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Six Car Maintenance Tips

Here at South East Vehicle Valet we’re happy to take care of maintaining your car’s appearance, but to keep your car running at its best you need to keep a careful eye on how you maintain the rest. Here’s our list of essential car maintenance tips.


Keep an eye on all the fluid levels.

Most drivers are pretty aware that keeping a close eye on the oil level is extremely important, but they often neglect the levels of other fluids. It’s important to check brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid and washer fluid on a regular basis. All these fluids are required to keep your car running smoothly.


Drive Seasonal Tires

Most drivers here in the UK use a single all weather set of tires on their vehicle. This is perfectly adequate, but if you really want to look after your car and maximize your safety you should really look into getting a winter set and a summer set. After all, the seasons seem to be more extreme than ever at the moment, with blizzards every winter and heatwaves every summer. You’ll notice the difference in your traction and control.


Replace bulbs as soon as they burn out

You’re unlikely to drive around with burnt out headlamps, but you’d be surprised at how often people will drive around with the less essential lights in their car burnt out.  There is a real safety issue at play here. Driving around a few times with one non functioning brake light might not seem like a big deal, but if you got into an accident it could invalidate your insurance claim.


Use oil with the correct viscosity

Your car’s engine is a precision instrument. You have to treat it with respect. That includes buying the correct oil. Many drivers will just use any old oil they can find and then wonder why they have engine problems. It causes huge issues including the premature wear of parts because of poor lubrication. Take a look at the owner’s manual of your car to find out exactly what type of oil you should be using.


Driving with unnecessary weight

We all know people who keep their golf clubs permanently in the back of the car, or otherwise use their car’s boot as some kind of auxiliary storage. This is really unwise. Not only will it hurt your petrol mileage, you will also cause your suspension to wear out more quickly. You don’t have to clean out your car completely, that tin of travel sweets isn’t going to make a difference. However your scuba diving gear might


Check Your Tyre Pressure

You’d be shocked at the amount of people we see driving around with soft tyres. This can be seriously unsafe and can actually blow your tyres. You also won’t be able to exert full control when steering.  Make sure your tyres are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. You’ll be able to find this information in the sticker in the driver’s door jamb.



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