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Basic Car Care

It’s the little things that count

When it comes to keeping your car running well, there are many things you can do yourself without any real knowledge of how cars work. By taking note of the basics we’re teaching you today, you can do your bit to keep your car running a little longer.

Start by thoroughly inspecting your car. Again, no real knowledge needed, just check that everything looks good. Your exterior checklist must include:

  • Your tyre pressure and condition – make sure it’s looking good.
  • The body – check for any dents or scratches for insurance purposes.
  • Leaking fluids below the car – this includes, oil, brake fluid, coolant, etc.
  • Smoke from the exhaust – this could be a sign of damage.
  • Warning signals and lights – this will be hard to miss, but make sure to address the issues as soon as you can.

Next you’ll need to pop the hood and inspect what’s going on under there. You can perform these basic checks yourself again and, as mentioned before, you don’t need extensive engine knowledge to spot a problem. Your engine checklist must include:

  • Oil level and quality
  • Antifreeze and water level
  • Steering and brake fluids
  • Transmission fluid
  • Condition of the belts, tubes, connections.
  • Be aware of the age and condition of your battery and, if necessary, replace it.

Further important parts and components of your car that need to be checked and replaced when necessary, include:

  • The air filter
  • Lights – headlights, indicators, brake lights, etc.
  • Spark plugs and cables
  • Windscreen wipers

Most of these will be checked when you have your car serviced, but it’s good for you to know what’s going on in your car so you’re not caught off guard. If you notice anything suspicious or problematic, have it addressed quickly. If your knowledge of cars ends here, it’s best to have a professional look at it.