For some car owner’s maintenance and servicing are not a high priority and while that might save them some time and money (in the short term at least), making sure your car is in top shape makes sense.
And not just to avoid breakdowns and possibly more expensive vehicle repairs.
The road safety organisation, IAM RoadSmart, says a properly maintained car can also help you prevent accidents.
Head of technical policy and advice, Tim Shallcross, says there are five key car maintenance areas that should never be compromised.
Protect your engine
Make sure the oil and oil filter are changed on time and the correct engine oil is used.
Neglecting an oil change or using the wrong oil is the quickest way to increase wear on a modern engine, especially for highly stressed parts such as turbochargers and pistons.
Keep it cool
Anti-freeze must be checked every year and should be changed every other year.
It does much more than protect the engine in winter; it prevents corrosion inside the engine.
Blown head gaskets are a typical symptom of not enough or old antifreeze.
Change your belt
Change the timing (cam) belt on time, when the mileage or age limit is reached.
It might look OK and it’s an expensive job, but if the belt breaks, it generally means you need a new engine.
Keep your charge
The alternator drive belt must be inspected at each service and changed if worn or when the manufacturer recommends.
If it suddenly snaps, you suddenly lose power steering on most cars.
Keep it clean
The cabin air filter or pollen filter keeps clean air coming in through the heater vents.
If it isn’t changed on time, you may get debris in the heater unit which is expensive to remove and clear and you will be more prone to misted up windows restricting your view.
“Make sure the service is noted properly in your cars owner’s manual.
“A full, documented service history makes the car much easier to sell; no history or gaps can knock hundreds or even thousands of dollars off the value of your car.”