4 Common Car Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

Preventing an issue from being able to occur generally saves people a lot of time and money in the long run, and keeping your car up and running is no exception.

All vehicles require regular maintenance in order to stay road worthy, and although you may make the excuse that you “have no time” to carry out the tasks, it’s important to realise you are putting yourself at risk by not performing them.

Performing maintenance tasks is usually straightforward and we are all taught how to do them when we initially learn to drive. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t common maintenance mistakes which are made throughout the world and we’ve listed 4 mistakes which we have come across!

Ignoring the Engine Light

It’s quite easy to ignore a light appearing on your dashboard, especially when your car appears to be functioning as it should.  Some people put it off until another day and then simply forget about it, whereas others may just blatantly ignore it and see the light appearing as normal.

However, just because your car appears to be working doesn’t mean to say it actually is. Something has to have happened to have triggered the light to appear and it is important to get your car looked at by a mechanic as soon as possible after a dashboard light appears to avoid a costly part repair or replacement.

Ignoring Tire Pressure

Usually it’s quite easy to tell when a tire needs inflating, but there are instances where tires may be losing air at a slower rate, making it harder to notice.

This is why it is important to check your tire pressure regularly. Tire blow outs are dangerous and can be quite costly to repair.

Flat tires also affect your fuel efficiency, so make sure your tires are inflated sufficiently to avoid wasting fuel and your money!

Ignoring Oil Changes

Oil is an incredibly important resource for your engine and it’s important to change the oil in your car every so often to ensure that the fluid running through your engine is smooth, reducing the chances of your engine becoming damaged from old oil deposits.

Engines are incredibly expensive to replace, so ensuring that you are doing everything in your power to keep it running smoothly is essential.

Putting the Wrong Fuel in Your Tank

You could say that we know a thing or two about this mistake! However, putting diesel in a petrol car or petrol in a diesel car is something that many people do without even thinking about it, especially if they have a new car which requires the opposite fuel of their old car.

Although this mistake can be rectified by professionals such as our staff here at Wrong Fuel, it’s important to try and minimise the possibility of it happening in the first place.

There are various devices and practises which can help make sure that you put the correct fuel in your car, but it all comes down to concentration; think before you fuel up!

Maintaining your car is extremely important; not only for saving you money you but keeping you safe too.

If you have found yourself putting wrong fuel in your car, don’t worry. Give our team a call today on 0800 634 9827 and our staff will be more than happy to help you out.

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