Cars today are very reliable. Summer or Winter, day or night, we expect them to start and function perfectly and they do; until the day they don’t, that is. Taking your car for granted is a recipe for disaster and possibly some financial pain. Nobody wants that, so here are just five things to think about to keep your car happy:
A turn of the key or a press of a button and the car starts, yes? Not necessarily. What if it splutters and stalls? Fuel gets delivered to the hot end of the car and it comes through filters and pipes. Filters get blocked and pipes can fray or be damaged and this in turn could cause dangerous leaks. This isn’t routine perhaps but something like fuel leaks or the telltale smell of petrol is something that a quick physical inspection might spot. If your servicing garage isn’t checking this then maybe they should. Ask them.
If someone thinks that their eyes need attention, they go to the optician; yet it surprising how many people peer through smeared glass and grow to accept blurry driving vision as a matter of course. When it comes to car expenses wipers cost a negligible amount and it pays to change them regularly. There’s no excuse. If unsure on how to do it there’s a guy in that famous Motor Factors down the road who’ll no doubt oblige.
Timing Belt Functions
When the car engine is running, it is in constant, timed motion, making the connection between the crankshaft and the camshaft, things that many drivers are completely unaware of in these days of modern motoring.
They are then confounded when the car comes to a grinding and surprisingly lively halt when the timing belt snaps. Most cars will need this changed once during the roadworthy life cycle. It’s noted in the handbook. Long distance runners may need a couple of changes. It’s a garage job that should be completed at the specific interval. It isn’t an especially cheap job and is one that might be conveniently overlooked when the car is running well. Don’t fall into that trap and regret at the roadside later.
Suspension And Steering Functions
These are the parts that, along with the wheels, keep the car off the ground and actively going around corners without drama. Worn steering can be felt by way of a certain vagueness or a ‘loose’ feeling on the steering wheel and further, if the car corners like a cross-channel ferry on a choppy sea, it may well be ball-joints or shock absorbers need attention. Be vigilant about how your car handles. If something doesn’t feel right then it isn’t.
Oils And Lubricant Function.
The Bard of Avon once wrote, “If you prick us, do we not bleed”? Had Shakespeare been amongst us today might he have penned “If you fail to lubricate your car, will it not seize up”?
This is what will happen if the engine runs short of oil or if the brake fluid runs out people may die. That’s the cold-blooded truth. The fluids and liquids in a car are its lifeblood. Checking them is usually a simple DIY operation and rectifying any issues doesn’t come with any major financial penalties. A seized engine does.
There you are: Five things to think about as you drive through life. Treat your car badly and, like a neglected spouse, the vehicle may extract a terrible and costly revenge. At least eCars247 customers
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