Whether you are driving a Mercedes or another type of vehicle, you need to apply the proper maintenance checks if you want to keep it running smoothly and safely. According to Agero, over 69 million vehicle breakdowns happen across the US every year which is the equivalent of one in three drivers. To ensure that you’re not one of them, there are some checks you can perform around the car and under the bonnet.
From your fuels and oil to tire pressure, spending five minutes to make sure your vehicle is road-ready can save you hassle and money in the future. Read our essential maintenance checks for your vehicle below:
Fuel is the lifeblood of your car so while it may sound like a no-brainer, your vehicle must have enough fuel in the tank for your journey. When your engine runs out of gas, you could lose control of your braking and steering, no matter where you are on the road. If this happens regularly, lasting damage could occur, and you’ll have problems restarting your vehicle.
If you seem to be running out quickly, here is how you can drive more fuel-efficiently.
You should be checking the oil levels of your vehicle before any long trips or every few weeks. Driving with low oil levels can cause serious damage to the moving parts of your vehicle’s engine. Oil is designed to provide lubrication and too much friction can lead to excessive wear and tear. So, if you’re hearing loud clunking and knocking noises, you should get to a mechanic as soon as possible.
You can check that your oil levels are between the minimum and maximum levels using your car’s dipstick and adjust if necessary.
Checking the rubber of your tires and wiper blades regularly can help prevent blowouts and the likelihood of collisions. Look out for splits and bulges, as well as the tread depth and tire pressure.
Underinflated tires could leave you stranded on the side of the road, but overinflated ones can affect your fuel efficiency. It’s also important to keep in mind that the right tire pressure will vary depending on the outside climate and temperature.
You might be surprised to hear that the electrics in your car also need regular checks. The lesser-known liquid level sensors are used to alert you on your dashboard when fuel, coolant, and oil levels need a top-up. These need to be in good working order if you’re going to keep the maintenance up on the rest of your vehicle.
You also need to ensure that all your lights are working and that the terminals of your battery are clean and tight.
Lastly, nobody wants their engine to freeze or overheat so you need to keep an eye on your vehicle’s coolant levels. You can look in your handbook to find the correct one for your car should you need a top-up.