Regular Maintenance to your Motor Vehicle

You have to carry out regular basic routine vehicle maintenance to your vehicle, by following a regular schedule as outlined in your owner's manual.

Here are the most common vehicle maintenance items that should be taken care of on a regular basis: Oil and filter change. Tires--rotation, alignment, balancing, air pressure (including the spare) Car battery. Fluids--antifreeze/coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer reservoir.

Pay attention to your owner's manual. Regardless of the vehicle you drive, your regular maintenance schedule is inside it, and you'll never fall for old car myths like, “You should change your oil every 5000 kms,” (unless of course, your manual says you should, and odds are it doesn't)

1. Firstly, are you taking your car in for an interim service (usually performed every 6 months or 7,000 kms) or a full service (usually carried out every 12 months or 15,000 kms)? An interim service usually takes about an hour and a half and a full service is usually completed +- within 3 hours.

2. Look for these warning signs that your car may need inspection or repairs:

  1. Squealing or grinding sounds when coming to a stop. ...
  2. Oil spots under your car. ...
  3. Green liquid leaking from your engine. ...
  4. Slow starting. ...
  5. Excessive vibration while driving. ...
  6. Car is running unusually loud.
  7. Watch the Warning Lights. ...
  8. Check the Tire Pressure. ..
  9. Feel the Car's Operation. ...

3. It's also relatively inexpensive — basic services can start at less than R 3000.00 per year — and lowers your total car costs because you'll avoid some more expensive repairs down the road. The routine maintenance your car will need — and its cost — depends on the vehicle itself.

4. Preventive Maintenance Every Vehicle Needs

  1. Do your own inspection. ...
  2. Learn to check your fluids. ...
  3. Inspect and get your timing and serpentine belts replaced when necessary. ...
  4. Check your oil and get it changed regularly. ...
  5. Check your battery and clean the contacts (if necessary).

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