16 Aug 2019
Modern cars are sleek, fast and crafted with such a high level of engineered precision and accuracy that it can come as something of an unwelcome...
Modern cars are sleek, fast and crafted with such a high level of engineered precision and accuracy that it can come as something of an unwelcome shock when they don’t run quite as intended. However, modern vehicles aren’t the resilient tanks of years gone by; these more fragile models have been designed in order to cater for the demand for cheaper, more affordable cars, however, this often makes the quality of workmanship and the materials used lesser. Therefore, especially when you consider the impressive levels of computer integration in the modern vehicle, it’s easy to see why cars break down frustratingly often nowadays.
1. Don’t put your repairs off
If you allow your vehicle to trundle along with damage to its exterior or interior, you will almost certainly be looking at a much higher repair bill than if you’d had repair work done straight away, so it’s always important to remember not to let your vehicle get overly damaged and if it begins making odd noises now and then, don’t brush it off; it needs to be taken down to your local garage for a service quickly.
2. Engine Maintenance and Care
For starters, the easiest way to ensure that your car stays in top condition and keeps running well is to always be on top of the engine maintenance. This really isn’t hard: keep the oil fresh (a change every 3,000 (or 5,000 miles for newer and/or low mileage vehicles) miles or every 3 or 5 months, whichever is sooner); change the air, oil and fuel filters to keep them clean and efficient; ensure the spark plugs and all related wiring are undamaged and clean; and keep an eye on the PCV valve to ensure that it is running efficiently.
3. Battery Care
After you’ve done this, ensuring that the car’s battery is working well is another important step to keeping your vehicle running for as long as possible. Check that it has enough water, is sitting snugly in the engine (i.e. it isn’t rattling about when the car turns on) and that it is clean to help keep it in top form.
4. Healthy Brakes
Once the engine is all in working order, care must then be directed towards the brake system. With most modern vehicles being equipped with both front and drum brakes, it is important that you take the time to check every aspect of them. All brakes use the force of friction to slow the car’s wheels, and therefore they can get worn out incredibly easily—especially when traveling at high speeds. The ability to stop your car quickly is essential to prevent potentially fatal accidents; don’t put yourself and others in danger by neglecting the brakes and get them looked at as soon as they start failing. You’ll know when the brakes need attention when the pedals are low or if braking causes any unusual noises—squeals should always be investigated!
Don’t let your vehicle get worn out or you will find that you’ll pay the price later when you need lots of expensive repair work done, especially if you end up involved in or causing an accident. It really is easy to ensure that the essential aspects of your car (such as the brakes and the engine) are working well, so why would you even consider leaving it to chance?
Being a DIYer and a car enthusiast used to be easier. If you’re really ok with downtime and the possibility for extra costs incurred by your potential mistakes, knock yourself out. Otherwise, we suggest someone with some experience on the clock for a project.
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