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Car maintenance can be costly, but did you know that you could save money in the long-term by doing simple routine car-checkups? By doing these check-ups today, you could avoid encountering major maintenance costs tomorrow.
Today we would like to share with you 5 routine car-checkups that you can do regularly to avoid costly repairs in the future.
1. Check your engine oil – Engine oil acts as the lubricant to keep all the internal parts of your engine running smoothly and reduces wear and tear damage. Based on the amount of distance you drive you may need to change your engine oil more frequently than others. The longer you take to change your engine oil, the more damage your engine incurs through wear and tear and the greater the likelihood of your engine overheating or blowing a gasket, which can result in thousands of dollars in repairs. By checking your engine oil regularly, you can help prevent more costly repairs in the future.
2. Inspect your brake pads – Your car’s brake pads are located between the rotor and caliper and they are responsible for reducing the level of friction on metal. However, over time and through wear and tear, brake pads can break down and this makes the brakes less effective.
If the brake pads are not maintained or replaced on time, it can result in damage to the rotors, which would be far more costly to replace than brake pads. By doing routine inspections of your car’s brake pads, you can detect if the pads have worn down and require changing early and avoid further costs.
3. Perform tyre inspection – In addition to regularly checking your tyre pressure, your physical tyres themselves should be regularly inspected for any signs of damage. Tyres that are smooth and worn are less effective, have less grip on the surface and more prone to rupturing while driving, which can result in accidents. If you notice that your tyres are worn, consult your tyre technician to have them replaced immediately.
4. Top up your radiator coolant – The radiator coolant’s role is to pull heat out of the engine to prevent it from overheating. Different vehicle types and models use different types of coolant and it is important to use both the appropriate coolant for your vehicle type and model, as well as use the right amount and frequency. As the radiator coolant helps to cool the engine, failure to regularly top up coolant or use of the wrong coolant type can result in your engine overheating or seizing up. Prolonged use of an overheated engine can lead to permanent damage, resulting in the need for expensive parts replacement or even an entirely new engine.
5. Observe your transmission fluid - Transmission fluid is used to lubricate the components of a car’s transmission and this allows for seamless shifting of gears and torque conversion from the engine to the wheels. Like radiator coolant and engine oil, transmission fluid must also be must also be inspected to ensure that the fluid levels are satisfactory or require changing. Failure to change transmission fluid results in wear and tear damage to your transmission due to limited lubrication and heat transfer.
Transmission fluid is typical flushed out, changed or topped up between 30,000 and 60,000kms. However, vehicles that sustain heavy use, such as towing trucks may have to change transmission fluid in as little as 15,000kms.
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