Common-sense Car Care Tips

Common-sense Car Care Tips

Some simple tips to keep your car safely on the road.

Common-sense Car Care Tips

Common-sense Car Care Tips - Keep an eye on your tyres and you might not get stranded by the side of the road.

We all want to make sure we save dollars wherever we can and we all want to make sure our cars are in the best possible mechanical condition too.

A car that is running well and is looked after is going to keep its value longer and could potentially be safer with components such as tyres, brakes and suspension all in top working order.

We received these common-sense car care tips from the online tyre retailer, Tyroola, and thought we would share them with our readers, with a view to helping keep their car ownership costs down and their cars in great shape…

Tyres

Tyres, they all look the same and are made from rubber, yet the difference between budget or premium brand tyres can mean a few hundred dollars or even life or death.

Generally speaking, tyre wear and tear is the most common reason for replacement. Yet by carrying out regular checks on the tyre’s air pressure and tread wear, you can simply extend your tyres life or even detect early complications.

Incorrect tyre pressure can lead to uneven wear, increased fuel consumption and even a loss in traction. By regularly checking the tyre pressure every 2 weeks when refuelling, or by using an air pressure gauge, you help correct any unnecessary wear and tear.

If you are unsure what your vehicle manufacturer recommends for your tyre pressure, simply look for the small label that is most likely affixed to the inside jamb of the driver’s door, or in your owner’s manual.

Remember too, recommended tyre pressures are when your tyres are cold.

While testing your tyre pressure, a general inspection of the tyres tread will help identify any inconsistent wear patterns. If there is a visible, uneven wear pattern on the tread, this could indicate a suspension problem requiring immediate attention.

In order to make sure you have consistent wear, tyre rotation offers an easy fix. Simply swap the front wheels with the rear while remembering not to switch sides.

Windscreen

Hot days, warm nights and afternoon storms are inevitable and most people are unaware of the danger of worn out windscreen wipers. There is nothing more unsafe than driving down the highway at 110km/h when a massive storm hits only to find the rubber blade of the wiper has dried out and no longer working.

A cheap and easy DIY fix could save you a lot of trouble for the summer to come.

Radiator

Car radiators are generally forgotten about, until they fail. Without a fully functional cooling system to keep your engine cool; you and your car would be stranded on the side of the road with the bonnet up and a repair bill potentially costing thousands.

To prevent becoming stranded, you can simply check and top up the radiator along with the over flow bottle with water/coolant to the correct fill line. Remember to check the car’s manual for the location and to do this when the engine is cold.

Brakes

Keeping in mind your brake pads are your car’s first point of call in an emergency, you may be thankful you regularly serviced your brakes or wished you didn’t ignore those noises. With these simple key signs of brake wear, you can brake confidently.

  • Screeching, squealing or grinding noises are tell-tale signs your brake pads need replacing.
  • Vibration in the brake pedal or steering wheel is a sign of rotor wear and requires specialist attention.
  • Additional pressing down on the brake pedal to complete braking requires a further investigation.
  • Most importantly, a burning smell from your tyres should have you seeking immediate help.

While these signs may be uncommon, early detection and intervention will help reduce damage to other costly brake parts reducing the total cost of replacement.

Engine Oil

An engine requires clean oil to lubricate and protect internal parts. Ensure your car is regularly serviced, either by a dealership service centre, a car servicing chain, or your local mechanic’s garage.

An oil change and filter swap is also something a lot of people still do, if you’re going to have a go yourself a moderate level of planning and preparation is required. However, a good local auto parts store can help guide you in the right direction.

Combine this with online resources, your owner’s manual and you will begin to enjoy the cash rewards from your hard work.

And don’t forget to dispose of your cars used engine responsibly and legally.

About the author

Simon Lai

Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.