Common Car Maintenance Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Congratulations on your new vehicle! It will be a commitment to make payments on time for the next few years, but over time you will see that it will be worth it.

It’s fun to drive a new car. Everything is responsive, the car doesn’t make a lot of noise, and the air conditioning feels like you’re inside a refrigerator.

However, over time you will begin to notice that your car is showing its ticks. The air conditioner won’t be as cold, strange lights will appear on your dashboard, and the engine will begin to make an unfamiliar noise. If you ignore its problems, you will soon find yourself with a broken down vehicle.

Now, that will only happen if you don’t do maintenance on your car. Here are a few of those car maintenance mistakes and how you can avoid them:

Neglecting Routine Maintenance

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Prevention is better than cure. The statement is true for our health and cars. Don’t forget to give your vehicle a routine maintenance every so often. It’s during this time that your mechanic can go over your car and see what needs to be done, cosmetically or otherwise.

What’s more, getting your vehicle tuned up helps prevent the engine from deteriorating fast and give it a longer life.

Ignoring Dashboard Warning Lights

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See those strange lights on your dashboard? Those aren’t Christmas lights. It’s your car’s way of saying that there’s something wrong. Whether it’s the brake fluid warning light or the check engine light, each of these are indicators that it’s time to pop the hood and take a look at what’s wrong.

When you choose to ignore these lights, you are creating problems for yourself and your vehicle as you continue using it without stopping to check what’s wrong.

Failing to Replace Wipers and Filters

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Your wipers and your air filters need to be changed and cleaned regularly. These are some of the simple repairs you can learn to do yourself to save up on costs in keeping your vehicle running.

Your wipers make sure you can see while you drive through the rain. The air filter helps keep the dust and other particles from getting into your engine.

Not changing your wipers can mean a more difficult drive through the rain, while a dirty air filter can prevent your car’s engine from working properly.

Remember to change your air filters every 19,000km or more often if your daily route involves a dusty road. Also, your windshield wipers need to be replaced every six months, or when you notice that it no longer makes proper contact with your windshield’s surface.

Not Changing Oil and Other Fluids

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The oil in your car prevents friction in your engine and absorbs heat to help keep your engine running smoothly. Over time, engine oil breaks down and wears out. When this happens, it becomes less efficient.

That is why it is essential to change your oil every 8,000-10,000km. You can either do it yourself or have your mechanic do it for you. Also, remember to look at your car’s manual or ask your mechanic about the type of oil that is compatible with your vehicle’s make and model.

Aside from the oil, you need to keep an eye out for your car’s other fluids. That includes checking the brake fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid, among others. These are all necessary to ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly.

Keep yourself from making these car maintenance mistakes and ensure that your car is always in its best form.

Try out these tips yourself on your new car and always feel like you’re driving it fresh off the showroom floor. If you don’t have your own set of wheels yet, then get in touch with the friendly team at Alpha Car Finance. They can get you set up faster than you can say ‘maintenance’.