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Car tips & advice | 11.07.2013 - 11:27

Basic Maintenance Checks to Keep You On the Road

What are some of the basic maintenance checks that you should be making to keep your car safe on the road? These checks can include everything from inspecting the tread of your tires, through to fixing problems

What are some of the basic maintenance checks that you should be making to keep your car safe on the road? These checks can include everything from inspecting the tread of your tires, through to fixing problems with engine oil and coolant, and going over electrics, lights, and other parts of your car. By doing so, and by getting regular MOT’s and services, you can improve your safety and boost your car’s future sale value.

 

Tire Treads

 

Regularly check the tread of your tires to see whether they’ve worn away by a significant amount; your car manual should tell you what your ideal tire tread should be, which you can double check against your tires using a digital pressure gauge.

 

Engine Oil

 

You should be checking the condition of your engine as a matter of course, especially if you’re going on a large amount of long drives. The level of your engine oil is particularly important to focus on, and you should check for any problems with leaks around your dipstick.

 

Coolant

 

Make sure that you stay on top of your coolant levels, and that they’re regularly topped up without overflowing. During the winter, check your antifreeze, screen wash, and wiper fluid levels so that you don’t get caught out in bad weather.

 

Electrics and Lights

 

Test out all of your lights, and especially if you don’t normally do much night time driving; this includes checking your fog lights. Similarly, run tests on your car’s voltage and wiring to see if there are any recurring problems with short circuits, or a lack of compatibility with your keys.

 

Brake Pads

 

One of the most important parts of your car to maintain, your brake pads shouldn’t be allowed to get worn down; test their response times, and ensure that you receive an update on their condition and repair as part of an MOT. Similarly, look at brake fluid levels on a regular basis if you are losing some responsiveness.

 

Rust

 

Check the body work of your car to see if there are any early signs of rust - this might be due to weather damage, or just from simple wear and tear. Getting on top of these problems now will save you more expensive repairs in the future.

 

Battery Life

 

Any problems with your car’s battery can lead to more significant problems, so check to see whether it’s charging properly; garages can advise you on this, with car batteries also being subject to under charging and going flat if you’re only driving short distances on a regular basis.

 

It’s consequently worth carrying out regular checks on your vehicle, while also getting into the routine of having MOT’s and servicing appointments. Moreover, you should see whether the manufacturer of your car offers package deals through local dealerships on replacement parts and servicing. For example, BMW often provide after care maintenance options when you buy a car from dealerships, so check to see what deals they have available.

 

Author Bio : Lisa jane is interested in everything to do with cars, and the many ways in which you can save money and stay safe when out on the road. She is currently working with Cooper BMW to raise awareness of their many UK dealerships and the latest in BMW technology.

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Lisa jane is a freelance blogger and car mechanic. Working with Cooper BMW she is hoping to protect used car buyers by raising awareness of the benefits of buying from an approved used dealership. When her head isn’t under a bonnet, Lisa can be found sharing her advice on car maintenance online.
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