A car is a complex series of systems that all work together to produce fast, relatively safe movement from point A to point B. Many, many people own cars and many people are still oblivious to the inner workings of their car. This is despite relying on it to get to work, to visit family, to buy food and other groceries, and to travel in general.
This generally leads to people being unprepared for breakdowns and failures of their trusty steed, and breakdowns are bad news indeed. In the middle of a rainy night, finding a mobile mechanic in Brisbane can be tricky, but you’re less likely to have to make that call if you know how to keep your car in tip-top shape, which is why we present you with seven tips for ensuring your car is in perfect working condition.
Find out what kind of oil your car needs, and make sure it has enough of it.
It’s as simple as that, and a quick Google search will turn up what kind you need and where to get it. The wrong kind will restrict the ability of your engine, and potentially damage components, so it’s important to be sure you know which to buy and how much to put in.
Check your oil roughly once a month unless you notice oil spots forming under your parked car, in which case take it to a mechanic.
Most modern cars have sensors in them to indicate how much octane additive is in the fuel in the tank, and these sensors dictate what kind of air/fuel mixture goes into the engine. Some fuels are designed to clean your engine, some are not, and knowing which one your car needs is important when it comes to prolonging your vehicle’s life.
Your car handbook will tell you what kind of fuel you need to use, and that is what you should use in almost every situation. Sometimes a tank of cheaper fuel will be ok, but you will notice a drop in power until you top up with higher octane fuel again.
Oil filters, air filters, and fuel filters are all key in the lifespan of your car.
They all do what you’d expect – they filter the impurities out of whatever it is they are placed in front of, and for liquids this directly affects how efficient your engine is.
Change your filters regularly, at least once a year, and if you don’t know how make sure you get your car serviced once a year to ensure your filters are changed regularly.
Servicing will check all vital features and functions, and will replace what needs replacing and when it needs replacing. It is recommended that either you or a mechanic services your car every ten thousand kilometers or once per year, whichever comes first. Stick to this and your car is significantly less likely to break down in almost any situation.
Tires are your connection to the road surface, and the better quality the tyre the less likely you are to slip and slide around when driving. All tyres wear out, and all tyres need replacing eventually, so learn to check the indicators on your tyres to see how long you’ve got before you need a new set.
Modern cars have onboard computers, and just like any computers these need updates to fix bugs in the code. This is almost always done with regular servicing, so take your shiny new car in to it’s dealership for servicing and you’re sure to get these updates done at the same time.
Finally, windshields are your window to the world outside your vehicle, and they comprise of the most important view from within your car – ahead for the windscreen and behind for the rear window. Maintain your windscreens as much as possible. There is no other way to say this – keep them clean, fix any cracks, replace the windshield if any breaks occur. Failing to do so when a windscreen is broken is illegal, and can land you with serious fines.
With these your vehicle is road-ready and has it’s longest possible life ahead of it. Don’t delay any longer, call your local mechanic and schedule a service today.