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General tips on car maintenance

Maintaining a car isn’t what it used to be as there’s no need to change the oil and fill up the water quite as often as there was but it still pays to know a little about car maintenance.

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Your car’s tyres are arguably the most important part of the vehicle because they’re the only thing in touch with the road. Make sure that you keep an eye on their wear rates so that they remain within the legal 1.6mm limit.

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Tyre pressures are as important as the amount of tread the rubber has left. Regularly check them as they contribute to the car’s economy, handling and comfort. You don’t want to find that your stopping distance has increased because of deflated tyres to make sure this is part of your regular routine.

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Tyre pressures are as important as the amount of tread the rubber has left. Regularly check them as they contribute to the car’s economy, handling and comfort. You don’t want to find that your stopping distance has increased because of deflated tyres to make sure this is part of your regular routine.

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Checking your oil level is something everyone should do but you’d be surprised at the amount of drivers who fail to check this properly. At the least, you’ll face a bill for oil and a stern look form the garage at MOT. At worse, you’ll be causing damage to the engine that’s irreversible if there’s a lack of lubricant in it.

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Checking the coolant level is another standard car maintenance tip. It’s easy to do as the reservoir will have a line showing the minimum amount of coolant or antifreeze that should be within the system.

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Your cars bodywork and paintwork should be checked for rust. This is something you can do when you wash the car and it’s one of the reason why hand washing the vehicle beats taking it through a car wash, which could cause additional damage to the paintwork.

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Your cars bodywork and paintwork should be checked for rust. This is something you can do when you wash the car and it’s one of the reason why hand washing the vehicle beats taking it through a car wash, which could cause additional damage to the paintwork.

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The lights need checking because you’ll be running illegally if they don’t work. Don’t leave it until the winter to make sure they’re all working.

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Whether your car is your pride and joy or if it’s just to get you from A to B, make sure you carry out these checks regularly.

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Whether your car is your pride and joy or if it’s just to get you from A to B, make sure you carry out these checks regularly.

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