There are two kinds of drivers… those who turn on their car, have a regular car wash, and call for help when they have a problem. Other drivers take the time to inspect every inch of their vehicle, listening for every sound, buzzing and rattling, and springing into action when something sounds.
Whether you’re driving a young or mature vehicle, it deserves more than just a car wash to stay in good shape and keep you going for the long haul.
“For most motorists, a car is an investment, and regular maintenance means they can travel safely for many years, save fuel and save on expensive and unexpected repairs,” said Jason Ravenscroft, Franchise Manager at Battery Centre.
Here are the top five car maintenance tips that the battery specialists swear by and want all motorists to know:
• Rotate the tires — Evenly distribute tire wear and maintain maximum clearance from the tires. Consult your car owner’s manual for rotation instructions, but a good rule of thumb is every 9,000 to 12,000 miles.
• Lighten your key holder — Limit your key holder to only the key needed to start your vehicle. A heavy load can wear out the ignition rocker arms, resulting in ignition switch failure. An early warning sign that the switch is about to fail is when the key ‘sticks’ when you turn the vehicle on.
• Always travel with an emergency kit — including jumper cables (or a power bank with jump starter), flashlight, jack and power bank. Any of these items can be a life saver if your car breaks down.
• Check the windshield wipers — Worn windshield wipers can leave streaks on the windshield, affecting your vision. Check the rubber strips for signs of cracks and replace them when worn. It is an easy task that you can do yourself and should take no more than 15 minutes.
• Be kind to the battery — Even if your battery is maintenance-free, you should keep an eye on it. Perform a visual inspection and keep it clean of dirt and corrosion. Also check for damage such as cracks or bulges, a tell-tale sign that the battery needs to be replaced.
Routine maintenance will keep your car on the road, reliable, good looking and saving you money on unexpected repairs. In addition to these expert tips, the battery specialists also advise motorists to have their battery checked twice a year. Regular battery checks can alert motorists to problems and extend battery life.
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