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Ask the mechanic: what routine should I follow to keep my car in good shape?

It’s common knowledge that taking your car for a regular service at your mechanic in Sydney will help to prolong its lifespan. But, did you know there are also a series of small maintenance activities that you can do to contribute to the happy and healthy life of your vehicle? Here we look at a few tips for keeping your car in good nick over time.

Clean your car every other week

It sounds simple, but cleaning your car is about more than just making it look good. Corrosive materials can seep into the interior of your car, which can cause irreparable damage if left unchecked. Keeping the exterior clean too, and using paint protecting materials, such as a heavy duty wax, will keep it safer from external forces such as the sun.

Keep an eye on your oil and filter

There is debate about how often you should change your oil, with some people arguing that longer times between changes can be better. But, if you are maintaining a used car in particular, don’t rely on your routine service to keep your oil issues in check. Change your oil regularly to flush out any build-up of dirt in the engine, helping your car to breath freely and easily.

Clean the engine once a year

A clean engine stays cooler than one that’s dirty, and also allows you to spot any damage more easily. Whether you opt to do it yourself or have a professional take care of it for you, you should wash your engine once a year using a heavy-duty detergent and a bristled brush. Always be sure to rinse it down thoroughly so that the cleaning materials don’t cause corrosion.

Be sure to maintain your battery

The battery is a very important part of your car and should be regularly maintained. Keep the terminals clean, and check it for signs of damage. If you notice any unusual cracks or swelling, it might mean that you should replace it. Keeping an eye on your battery will help you anticipate unwanted situations, such as a car that won’t start when needed.

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