How often do you have a chat with your mechanic? For most people, a visit the mechanic involves dropping off your car and picking it up again when it's been repaired or serviced. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, but you could benefit greatly from taking the time to speak to your mechanic. They often have useful insights to share that could help you prolong the lifespan of your car as well as save you time and money. To make things easy for you, we’ve spoken to the mechanics from our South Auckland garage and asked them to give you insight into what they wish all their clients knew. Here’s what advice they had to offer.
1. Keep The Fuel Level At Half Tank & Above
Fuel is expensive, but not as expensive as repairing a clogged engine. If you drive with low fuel level, you rake up fuel from the bottom of the barrel. It may contain debris and gunk that could cause a blockage in the engine which will hurt your car’s performance and can cause costly damage.
2. Driving Safely Can Save You A Lot On Maintenance & Repairs
The way you drive affects how your car operates and performs. Things like over accelerating or slamming on the brakes contribute to its wear and tear. Always practice safe driving to get the best out of your car and out of respect for your life (and the lives of other road users around you).
3. The Owner’s Manual Is Your Friend
Buying a car is a huge purchase, and the manual that you got with it is your guidebook to getting to know your investment inside and out. Read through the entire manual to understand how your specific car is supposed to work. It will come in handy when your mechanic asks you questions before a service and if there’s anything you don’t understand in the manual, you know who to ask.
4. Make Sure Your Tyres Are Always In Good Condition For Travel
Check your tyres before every trip to make sure they have the correct pressure and required tread thickness. It’s something that can change from trip to trip, so you need to do this regularly. It could save your life and your pocket.
If you need some help with any of the above, don’t stress, Drury Tyres has a team of mechanics in South Auckland waiting to assist you with any car related query you have.