By proactively maintaining your car, you can improve performance and extend its useful life. Schedule regular preventative work in order to ensure years of happy motoring. Preparing a list of regular checks can help with this.
Check the exterior and visible engine parts for visible damage and evidence of internal issues such as leaks or corrosion, but you also need to remember its internal health:
One of the major factors protecting your car is the oil. It must be of good quality and regularly topped-up, but it’s also important to change the filter regularly. Make sure that your maintenance schedule meets your vehicle use, too. There’s no point in scheduling light-use maintenance if you are a heavy motorway user!
Maintaining the levels of your car’s other vital fluids is also important. Brake fluid is often replaced only if the system is overhauled, but more frequent inspection and replacement can reveal wear that could cause issues further along the line and prevent debris build up. Once every two to three years is a good schedule for preventative maintenance.
Antifreeze should be topped up regularly, and a yearly check done to make sure your car is ready for winter. Sealed fluid systems such as power steering do not require periodic maintenance, but they should be regularly inspected for any incipient issues.