We all know that the best part about buying a new car isn’t checking your tyres, finding your dipstick, and learning all about tyre pressure. When you buy your new PEUGEOT from Mantello Roxburgh Park, you’ll be excited to drive off into the distance and hit the road towards new adventures — leaving car maintenance at the bottom of your list.
Staying on top of your car upkeep doesn’t have to take a big chunk of time, and you don’t need to be a professional mechanic to do it. Ever wondered what might happen if you get a flat tyre and you’re stuck on the side of the road? Want to know how to change your wiper blades and ensure every drive is a safe one?
To help you out, we’ve created this simple list of 5 things you should know about car maintenance to avoid surprise stressful situations and improve the longevity of your PEUGEOT.
Is tyre pressure important?
A recent survey found that 40% of drivers are unaware of the legal safety standards when it comes to tyres. Getting your tyre pressure right can actually improve fuel economy — the trees (and your wallet) will thank you!
Checking your tyre pressure every month is a crucial part of car maintenance. When your tyre pressure is too low, it means that your tyres will wear out fast and need to be replaced; and it the pressure is too high there will be less traction – making it harder to stop the vehicle.
Use a tyre pressure device to measure the pressure when your tyres are cold and you haven’t been driving on them. Perfect tyre pressure varies depending on the make and model of your car, but your owner’s manual will have all the information you need.
How’s your oil doing?
Our top tip for the ultimate maintenance of your PEUGEOT? Clean oil. It helps your engine last longer and your car run at its absolute best.
Check your oil by removing the dipstick, then wipe it clean with a rag. Reinsert the dipstick and pull it out again. You’ll see markers or notches on the dipstick that indicate whether the oil is full or needs topping up. If the oil is gritty, it will need changing completely.
To change your oil, take off the drain plug and unscrew the oil filter to empty it. Then, put the plug back and pour in the fresh oil.
Know how to change a tyre?
Lots of vehicle owners don’t know where their tyre is. Check your owner’s manual, but typically your spare tyre will be in the trunk or stowed on the undercarriage of your car.
Along with knowing where your spare is, we recommend always carrying a jack in your vehicle so you can change a tyre wherever and whenever you need to.
Use a wrench to loosen the lug nuts and lift the car with the jack. Once the car is jacked up, take off the nuts and the old tyre. Put the new, spare tyre and lug nuts back on and lower the car. Ensure the nuts are tightly secured before you drive away.
What about wiper blades?
Lots of vehicle owners forget about changing their wiper blades, but they’re a key part of driving safely and responsibly. To check whether they need upgrading, press the washer button; if the blades create streaks, they’ll need changing as soon as possible.
Just lift the wiper off from the windshield and press in the tab to remove the old wiper. Put the new wiper blade in its place and press back down.
What about your lights?
We’re a family-owned business at Mantello PEUGEOT so we always appreciate how important safe driving is. To avoid accidents and ensure the safest driving conditions possible, check your lights regularly.
Although most cars alert you if a bulb needs to be replaced, it’s still a good idea to check them yourself each month. Test out your headlights, high beams, reverse lights, fog lights, and indicators and keep them clean to ensure they can shine at their brightest.
You don’t need to be a qualified car mechanic to take care of your PEUGEOT. These basic car maintenance tips can be easily applied and will mean safer driving and better performance.
For years, our friendly staff at Mantello PEUGEOT have been selling and servicing new at used vehicles at Roxburgh Park and surrounds. We love seeing customers drive away happy and always take pleasure in providing expert after-sales service.
Our team is dedicated to providing the care you deserve, whenever you need it. Got a question about car maintenance? Get in touch today.