Many car owners want to make sure that their car stands to the test of time. Meaning that it performs well and looks good for the time that they own it. However, most don’t know what is involved in maintaining a car. In fact, some drivers wouldn’t know the first thing about making their car last longer. Most people will make sure they adhere to the legal requirements such as MOT and car insurance that is involved with owning a car but don’t look to complete any extra work until it’s too late and they need to visit a garage.
Let’s have a look at some of the things you can do to help your car last longer:
Change Your Filters Regularly
A car’s oil filter and air filter both can become clogged over time, this means that renewing them regularly is important. Ideally, you should look to replacing them as part of your annual service. However, both are fairly simple jobs that you could complete yourself. This could also save you money on your service. You can also help to prolong the life of the air filter by washing it. You should always refer to your handbook for instructions about filter cleaning and changes, it’s always advised to use genuine parts.
Use Your Air Conditioning
Did you know that if you don’t use your air-con you could risk losing its use? Air-con systems leak refrigerant gas over time, especially if they’re not used or used correctly. So, leaving your air-con off could save you money on fuel but it could lead to a bigger bill for re-gassing instead.
Replace Spark Plugs And Leads
Cars are coming more and more complicated, so drivers are becoming less likely to complete their own services. Replacing spark plugs and high-tension leads, however, are straightforward to replace yourself. They optimise your engine’s performance, but you should always make sure you consult your vehicle handbook beforehand and s\still tick to your service schedule. When checking your spark plugs you should be looking for a light brown electrode and insulator, there should be no signs of melting, wear or deposits. When you see signs of repair you should always look to getting these replaced. Of course, if you don’t feel confident in doing this yourself you should always seek the help of a professional.
Keep Your Car Clean
It’s likely that we all know someone who doesn’t wash their car. Maybe your even one of them. However, keeping you car cleaning isn’t all about the pride over ownership can also help to significantly increase its lifespan. Grime and dirt can get in the moving parts of a car and the chassis, like leads to accelerated wear and corrosion. Things such as road salt that’s used in the winter is especially corrosive and bird droppings can cause serious damage to your paintwork. If you struggle with time when it comes to looking after your car you could always look to use a mobile car detailing. If you do have the time maybe run it through a car wash or do it yourself too. Car washes can sometimes be known to leave fine scratches and miss bits.
These are just a few of the things you can do to extend the life of your car, do you have any others that you can share in the comments below?