Your Complete Car Maintenance Checklist

Over time, cars undergo wear and tear that requires regular checks and maintenance to ensure safe handling and longevity. Basic car maintenance helps identify issues before they become more serious problems which could leave you stuck on the side of the road.

Car owners should follow these easy car maintenance tips alongside their annual general car service:

Engine Oil Check

Engine oil lubricates moving parts, reducing damage caused from heat and friction. It is important to check your engine oil regularly to ensure you aren’t running low. Engine oil will degrade over time, even if the vehicle is left stationary. It is recommended to change your oil every 6 months or 10,000 kilometres to prevent damage to the engine.

Check Car Tyre Pressure

Your tyres play a critical role in the safe handling of your car, acting as the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road. Driving with the incorrect air pressure can affect handling, fuel efficiency and tyre longevity.
Check the label inside your driver side door or your vehicle’s owner manual if you are unsure of your car’s ideal tyre pressure. Service stations typically have tyre pressure gauges that are free to use. It is recommended that you perform a tyre pressure check every three months or before and after a long trip.

Replace Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers are essential for protecting you during poor weather conditions by maintaining visibility. With time, wiper blades may deteriorate, causing them to tear, crack or even split.
Damaged wipers can affect your ability to see hazards on the road in poor weather and can also scratch your windshield. Observe your wiper blades regularly for signs of damage and replace as soon as it is needed.

Check Your Car Fluids

Coolant and brake fluid are the most common fluids that require topping up. You should check your car’s coolant levels every few months or before a long trip. As part of your regular scheduled service, your brake fluid will be checked. If you notice your engine temperature gauge rising, pull over where it is safe to do so and check your coolant levels once your engine has cooled down.
Your owner’s manual has helpful information regarding the types of fluid and recommended maintenance period specific to your vehicle.

Replace Air Filters

Over time, contaminants can build in the filter and reduce the quantity of air flow into your engine. This can lead to issues with your car’s performance, may decrease the cabin’s air quality and increase your fuel consumption. Air filters also trap debris and dust, preventing them from entering the cabin. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual can provide helpful instructions on how and when to replace air filters.

Schedule a Professional Car Service

Following the above maintenance tips can help protect your vehicle, but does not substitute the first-hand experience of a professional mechanic. It is recommended to schedule a general car service every six months or 10,000 kilometres driven.

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