Car maintenance tips every 20-something should know

Taking on the responsibility of a car is no small feat, and it can seem overwhelming to ensure you’re constantly performing the right checks and maintenance. After all, you want to avoid those weird noises or flashing dashboard lights that signal something’s wrong.

This guide is packed with essential car maintenance tips to help you keep your car in top condition, ensuring a safe, reliable and long-lasting vehicle. Plus, we’ll look at how Hoot’s service plans provide that extra layer of protection with professional checks and services.

Tyre care

Changing a tyre

The skill of changing a tyre is invaluable, providing independence and peace of mind during unexpected flat tyre situations. Keeping a spare tyre, jack, and wrench in your car, and knowing how to use them, is your first line of defence. Practice is key, so take the opportunity to get involved the next time a tyre needs changing—even if it’s just operating the jack. Being prepared means never finding yourself stranded without the necessary tools, a spare tyre, or the know-how to change it.

Monitoring pressure

Equally important is maintaining the correct tyre pressure. Regular checks, at least monthly and before long journeys, ensure safety and enhance fuel efficiency. Just ask the petrol attendant to check your tyre pressure during fill-ups. The recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle can be found in the car’s manual or on the driver’s side door frame.

Engine oil

Regular checks

It’s important to regularly (about once a month) have the petrol attendant check your oil. They often offer to check your oil and water when you fill up. Make sure to say yes more often than not, even if you’re in a hurry. Keeping both oil and water at proper levels is crucial for maintaining your vehicle in optimal condition.

Beyond the basics

Battery maintenance

A clean battery connection ensures your car starts smoothly. Check for and clean any corrosion on the battery terminals and cables for a longer-lasting battery and to prevent power loss.

Fluid checks

Regularly inspect your vehicle’s fluid levels, including brake fluid, radiator coolant, window washer and power steering fluid. These fluids are vital for your car’s performance and safety.

Brake checks

Maintaining your car’s braking system is essential to your safety. By regularly checking your brakes for unusual noises or a decrease in performance, you can identify and address potential issues before they become a problem on the road. This proactive approach can help prevent accidents and keep you, your passengers, and others on the road safe.

Air filters

For optimal engine performance and longevity, regularly schedule inspections of your car’s air filter. A clean air filter ensures smooth airflow to your engine, maximising its efficiency and lifespan. By proactively checking your air filter, you can prevent potential performance problems before they arise. If you’re not comfortable inspecting the air filter yourself, Hoot’s service plan conveniently handles those checks and replacements for you, giving you peace of mind on the road.

Regular cleaning

Keeping your car clean, both inside and out, prevents rust, preserves the paint, and maintains its value. A clean interior also creates a more pleasant driving experience.

Protecting your vehicle with Hoot

Understanding and performing these car maintenance tips can extend the life of your car and enhance your driving experience. However, professional checks and services play a critical role in vehicle maintenance. That’s where Hoot’s service plans come in:

  1. Hoot Service Plan
    Covers the manufacturer-specified parts, labour, and oil required for the periodic major and minor servicing of your vehicle, ensuring it runs smoothly and efficiently.
  2. Hoot Wear and Tear
    Protects against the costs of essential wear and tear components and related labour charges. This plan bridges the gap, covering items that standard plans might overlook. These Hoot service plans are designed to provide comprehensive protection, ensuring your vehicle remains in peak condition, and cared for by professionals. Whether it’s routine servicing or wear and tear updates, Hoot has you covered.

Armed with these tips and the support of Hoot’s service plans, you’re well-equipped to tackle the responsibilities of car ownership. Remember, a well-maintained car is not just a reliable vehicle; it’s a reflection of your independence.

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