Monday, 27 July 2015

5 Car Maintenance Tips to Keep You on the Road

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Whilst there are many different guides and tutorials around getting help in regards to specific motoring issues you may be suffering from, there are a few basic tips that every motorist needs to keep in mind that will help keep their car in good working order. These 5 simple tips will help keep your favourite Mitsubishi car in order and stave off many common issues that later down the line could cost you dearly.





1. Check Your Tyre Pressure



One of the most overlooked maintenance tips for many people is checking tyre pressure. Not only can having an incorrect tyre pressure wear the rubber down fast which could end up being a costly regular outlay, but using the correct tyre pressure helps with your vehicle’s fuel economy, and helps with ride comfort.

On the wall of your tyres, you will see different numbers which equate to the correct pressure range of each tyre. Once every few weeks when you visit a petrol station, check your tyre pressure to see if it is in this range. Tips on choosing the right tyre for your car.



2. Check Your Oil Levels


 

One of the quickest and easiest ways to keep your vehicle in good working order is to check your oil levels. Anyone who knows about car maintenance will tell you that if the oil levels are either too high or too low, it can later cause trouble for your engine. Simply wait until the engine has cooled and locate the dipstick under the bonnet. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with a cloth, and re-insert it into the housing and seal the lid properly.

Wait a minute or two and then remove the dipstick to accurately check the oil levels. On the dipstick itself, you will find high and low markings to indicate whether you have too much or too little oil. Simply add enough oil to meet your cars oil levels using the specific oil that is required for your vehicle.



3. Use Your Vehicles Instrument Panel Display As A Guide



You may worry a little if you start to see the warning indicators on your display panel light up over time, but as long as you know what the symbols mean you will be able to save time and effort in determining a nature of issues with your vehicle.

The most common warning lights to flash up are for oil warning, coolant warning, and brake warning, ABS or engine lights. These dashboard lights will help you to resolve problems as they will point out the cause of the issues when they have already occurred, but by using preventative measures you can stave off the chance of ever seeing these lights appear!



4. Checking Your Brakes



The brakes on your car are one of the most important features you have and make all the difference between a safe journey and a nightmare ride, so keeping them in tip-top condition is vital for your road safety. You should always carefully clean your brakes of brake dust, which contains a number of nasty substances. Brakes get hot, so if any oil or residue falls onto the brake pads or casing and becomes encrusted they have a chance of burning and causing further issues. Be sure to clean them on a regular basis and you will avoid any funny smells. Change your brake pads if you notice a degradation in braking function, and take note of any scraping noises you may hear. Brakes are designed to make a scraping noise as part of an early warning that they need to be changed.



5. Vehicle Battery Maintenance



Many people overlook the health of their vehicle’s battery until their car doesn’t start. Your battery is a hugely important part of your car, and with a few regular check-ups, you will be able to reduce the issues created on those mornings where your car just doesn’t seem to want to start!

Keep the battery terminals clean and free of dust, and regularly check for corrosion or rusting around each terminal. Use only the battery that matches the vehicles specifications, and shop around for a good price. There are more expensive batteries that use better battery technology to help them last longer with much more recharges than those of regular batteries.

Keeping your car in good working order doesn’t have to be difficult, dedicating a little time for simple, regular check-ups you can avoid hours of misery later on. Clean your car on a regular basis and use a polish that will protect the paint. Use the correct fuel for your vehicle, and regularly check your oil levels, water levels and other liquids to ensure that your car runs more smoothly, efficiently, and more economically.

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  1. Change out transmission and differential oils. While not requiring frequent service, these fluids must be changed according to service intervals. Always use transmission fluid or gear oil of the recommended type and viscosity.

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  2. The information in this post for battery maintenance will be helpful to know so that I can take better care of my car. I haven't checked my battery terminals, so I should start doing that. If there's any dirt or corrosion, then that would explain why I've been having problems with my car battery. Hopefully doing that and fixing any problems with my terminals will improve the way my car runs.
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