16 Quick car maintenance check

Okechukwu Solomon June 19, 2017
Hello and welcome to this article about car maintenance checks you need to know about. If you have red my
About page, I said I'm an Automobile Engineer so, I'm not too good but I know a bit about care maintenance. So without wasting much time.

The most important car maintenance check , is to stick to your manufacturer's advice on servicing. Your handbook will tell you when a service is due and exactly what's needed – just make sure you book your car into the garage promptly.

The second is to do your own simple car maintenance checks.

16 Car Maintenance Checks You Need To Be Doing

1. Tyres

Every two weeks, check your tyre pressures and the condition of your tyres (including the spare). Look out for cuts or wear and make sure your tread is within legal limits.

2. Alingnment

Always go for alignment when necessary or when you experience a waving movement while driving your car. If you find it difficult to make a U-Turn, just go for alignment of your steering and it will be solved. Go for alignment if your car is not moving straight forward.

3. Wheel Balancing

Always go for wheel balancing when necessary or when you experience or think one or two of your tyres are jumping or shaking while driving. Wheel balancing prevents your tyres from burning or eating one sided. Replace tyres that have swelled up with new ones.

4. Brake Pads:

Check your brake pads as often as possible. Change them when necessary. Don't wait until you hear a sharp noise between the pads and disks before you change them. I recommend using a fibre brake pads than using an iron brake pads.

5. Brake Fluid or Hydraulic

Always check your brake fluid or hydraulic as often as possible and refill them if possible. Check if there is a leakage at any of the 4 tyres, if there is a leakage consult your engineer to get rid of it.

6. Toolkit

If your car has a spare wheel, then at the very least you need to carry a jack and wheel removing tools (plus a locking wheel nut key if appropriate).

READ ALSO: All you need to know about the car engine servicing

7. Engine oil

Use your dipstick to check oil levels every couple of weeks, and before any long journey, and top up if needed. Pop your car back to the garage if you're topping up more than usual.

8. Water

Every week, while your engine's cold, check your coolant level is between the MIN and MAX marks.
Seasonal tip: before the cold weather sets in, get your anti-freeze checked and topped up, if required.

9. Fans

Check your car radiator fans. Always make sure your car fans are working to avoid overheating which will burn your car top gasket. If you car is use thermostat make sure it's working properly or connect your fans automatically.

10. Windscreen wipers

Replace your windscreen wipers once a year to prevent smearing.

11. Screenwash

By law, your screenwash system must work. Keep it regularly topped up with a good screenwash additive  – one that prevents it from freezing, and clears oily grime.

12. Windscreen

Keep an eye out for stone damage and, if you spot any chips, get them repaired as soon as possible (they can grow and crack if left alone).

If the damage can't be repaired, or it's in a place where it could distract you, your windscreen may need to be replaced.

READ ALSO: 64 Car Maintenance Tips

13. Lights

Check all your lights – including indicators, reversing lights, brake lights and fog lights – once a week. Look out for blown bulbs and cracks or dirt on the lenses.

14. Power steering

Make sure your garage fills your hydraulic fluid reservoir when they service your car. Then all you have to do, once a month, is check its levels; if necessary, you can top up with a recommended fluid.

15. Bodywork

Give your car panels an occasional once-over for any damage, or signs of rust.

16. Fuel Pump

Check and change your fuel pump whenever your experience or thinks your car movement is slow or you car doesn't move or accelerate the way it should when you want to overtake another vehicle. Change your fuel filter when necessary.

These quick car maintenance checks are all fairly straightforward, but if you'd rather not do them yourself, pop into your local garage.I

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