When life is at its busiest, it’s easy to let good habits slip, and car maintenance can get pushed down the ever-expanding list. All the little things you usually do to keep your car at its best are bumped in favour of more urgent jobs and BAM – you’re hit with a repair bill that could’ve been avoided. We’ve rounded up our simple maintenance tips to help you keep things in order, so your car can stick around for the long haul.
1. Pop That Bonnet
The engine creates friction and generates a lot of heat, so it’s important for the smooth running of your car that regular oil checks are second nature, especially if you have any long journeys coming up. While you’re under the bonnet, top up your screen wash and get rid of any dust or dirt – especially around the battery terminals.
2. Fuel for Thought
Some sports models run better using High Octane, while some might need Premium. In any case, try not to repeatedly run the car with low fuel as this can cause residue build up. And don’t forget, a struggling engine will burn its fuel far less efficiently than a healthy one, so if you notice a strange difference in fuel economy and your driving habits haven’t changed, it might be time to get things checked out with a professional.
3. Avoid Tired Tyres
Part of your regular maintenance should be topping up your tyre pressures and checking your tread depth. It’s also a good time to give your wheels a clean to make sure they’re free of stains or brake dust.
4. Keep it Clean
Old school car washes aren't great for your bodywork. With unfiltered water and revolving sponges that aren't regularly replaced, you may notice the odd scratch start to appear. Keep your car looking shiny and new by using a valet or washing it at home. If you park underneath a tree, be aware of sap and bird mess – two things that can seriously damage your paint work. And if you’re the unlucky recipient of a ‘Clean Me’ message written in the dust, wash it off as soon as possible – it actually scratches the paint!
It’s a good idea to change your wiper blades every six months to a year, but if you start seeing streaking, notice any juddering, or hear unusual noises when using your wipers, it might be time for a change. Wipers are imperative to your visibility, so don’t let your safety slide – replace them when necessary.
Prevention is the cure, but don’t let things get critical – if you have any concerns, always check with your local Eurorepar Car Service centre. Find yours here: https://www.eurorepar.co.uk/