Proper car maintenance is one of the most important responsibilities for car owners. Maintaining the upkeep of your vehicle’s parts ensures the safety of yourself and your passengers; failure to do so can lead to expensive repairs or damage so extensive that it can’t be repaired.
But even the most dedicated car owner can miss important maintenance areas. When caring for your car, don’t forget the following areas.
Keeping up with your tyre maintenance can prevent costly repairs and damage to your car down the track – neglecting to do so can be dangerous, resulting in worn out tread and even blow outs.
All car owners should check their tyre pressure on a regular basis. Too much or too little can be equally hazardous so, just like Goldilocks, you want it to be just right. Do it yourself at your local petrol station – check your owner’s manual or the inside of the driver’s door for the right inflation pressure for your model – or have your mechanic do it at your next service. An extra bonus of having correctly inflated tyres is the reduction on fuel consumption.
Another commonly neglected maintenance job is having your tyres rotated. This prevents your tread from wearing down which can cause a flat tyre or even an accident.
And don’t forget your spare tyre! Your spare is your emergency backup so it should be in just as good condition as the rest of your tyres. A defective spare tyre can leave you stranded.
Topping up your fluids is a quick, inexpensive task that can pay enormous dividends in the long run.
Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding oil changes, as they are important to the maintenance schedule of your car. You can, of course, check your oil more often if you like. Long term neglect of oil changes can mean serious damage – and thousands of dollars in repair bills – to your car’s engine.
Equally important is your brake fluid. Your brakes stop your car so any damage to this component can have serious – even deadly – consequences. The hydraulic lines that operate your brakes are vulnerable to rust so it’s very important to keep an eye on your brakes.
Windscreen wiper fluids are another important but often overlooked part of car maintenance. Dirt, pollution and other airborne contaminants can build upon your windscreen, reducing your visibility. Windscreen fluid keeps your windscreen clean and safe.
The transmission is one of the most complex parts of your car and there are many components that can cause problems. These problems can spread to the engine and brakes, ultimately leaving your car undriveable. Stay on top of your transmission maintenance with regular servicing and preventative repairs, and always see a mechanic if you experience any of the following:
- Reduced response
- Grinding noises when changing gears
- Leaking fluids
- Refusal to go into gear
- Gear slippage
Brisbane Gearbox and Diff Shop can help you keep your car in optimum condition. Make an appointment today by calling our Woolloongabba service centre on (07) 3391 8377 or our Slacks Creek office on (07) 3808 4055.