Regular car inspection and maintenance are essential steps you need to take if you want to avoid accidents or problems on the road. You can try and do it on your own, or you can bring your car to a local auto centre and have it serviced.
If you’re a new car owner, here are 6 crucial parts you need to check regularly:
- Brakes – The braking system of your car is perhaps the most important security feature of your car. It allows you stop and prevent your car from hitting other vehicles or obstacles on the road. You can watch out for these signs when stepping on the brakes to know if you need to have your braking system repair or replaced: unusual vibration, screeching or grinding sound, or longer response time. If you notice that your car tends to go to one side when you use the brakes, you need to visit your EBC brakes dealer and have your car checked immediately.
- Battery – Car batteries have an average lifespan of 4 to 6 years. If your car’s battery is nearing this age, make sure to have your battery checked, especially before you go for a long drive. Better to have it checked and serviced before you set out for that much-awaited family holiday, only to get stuck in the middle of nowhere because of a dead battery. Other signs that should prompt you to check your batter include longer engine start-up time, malfunctioning components (e.g., wipers), and blinking dashboard lights.
- Tires – Another way to ensure safety while driving is to make sure your tires are aligned correctly. This will help you have better control over your car, and minimize your chances of figuring in a road accident. Car service centres can make sure your wheels, tires, and H&R lowering springs are all in proper alignment. Take the time to keep your tires properly inflated, and be sure it still has enough tread. If the tread is thinning, or below 4/32 of an inch, then its best to have your tires replaced.
- Oil – Make it a habit to change your oil every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. If your vehicle is an older model, you can follow the rule of every 3 months, or about 3,000 miles. To get a better idea on the intervals, study your owner’s manual as this may depend on the model and make of your car. Changing your oil and keeping it an ideal level can significantly extend the life of your car engine.
Lighting – The front and rear lights of a car are usually overlooked. However, one of the worst things you can experience as a driver if it dims while you’re driving at night. You can avoid this by regularly checking your lights. As these lights provide signals to other drivers, and make them know about your presence, it’s important to always have fully functional lights to avoid accidents.