Tips On How To Maintain A New Car

Unlike their predecessors, modern cars age more slowly. Condensers, breaker points, spark plug seasonality and the risk of body rust are a thing of the past. Contacts and capacitors have been replaced with electronic ignition, and many spark plugs he can use for more than 150,000 kilometers. With his 3-6 year warranty against rust and much more reliable chassis, suspension and sometimes gearbox, most new models can go 200,000-300,000 km with regular maintenance. 

Regular maintenance is the magic mantra for making your car last longer. Fortunately, we live in a world where her DFY (Done For You) is more common than her DIY (Do It Yourself). This is especially true if you maintain your vehicle: easily accessible service centres, workshops and roadside assistance. However, the bonus of keeping the car durable ultimately falls on the driver. Here are some simple checks and actions that should be done regularly in addition to regular vehicle maintenance. 

Check the engine oil.

Monthly inspections are recommended for well-maintained vehicles. If you need to refill it regularly or discover an oil leak, inspect and repair it as soon as possible. 

Check tyre air pressure.

Proper tire care and tire maintenance play a big role in the overall performance of your vehicle. Correct tire pressure saves money: Properly inflated tires last longer and are more economical. More importantly, proper tire pressure saves lives. Improperly inflated tires (over-inflated or under-inflated) will not move or stop as expected and can increase the chances of a flat tire. At high speeds, this can be fatal. Check all tire pressures, including the spare tire, with an accurate tire pressure gauge every month and before every long drive.

This is best done when the tires are cold, before driving, or when you’ve only driven a few miles. The pressure should be based on the car manufacturer’s recommendations, not what is stamped on the tire sidewall. This information can be found on the sticker on the front door jamb, owner’s manual, or glove box.

Also, check tires for unusual or uneven wear, cuts, or sidewall bulges.

Wash the Car.

A dirty windshield is a safety hazard as it blocks your view of the road and is against the law in most countries. In addition to your daily or weekly wash, clean out your fender wells and undercarriage to remove any mud, road salt, or sand buildup. If the water beads become larger than a small button, this indicates that wax is needed for finishing. 

Change the oil and filter periodically.

For most vehicles driven under normal conditions, we recommend changing the engine oil and filter every 12,000 km or every 6 months, whichever comes first. The recommended interval for “heavy” driving – frequent short trips or dusty conditions – is half that – 6,000 kilometers or 3 months. Diesel and turbocharged engines may also require more frequent oil changes. Check your owner’s manual for the specific spacing of your vehicle. 

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