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Expert Car Maintenance Tips to Ensure Smooth Travels

Cars are like modern-day electric lights that hardly ever cross your mind until they start blinking. But like those electric lights, cars are tools that influence where you spend time and how much you spend – and paying regular attention and care to your car can both save money and improve your adventures. And if you’re one of those people who are scared of anything that resembles mechanics, don’t worry: there are lots of simple car maintenance tricks that require zero mechanical knowledge.

For example: Why not make sure your windshield washer fluid reservoir is always filled to an optimal level? Sure, it takes a mere moment to loosen up the cap, position your bottle and pour in the fluid, but how often do you remember to do this? If you don’t normally, performing this simple task can make a substantial difference. You could easily check the fluid level when you’re getting fuel – something you normally do.

If you’re stopping for a fill-up and the windshield is mucky with bugs, whip out a cloth and dab a little washer fluid on it then use it to wipe away wiper marks.

If you ever see fluid leaking from your car that isn’t clear or pink, you should get it looked at as soon as possible.

When you notice a strange and peculiar smell coming from your car, stop at the side of the road and pay immediate attention to what is happening. No matter what it is, you have to get your vehicle to the nearest petrol station fast, because the smell is very bad and a major problem of some kind is probably brewing somewhere in the engine compartment.

It’s the time of year where you should change your windshield wipers. With wipers needing to be replaced once a year, it makes sense to do it before winter’s ice comes and you need to use your wipers forcefully.

As part of your routine, check all your lights: brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers. This brisk survey easily can be included with your usual fuel stops.

Check your tyres every month. Look at your tyres once a month, and check for cuts, bulges or foreign objects stuck in them (such as nails).

Give your friendly service lube a monthly visit to check and correct your tire pressure. You’ll pay perhaps nothing or next to nothing in the process to keep your vehicle running.

Get an oil change every three months, plus replacement of the oil filter (often done in conjunction with the oil change). Ask your mechanic to do a general check-up any time you get the oil changed. In addition, have your battery checked every three months.

Don’t forget to check on your air filter and change it as the need arises. Most places providing oil-change service will check and replace your air filter for you if you ask.

Whatever your previous mechanical knowledge, using some of these simple maintenance tasks gives you some agency as a car owner. Your car will perform it’s best, longer, if you start picking up on warning signs early – and ultimately, that journey is yours.

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Questions and Answers About

Why is car maintenance essential for smooth travels?

Regular maintenance ensures your car operates efficiently, minimizing breakdowns and ensuring safe, trouble-free journeys.

What are some basic car maintenance tasks?

Basic maintenanceoil changes, tyre rotations, brake and fluid checks – keeps the engine running smoothly.

How often should I change my car's oil?

The oil should be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, unless your car’s manual specifies otherwise.

How can I extend the lifespan of my tires?

Keep them inflated to recommended air pressure, rotate them every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, and check them monthly for uneven tire wear.

What role does proper fluid maintenance play?

Fluids such as coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid (and many others) make your car go. They keep the moving parts lubricated. As with tyres, a simple regular check ensures that you can drive on.

How can I ensure my brakes are in good condition?

Check brake pad and rotor thickness and wear regularly, listen for unusual sounds, and deal with any signs of reduced braking ability immediately.