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Owning a car can be very costly after calculating expenses such as day-to-day running costs in terms of fuel, MOT and tax, insurance, and other costs that we may have like finance payments. Additionally, repair and maintenance to vehicles that are not looked after by their owners can be the highest expense of all, but one that can be somewhat controlled by carrying out relatively simple steps.
Most of these checks are straightforward and can be done in a short amount of time. They can also be conducted for next to nothing, but can save a lot of money and inconvenience over time.
Check the motor oil every month. This is uncomplicated and requires you to locate and remove the dipstick, wipe it to remove any oil and then reinsert and remove a second time. You will then be able to discover whether to add oil if the level is low. Also try to change the oil quartely to maintain peak performance.
Check the air filter every month and replace it if it is dirty.
Take a look at the spark pugs to see if they are worn. Worn spark plugs can cause the engine to run poorly, and also increase exhaust emissions.
Check the coolant level every week and ensure that the amount in the car is not below the level required.
Keep the brake fluid level at the required level and check monthly.
Every month, check the level of the power steering fluid, simply by removing the reservoir dipstick and adding fluid if the level is down.
Ensure that all tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. Take a look over the tyres to check for any cuts and bulges, and also check for tyre wear to make sure that the tyres are not so worn down that it is unsafe to drive the car. Ensuring that the tyres and correctly aligned will also prolong tyre life. For safety, and to get the most out of your tyres, rotate your tyres from front to rear every 5000 miles or so.
Replace the windscreen wiper blades should they appear worn or function incorrectly.
Check that all lights on the exterior of the vehicle are in working order and clean. Have someone help you check that the brake lights and reversing light also work. Keep spare bulbs in the car just in case.
Finally, take a look over the vehicle for any other wear and tear, such as broken exhaust clamps. It's also beneficial in the long-run to keep on top of any appearance of rust. This will ensure that you gain the best possible price for the vehicle when it comes to selling it.
Whenever you perform these checks, always refer to the owner's manual, especially when performing any technical maintenance task. Although you should carry out at least the checks laid out here frequently, it is also highly important to have the vehicle thoroughly tested by a qualified car mechanic.
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