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5 Essentials Car Checks You Need To Do

When it comes to your car maintenance it’s important that regularly check your vehicle to prevent any defects and to make sure you’re it’s in its full working order. 

Don’t wait for your next yearly MOT to find any faults, regularly follow this checklist to ensure your car is working soundly.

Check that your wheels are aligned 

Daily wear and tear can cause your vehicle’s wheels to become unaligned, bumping your car, driving over potholes and kerbs can all cause your wheels to fall out of place. As this can be a common fault it is important to recognise when this happens.  

The first sign you will notice when your wheels become unaligned is that your car will start to repeatedly pull in a direction when driving and whilst breaking. As soon as you notice this fault it is important that you check your tyres, if you see uneven marks on the tyres then you should have your car’s wheel alignment checked over and serviced. 

Book your car in for hunter wheel alignment here. 

Check your windscreen wipers

It is the law that your vehicle is required to have a working screen wash system and windscreen wipers. Over time the dirt that collects on your windscreen, if unattended, can restrict your view, causing you to be a danger to yourself and other drivers on the road. 

Make sure that your screenwash is working accordingly by checking the wash levels and topping them up regularly. Ensure that you top up your screenwash with high-quality products that will prevent it from freezing up in cold weather. 

It is also a good idea to regularly check the condition of the windscreen. As soon as you see a chip or mark in the glass, get it serviced right away to prevent any further cracking. 

Test your lights

Checking your lights is really simple and quick to do. Occasionally test all of your car lights while in a stationary position and check that they are operating and working accordingly to your signals. make sure you cover the following. 

  • Headlights
  • Indicators
  • Reversing lights
  • Fog Lights
  • Brake Lights

 

Monitor your brakes

If you notice a screeching sound whilst the brakes on your vehicle are in use, then you need to get them repaired at your local garage if you’re unsure of what the sound is. You may also notice a delay in your braking pads. You should never take any risks when it comes to your car’s braking mechanics as your brakes are a vital preventative measure for safe motoring. 

 

Check your air filter

If you hear unusual engine sounds and increased fuel consumption then the likelihood is that your air filter needs changing. There are more telltale signs that your air filters need cleaning, these include:

  • Lack of horsepower in acceleration
  • Sharp jerking movements when accelerating and breaking
  • Black smoke released from the engine
  • The smell of gasoline and engine in your car

 

You should never ignore any warning signs from your car, doing so will put yourself and others around you at risk. 

If you are in need of assistance then come and see our BMW specialists today at Auto Technik. We specialise in BMW repairs, servicing and can guarantee 100% customer satisfaction.

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