In this day and age fewer and fewer motorists seem to be able to do simple repairs on their own cars. People take their cars to the garage for servicing for things they easily could rectify themselves and car shops such as Halfords offer to change your light bulbs or windscreen wipers for a small fee.
But maybe it’s time to brush up on some car skills and be prepared to do something yourself and save both time and money in the process? But be careful; before you embark on any routine maintenance make sure you don’t invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty by doing so.
On the list of things you should check out regularly on your car and which are fairly simple to do is checking the cooling fan. It can seize up on cars that don’t see much traffic. The easy check is to run the engine hot enough for the fan to cut in. If it doesn’t, a garage has to replace it. Secondly, check that the level of coolant is sufficient, a low level points to engine trouble. The tank tend to be transparent so should be easy to check. You can fill coolant yourself. Then make sure to check your tyres regularly. Tyres are fitted with small rubber wear indicators. When the tread is level with these blocks, it’s time for a tyre change.
Checking the oil is also something you should do regularly and then make sure to top it up if needed. You don’t need to go to a garage to change oil either. Park the car on a flat surface, let the motor run for ten minutes and then drain the oil into a bucket and refill with the correct type.
In addition check and change your windscreen wipers regularly and inspect the drive belt visually every six months. A broken belt can cause engine catastrophe so it’s worth keeping an eye on.
So these are some relatively easy things motorists can check without having to pay money to a garage.
And this is valid whether you own and new BMW 3 series or a used Peugeot 407. Staffordshire motorists and others should bare this in mind and start inspecting.