5 Common Car Maintenance Mistakes You Should Avoid
April 28th, 2017
It’s easy to forget about regular car maintenance, especially when everything with you car seems to be fine. However, neglecting proper maintenance can end up costing you unnecessary dollars in the long run, shorten the life of your vehicle and threaten your safety. Here are 5 of the most common (and costly) car maintenance mistakes to avoid:
Not Checking Tire pressure Regularly
Tire pressure isn’t just about avoiding flat tires (although that is important) – it’s also about maintaining your fuel economy. When tires are under-inflated, it can cause your car to use more petrol than necessary, and the costs of this will add up. We recommend that you check your tires every few months – if you’re not sure what pressure your tires are supposed to be, have a look at your car’s manual. Never judge the pressure of your tires by eye, as looks can be deceiving.
Every car needs regular oil changes. The average oil change interval for today’s cars is around 12500 km. However, if you drive an older car, we recommend that you change your oil every 5000 km or so. Don’t be tempted to skip oil changes – when motor oil is left in an engine for too long it begins to break down, and this can lead to deposits of sludge in your engine which can be very damaging for your car. It’s simple – if you want your car to last, get regular oil changes.
Brakes are the most important safety function of your car – so make sure that you have your mechanic inspect them regularly. Although changing your brake pads can be a little expensive, if you leave it too long they will wear down completely and start to work away at the rotators, which will entail an even more expensive repair.
Signs you need new brakes:
- Reduced brake responsiveness
- Grinding, growling, screeching or clicking noise when braking
- Car pulls to one side when braking
Not rotating tires
Tires wear out unevenly. Rotating tires helps them to wear out evenly and therefore makes them last longer. Most manufacturers recommend rotating your tires every 8000-16000 km – but we recommend you check your car manual or ask your mechanic to find out exactly how often you should be rotating.
Old Windscreen Wipers
Windscreen wipers degrade over time. They are a cheap and easy fix, yet many people neglect to replace them as often as they should. How do you know if your wipers need replacing? Check for streaks on the windscreen and cracks in the wiper blades. If in doubt, we recommend changing them every 6 months or so. Windscreen wipers are essential for safety in wet weather – so make sure that yours are as effective as possible.
Generally speaking, a car should be serviced every 6 months or so to check the above and more. Servicing your car regularly will save you money in the long term, ensure the longevity of your vehicle and make sure your car is safe to drive. For more information about car maintenance or our wide range of car finance services, don’t hesitate to contact us.