Prolong the life of your car with these tips May 07 2015

Whether you sit behind the wheel of an old Mini or a brand new Porsche, you’ll want to keep your car going as long as possible. But it can be a tricky business ensuring the upkeep of your car. In life’s hustle and bustle, many forget to carry out property maintenance checks.

So to help you keep your four wheels going for as long as possible, we’ve put together a few tips.

Clean your engine

We all like to keep our car’s exterior looking pristine, but what about the engine? When was the last time you gave that a clean?

You don’t have to do it as often as cleaning the exterior, but cleaning the engine every few years can remove the sludge and grime that has built up there. That sludge and grime can cause overheating, affect electrical parts, and cause a whole range of other issues.

Rotate your tyres

It’s recommended that you have your tyres rotated every 3,000 to 6,000 miles. In most instances, they’ll be rotated when the car goes in for servicing, but it’s a good idea to check that they’ve been done yourself.

Antifreeze

In time, the antifreeze in your vehicle will break down and become susceptible to contamination. This will shorten the life of your vehicle. Removing old antifreeze from the engine of your vehicle depends on the make and model of the car, so check your owner’s manual. Most antifreeze products last for around three years, but if you have used a cheaper product, it could be even sooner.

Transmission care

The fluid needs to be replaced in an automatic transmission every few years. It’s something many owners overlook, and if you’re unsure of how to do this yourself, pop down to your local garage.

Protect your car from the sun

Leaving your vehicle exposed to sun light can really damage the paintwork and eventually lead to rust. If you don’t have room in your garage, purchase one of our quality, fitted car covers to protect your beloved four wheels.

Change the oil regularly

It’s recommended that you change the oil in your car frequently. The more often you do it, the more chance you have of keeping corrosive materials out of the engine, keeping it running well for longer.