As with any mechanical item, it is important that you take care of it in order to optimise its lifespan and maintain its value. Here are a few tips to help you on your way.
Make sure your car is serviced regularly in accordance with the manufacturer’s schedule.
Over time the oil in the engine deteriorates. The oil protects the engine which is the most valuable part of the car, and therefore the most expensive part to replace.
Over time even regular servicing can’t remove the build-up of sludge in the engine. It is advisable at the time of servicing to have an oil flush every few years. This helps to maintain the efficiency of the engine and may contribute to fuel economy. Just ask your local centre for details.
Tyre pressure and alignment
One of the biggest influencing factors of fuel economy is the condition of your tyres.
Typically this should be replaced every 60,000 to 80,000 miles however you should always check for the specific details relating to your car with the vehicle manufacturer. Failure to replace your cambelt at the appropriate intervals can destroy your engine!
Keep it clean
Chips and road salt can erode the paint and leave metal exposed which may start to rust.
Keep your windscreen clear and chip free
Windscreen wipers are made of rubber which will eventually perish. Without them your view of the road can be impaired. All windscreen chips should be treated straight away before they turn into a cracked windscreen which needs replacing.
Checks to carry out on your car before a long journey
Before a long car journey it is always advisable to check the following:
- Tyre pressure and tread including the spare tyre
- Oil level and if appropriate, water level
- Windscreen wash
- Your breakdown cover
- That you are carrying the correct safety equipment and documentation, especially if you are planning on driving your car on a long cross country trip
Have a safe journey!