Very few scenarioscan dampen your perfect Valentine evening out more than a broken down car.  Car maintenance does not need to be a time-consuming and costly exercise if you keep at it on a regular basis.  Here are a few helpful pre-Valentine’s Day tips to help ensure your car is in good condition:

  1. Tyres

Remember that the tyres are the only point of contact between your car and the road.   and checking them regularly is a top priority. After all, no amount of advanced technical assistance can help if you have a burst tyre.

To check your car tyres, consult your owner’s manual or check the inside of the car door for the correct tyre pressures. Once you have checked the tyre pressure, do not forget the vital visual checks. Inspect the tread pattern for uneven wear and ensure that the tyre’s side walls are not damaged by curbing.

  1. Engine Oil

Because the purpose of engine oil is to lubricate the moving parts of the engine, to clean the surfaces and to keep the engine cool, a simple check of oil levels every two to four weeks will help prolong your car engine’s lifespan.  If the levels are low, top it up (but make sure you do not overfill the engine). Simply check the markers on the dipstick to make sure you get it right. On a side note, if you notice that your engine needs topping up regularly, it could indicate a bigger problem and you should get it checked out as soon as possible.

  1. Brakes

It may seem obvious, but it is important to always check your cars brake pads, for your own safety and that of others.  Brake pads do wear, especially if you are a nervous driver who uses the brakes more regularly, so have them checked every couple of months.

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