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Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by Carmartng: 5:34pm On Nov 22, 2019
It is surprising that a lot of people can spend an eternity online trying to research car reviews and do some analytic permutations with a bit of complex algebra, just to decide what car to buy. But not many people think about the ease of maintenance of the car.



You may think that thinking about car maintenance before car buying is putting the cart before the horse. Well, I should tell you right now, these two should be researched and put into consideration before buying any car. I can almost hear another person thinking, “Well, I’ve got my car mechanic for all that. Why do I have to bother myself?” Who says you need a car mechanic to do some basic maintenance?

You may already have this question in some far away place at the edge of your mind but I’ll help you articulate them here.

What are the benefits of car maintenance?
Long lifespan
Have you ever got into a well maintained car? If you have then I bet we would agree on this: The car often defies its age. Quick safety tip for you though: if the owner of the car is someone like my uncle who jumps at every moment to brag about his car and maintenance skills, by all means avoid complimenting his car.

Generally, well maintained cars tend to last longer than those that aren’t well maintained.

Reliability
Is it just me or have you also noticed that you car knows how to pick the worst of days to break down? A well maintained car has a low chance of breaking down on the road. And by extension, you are confident in the fact that your car wouldn’t add to the list of things that went wrong on your worst days.

Early detection of fatal faults
In the course of doing constant maintenance of your car, you may discover something strange and wasn’t always the case. Something that you can’t handle your. When you see this, you can quickly call on your car mechanic to save the day before the fault multiplies.

Repairs will cost less
If it eventually comes to repairs, and can’t always avoid this, you know you wouldn’t have to spend much. Just a little bit to put some things straight.

Safety
Things to check in your car
● Check the air filter
This might be a seemingly small component of your car but it is very relevant to the smooth running of your car. Your car needs to draw in air to help combust your fuel. This is filled with a lot of rubbish, dust and impurities that could badly hurt your car. The air filter filters out these unwanted components of the car and makes sure that the cleanest possible air is what makes it to your fuel.

As this air filter is what stands between you and the dirt, it’s bound to get dirty. All you have to do is change it. You can do this yourself or you could as well invite your car mechanic to do this for you.

● Check the oil and its filter
Your car needs a lot of lubrication to keep it running smoothly. You engine needs this the most. A lot of parts rub against one another, and without adequate lubrication the friction could damage your engine.

Engine repairs are always costly. To prevent having to settle unnecessary expenses, check your oil and oil filter. If the oil is starting to get black, you need to change it immediately.

● Take care of the tyres
The tyres are the parts of your car that do the dirtiest and job. Over use, the air pressure in them is bound to lessen. Too low air pressure in the car might make steering hard for you. It also reduces that grip of the tyres on the road.

The right tyre pressure is about 30psi. Anything less isn’t good enough. Just make sure it is kept at this level or close to it. And for your safety, do this very often.

● Inspect your car battery
The battery powers all electrical systems in your car. You couldn’t even start a car without a battery. Inspect the terminals. Clean them if you have to. Replace the battery every 2 to 3 years.

● Don’t joke with the brakes
You know what the brakes are for. You know how important they are. You know what would happen without them. If you know those three, then you should know that you ought not joke with the brakes.

Check the brake pads every month or so. If they need replacement, do not compromise on cost. Make sure you do the needful.

Final Words
Whatever these things cost in time and in money, I can assure you that a full fledged repair would cost way more. That is why you should not compromise on the little time and money it may cost you to do these minor checks.

Any extra input, enquires or questions would be appreciated and eagerly attended to if dropped in the comments section below.

Have a great day.

https://carmart.ng/public/blog/2019/11/car-maintenance-tips-benefits-and-what-to-check/

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by tropaz(m): 6:38am On Nov 24, 2019
I poor for car maintenance ooooo. I no get time. I don't even check oil gauge or water level before setting off. May God help me

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by ately1(m): 6:38am On Nov 24, 2019
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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by Henriksen(m): 6:38am On Nov 24, 2019
Thanks for the tip
Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by dadabashua1(m): 6:38am On Nov 24, 2019
Good

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by CarGuideNG: 6:39am On Nov 24, 2019
Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by jiganshow(m): 6:44am On Nov 24, 2019
Brief and helpful. Thanks so much

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by Nvc078: 6:46am On Nov 24, 2019
Make sure you have "white" for olokpa

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by amliftedhigher: 6:47am On Nov 24, 2019
You did not include Avoid kazeem at all cost. Otherwise they will rebrand your car. They will remove your thermostat and fix your fan direct, they will tell you to buy Mobil XHP instead of 5w30 recommended by the manufacturer. Etc avoid them oh

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by eedreez505(m): 7:13am On Nov 24, 2019
amliftedhigher:
You did not include Avoid kazeem at all cost. Otherwise they will rebrand your car. They will remove your thermostat and fix your fan direct, they will tell you to buy Mobil XHP instead of 5w30 recommended by the manufacturer. Etc avoid them oh
What’s Kazeem?

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by Cloudrise: 7:20am On Nov 24, 2019
eedreez505:

What’s Kazeem?
road side mechanics

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by Elsucre042: 7:40am On Nov 24, 2019
amliftedhigher:
You did not include Avoid kazeem at all cost. Otherwise they will rebrand your car. They will remove your thermostat and fix your fan direct, they will tell you to buy Mobil XHP instead of 5w30 recommended by the manufacturer. Etc avoid them oh

Pls which mechanic with good reputation can you recommend in Lag then? House kindly contribute to this.... KAZEEM(my mechanic) don kill me

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by amliftedhigher: 7:46am On Nov 24, 2019
Elsucre042:


Pls which mechanic with good reputation can you recommend in Lag then? House kindly contribute to this.... KAZEEM(my mechanic) don kill me
Look for Gazzuzz and Mayor they are in Lagos and also in Nairaland

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by J111333(m): 8:12am On Nov 24, 2019
This thread is strictly for people with old cars.
Just kidding but true though because a lot of people have never opened the bonnets of their cars let alone check the oil and water levels.
I'm not an automobile mechanic, I've got my own job to worry.
My only duty to my car is to stick to its maintenance pattern as stipulated by the car company and the scheduled services must be at the dealership. When it gets too old to do its job, just like every worker, it has to retire.undecided

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by opray: 8:39am On Nov 24, 2019
Let me be learning, as i never get car so that when i do, i will be able to take good care of it. Thanks for this.


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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by oduz: 8:40am On Nov 24, 2019
Kudos to OP for the initiative ....

This bound to be a useful thread, that will be around for a long time if well MAINTAINED .... cool

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by Kormex: 8:50am On Nov 24, 2019
Carmartng:
It is surprising that a lot of people can spend an eternity online trying to research car reviews and do some analytic permutations with a bit of complex algebra, just to decide what car to buy. But not many people think about the ease of maintenance of the car.



You may think that thinking about car maintenance before car buying is putting the cart before the horse. Well, I should tell you right now, these two should be researched and put into consideration before buying any car. I can almost hear another person thinking, “Well, I’ve got my car mechanic for all that. Why do I have to bother myself?” Who says you need a car mechanic to do some basic maintenance?

You may already have this question in some far away place at the edge of your mind but I’ll help you articulate them here.

What are the benefits of car maintenance?
Long lifespan
Have you ever got into a well maintained car? If you have then I bet we would agree on this: The car often defies its age. Quick safety tip for you though: if the owner of the car is someone like my uncle who jumps at every moment to brag about his car and maintenance skills, by all means avoid complimenting his car.

Generally, well maintained cars tend to last longer than those that aren’t well maintained.

Reliability
Is it just me or have you also noticed that you car knows how to pick the worst of days to break down? A well maintained car has a low chance of breaking down on the road. And by extension, you are confident in the fact that your car wouldn’t add to the list of things that went wrong on your worst days.

Early detection of fatal faults
In the course of doing constant maintenance of your car, you may discover something strange and wasn’t always the case. Something that you can’t handle your. When you see this, you can quickly call on your car mechanic to save the day before the fault multiplies.

Repairs will cost less
If it eventually comes to repairs, and can’t always avoid this, you know you wouldn’t have to spend much. Just a little bit to put some things straight.

Safety
Things to check in your car
● Check the air filter
This might be a seemingly small component of your car but it is very relevant to the smooth running of your car. Your car needs to draw in air to help combust your fuel. This is filled with a lot of rubbish, dust and impurities that could badly hurt your car. The air filter filters out these unwanted components of the car and makes sure that the cleanest possible air is what makes it to your fuel.

As this air filter is what stands between you and the dirt, it’s bound to get dirty. All you have to do is change it. You can do this yourself or you could as well invite your car mechanic to do this for you.

● Check the oil and its filter
Your car needs a lot of lubrication to keep it running smoothly. You engine needs this the most. A lot of parts rub against one another, and without adequate lubrication the friction could damage your engine.

Engine repairs are always costly. To prevent having to settle unnecessary expenses, check your oil and oil filter. If the oil is starting to get black, you need to change it immediately.

● Take care of the tyres
The tyres are the parts of your car that do the dirtiest and job. Over use, the air pressure in them is bound to lessen. Too low air pressure in the car might make steering hard for you. It also reduces that grip of the tyres on the road.

The right tyre pressure is about 30psi. Anything less isn’t good enough. Just make sure it is kept at this level or close to it. And for your safety, do this very often.

● Inspect your car battery
The battery powers all electrical systems in your car. You couldn’t even start a car without a battery. Inspect the terminals. Clean them if you have to. Replace the battery every 2 to 3 years.

● Don’t joke with the brakes
You know what the brakes are for. You know how important they are. You know what would happen without them. If you know those three, then you should know that you ought not joke with the brakes.

Check the brake pads every month or so. If they need replacement, do not compromise on cost. Make sure you do the needful.

Final Words
Whatever these things cost in time and in money, I can assure you that a full fledged repair would cost way more. That is why you should not compromise on the little time and money it may cost you to do these minor checks.

Any extra input, enquires or questions would be appreciated and eagerly attended to if dropped in the comments section below.

Have a great day.

https://carmart.ng/public/blog/2019/11/car-maintenance-tips-benefits-and-what-to-check/

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by maxiuc(m): 9:16am On Nov 24, 2019
embarassed

My Camry 2008 XLE V6 has shortage of oil this is the second changing of oil since I bought in Lagos 4month ago with mileage of 80134
During the first oil change I didn't notice any shortage of oil until I change the second oil now I am noticing severe shortage of oil though I don't drive the car always but am shock of the shortage

Note that the car doesn't smoke
Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by legalwealth(m): 9:32am On Nov 24, 2019
Nice one! !!

Try all your possible best to make sure the warning (check engine) light doesn't always stay too long on the dashboard of your vehicle.

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by davit: 9:56am On Nov 24, 2019
As said above, look for Gazzuzz or Mayor with immediate alacrity!
They are both within the Lagos mainland.
Elsucre042:


Pls which mechanic with good reputation can you recommend in Lag then? House kindly contribute to this.... KAZEEM(my mechanic) don kill me
Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by kings09(m): 10:12am On Nov 24, 2019
davit:
As said above, look for Gazzuzz or Mayor with immediate alacrity!
They are both within the Lagos mainland.
Gazzuzz n Mayor. Show with your contacts
Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by uncle005(m): 10:24am On Nov 24, 2019
The way my car dey dance now, its unbelievable. I mistankenly ram into speed braker, since then i have been experiencing zanku dance

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by uncle005(m): 10:26am On Nov 24, 2019
legalwealth:
Nice one! !!

Try all your possible best to make sure the warning (check engine) light doesn't always stay too long on the dashboard of your vehicle.
Mine has stayed more than a year, immediately i changed my bow joint that light has remain there
Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by legalwealth(m): 10:34am On Nov 24, 2019
uncle005:
Mine has stayed more than a year, immediately i changed my bow joint that light has remain there

Hmmm! !!

Did you scan the car to know the cause of the check engine light? Because changing of bow joint to the best of my knowledge cannot trigger check engine light.

See the image attached below to see the response I gave someone who asked me just yesternight about the effects of leaving check engine light especially for too long. They are my opinion and I as well stand to be corrected.

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by Fentanyl: 10:37am On Nov 24, 2019
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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by femi4: 10:42am On Nov 24, 2019
tropaz:
I poor for car maintenance ooooo. I no get time. I don't even check oil gauge or water level before setting off. May God help me
You ll soon knock your engine
Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by legalwealth(m): 10:49am On Nov 24, 2019
To whom it may concern on this thread tongue ! !!

Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by Fentanyl: 10:51am On Nov 24, 2019
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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by legalwealth(m): 11:03am On Nov 24, 2019
uncle005:
The way my car dey dance now, its unbelievable. I mistankenly ram into speed braker, since then i have been experiencing zanku dance

grin

Go for wheel balancing and alignment.
Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by Hebzebhahskiiy: 11:04am On Nov 24, 2019
A great update. I've really yearned to have this. Many thanks
Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by Nobody: 12:33pm On Nov 24, 2019
Sometimes i drive all day with my hand brake in upright position

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Re: Car Maintenance Tips: Benefits And What To Check by legalwealth(m): 12:40pm On Nov 24, 2019
Amuatulu:
Sometimes i drive all day with my hand brake in upright position

Ha! !!

It should be giving you a warning light on the dashboard and warning beep except Nigerian rewirers have rewinded your car's electrical system to local from international.

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