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How To Carry Out Basic Car Checks


A number of people assume that all car checks need to be overseen by a trained professional, but this isn’t always the case. Though it’s important that serious or complex problems are left to the experts, there are a number of basic car checks you can do at home. Not only do these checks help you to keep on top of any problems with your vehicle, but they are a good way to highlight any potential faults before they become serious. Plus, carrying out basic car checks allows you to use your vehicle knowing that it is safe to do so.

Basic Car Checks You Can Do At Home

At Harding Auto Services, we always recommend car owners seek professional help when a problem arises with their car. However, there are a range of basic car checks you can do at home to ensure your car is safe to drive.

  • Check all of the lights at working, including the rear brake lights and the indicators. A number of accidents are caused by a broken exterior light, despite it being a relatively quick and easy problem to fix. If there isn’t anyone around to see if the lights are working, check using the reflection against a wall.
  • Check all mirrors and windows are free from cracks, chips and scratches. A small chip in a window can very quickly turn into a costly repair job if action isn’t taken quicky.
  • Check the windscreen wipers are functioning well and there’s an adequate amount of washer fluid.
  • Check tyre pressure and the tyres are in good condition. It’s also beneficial to check their tread wear.
  • Check for signs of oil leaks; this is usually apparent by a relatively obvious mark on the floor underneath the vehicle.
  • Check the handbrake and brakes, ensuring they work as well as they always have.
  • Check there’s enough oil in the car. This can be done by removing the dipstick and wiping it clean, before pushing it back in and seeing at where the oil leaves a mark.

Though these basic car checks do not need to be done before every journey, it’s a good idea to do them frequently. As most vehicles are serviced once a year, it’s wise to complete other basic checks between services. To find out more about basic car checks, MOT’s or car services – get in touch! Contact Harding Auto Services today on 01483 487 626 or via the online contact form.



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