Monthly Car Checks | News | Howards Motor Group
  • CLICK & COLLECT AVAILABLE
  • SALES NOW OPEN
  • AFTERSALES DEPARTMENTS ARE OPEN AS USUAL
  • HOME DELIVERY AVAILABLE
Go Back
  • Car Checks That Need Doing on a Monthly Basis
  • 14 August 2015
    Facebook Icon
    Twitter Icon

    Car Checks That Need Doing on a Monthly Basis

    Checking your car will make you aware of any issues, and it will reduce the risk of you potentially breaking down. Take a look at our helpful list of checks that should be carried out on a monthly basis...

To avoid paying expensive car repairs in the future, you should be carrying out small checks on your car on a monthly basis. Regular car checks will make you aware of any issues, and it will reduce the risk of you potentially breaking down.

Below are some simple and easy car checks that can be carried out on the driveway at home. We recommend that these should be carried out every 4 weeks but if your vehicle is old, these checks should be carried out on a more frequent basis.

Tyres

When looking at the tyres, you need to check the pressure and tread, but you should also lookout for any small cuts and punctures. To measure the tread place a 20p coin in the tyres groove. If the tread is above the rim on the 20p coin then your tyres are fine, if the tyres are below then the tyres will need replacing.

If the pressure is low take a look inside your car manual which will state the tyre pressure measurements needed for your exact car model.

Engine Oil

Check the oil level with the dipstick, and if it needs topping up can do it at home with your own car oil or you can take it to your local mechanic where they can do it for a small fee. If you’ve got a long journey planned, then ensure that your car as plenty of oil as you don’t want to be stranded with engine problems.

Wipers

Over a long period of time, wipers can endure all sorts of weather conditions which can eventually cause the rubber on them to wear down. Check to see if the wipers clean the screen efficiently. If they appear to be smearing dirt/water across the screen then the wipers will need replacing to help improve visibility.

Water

Have a look to see if the windscreen fluid levels need topping up. If it needs refilling ensure you mix the correct amount of anti-freeze in with the water especially in winter as it will stop the coolant from freezing which will help prevent corrosion.

Exhaust

Have a look at the exhaust pipe to see if there is any rust or decay present. If there is, then take it to a professional mechanic to see if the exhaust pipe needs replacing.

Lights

Switch on your headlights, indicators, fog lights and break lights to ensure that they are still working 100%. We recommend checking them all at both night and daytime so you can efficiently test to see how bright they are. If they are covered in dirt give them a good polish to help improve visibility for other drivers.

We hope these tips help! If your car is in need of a service or MOT, you can view more details about what services we offer here or you can contact your local Howards dealership for more information!

Image credits; Rob Marmion / Shutterstock.com

  • Receive our latest news and offers:
    Don’t worry we won’t bombard you with emails and you can refine your preferences at any time.

  • SUBSCRIBE
  • Howard Garages (Weston) Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010). Automotive Compliance Ltd’s permissions as a Principal Firm allows Howard Garages (Weston) Ltd to act as a credit broker, not as a lender, for the introduction to a limited number of lenders and to act as an agent on behalf of the insurer for insurance distribution activities only. Company Number: 1108986

    We can introduce you to a selected panel of lenders, which includes manufacturer lenders linked directly to the franchises that we represent. An introduction to a lender does not amount to independent financial advice and we act as their agent for this introduction. Our approach is to introduce you first to the manufacturer lender linked directly to the particular franchise you are purchasing your vehicle from, who are usually able to offer the best available package for you, taking into account both interest rates and other contributions. If they are unable to make you an offer of finance, we then seek to introduce you to whichever of the other lenders on our panel is able to make the next best offer of finance for you. Our aim is to secure the best deal you are eligible for from our panel of lenders. Lenders may pay a fixed commission to us for introducing you to them, calculated by reference to the vehicle model or amount you borrow. Different lenders may pay different commissions for such introductions, and manufacturer lenders linked directly to the franchises that we represent may also provide preferential rates to us for the funding of our vehicle stock and also provide financial support for our training and marketing. But any such amounts they and other lenders pay us will not affect the amounts you pay under your finance agreement, all of which are set by the lender concerned. If you ask us what the amount of commission is, we will tell you in good time before the Finance agreement is executed. All finance applications are subject to status, terms and conditions apply, UK residents only, 18’s or over. Guarantees may be required.