A regular vehicle service can be a challenging affair. But it can also help you save thousands of dollars. You’ll be able to cut down on repairs by identifying areas that require immediate attention and others that could potentially become a bigger problem. As you get in the habit of conducting regular car service and motorcycle repairs, it also extends the life of your car leaving it in good shape until you decide to display your car for sale. You can perform basic routine vehicle service yourself by implementing the steps outlined in your owner’s manual.
However, some manufacturers and car dealers do not encourage individual car service or if you use a non-accredited car workshop for your warranty could become null and void. Ensure you find out what services you can perform and does you can’t before you proceed. Here are some services you shouldn’t avoid performing on your vehicle.
CHANGE YOUR OIL
Oil is the key that protects your car’s engine. Its lubricating property keeps important engine parts from grinding against each other and rendering the engine useless. Conduct a regular oil change to prevent friction from damaging your engine. All you have to do is open the hood and pull out the dipstick. Clean it thoroughly and insert it back. Then pull it out again, check the level of oil to know if its at the right level. Also examine the colour and replace the oil regularly. It doesn’t matter whether you make use of either petroleum-based or synthetic oil. The important thing is that the oil meets the service and viscosity needs that are outlined in your owner’s manual. Get the help of a transmission specialist if you prefer to not carry out the oil change yourself.
CHANGE YOUR TYRES MONTHLY
One part of your vehicle you shouldn’t ignore changing is your tyres. They play a huge role in the safety, efficiency and comfort of your vehicle. They should be properly inflated to perform a good job as well as reduce the chances of a blowout. If you’re not in the habit of conducting yearly tyre changes, which can add up in costs, you can begin by fixing a monthly date on the calendar to examine them. Your tyre pressure, wheel alignment and frequent tyre rotation will allow for a comfortable, safe and efficient drive.
Your tyres will have a longer lifespan enabling you to conveniently add air when the need arises. You may already have an idea of adding air to your tyres. But the important thing you should know is the correct tyre pressure. To obtain this information, check your owner’s manual or a placard close to the driver’s door. Remember to inflate the tyres when they are cold so you can get an accurate reading and prevent tyre problems..
REPLACE THE WIPERS AND CLEAN YOUR WINDSHIELD
Your wipers can come in very handy during the rainy season. Examine them and replace them if necessary. Using a faulty wiper can lead to scratches on your windshield and obstruct your view as well as create the need to replace your entire windshield. In addition, avoid leaving your windshield dirty for it can prove to be a lot of hassle when you can’t get a clear view of the road. If you do not have them cleaned regularly, dirt, dust and debris can accumulate and scratch your windshield when your wipers are in use. This can obstruct your view and could lead to accidents sometimes.
CHANGE YOUR SPARK PLUGS
If there’s a sign of poor engine performance then there’s every chance it could be your spark plugs. If they are not checked regularly they could get old and covered up in a buildup. Examine the state of the spark plugs and if they are in a bad condition, have them changed for optimal performance. The gap in your spark plug should be treated with care and set by the manufacturer. Avoid over-tightening the spark plugs for doing it may damage them.
Consider buying a spark plug spanner with a rubber insert that secures the spark plug while inserting it into the engine cavity. Check the owner’s manual for more details regarding the lifespan of the spark plug so you can know when to replace them. Some usually last for 30,000+ miles. Exercise care while replacing the spark plug leads, you have to make sure you insert them the same order they were before unplugging them.
CHECK THE BELTS AND HOSES
Make it a habit to examine the hoses and belts in the engine bay. If there are any signs of wear, cracking and chunks missing from the belt itself then have it replaced. The hoses serve as a means to direct the flow of coolant to the engine to prevent overheating. Examine the hose and if you notice any cracks or holes, then have it changed. Inspecting hoses once in a while will prevent leaks. If you prefer to do it yourself. Check for the clearest coolant reservoir to know if it at the right level. If it’s not then there might be leakage. Look around where the hoses and connections are kept and replace if damaged. Car air conditioning maintenance should also be a part of your car service routine.
CHECK YOUR AIR FILTER
Clogged air filters can be a potential problem for your car if your air filter is not changed regularly. The air filter prevents dust, dirt and debris from getting into the engine. When your engine is running, the flow of air is necessary and a clogged filter may stall its performance. Don’t avoid this maintenance for it could lead to damages to your vehicle’s engine. Have your air filters changed every 12 months. You can get the air filter replaced at your mechanic or motorbike shops. If you decide to change the air filter yourself, you can do it in just 10 minutes saving you some money and time to go to the mechanic.