Basics of car care, maintenance tips

Broken down car

Broken down car

By Sheck Ayal

A car is an important personal investment, but owning one, whether new or used car, takes a lot of hard work.
Used cars majorly need extra attention as they are more difficult and more expensive to maintain than new ones.
Regular maintenance routine extends the life of your car and keeps your car’s performance at its peak. It will also save you a lot of money in repair

Here are ten basic car care and maintenance tips to follow.

1. Drive with care
Do not accelerate your engine during start-up as this quickly adds to the wear of the car’s engine. Accelerate slowly when you begin your drive. Shift to neutral at red lights to give the engine some time to rest. Be considerate and you will be rewarded with longer time between repairs.

2. Wash your car at least once a week
Washing your car, vacuuming the interior which keeps it clean, shiny and free from corrosion.
Vacuum your car interior thoroughly and wipe the lenses on the dashboard with a soft damp cloth. Take your mats out and brush or hose them down.

3. Wax your car too
Waxing your car regularly protects you car’s paint job by slowing oxidation and by creating a barrier against bird droppings and pollution. It also makes the car look good by adding extra shine.

4. Park in the shade parking your car in the shade
Prevents interior damage by UV rays and protects your car’s paint job. If a shaded area is not available, use a car shade to minimise the sun’s impact.

5. Change engine oil and filter regularly
Many car owner’s manual today recommend increasing the interval between oil and filter changes to help flush out abrasive dirt and metal particles out of the engine, thus prolonging its life. On the other hand old filters contain buildup of oil and dirt particles that will otherwise remain and mix with the new, clean oil.

6. Take care of your tyres
Check your tyre pressure at regular intervals and keep them inflated to the recommended pressure specified in your user manual. Check out for uneven wear and condition of shock absorbers.

7. Change spark plugs
Many manufacturers recommend changing spark plugs every 50,000 km. This ensures good fuel mileage and high engine performance.

9. Maintain your car battery
Regularly check your car battery to extend its life. Start by keeping your battery terminals clean. To be replaced.

10. Select a reliable car insurer
No matter how careful you are, accidents or damages are inevitable. In this case, you need to have a car insurer you can trust. Also choose a car insurer who replaces damaged parts only with original manufacturers’ parts