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DIY servicing to keep your car road-worthy

Kwik Fit | Thursday 18th June 2020 11:28am

Car owner checking their vehicles oil level using a dipstick

DIY servicing to keep your car road-worthy

Regular servicing helps to keep your car running smoothly, and helps to reduce the likelihood of costly breakdowns happening when you least expect them. Typically, a vehicle should be serviced at least once a year, to keep the key components well looked after, as well as helping to extend the overall lifespan of the car.

To keep your car running efficiently, you can perform basic car servicing tasks yourself - in between your full annual services. Below, weíve outlined some of the key actions that we recommend to include as part of your car maintenance routine. However, itís important to remember that this shouldnít be done in place of professional servicing.

Oil change

Itís important to check your engine oil often, as it helps to prevent issues like wear, contaminants and corrosion happening within your engine. Changing the oil should be something that is done every 5,000 miles, and you should always check your oil before driving long distances. You will also be able to tell if your oil filter needs to be replaced if you spot any leakage of oil from the filter.

If you think you need to change your oil, or replace your oil filter, then this can be a bit of a messy job - and itís worth getting a professional to help out. Our engine oil and filter change takes care of everything, and offers a great preventative maintenance option between full services.

Air filter change

The air filter in your car is what stops dirt and other dangerous particles from coming into the engine. After a while a build up can occur, which blocks the filter, meaning that it needs to be replaced.

To change the air filter, you may have to first remove the airbox. Most cars will have an airbox that encloses the air filter. Once it has been removed, simply pull out the old filter and replace it with a new clean filter, and finish by replacing the airbox.

Tyre condition check

There are many things that are important to check when it comes to your tyres, as the wrong pressure, tread or general condition can make things potentially dangerous. Itís important to check the condition of your tyres regularly - around every couple of weeks.

You can check if your carís tyre pressure is correct by entering the registration of your car in our tyre pressure tool. If the pressure is too low, you can use an air pump to inflate the tyre. If the pressure is too high, you can release some air while the dust cap is off, and then recheck the pressure to ensure itís correct.

Inspect your tyres to see if there are any visible damages, such as cuts, punctures or bulges. Also, check that the tread depth of your tyres meets the UKís legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. You can do this by inserting a 20p in the lowest tread depth of your tyre; if you can see the rim of the 20p, then your tyre tread should be checked by a professional.

Checking your engine coolant

The engine coolant is what prevents the engine from overheating, which is why itís crucial to check the levels regularly. You can do this by locating the expansion tank, and checking the coolant level - which is usually displayed between a set of minimum and maximum marks on the side of the tank. If the coolant does need a top-up, donít remove the coolant filler cap until the engine is off and cold. Then, pour the coolant until the level reaches the maximum mark.

Car Brakes

One of the most important components of your vehicle is the brakes. Typically, itís a good idea to check your brake pads and whether they have a good depth every 12,000 miles. However, it is a good idea to leave maintenance of your brakes and any necessary replacements to the professionals.

At our Kwik Fit centres we offer free brake examinations, which check for things like the wear on brake pads, shoes, brake discs and drums, as well as the quality of the brake fluid. Book your free brake check today.

Servicing your car with Kwik Fit

Here at Kwik Fit, we offer lots of different services to help keep your car in good condition - from oil changes to a Full Service. You can book your car service online by visiting our servicing page.

Please be aware that due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are changes to the way that some Kwik Fit centres are operating. You can learn more about this on our Coronavirus FAQs page.


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