Top tips for maintaining your car

Minimise your need for mechanical repairs with our top tips for maintaining your car! If you do need a professional to do some work on your vehicle, be sure to call our team at Clarkys Auto Care.

Checking oil levels — Caravan & Trailer Mechanical in Ballina, NSW

Maintain your oil levels

While a mechanic doing a logbook service will check and change your oil, it’s a good idea to monitor your oil level once a month to keep your engine working efficiently.

To check your car’s oil level, locate the dipstick (a coloured loop near the oil cap), remove and wipe clean. Then insert the dipstick back into the pipe. Remove the dipstick once more and look at the condition of the oil on the stick, as well as the line that shows how much oil is left.

Ensure you replace the dipstick securely. Refill or change your oil as required, removing the oil cap to pour in, not the dipstick pipe.

Checking car air pressure — Caravan & Trailer Mechanical in Ballina, NSW

Check Your Tyre Air Pressure

At least once a month or before going on a road trip, we recommend you check your tyre air pressure. You can either buy your own gauge or find one at your local petrol station.

Find out the ideal tyre pressure for your car or 4WD, which is located in your owner’s manual, on a placard inside your driver’s side door or in the glove compartment.

Car headlights — Caravan & Trailer Mechanical in Ballina, NSW

Test Your Lights

Every so often, it’s good to check your lights are working. If you don’t have someone to help you, parking near reflective glass windows or doors can work just as well.

Headlights, taillights, brake and reverse lights and turn signals should all be tested.

Repairing an engine — Caravan & Trailer Mechanical in Ballina, NSW

Regular Servicing

Having your car serviced every 6 months or 10,000km (whichever comes first) will help keep on top of your car maintenance. Ensure your mechanic of choice is fully qualified and provides a comprehensive service. This does not need to be expensive and you can get great deals, such as our $99 logbook service at Clarkys Auto Care.

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