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WHY MAINTAINING YOUR CAR PROPERLY COULD SAVE YOU MONEY
Thursday, 17 January 2019 08:40

It’s time for tough love: the blue-overalled chaps at the garage are laughing at you. Each year, you drag through their garage doors a beat up car and they charge you a small fortune to fix it. The majority of the issues could have been either prevented by regular maintenance or sorted yourself at a fraction of the cost. You’re throwing money away. Fortunately for you, I have recognised the problem and are here to help.

1. REGULARLY CHECK YOUR ENGINE WATER COOLANT LEVELS AND TOP UP IF NECESSARY

If your coolant runs out, you risk costly problems as the engine could overheat. Find out how here.

2. DON'T BE A DIPSTICK...CHECK YOUR OIL

If it runs low then you risk costly problems as engine parts will start to wear out.

3. CHECK YOUR TYRE TREAD

Make sure that the tread is even and legal, if not get it to a garage for a wheel alignment check - tyres can be expensive and uneven wear could point to other suspension problems.

4. BE MINDFUL OF TYRE PRESSURE

Keep them right and you will not only save on tyre wear but also on fuel costs too. Tyres with not enough air pressure in them will wear unevenly, increase fuel consumption and be dangerous due to reduced grip. Your car manual will tell you the correct tyre pressure and most petrol stations have a tyre pump to test your pressure.

5. CHANGE YOUR OWN AIR FILTERS

You pay a mechanic to do it every single year yet it is a relatively easy job – would you pay someone to fill up your car for you? No. End this madness. If you have any more tips that I may have forgotten, please share in the comment section. Thanks for reading!

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