Wash often

When it comes to cars, there are two types of people: those who keep their motors spotless, clutter free and regularly cleaned, and those who let dirt, rubbish and stains build up until a passer-by finally writes ‘clean me’ on the bonnet. Heavy mud, gravel, bird droppings and falling berries can damage the paint job on your car, and if they aren’t removed in good time, they could leave a mark. In winter months, salt on road surfaces is great for traction, but when it flicks up from tyres onto the underside of your car, it can cause premature rusting. Keep on top of dirt build ups to increase the longevity of the paint finish on your car, and the mechanics underneath. If you drive regularly with exposure to bird droppings, salt spreading or park under trees, get into the habit of a weekly clean. If you don’t do many miles and tend to keep your car in a garage, aim to clean your vehicle 1-2 times a month.

Fuel Levels

Petrol and diesel can act as a coolant for your electric fuel-pump motor. If you run your levels down too low, the pump will begin to suck in air and begin to overheat. Avoid putting too much strain on the fuel-pump by maintaining a level of ¼ tank or higher. Not only does it help to cool the mechanics down, but by doing this you are also preventing any debris in your tank from being sucked into the pump. If you keep your level at a minimum level of ¼ of its capacity, the floating debris will be kept away from the pump entrance.

Check Fluids

The fluids in your car play an important role in its overall health. The number one rule of car maintenance, especially before a long journey, is to check your levels. Windscreen wiper fluid is usually kept in a plastic container with a wiper symbol. If you are unsure, check your handbook. To check your oil, locate the dipstick, pull it out and wipe it clean. Re-insert the dipstick and remove it once again. The level that shows should be near to full. If it isn’t, make sure you top it up. It is important to remember that your car MUST be rested for you to undertake these checks to avoid burning yourself or getting an inaccurate reading. In winter months, it is also vital to add antifreeze to your water levels.

Regular Service

The most important and worthwhile task to increase car longevity is a regular service. Every car should undergo a thorough and professional service annually to provide the best level of car maintenance. This will include a full diagnostic of the car mechanics, engine, brakes and exhaust performance along with an oil change and a tyre check. Many car owners are under the impression that an annual MOT is all that is required, but a simple service is an important step in car maintenance and could save you a small fortune in the long run.

Here at B.J. Banning Limited, we offer a thorough car service carried out by our experienced team who are confident in working with any make or model. If you would like to book your car in for a service, or wish to discuss any of the other work that our team can carry out, then please call us on 0121 327 2741.

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