Having worked in customer service for one of Australia’s major tyre franchises, not only did I learn a lot about those ‘black, round, rubber things’ but I also learned a lot about the importance of servicing my car on a regular basis. As a car owner, performing regular checks and maintenance on your vehicle is critical if you want to keep the vehicle running well.
I had always had my car serviced, so I thought I had a pretty good understanding of the importance of car maintenance. However, the company I worked for carried out full car servicing and repairs and it was here that I was able to learn whole lot more. If you want your car to serve you for the years ahead, these would be my ‘top tips’.
Using the correct fuel and oil for your vehicle is so important to how the vehicle will function. It’s important you know what you are putting in your car and how it could be affecting the vehicle. Every car engine needs oil to lubricate the metal in the engine. When you run out of oil completely it can cause friction, which could create heat and this could meld your metal together. Not good. The best way for you to choose the correct fuel and oil or your car is to consult your car’s owner’s manual. In it you should find the manufacturer’s suggestions.
A regular, basic ‘oil change and grease’ (that’s what I call it when I go to the GP) is necessary. Regularly changing your car’s oil is one way you can extend the life of your vehicle. How regular you need to change the oil often comes down to the amount of driving you do, the conditions you drive in, and the type of car you are driving.
When you buy a new car these days, dealers do offer attractive service packages, but you are not compelled to use them. As long as your log book servicing is completed and filled in by a qualified mechanic, you do not invalidate your car warranty. New cars are ‘computerised’, so make sure you take your vehicle to a mechanic who is qualified and has the right diagnostic tools to carry out determining why your vehicle may be malfunctioning.
Just like your body, your car needs the correct fuel and maintenance to function at its optimal level. If we ignore doing these things, then it won’t be just the car that suffers in the long-term.
There were a lot of vintage and classic cars that would come into the workshop. They might have been old, but they were beautifully maintained. I also saw a lot of relatively new cars that, because their maintenance had been ignored, their owners were up for significant expense to repair them. If I learned anything, it’s that it’s worth the effort to service your vehicle regularly.
Editor’s Note: Neither Starts at 60 nor the author of this blog recommend car maintenance be carried out by anyone other than skilled professionals and/or those familiar with doing so.