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Routine Vehicle Maintenance: What You Should Know



The car needs routine maintenance carried out correctly and periodically if you want to guarantee maximum safety for the vehicle’s occupants and other road users. To obtain perfect vehicle operation, you must first of all pay attention to the most important periodic checks, that is, the coupons and revisions that stand out as essential appointments to better evaluate the health of the car. The periodic review that must be carried out as a legal obligation and the coupons imposed by the Manufacturers with set deadlines are therefore essential both to avoid any penalties (revision) and to avoid the loss of the guarantee by the parent company (coupons). In addition to these inevitable appointments, it is good to carry out a complete check-up to your car before facing a long journey, when the summer begins, or simply when you have any doubts about the correct functioning of the car. Recall that inefficient routine maintenance, in addition to being able to cause serious safety problems for vehicle occupants and other road users, can also increase consumption and polluting emissions disproportionately.

The engine oil is a fundamental element for the correct functioning of the car, the oil change is usually carried out every 15-20 thousand km, but obviously the precise information is reported in the car use and routine maintenance manual. It is recommended to check the oil as often as possible, and some mechanics recommend refilling it every 1,500 km. The costs of the oil change vary from the quality of the latter to the type of car concerned. Tires are among the fundamental components to guarantee the safety of those who find themselves in a car, for this reason, it is necessary and extremely useful to periodically check the correct tire pressure. In this way, it will be possible to ensure the best grip in all weather and road conditions, as well as avoiding higher fuel consumption. As far as tire wear is concerned, the manufacturers have now added a strip which when it wears out or fades indicates that the time has come to replace the tire. These all characteristics come under one roof of Eld Solutions.

The battery is also a fundamental part of the car, considering that in case of malfunction or low charge it could lead to ignition problems and consequently leave the motorist out of order. When leaving the vehicle stationary for long periods, perhaps in particularly cold places, the advice is to disconnect the battery, taking care to disconnect the black negative pole cable first (sign -) and then the positive red one ( + sign). When, on the other hand, the battery must be reconnected, the previous operation must be performed, but reversed, i.e. first the positive pole and then the negative pole. When the time comes to replace the brake fluid, a warning light comes on in the car instrument panel, but if you notice an anomaly while driving while braking, it is better to contact your mechanic, if you feel the screeching brakes, in this last case in all probability the pads will have to be changed.

The coolant is a fundamental component that ensures the correct operation of the engine. When the water light comes on, you must immediately stop and top up, obviously it would be better not to get to this point, checking the liquid level periodically, especially during the hottest periods of the year. As mentioned at the beginning of the guide, the coupon must be made when suggested by the parent company, however usually the first one is done upon reaching 20,000 – 30,000 km or every 1-2 years, while subsequent ones every 15,000-20,000 km. The most modern cars signal the time to go to the workshop to perform the service by means of an instrument indicator light. The periodic overhaul is instead a legal obligation and must be carried out the first time after four years from the purchase of a new car and subsequently every two years. If you drive without having carried out the overhaul, you risk a heavy fine and the temporary withdrawal of the registration document.