While there is a lot of emphasis on buying a new car, there is little consideration on the maintenance requirements of a vehicle. Did you know that a vehicle has more than 75,000 components that make it fully functional to us? Should even one of these components malfunction however, it is very likely that your vehicle will have issues that need to be rectified as soon as possible. This is why maintaining your vehicle at all times will help you drive safely, increase its resale value and most importantly extend the life span of your vehicle. Here are a few basic tips on how to maintain your car.
Establish a plan
It’s understandable for you to not know all the parts of a vehicle however it’s important that you know the main components of your vehicle that needs significant attention. Using a simple acronym such as TOWBIF will help you know which parts to give attention. TOWBIF stands for tires, oil, windows, brakes, interiors and fluids. This will help you establish a schedule for your vehicle, for example brake repairs Cheltenham means that your vehicle needs immediate attention and it needs to be given top priority.
Maintaining the tires
Tires need to be fully and properly inflated as per the manufacturer’s certified pressure so make sure you know what the ideal pressure of your tires is. They should be replaced when they start showing tread wear. In case you are unfamiliar with how to identify this, ask your local car mechanic or dealer to show you. Always check your tires for pressure and weekly for any tire damages or wear and tear.
Check the oil components and levels
In a vehicle, the oil can be considered the blood of your car. If there is no oil in the car, there is no way that it will go very far for long or quietly. This is why checking your oil regularly is absolutely vital. There are various periods that need oil changing for example, every 3500 miles. Learn to check the oil levels by yourself at least once a week.