3 Easy Car Maintenance Tips For New Drivers

young teen driver with an air pump maintaining her tyre pressure on her 1st car

3 Easy Car Maintenance Tips For New Drivers

Guest Post: Gino's Panel & Paint

With 19.5 million motor vehicles registered in Australia in the latest 2019 Motor Vehicle Census, it’s clear we are a nation of proud drivers. Whilst we love driving, vehicles are often one of our largest ongoing expenses, so it pays to keep a close eye on the maintenance of your prized asset. Whilst it’s always great to trust complex maintenance to the professionals, the good news is, some of this work can be done yourself. Here are 3 simple tips to help keep you on the road.

1. Check Your Tyre Pressure

As well as keeping a close eye on your tyre tread and wheel alignment, it’s also suggested to check your tyre pressure every 1-2 months. The next time you fill up at your local service station, take an extra 5 minutes to run a quick tyre pressure check. Whilst most Psi levels sit between the following ranges (small vehicles: 32-36 Psi, medium vehicles: 36-40 Psi, large vehicles: 38-44 Psi), it’s best to consult your vehicle’s owner manual to find your car’s optimal pressure level. 

2. Don't Ignore Leaks Or Alarms

When you pull out of your driveway in the morning, be sure to check for small leaks underneath your car. Leaking coolant or fluid can be a serious issue and can lead to larger issues down the track if not addressed swiftly. Whilst it may only be your wiper fluid, you may be up for an expensive visit to the mechanics if your leaking coolant results in a cooked engine. Most modern vehicles provide dashboard alerts to warn of potential risks, so it’s always worth paying close attention when these are triggered – don’t ignore them!  

3. Monitor Your Fluid Levels

Whilst a leak will be easy to spot underneath your car, you should also be keeping a close watch on your car’s fluid levels, either via your electronic gage, or via a dipstick for some vehicles. This includes air-conditioning fluid, coolant, water and power steering fluid. An easy way to test your cooling system is to blast your air-conditioner on high for 5 minutes to test the temperature, if you’re not chilly after the test, it’s probably time for a replacement. 

car mechanic on a red trolley under a car repairing the engine
If it's too tricky.... ask an expert

Whilst a lot of these tips are easy enough to do at home or at a local petrol station, it’s also risky to take on complicated maintenance if you’re not a qualified mechanic. 

Aaron Scagliotta, Director of Gino’s Panel & Paint supports home maintenance but also suggests seeking help when things become a little trickier. “We definitely encourage car owners to do their own checks at home as it helps prolong vehicle value, however we suggest seeking the help of a trained professional for complicated procedures like checking spark plugs, replacing timing belts and replacing air filters.”

If you have any other tips for simple vehicle DIY, please let us know and we will add it to our list.

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