When buying your vehicle you will get certain instructions regarding maintenance that are recommended from the manufacturer. However, with our busy schedules and also the increased expense of car maintenance we find ourselves frequently delaying tyre and oil changes, checking under the hood, and also other regular maintenance necessities.
Unfortunately, if you avoid car maintenance as a result of time limitations and budget, you are risking a larger inconvenience to your time and budget by having your car breaking down on you at a later date. Have a look at the following maintenance guidelines to help you keep your vehicle in pristine condition.
Having a breakdown recovery cover can be helpful but expensive in the long run. You are more likely to have a cost effective solution for breakdown recovery if you have a contact number for a recovery company like Top Auto Recovery. Their quick recovery service will help you back on the road as soon as possible or if they can’t repair your car on the roadside, they can tow you to the nearest garage, your intended destination or back home for no additional cost.
In most of these breakdown situations, when a vehicle has broken down on a motorway a simple jump start is required because the battery has died. To avoid such problems and, most importantly, their consequences, car owners need to visit an vehicle repair garage one or more times a year to get their car tested and serviced. By doing so, drivers protect not just their own health and safety, but of all the other road users.
You can also prevent battery issues by ensuring you do not leave the vehicle lights on overnight and have turned off the radio although most newer vehicles automatically do this. You may also notice problems with the central locking when the battery starts to come to the end of its lifespan. If you notice such issues you should aim to get the battery checked or replaced.
Other issues may also cause vehicle breakdowns so you should also ensure your tyre pressure is good, your tyre threads are of legal limit and make sure your car has plenty of coolant and oil. Frequently check for any oil leaks, this is relatively easy to do. You can check the floor where your vehicle has been parked and look out for any oil spots. If you notice anything peculiar, you should get your vehicle checked at a local garage as soon possible.
Ensure that you do not have any warning lights on your dashboard, if you do you should get the vehicle checked. Sometimes these are caused by electric faults and may not necessarily by the actual fault. A garage will normally have a tool they can connect up to your car to get the relevant error code and diagnose the problem accordingly.
If you are planning any long road trips, make sure you do an oil check, a water coolant check and tyre pressure check, and most importantly the battery is working and your vehicle starts up correctly without any prolonged ignition. The most important point to note however before making a long trip to anywhere is to make sure to take with you a contact number for a roadside recovery company such as Top Auto Recovery if you do not already have breakdown recovery cover.