Get back to the basics
Posted by: Cal on 25/07/2013
Before you try to tackle the complexities of a motor vehicle, it's best to make sure you have the basics nailed down first.
If you get these fundamentals mastered the longevity of your vehicle and its parts can be increased, and you'll save yourself a lot of trouble further down the line.
Amongst the engine
What are those things at the front of the engine again? Oh, the rubber belts. These do a lot of work for your vehicle, powering things around, so make sure to check they're in order.
Checking your oil is easy and important - you don't want too much or too little. To check your oil, wait for your engine to cool and then pull out the oil dipstick. Usually it's best to clean the dipstick, put it back in again and then take a reading from this second dip, as this should show a clearer result.
Wheels and tyres
Let's talk car tyres. While you might know it's important not to thrash them into a kerb too often, there is probably still more to learn.
How about cleaning off your brake dust regularly? This dust is made up of general road dirt, and if it isn't cleaned regularly, heat from your brakes can cause it to melt onto your wheels. You can easily solve this problem by gently cleaning your tyres when you wash your car. A rag and cold water should be enough to remove it.
As always, remember to check your tyre pressure and make sure it's appropriate for the conditions you are driving in. If you need any extra motivation, know that this will likely save you money on fuel! Don't gloss over your tread depth either as it can be extremely dangerous if it's too low. The peace of mind is worth it.
What's on the outside counts
When you have a car, you want to make sure you're taking care of its appearance. Use the best kind of polishes and waxes you can get your hands on if you want to keep your paint job in optimal condition.
Commercial car washes are always a quick option - however, these can be harsh on your car and may leave behind some nicks and scratches.
While you're at it, check your windshield and windows for any signs of cracks or dents, as these may affect your vehicle's drivability.