Seven car maintenance mistakes to avoid

Posted on 11 November 2017 (0)

Apart from your home, your vehicle is likely to be one of the most expensive assets you have purchased. For you to get the most benefit from this valuable asset, you have to keep it in an excellent condition. A vehicle needs regular maintenance for it to work optimally. Regardless of how busy you are, there is no excuse for failing to have your vehicle checked. While the maintenance cost for your car may be high, deferring scheduled maintenance can cause more costly problems in the end. However, a maintenance mistake can cause lead to accidents endangering your life and the lives of others as well as cause expensive repairs. Here are common car maintenance mistakes to avoid to ensure your car drives safely.

Ignoring tire pressure

Many people forget to check their tire pressure during routine maintenance. One of the basic car care practices is ensuring the tires are properly inflated. You need to check each tire regularly to ensure the tire pressure is optimal according to the owner’s manual. The last thing you need is a flat tire which you notice when ready for a journey. Properly inflated tires are not only essential for your safety, but also for the efficient operation of your car.

Neglecting oil changes

Oil changes are very important for the overall functioning of your car. Although new cars don’t need an oil change as frequent as older car do, regular oil change is still necessary. If you let your oil get too dirty, it will not be able to lubricate your engine and prevent overheating. In fact, the dirty oil can damage your engine parts through the nasty deposits of sludge.

Failing to inspect/change brakes

Just like other parts of the car, the brake pads also get worn down and need to be occasionally replaced. You should not ignore the squealing noise of worn-down brakes. If you neglect the brake pads till they wear down completely, they may begin to work away at the rotators. This will result in more expensive costs. Get your brakes checked the first time noticed the squealing noise.

Ignoring fluid checks

Most people have the misconception that the only fluid that needs to be inspected and changed is the only motor oil. However, the other fluids such as brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid also need to be checked. Use the owner’s manual to get the recommendation on how often you should service these components.

Not using filters as recommended

For the filter to work efficiently, they need to be kept clean. Clean filters prevent dirt particles from entering the engine, air conditioning or fuel of your vehicle. When the filters are dirty, they can cause poor gas mileage, wearing out of engine components or make the engine to seize. Change your filters as often as recommended for optimal performance.  

Ignoring an overheating engine

When an engine runs, it gets hot requiring a cooling system for it not to overheat. However, if the cooling system fails, you need to stop the vehicle and call for a tow truck.

Old wipers

Windscreen wipers are usually used against harsh weather conditions and therefore weaken with time. They are very crucial for clear eyesight when driving in adverse weather. Ensure you change your windshield wipers every six months. You should also invest in quality wiper blades.