It is important that motorists know how to look after their automobile and keep it in the best possible condition, especially during the pandemic when many people have drastically reduced their mileage. Automobiles should not be left unused for too long, so it is important to take it out for a spin as well as to take a few steps to keep it in good condition. Read on to find out more.
Check & Top Up Fluids
First, it is a good idea to check the various fluids that the car needs to run properly and to top these up if required. The main fluids that need to be checked are:
- Engine oil
- Windscreen washer fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Transmission fluid
The battery is a vital feature of the car but one that can have issues, especially if left unused for too long. The best way to look after your battery (other than using the car once a week) is to remove the battery terminals, clean the posts, rinse the cleaning fluid with water, dry the posts and then replace the battery terminals.
The wheels are an area that need a lot of attention and you need to keep a close eye on them to keep the car in good condition, for safety and for performance. You should check the tire pressure and top up if required, check the tread depth with the 20p test and to look out for signs of damage such as cracks or splits. If the tread depth is below the legal limit (1.6mm) or the tires are damaged, you will need to replace the tire. You will need to lift the car with a jack and you can then tighten and remove bolts with the use of impact wrenches, which can make it a quick and easy task.
You will obviously want to make sure that your brake pads are in good condition, so keep an eye on their condition as well as keep track of the mileage – it is recommended that they are changed every 20,000 miles. Changing brake pads is something that you can do yourself, but many prefer to pay a professional for, which is understandable.
Finally, the most important maintenance task that you can do is to make sure that you stick to your car’s service schedule. This will help to keep your car in the best condition, identify small problems before they become major issues and provide peace of mind knowing that your car has been serviced by a professional.
Ultimately, it is vital that car owners know how to look after and maintain their vehicle, especially during the pandemic where people might be driving less and leaving their car sat unused for long periods.