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What i learnt about maintaining my car while flipping through my owner’s manual

5 July 2016

Regular maintenance is one of the most important factors to consider when on your journey to motor-happiness – ensuring your daily commutes are happy and safe while also adding years to your car’s life.

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Each and every kilometre you drive has an impact on your car. Trying to maintain your wheels can be a costly and time consuming exercise if you are in it alone, all the bits and pieces add up quickly and then sky rocket when the cost of labour is added to the mix.

Whether you are footing the bill for your car’s maintenance or you have invested in a maintenance plan* to avoid financial surprises related to motor management, your owner’s manual contains all you need to know about maintaining your car and keeping it running at its best.

We flipped through our owner’s manual and discovered some interesting points on car maintenance.

You should look under your car every once in a while.

If your fuel, engine coolant, oil or exhaust gas is leaking, you may notice a suspicious spill or smell under your car.

You might think it is nothing… but, according to our owner’s manual (check yours today!), it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to keeping motor happy – ‘Do not operate the vehicle, call your manufacturer approved dealer for assistance’.

Your service plan* or maintenance plan* may include these fluids so if you are due for a service, book your car in today and discuss the problem with your technician.

Cold weather affects your battery.

The capacity of your battery is reduced at low temperatures, this is why a cold battery – especially one that is not fully charged – doesn’t deliver the same amount of starter current. This explains why your car may be slow to start on cold winter mornings.

Keeping your battery running optimally is also important for the proper functioning of your car’s electrical system.

With such an important role in keeping your car motor happy, be sure to check your owner’s manual - it may suggest you have your battery checked by a manufacturer approved dealer before winter hits.

When in doubt, always turn to your manufacturer approved dealer.

No matter how big or small you feel the problem is, if something is wrong with your car or if you feel something may need to be replaced (whether it be near or far from your service date), approach your approved dealer for advice. Following this ‘owner’s manual’ instruction may not only mean the difference between driving a happy and safe car but can also determine whether your manufacturer will continue to view you warranty* as valid or whether they believe you defaulted on your warranty conditions.

If you have an unanswered motoring-related question that you think is vital to your motor-happiness, share it with us in the comments section.

* All warranties (original or extended), service plans, maintenance plans, and roadside assistance packages differ in terms of features, benefits and, terms and conditions. This blog is for illustration purposes only.

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