Basic Auto Facts Every Driver Should Know

Regardless of the type of vehicle you own or drive, there are certain facts you should know about the ins and outs of your vehicle. Let’s see how many you know already:

Before you start driving, should you idle your car to heat it up?

For newer models of cars, this isn’t particularly necessary unless you want to be warm when you start driving or you’re defrosting the windscreen. Idling generally doesn’t do your car any good and increases your fuel consumption. The most efficient way to heat up your engine on a cold day is to start driving gently.

What should you be looking for when your engine light is on?

When the light turns on, it simply means that something in the engine of your car requires your attention, it could be a very small fault and if you’re driving you should pull over to check out your engine. The first things to check for are low oil pressure, any lighting errors, or possible overheating.

How frequently should tire pressure be checked?

Ideally, when you’re at the petrol station filling up, you should be checking your pressure too, this means if you need more air, you’re in the right place! Although, it’s easy to check wherever you are by keeping a gauge in your glove box.

An alternator: what is its primary function?

The main function is to generate electricity. Your car’s alternator charges the battery and gives your car the power to run electrical parts.

Should engine oil be changed every 3,000 miles?

This depends on the make, model and year of the vehicle. Newer models go much further than 3000 before needing an oil change. If your vehicle is over 10 years old, as a rule, you should stick to the 3000 miles.

How important is the air filter in your car?

Extremely important!  An air filter cleans all the air that enters through the vents allowing clean air to access the engine and replacing it is recommended after 15,000 miles for all car types.

When do brake pads need to be replaced?

Brake pads don’t last forever, generally, 25,000 – 50,000 miles, every car differs depending on how light or harsh the driver brakes on a daily basis. Hearing a high-pitched squealing sound when you break is an indicator that brake pads are needing to be changed.

Do all four tyres wear at the same rate?

No, tyres all wear at different rates as they roll differently on the road, rotating your tyres on a regular basis is recommended to stop uneven wearing.

Spark plugs – are they optional?

Spark plugs are a necessity to your car and are definitely not optional. They basically run the vehicle by igniting the gas and air mixture.  Spark plugs can be removed and reinstalled and should be done at least every 30,000 miles.

Here at Allied Autocare, we can help you with all of these aspects of your car, if you have any questions or simply just need to book a service, please get in contact with us.