When you buy a new or even a used car in order to get the best service and avoid major repairs, it’s best to practice preventative car maintenance as this will help to maximise your vehicle’s lifespan. Ask your local mechanic on the Gold Coast for advice or follow these tips:
Read and Follow Your Owner’s Manual
The owner’s manual is an important document that tells you all the things an owner can do to ensure your vehicle remains in good condition. It will tell you everything from the correct type of fuel and oil to use, the tyre size and air pressure, to when you need to have various servicing done. It will explain the conditions required to comply with the vehicle’s warranty and more.
Check your vehicle’s tyre pressure
It’s a good idea to have a tyre gauge to regularly check your tyre pressure. Using underinflated tyres causes them to wear out quickly, reduces a vehicles handling and reduces the vehicle’s fuel economy. If your tyres are over inflated then you increase the risks of having a blowout. Under normal driving conditions it pays to check the tyre pressure at least once a month. If you often drive in harsh conditions, it’s best to check your tyres every time you fill the fuel tank.
Tyre rotation should be done every six months to ensure the tyres wear evenly; this can help extend their lifespan.
The usual requirement is to have your oil changed every 5,000 to 8,000 klm or 6 monthly, depending on the vehicle manufacture’s recommendations. These you will find in the owner’s manual. But if you do a lot of driving in tough conditions or stop start traffic, it may be, you need to change the oil more often. Talk with your friendly mechanic on the Gold Coast to be sure, as having good oil will save on costly repairs.
Change the Windscreen Wiper Blades
Poorly functioning wiper blades can obscure your vision and be a safety risk, they are inexpensive and easy to change. It’s also a good idea to keep the washing fluid topped up with windscreen wash detergent
Replace the Air Filter
Driving in dusty conditions can quickly clog an air filter which restricts the air causing more fuel consumption and a sluggish engine response.
Keep the coolant topped up and change every two years, but always ensure the engine and cooling system are cold before removing the radiator cap.
Check the Battery
Most cars are now fitted with maintenance free batteries, but you can have it tested at most auto shops. The normal life expectancy of a battery is five years, but this can be reduced if it’s often allowed to drain below 50% full charge. This can happen when using the lights or sound system when the engine is not running.
The timing belt needs to be changed every 100,000 klms or as indicated in the owner’s manual Having the recommended servicing done by your friendly local mechanic on the Gold Coast at the recommended times is the best way to ensure your vehicle will remain in top condition and you will have fewer repair bills. It also helps retain the value of the vehicle when reselling.