27 Jul Car Service Money Saving Tips
Save Money on Your Car Service & Repairs by Having Regular Checks & Inspections
It’s important to educate yourself when it comes to your vehicle so that you understand what to ask your mechanic at your next car service. We take a look at a few key points to monitor between services to ensure nothing major goes wrong that will cost you a small fortune to repair. By having regular checks and inspections, you can save a whole lot of money in the long run.
The battery should definitely be mounted securely. The connections should be tight and kept clean and free of any corrosion. A battery three years old or older may be losing power. It should be tested and if necessary, be replaced with a new battery.
The entire brake system should be inspected at least once a year with the brake linings, drums and rotors being inspected at every oil change.
The exhaust system should be inspected for broken hangars or supports, damage, leaks or if it’s making any unusual noises. Leaks are dangerous and must be repaired immediately.
Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
Your car’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning system (HVAC) should be checked regularly as these are vital for maintaining interior comfort, but more importantly, for defrosting the windows, which is critical for safety.
Hoses & Belts
Every time you have your oil changed, the hoses should be inspected for cracks and leaks. If any are found they should be replaced. If hoses are brittle, rusted, restricted or swollen, they need to be replaced.
Serpentine and V-belts should be checked regularly to see if they’re loose or in poor condition. If found to be cracked, excessively worn, frayed or glazed, they should be replaced. The timing belt usually needs to be replaced when the car has 80 000km/every 5 years on it. You can also check what your the owner’s manual suggests to prevent a breakdown or major engine problems.
Oil, Other Fluids & Filters
Every time you fill up your tank with petrol, you should check the oil. Don’t wait for the next car service. To prolong engine life, change your oil every 5,000km or every 3 months. For more details check your owner’s manual. All fluids should be checked regularly and these include: brake, coolant, power steering, transmission as well as windshield washer fluids. Your car has filters for the fuel system, interior ventilation and the transmission, which should be regularly inspected and replaced.
Steering & Suspension System
The car’s steering and suspension system should both be inspected every year. This would include the shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts like tie rod ends, ball joints and all the related parats and components.
Tyres & Tyre Pressure
Tyre pressure should be checked on all 5 tyres, to include the spare, once a month. This can be done at your nearest service station. No need to book in for a car service.
While doing that, inspect the tread for irregular or uneven wear spots, bruises or any cracks or cuts along the sidewalls. The wheel alignment should be checked once a year to enhance fuel economy, reduce tire wear and improve how the car handles the road.
A regular tune-up can help your engine perform at its best, balancing power with fuel economy, while keeping emissions at the lowest level.
Windshield Wiper Blades
Windshield wiper blades should be checked every 6 months for cracks, cuts, tears, chattering or streaking while wiping. If any of these conditions are found, the blades should be replaced for optimum performance and safety.