EMERGIVAC-Routine maintenance tips for your car

Routine maintenance tips for your car

Your car is one of your most important possessions. It gets you from A to B, and it’s a huge investment. So it makes sense that you would want to do everything you can to keep your car in good condition.

That’s why routine maintenance is so important. By regularly servicing your car and checking things like the oil and tyres, you can avoid big (and often costly) problems down the, ahem, road.

Stick to the service schedule

This means taking it to a qualified mechanic who can check things like fluid levels, brakes, hoses, and filters. They will also be able to spot any potential problems and fix them before they become serious – usually expensive – issues. Servicing your car typically needs to be done every 10 000 km or so, but it’s always best to consult your owner’s manual or ask a mechanic for advice specific to your car. As a general rule of thumb:

Minor Service – every 10 000 km
Intermediate Service – every 20 000 km
Major Service – every 40 000 km

Check the engine oil

One of the most important things you can do to maintain your car is to check the oil level regularly. This is something that you can easily do yourself; just pop the bonnet and remove the dipstick. Wipe it clean with a rag and reinsert it into the engine. Then, pull it out again and check the level. If it’s low, top it up with the correct type of oil.

Check your tyre pressure

Checking tyre pressure is important because it helps to improve fuel efficiency and maintain traction while driving. Tyres kept at the right pressure also wear more slowly, saving you money, and are less likely to blow if you hit a pothole.

It’s also quick and easy to check with a digital tyre pressure gauge to check the PSI (pounds per square inch) at the local garage when you fill up with petrol, or at a tyre fitment center. You can usually find the recommended PSI for your car’s front and back tyres near the driver’s door or in the owner’s manual. While you’re at it, check your tread to see if any tyres are getting worn.

Stick to regular washing

Finally, make sure you wash your car regularly – both inside and out. This will help to keep it looking good and prevent problems like rust from developing over time, especially if you live near the coast. For best results, hand wash your car using mild soap and water; avoid using a power washer as this could damage delicate parts of your car like sensors or paintwork.

Get your tyres rotated

This is when the tyres are moved from one position on the car to another – usually front to back and vice versa. Doing this helps to ensure that all four tyres wear evenly, which not only makes them last longer but also improves handling and grip. As a general rule, you should get your tyres rotated every 10 000 km or every 6 months, whichever comes first.

By following these simple routine maintenance tips, you can keep your car reliable, in good condition, and avoid much larger costs down the road.

Help when you need it most

Of course, unexpected breakdowns, flat tyres, and lost car keys do happen in the real world, so it never hurts to be prepared. Did you know that as part of their cover, EMERGIVAC members also receive roadside assistance?

Available 24/7, you can rest assured that help is on the way – whether you need a tow or a jump start, or help with a flat tyre, lockout, or petrol. Check out the many other benefits of becoming an EMERGIVAC member today.


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