It is incredibly important to keep your car in good condition, both for your own safety and to uphold the value of your car for a potential resale down the track.
Some vehicle maintenance can be done every month or even every six months, but there are certain checks your car will benefit from getting weekly. Here is a run down of how to care for your car.
Check your engine oil
Incorrect levels of engine oil can wreak havoc in your car so it is essential to get that dipstick out and have a look for yourself.
It only takes a few minutes! All you need to do is prop open the bonnet, pull the dipstick out, wipe it clean and submerge it for a few seconds. You should easily be able to spot the dipstick thanks to its orange handle. Remove it to check the oil level. This should be somewhere between the minimum and maximum marks. If it is not, you should top it up using a funnel.
Inspect your radiator coolant
The purpose of your radiator is to keep your engine cool so it can function properly.
To check the level of fluid available, all you need to do is examine where the liquid comes up to. If it does not reach the “full” line, it will need to be topped up. Use an approved corrosion inhibitor in either a mixed or concentrate form. Some manufacturers use their own brand of inhibitor so it is worth checking you have the right one.
Make sure you only attempt this when the system is cool as you could burn yourself.
Examine your windscreen washer fluid levels
Located in your engine compartment you should find a plastic reservoir, this will contain your window washer fluid.
If it is not full, simply fill with clean water and some special windscreen detergent. The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) state that household detergents should not be used for this purpose.
Follow these tips, and make sure you get the most value for your vehicle when it comes time to sell your car.