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Regular maintenance is essential for the operational and traffic safety of Cars. This should be performed once a year or every 10,000 miles. The car manufacturer will advise the recommended option.

There is some maintenance that you can do yourself at home.  These include checking your oil levels and quality, top up the water and check the tyre pressures.

There are also some replacement parts you can undertake at home.  You can replace lightbulbs and windscreen wiper blades. To find the correct ones for your car make and model please check the owner’s guide.

If you have an electric car or hybrid, maintenance and servicing of your car are very much the same.  You can still place the windscreen wipers and lightbulbs and, if you have a hybrid car, the oil and water levels. 

Maintenance of your car at home should be done regularly, and particularly before the winter months.

The joy of being able to drive is a very liberating feeling but it would not be so good if you couldn’t stop! Brake pads are a very important aspect of your car’s operation and safety features, so it is important to recognise signs of them needing replacing and dealing with that as soon as possible. Driving with worn brake pads can be very dangerous, so be sure to stay vigilant to these signs:

• Many newer vehicles will tell you via an orange brake light if the brake pads are worn

• Worn brake pads can make a screeching or grinding noise when used

• The vehicle could pull to one side if brake pads are worn

• You could feel shaking or vibrations when the brakes are used

• It could take longer to stop if the pads are worn

• You can visually see if they are thin when you peer through the alloy wheels (should be at least 3mm of material)

If you are experiencing any of these signs, you should at least have your brake pads inspected by a professional, to advise you.

Many people have car radios that just aren’t up to scratch. In fact, some people will even just have a cassette player if their vehicle is really old! If this is the case for you, then it might be time to consider investing in a brand new car radio.

One of the main things to look for if you want a good quality of sound is whether or not the radio is digital. This will give you a stronger signal and will allow you to listen to radio stations in your vehicle uninterrupted.

Car radios now come with a multitude of features and if you are looking for something a little more upmarket, that won’t be a problem. You can choose a radio that also has built-in Bluetooth, allowing you to make and receive phone calls whilst driving. Safety always comes first, so choose a voice-controlled radio that won’t require you to press lots of buttons.

As you’re aware, the engine of your vehicle can get very hot from the thousands of small explosions taking place every minute; oil helps pull the heat away from the combustion chamber essentially preventing the engine from blowing up. As oil collects heat, varnish and carbons during the course of protecting and keeping the engine running smoothly, it eventually becomes less like liquid and more like sludge. No matter how good the oil is, eventually it degrades as the additives get used up. That’s when you should have your oil changed.

How often and what kind of oil should be used? It will depend on the type of oil you choose to use, what kind of car, and how often you drive. This is where your owner’s manual will come in handy. The old adage suggests every 3 months or 3,000 miles. The amount of mileage you drive is more important than the amount of time.

A well-tuned exhaust system has a number of benefits, with one being better fuel economy. So, pay attention to how often you head over to the pump. More trips than usual could mean your vehicle has a problem. Another helpful way to tell is if you have a newer model that tracks fuel economy on the dash. This will help you monitor month-over-month performance and catch a problem before it becomes serious.

Last but not least, the most obvious sign is a drastic change in the volume of your muffler. When working properly, the muffler should operate quietly in the background. When something goes wrong, it becomes a roaring monster. These loud noises are often telltale signs that you should have your exhaust system checked out by a mechanic.