Key maintenance areas for your car by Kwik Fit

Key maintenance areas for your car by Kwik Fit

If you think there’s a problem with your car, don’t ignore it. The worse a problem gets, the more costly it could become and if serious, the implications could be more than purely financial. Here are some of the key maintenance areas you should keep your eye on to save money and stay safe.

Tyres

Tyres are the only things connecting you to the road. They help you turn, slow down and stop. But not if they’re at the wrong pressure – if they’re not inflated properly their grip and road holding performance will be reduced. This will also increase fuel consumption and tyre wear leading to needless wallet emptying as well as compromising safety.

It’s also vital to regularly check the tread depth on your tyres. The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6mm, across the central ¾ of the tread going around the complete circumference of the tyre. But though it’s tempting to push them right to the limit, safety experts have shown that tyre performance drops dramatically below 3mm – for the sake of a few quid, it really isn’t worth the risk.

Brakes

Yes, it’s obvious, brakes are needed to stop so they should be in as mint condition as possible. But, like all components, brakes (and their performance) deteriorate over time and because it happens gradually, you might not don’t notice the difference in your braking system. Having your brakes checked regularly could save time and money by preventing damage to other components, as well as making sure you can stop in an emergency. You can pop into local garages like Kwik Fit for free checks on tyres, brakes and a whole lot more. Find your local Kwik Fit Centre now.

Windscreen

A chip in a windscreen shouldn’t be left – it’s not going to get better on its own, and is highly likely to get a whole lot worse. A sudden bump or a freezing cold day could see the chip turn into a crack and a new windscreen needed. On many insurance policies windscreen chip repair is free and won’t affect your premium. A whole new windscreen, however, won’t be free and will leave you having to shell out for the excess.

As well as being chip free, you want your windscreen to be streak free too. That means having your wiper blades in decent condition, and equally importantly, your screen wash bottle full and the washer jets working properly. Did you know that an empty washer bottle is an MOT failure? Or that if you get pulled over by the police you could get three points for being out of screen wash?

Oil

Want to hear your engine make an awful crunching noise, see all the dashboard light up and then grind to a halt with smoke appearing from under the bonnet? Stupid question. To keep things running smoothly keep a regular check on your oil levels.

Dashboard lights

Your dashboard warning lights should light up when you first turn the ignition and then go off. If any stay on or light up when they shouldn’t, get your car checked out – don’t assume it’s temperamental wiring. And make sure you know what the warning lights mean. The 4 main warning lights:

Oil pressure
This light indicates it is either too high or too low.

Oil pressure

Screen wash level
If you are low on screen wash, look for this symbol on top of the correct cap under the bonnet and top up to the maximum level mark.

Screen wash

Fuel level
If you see this light you should find a fuel station as you are running low.

Fuel check

Engine check
This indicates a problem with the engine management system. If the light is flashing it indicates a more serious problem and the car shouldn’t be driven. For both situations visit your nearest Kwik Fit branch.

Engine check

MOT
Finally, make sure you know when your car’s MOT is due. Any car over three years old needs to pass an MOT every year – the test looks at key safety components to make sure your car is roadworthy. But, and it’s a big but, it only looks at whether the car is roadworthy at the time of the test, so you need to make sure you’re carrying out your own checks throughout the year.

05/09/2018
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