Three car related tasks you should know how to tackle
One of the best ways to prolong the lifespan of your vehicle?
By looking after all its different components. From tyres to oil and wiper fluid too, there are a range of ways to keep your car looking and running at its best.
Here are three things you should definitely know how to tackle:
1. Change a tyre
According to one study, three-quarters of millennials admit they have no idea how to change a tyre. While the same poll revealed that most of those aged 36 years and above could confidently change a wheel. Wherever you fall within those stats, here’s what you need to know about changing a tyre:
Make sure you the car is stationary and there are no passengers in it.
Position a wheel chock on both front and rear wheels on the opposite side of the tyre with the problem. Wheel chocks will stop the car from rolling. Bricks would work just as well.
Loosen the wheel nuts (but don’t take them off completely). You should do this using a wheel wrench and turning it anti-clockwise.
Dig out your vehicle manual and find out where the dedicated jacking points are. Raise the car slowly until the damaged tyre is between 10-15cm off the ground.
Remove your tyre and put the spare wheel in its place, then tighten the nuts.
Carefully bring the car back down and remove the jack.
Check the tyre pressure.
Stow your damaged tyre in the boot.
Take your vehicle to a garage as soon as possible, to replace your spare wheel.
2. Top up your oil
Topping up your oil is not typically recommended. It’s always best to take your car to your local garage for an oil change. However, if you’ve checked your oil and the level is below the bottom line, you should top it up immediately.
Start by referring to your car manual book to check what oil your vehicle needs.
Then pop the bonnet and locate and remove the oil cap.
If you have a funnel, use it to pour the oil in carefully.
Schedule your next oil change at your local garage.
3. Fill up your wiper fluid
Making sure your windscreen wash is topped up is very important. If you find yourself driving without enough, you could find yourself unable to clear your windscreen should you really need to. The good news is that filling up your fluids is easy.
Screen wash is widely available at garages and supermarkets.
Pop open your bonnet and locate your screen wash cap.
Fill up the fluid.
If in doubt, it’s always best to speak to a professional. If you’ve got a motor query, do get in touch with the friendly team at Just the Ticket. Our team of qualified mechanics will be able to get to the root of the issue and get you and your car back on track.