Wiper blades are an essential part of your car maintenance checks but many of us forget to do them. If you find that your wipers are not clearing the screen as they should be or making a noise when they do, it could be a sign that they are damaged. Wiper blades can easily become damaged through wear and tear, extreme weather conditions of even going through a car wash. Often you will not realise that they are damaged until you come to use them and find that they do not clear the screen as they should.
Replacing wiper blades can be as little as £20 for a pair, so it is a small price to pay for safety. Places such as Halfords will supply and fit the wiper blades while you wait (for a small fee, usually about £3) or you can fit them yourself, which is relatively easy to do.
A car is a convenient machinery that helps people achieve various transportation needs. Although it is much safer to purchase your own car, there are various situations that may require you to lease a car from leasing companies. However, not all companies offer the same arrangements. There is much distinction in price and policies among other aspects. It is therefore important to keenly evaluate a number of factors before leasing a car. Here are a few insights that will help you land the best car leasing deals.
When is leasing the better solution?
Leasing allows you to drive new cars without spending the total money needed to buy it. You can lease and return cars whenever you feel like driving something new. You basically pay a small down-payment (often less than 20% of the car’s value) followed by monthly instalments for the lease period. It is not often the best option for everyone and in some cases you will end up spending more than the actual cost of the car. What’s annoying is that you are essentially renting and have no equity on the car when the lease period occurs. So when is it best to lease a car? Consider a lease when;
• You do not have enough cash to buy the car you want
• You want to drive cars out of your purchase price range
• You are certain of not exceeding the mileage limits (usually 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year). Exceeding this limit will cost you extra for each additional mile
• You are certain of taking good care of the car (exterior and interior) avoiding spills and nicks among other cosmetic damage. Continue reading
Any car whether second hand or brand new can have faults and there are some areas that are more common than others to go wrong, here are some of the most common faults:-
Battery – A good car battery should last upward of 5 years if they are not misused however the reality is that the RAC alone attend over 500,000 battery related incidents each year, and this is mostly down to human error. Leaving headlights on is a common reason for batteries to run flat however cold weather can also affect them as well as only doing short trips in the car on a regular basis.
Car electrics (sunroof, windows, mirrors etc) – these very commonly do go wrong due to car vibrations loosening the wire connections and fuses going. Although a common fault they are not usually too costly to fix.
Suspension – this fault is often caused by poor road condition and can actually write off your car!
Replacing tyres can be a costly hassle and careful driving will only preserve them so far. The front tyres should go beyond 20,000 miles with average driving, and the rears will go a lot longer on a front wheel drive car, so why not exploit this and rotate the cars tyres. It’s also a good way to avoid uneven wear that could shorten the tyres lifespan. Before you move your cars tyres, check their construction type as cross ply and radial tyres shouldn’t be mixed on the same axle and never use radials on the rear with cross ply on the fronts.
For front wheel drive vehicles (the most common set up for road cars) swap the fronts to the back, keeping the tyres on the same side and swap the rears forward to opposite sides. Rear wheel drive vehicles (most BMW’s, Mercedes, some sports cars etc.) should have the rear wheels moved to the front on the same side and the front tyres moved back, swapping sides. For four wheel drive vehicles like SUV’s, swap all tyres diagonally around the vehicle.
Regular replacement of your vehicles engine oil is vital to minimise wear on the engine and maximise its life span. Old oil becomes chocked with particulates and can break down due to contamination, reducing its efficacy. When replacing oil you should check the manufacturers specifications and get the correct type. Modern engine oils come in a variety of types, such as synthetic or semi-synthetic, and it’s important to get the right one for your engine.
If you have a higher mileage engine, then you may be tempted by some of the specially formulated high mileage engine oil that’s on the market. They contain additives that may condition the seals of your engine and prevent oil passing into the combustion chamber or leaking out. The rubber seals can become brittle with age, so if you find you’re topping up the oil regularly or there are small leaks under you car, this type of oil may help.