Basic Vehicle Maintenance Introduction

Your vehicle needs routine attention and maintenance to keep it safe and in good mechanical condition. Some of this can be done with the help of the owner's handbook.

Routine checks of the water, tyres and tyre pressures, particularly before a long journey, can help save trouble and expense and prolong the life of your car.

You'll find that regular service checks on brakes and engine by a qualified mechanic can also save time and money.

Neglecting the maintenance of vital controls, such as brakes and steering, is dangerous.

Remember that as a car user it's your responsibility to ensure your car is always properly maintained in a roadworthy condition. Don't wait for your annual MOT or a breakdown to repair it.

This section gives some advice on

  • Fuel
  • Engine Oil & Coolant
  • Brakes
  • Tyres
  • Electrical systems