Every motorist should perform regular maintenance on their car to keep it in the best possible condition, prolong its life and prevent costly trips to the garage. It might be daunting at first, but when you know what tasks need performing and how often, it will make car maintenance much easier – many even enjoy it! Here are a few of the main tasks to carry out.
There are a few tasks which are best carried out weekly in order to keep the var in the best possible condition. These include:
Checking tyre pressure: It is always worth checking the tyre pressure because this will have a big impact on the efficiency (and safety of the car). A weekly check is smart and it should always be done before a long drive.
Checking tyre tread depth: Following this, you should also perform the 20p test weekly particularly if your tread is nearing the legal 1.6mm minimum. Anything less than this and you could receive a fine of £2,500 and 3 points on your license per tyre, so it is certainly important to check often.
Topping Up Fluids: Another important weekly check is to check the levels of your various liquids and to top them up if necessary, such as the coolant, washer fluid, transmission fluid and brake fluid.
There are also a few tasks that should be carried out monthly or every 6 weeks or so, including:
Washing: Washing the car not only helps to make it look nice and new but it is also important for removing potentially harmful substances from the car.
Cleaning the Interior: Many people wash their car but neglect the inside, which will not only make it an unpleasant place to be and embarrassing if you have passengers but could even reduce the value and make it hard to sell. This is why you should always vacuum and clean the inside when you wash the car.
In terms of annual maintenance, the best thing that you can do is to make sure that you get your car serviced as they will perform tasks that might need doing such as changing air filters and spark plugs. If you have had the car for a while, you may want to consider an upgrade and visit a Kia dealer in Northern Ireland to see if there is something that takes your fancy.
Hopefully, this post will encourage you to get started with car maintenance and know how to keep it in the best condition throughout the year.