Show your car some love - easy DIY service & maintenance tips to keep her running smoothly
It’s the month of love and we are helping you show a little more appreciation for those you care about most – including your car with these simple maintenance tips.
When it comes to acknowledging the people and things that are always there for us, it wouldn’t be right to leave our cars off of our lists. They help with school runs, holidays and trudge through tumultuous weather patterns for us. The least we can do is return the favour by getting our toolboxes out and learning a few maintenance tips.
The best part is that you don’t need to be an auto expert or even mechanically inclined to handle a few handy minimally expensive car maintenance tips. All you really need is a little concentration and this blog. And because you’ve already clicked on this article, half the work is already done!
The best ways to romance your car
Get better acquainted
Before you go replacing older elements of your car it's essential that you truly get to know her. You do this by sitting down and thoroughly reading the owner’s manual. This is our holy grail, and it can often be located in the glove compartment of your car.
If you can’t find it, you can make use of an electronic one online. This is not only where you will be able to understand the ins and out of your car but help keep a maintenance schedule. It will help you keep track of all of the services, maintenance and replacements that have happened.
Secure the best view
Don’t wait for the next torrential downpour to remember that you need to replace your windshield wipers. The best way to test them out is to press the water button to see if your blades are working perfectly. If you notice any streaks, then you need to get new ones.
Thankfully you can breathe a sigh of relief because windshield wipers are relatively affordable in comparison to other car parts. Better yet, they come with easy-to-follow instructions, meaning you can easily replace them yourself.
Quench her thirst
You know when you are getting petrol at the gas station, and they ask to check your water and oil? Well, get into the habit of saying yes. Replacing your oil and refilling your water is one of the best ways to save on future maintenance costs.
Just remember that before you go and change your oil, make sure that your engine has been off for at least a few hours. This way you are guaranteeing that the remaining oil in the car is no longer hot.
Don’t tyre her out
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to keep your car service costs reasonably low is to keep an eye out for your tyre pressure. The issue is that when your tyre pressure is too low it puts immense strain on the steering components of the car. This causes avoidable (and expensive) wear and tear that will drastically reduce your car’s fuel economy.
And so, don’t hesitate to ask the garage attendants to check your tyre pressure. You can find this information in your car manual or usually on the side of the driver’s door.
Go and get some air
Did you know that you are meant to replace your car’s air filters every 12 months?
Yup, we are going to take a wild guess and say you didn’t know that. And thankfully, now you do. It is crucial that you inspect and replace the air filter on your engine. What’s better is that you do not have to take your car in for this replacement – it won’t take more than 10 minutes and it's easy to do yourself.
You can read this simple air filter replacement blog that will help you save time and money on your car maintenance costs.
While all of these car maintenance tips will end up saving you a lot of money in the long run, one of the ultimate ways to save on car costs is with car insurance. There truly is no other way to secure the happiness of your motor vehicle.
By taking out comprehensive car insurance you are ultimately guaranteeing that should your car experience any issues or problems – everything is sorted. Better yet, you wouldn’t have to foot the bills on any of the dates to the local mechanic.
Taking care of your loved ones also means taking care of your car as it helps get you all from point A to point B. Show your car a sense of true love by bookmarking this blog and making your car your ultimate valentine.
Yours in affordable car insurance,