takes care of itself, occasionally it needs a bit of help to keep it working as it should. It is part of the exhaust system and traps tiny particles of dirt. It is more common in cars that do not go out on a ‘blast’ every now and then. If you do most of your driving around the city and sit in traffic, it may be worth taking your car for a spin on the highway once a week or so to clear out any dirt that is clogging it up. Usually, if it is having problems, you will see a warning on your car dashboard.
Check your brakes
It is really, really important to check your brakes regularly. They can be the difference between you stopping or hitting a car, or even a person. When driving, listen out for any noises, paying attention to shuddering, vibrating, and grinding sounds. If you are concerned about your brakes, head to the garage as soon as possible and have them looked at by a professional.
Check the fluids
Fuel is not the only fluid that keeps your car running – there is water, oil, washer fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. Keeping all of these topped up is essential for the smooth running and safety of your car. Doing checks on them weekly or before a long journey is the best way to monitor it. Keeping on top of car maintenance is essential if you want your car to run smoothly and safely.