Maximise Your Car’s Performance with This Checklist

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Maximise Your Car’s Performance with This Checklist

Your car is a mechanical wonder of hundreds of moving parts all working in unison to help you get to where you need to go safely. Like anything with moving parts, wear and tear happens over time and maintenance is key to keep your vehicle performing like it did the day you drove it out of the showroom.

If this is your first vehicle, or you’re just unsure what to look out for — fret not, here’s a handy maintenance checklist you can refer to keep your car driving at its best, starting from the exterior and onto the engine.


Tire Pressure and Tread


Tires are your contact points on the road, so it makes sense to ensure they’re not worn out and avoid any nasty surprises. Before you drive, do a quick visual inspection of your tires to see if the tread is worn out or if there are any foreign objects lodged in the tire. You can also check your tire pressure using a gauge every few months to ensure it's within the manufacturer’s recommendations.


Headlights, Brake Lights and Turn Signals


We often overlook our head and tail lights during a car’s maintenance, but they are vital for our safety on the road. Every few months, you can make sure that all your lights are working by turning them on one-by-one and getting out to check. Check if your front headlights are clear and not cloudy. You don’t ever want to be caught in a situation where you’re driving blind at night!


Wipers


Windshield wipers are especially important in Singapore’s weather with frequent thunderstorms. You know your wiper is working properly when it doesn’t leave streaks. Every month or so, give your wiper a visual inspection to make sure there is no debris lodged on the blades, or that the rubber is not torn or broken. If the rubber on your wiper is worn out, get it replaced as soon as possible.


Engine Oil


Engine oil helps your car run smoother and avoid wear and tear by providing lubrication to the moving parts of the engine. Over time, the by-products of combustion such as contaminants and particles start to build up which is inevitably picked up by the engine oil, reducing the effectiveness of lubrication and causing your engine to run worse.

How often to change your engine oil depends on how often you drive, your car manufacturer’s recommendations and the type of oil you use. Ask your mechanic if you’re unsure!


Filters


A car engine will typically contain two types of filters: an air and oil filter. Both are necessary to protect your expensive engine components from external contaminants and abrasives that cause wear.

Air filters prevent dust, debris and pollutants on the road from getting into the engine and your cabin.

Oil filters keep debris and dirt out so your engine oil doesn’t get clogged up, which keeps your engine running smoothly.

As you can expect, the filters in your car can become clogged up over time preventing them from doing their job, impacting performance and in the case of air filters for the cabin — your comfort. A good maintenance schedule will check these items regularly, and change them out for new ones as soon.


Car Battery

 

The car battery can be checked by simply popping open the hood and performing a visual inspection. There should be no signs of corrosion or cracks on the case, and the cables connected to the battery should not be frayed or broken. If your battery is a few years old, check with your mechanic if it needs to be replaced.

Stranded because your car battery died in the most inopportune time? Prevent this by making sure that you’re updated with your car battery maintenance schedule. Batteries need to be replaced every 4 years and you need to check your acidity levels at least every 6 months to make sure that there is no problem with its electrolytes. At the same time, keeping it clean and making sure that your car is driven every 3 days keeps your battery in tiptop condition.

Owning and maintaining your vehicle doesn’t have to be confusing! At CarVault we have experts who guide you every step of the way, from selecting the right vehicle for your needs to financing and reliable after-care service.

Drop us a call / WhatsApp at 8883 2909 to speak with our experts or book a no-obligations appointment with us today!

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