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Comprehensive car maintenance tips

The easiest way to cut down on your car repair bills is to make sure your car receives periodic maintenance. A well serviced car has far fewer chances of breaking down than a car which hasn't seen the garage. Don't get caught off guard, get your car serviced before any long drive or vacation. Visit J P Motors in Carshalton today.

10 commandments for car maintenance

  • 1: Check and change the oil. No single step will help an engine last more than regular oil and filter changes will.

  • 2: Flush the cooling system and change coolant once a year. A 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water will keep the cooling system in good shape and prevent corrosion and deposits from building up inside the cooling system.

  • 3: Change out transmission and differential oils.

  • 4: While washing the outside of the vehicle hosing off winter salt and road grime is a good idea.

  • 5: Everything with moving parts needs grease to survive.

  • 6: Nothing keeps paint looking good and protected like a coat of quality wax.

  • 7: Driveline components such as u-joints also require regular lubrication. The driveline may have to be removed to access the zerk grease fitting.

  • 8: Protect the interior plastic by parking the vehicle in the shade, using a window deflector screen, and applying a UV protectant to prevent the plastic and vinyl from drying out.

  • 9: Inspect, clean, and repack wheel bearings with wheel bearing grease according to service intervals.

  • 10: Brake fluid is hygroscopic. This means it is adept at attracting moisture. Moisture causes components to corrode and fail. Replace fluid and bleed system once a year. Brake fluid is cheap. Calipers, hoses and sensors are expensive.

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