7 things to put on your auto care checklist

May 22, 2020 11:14 pm | Peter Warren

As a vehicle owner, you know full well that there are many factors that go into keeping it on the road for years to come. That means you have to keep your eye on the many aspects of what makes your vehicle work from front to back and the ground up.

With all that in mind, it may be wise to put together a checklist to properly care for your vehicle. Refer to it consistently so you can regularly monitor what needs to be addressed, including the following:

1) Fluid levels and when they need to be changed

First and foremost, these fluids are typically what keeps your engine running smoothly. Whether it's the oil – which is fairly obvious to most drivers – or something like the transmission or brake fluid, you need to make sure all levels are correct and that they don't need to be topped off or replaced.

2) The condition of the tyres

Your tyres should be another top concern in any vehicle inspection, and there are a few things to keep an eye on here. First is the pressure, which will affect everything from wear and tear to your fuel economy. But you should also make sure the tyres' tread isn't wearing out, which can increase risk in a number of ways.

Your tyres always need to be in great shape to ensure safety.
Your tyres need to be in great shape to ensure safety.

3) How the battery looks

Just like any other battery, the one that powers your vehicle's components can run out of juice eventually. There are a few ways to visually determine when this is happening – from corrosion to becoming misshapen – and it's something you should definitely check quickly every time you do an inspection.

4) How dirty the air filtres are

An air filtre might not seem like a big deal, but it both keeps the air coming into your vehicle as clean as possible and helps keep the engine running effectively. If it gets dirty enough, an old filtre can even make your vehicle work harder, meaning it consumes more petrol – and costs you money.

5) Whether the lights are working

You need to make sure your vehicle is as visible as possible at night, and that no other drivers have to guess what you're doing. That means you need to test all the lights, from the headlamps to the brake lights and turn signals. If they're not working, you should be able to swap them out easily.

Headlamps should always work as expected.
Headlamps should always work as expected.

6) If it's time to change the wiper blades

Over time, your windshield wipers may get quite the workout, whether they're clearing off rain or wiper fluid used to remove dust from your windscreen. That means they need to be replaced regularly. If they aren't, they may fail and, at minimum, make it more difficult to see – but badly worn wipers can actually damage your windscreen permanently.

7) How the brakes feel

You certainly know what it feels like when you hit the brakes while driving your car, and if they start to feel a bit "off" that can be a sign they're getting worn out. As soon as you feel them change (or hear them start making odd noises) it's time to get them changed.

Some of these checks should be done once every few weeks, others every three or six months, but they should certainly all be done regularly. And if, in the course of these examinations, you encounter any auto work that needs to be done, get in touch with the experts at Peter Warren Automotive. Whether it's a basic aspect of auto maintenance or a major repair, we can help make sure your vehicle keeps running as well as possible for many kilometres to come.