Preventive maintenance of the car, driver's responsibility
The preventive maintenance of the car guarantees both the proper functioning of the car and greater safety at the wheel.
The preventive maintenance of the car is to take care of our vehicle routinely and not wait for a breakdown to go to the workshop.In this way we extend the life of our car, avoid unnecessary breakdowns and produced, in many cases, due to our neglect, we save money in solving more serious problems and we circulate calm knowing that the safety of the vehicle is guaranteed.
Every car brings with it a maintenance book provided by the vehicle manufacturer.It details the maintenance tasks that must be performed on the vehicle and explains how often and how many kilometers to do them. For more information check out Automobile Remedy blog and get additional details.
The most common tasks performed inpreventive
maintenance of the carare:
Change of filters and oil: depending on each brand, the change must be made between 15,000 km and 25,000 km of vehicle travel.If our car does not reach these kilometers, the change of filters and oil must be carried out, in the same way, once a year.
Brakes: pads and brake discs wear out with use.It is very important to be attentive to your condition to ensure our safety in the car.
Tires: the air pressure and its wear must be checked periodically.
Shock absorbers: guarantee a good vehicle suspension.
Lights: guarantee the driver's good visibility and that other vehicles detect us and know what movements we are going to make.We must check that they work correctly and replace the molten bulbs.
Airbags: we must never forget the review recommended by each manufacturer.Millions of lives may depend on its proper functioning.
Remember thatmaintaining a vehicledoes not consist of refueling and moving it.
Many people wait for the vehicle to break down so that a professional can perform the necessary tasks on it.Don't be one of these people.It is true that many breakdowns cannot be avoided or depend on ourdaily care of the vehicle, but there are others that can;just performingpreventive maintenance of the car.
TIPS FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF OUR TIRES
Your safety depends largely on an area the size of the palm of your hand. Attentive to these tips that we give below from Euromaster, experts in tire reviews .
Proper tire pressure helps prevent premature wear of the tires , improves safety, allows them to last longer and helps preserve the environment. Reviewing it is an easy task that must be done at least once a month and always before a long trip. And don't forget to check the spare wheel!
In addition, this review should be done with cold car wheels , that is, they have traveled less than 4 km at low speed. If the tires are hot when checked, 0.3 bar must be added at the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. It is convenient to recheck the pressures when the tires are cold.
And what is the recommended pressure? You must follow the advice of the manufacturer of the vehicle or the tire, especially with regard to the conditions of use (loads / speeds, etc.) The correct amount of air for your wheels can be found on the sides of the front doors, in the fuel tank cover or in the glove compartment, in addition to the vehicle manual.
To check the pressure of your tires , we advise you to go to a specialist center where the pressure gauges are properly calibrated. Go to one of your nearest Euromaster workshops .
Did you know that carrying a lower pressure than recommended increases fuel consumption?
The depth of the tire drawing is very important for safety, especially in the winter season. With a drawing depth below the legal limit the wheels evacuate less water than they should, with the risk of aquaplaning effect, this occurs when the tire does not touch the ground and only has contact with the water, causing us to lose control of the vehicle. According to current Spanish legislation, the minimum drawing depth is 1.6 mm. Under this measure you do not have any security, in addition, with this inconvenience the car does not pass the ITV and also, you can be fined.
To check the wear of the wheels of your car, the ideal is to have a depth gauge, if not, the tires have witnesses that help you visualize how worn they are. If the witness reaches the same level as the drawing, it is time to change the tires and buy new wheels. In Michelin tires , the doll on the edge of the tire indicates your situation, in other tires they are the letters TWI (Tread Wear Indicator). In any case, go to your nearest Euromaster center to know this information so that we can show you how to check it. Find it in the workshop locator !
A blow against a curb or any other obstacle (irregularities in the asphalt, sidewalks, etc.) can affect the correct alignment of the tires and this in turn, the behavior of your car. Therefore, it is convenient to carry out periodic checks in your workshop to ensure your safety, in addition to improving driving, protect tires and consume less fuel. Go to tiredealersites.com and you can find useful info about tires maintenance.
The alignment of the wheels or parallelism, as it is also known, is to parallel the axes to each other and the wheels of each axle. In addition to adjusting the different angles of the wheels following the values established by the car manufacturer.
To easily detect if there is an alignment problem, you must run your hand along the tread from the outside to the inside and backwards. If you notice certain irregularities from the inside to the outside we are facing a problem of convergence or closure and if it is the opposite of divergence or opening.
We recommend changing the valves every time you have to change the tires. They are very important for the tire to retain its tightness. It withstands great pressure and will gradually be spent on the forces that are generated when the wheel is turned. And do not forget the valve plug, as it protects it from dust and dirt and in this way we will prolong the life of the tire.