Whether you’re a car enthusiast or you just use your car to get from A to B, it’s important to take care of your vehicle.
New or old, every car requires regular maintenance. There are a lot of complex parts that need to be looked after in order for your vehicle to run efficiently.
When cars were first invented, it was impressive if a vehicle made it to 50,000 miles. Fast forward to the modern-day and every manufacturer creates cars models that can run for double this distance before anything starts to go wrong.
But to ensure your car runs for as long as possible, you’ll need to keep it in tip-top shape. You could take your car for regular check-ups by mechanics at a local garage, but this can end up costing you a fortune.
By performing the simpler maintenance tasks on your vehicle at home by yourself, you can save yourself a lot of money. And if cars are a passion of yours, you’ll find enjoyment in completing these DIY tasks.
Here are some top maintenance tasks that you can do at home to keep your vehicle as good as new.
Touch Up the Paintwork Each Year
A newly painted, shiny car is pleasing to the eye but keeping your vehicle’s paintwork spotless doesn’t just have aesthetic purposes. It’s also essential to keep the body of your car in great condition.
The coat of paint on your vehicle acts as a layer of protection for the materials underneath. Having chips or scratches in your paintwork not only looks bad but it may also cause deeper damage to your vehicle.
To keep your car’s paintwork up to date, apply a coat of automotive touch-up paint at least once every 12 months. This is easy enough to do and it shouldn’t take you too long.
When choosing your paint, make sure to match it perfectly to your car’s existing color. You don’t want to end up with a multi-colored vehicle!
Try not to paint your car on a hot day in the middle of summer. The sun can affect the way the paint dries, and it may cause the paint to look streaky and messy.
Clean it Every Month
Cleaning your car is one of the simplest methods of maintenance. All you need is a bucket of warm water, some car soap, and a sponge!
Washing your car’s exterior makes it look as good as new and it helps to maintain the paintwork. This includes the roof, wheel trims, and tires, three areas that are commonly neglected.
You should also clean the interior of your car with warm water and soap, including the insides of the doors, the back of your wing mirrors, and the dashboard. To clean your car’s internal and external mirrors, use a glass cleaner and a dry cloth to avoid creating any streaks with your wet sponge.
For the carpets and seats, it’s usually easier to use a small handheld hoover to suck up any dust, hair, or fur. If there are any spillages on your seats, use your sponge and warm water to carefully clean them up. This will be much easier if you have leather seats. Otherwise, you might need specific car soap.
Usually, cleaning your car once a month is sufficient. However, you might need to clean it more often than this during winter when the weather is more temperamental. Rain, snow, and wind can cause the outside of your car to become very dusty and dirty.
Check the Fluid Levels Regularly
The fluid levels in your car can be easily checked and adjusted. This is a simple maintenance task but it’s an important one nonetheless.
Checking the fluid levels involves looking at the water and oil levels in your vehicle. If they are low, you can easily top them up.
Staying on top of your car’s water and oil levels ensures that it runs smoothly and efficiently. Many of your vehicle’s internal components require lubrication using specialized engine oils.
When you’re looking under the hood of your car, take a moment to check that everything else is functioning correctly. Look at the battery levels and check that there are no breaks in the piping system of your vehicle.
If you do spot any internal damage under the hood of your car and you don’t feel ready to tackle these problems by yourself, you can always visit the mechanic!