In Singapore, buying a new car is a major accomplishment. It is a milestone showing that your financial independence and career is going well. The luxurious feel of the new leather seats, the comfort of high-powered air-conditioning system, and the satisfying roaring sound of the new engine can be overwhelming for many.

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However, this mighty jaguar needs to be taken care of to maintain it in its best condition. You want to get the most out of it and want it to last as long as possible. Here are a few tips to keep its shiny wheels and powerful engine from breaking down.

The Key Elements

These are the major elements that have to be checked out regularly, according to your car manufacturer’s recommendation.

Engine Oil

For a car in good condition, check the engine oil monthly. But if you notice oil leakage or find that you need to add oil more often, have it checked more often. When checking for your car’s engine oil, park your car on a level ground so you’ll get a clear dipstick reading. If there’s a leak, bring your vehicle to a car repair shop and have it fixed right away.

Tire Pressure

At least once every month and before any long road trips, check the inflation of you tires, including the spare ones. Follow the inflation pressure as recommended by your car’s manufacturer, not the pressure that’s embossed on your tire’s sidewall. If you ask a fast car repair workshop in Singapore like Merlin Motors, the pressure recommendation placard is usually found in the compartment, on the front doorjamb, or in the user’s manual. Also, inspect the tires for cuts, uneven wear, and any sidewall bulges.

Regular Car Wash

Wash your car at least once a week. Wash the entire body and, if necessary, do this including the fender wells and also the undercarriage in order to remove dirt. If water bead marks become larger, it’s time for your car to wax it finish.

Other Checks Every Oil Change

For normal drives around Singapore, many car maintenance companies recommend changing the engine oil every six months. For ‘severe’ driving—meaning short trips, frequent cold starts, and dusty conditions—the interval should be every three months. And for cars with special engines, such as turbo-charged engines, oil changes should be every three to four months.

Air filter

When you bring your vehicle to a car maintenance shop, make sure to also examine the air filter. This may be a small component of your car, but can cause contamination to the car’s fluids, which over time will affect the engine’s performance. Refer to the user’s manual how frequent you should replace your air filter with a new one.

Brake Systems

This is one of the most important components of a car, therefore only the experts should handle the checking and servicing for this. Any worn out pads and linings should be replaced, as well as badly damaged rotors and drums. The brakes should be regularly checked at least twice a year, or more frequent if you often do long drives.

Exhaust System

Unless you’re willing to perform under-car inspections on your own, have your exhaust systems checked by a car repair professional to see if there are parts that need to be replaced. When driving, be extra mindful of unusual exhaust noise. It is usually advisable to have your entire exhaust system replaced altogether instead of doing repairs in sections at different times.

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Fluid Levels

On newer car models, automatic transmissions are sealed. On cars where it’s not sealed, you should check the transmission dipstick while the engine is warmed up. Also, don’t forget checking the power steering fluid and the brake fluid by simply using a dipstick. If any fluid runs low, top it up and have your car checked for possible leakages.

CV Boots

On front-wheel-drive vehicles, check the rubber bellows, or also known as constant velocity (CV) boots, on the drive axles. If you see any cracks, cut, or leakage have it replaced right away. Even if the CV boots are contaminated with dirt, it can quickly escalate into a more expensive repair.

Battery

Examine your battery’s cables and terminals to ensure they are all securely attached. If the battery lost any of its caps, check the fluid level frequently—especially during warmer season.

Maintenance Works Every Few Years

There are other maintenance jobs that are executed less frequently than others. However, they are still required to be done on time to ensure your car’s optimum performance.

Automatic-Transmission Fluid

Many car models need fluid and filter replacement every 35,000 miles—or sooner if the normally pink fluid gets a hint of brownish colour. With older vehicles, the fluid and filter can go 100,000 miles or more. With some newer car models, transmission fluid never requires to be replaced. Read your car’s manual for this information.

Timing Belts

If your car uses a belt instead of a chain, follow the manufacturer’s recommendation on the frequency of replacement, which is usually every 70,000 miles. Read the manual or consult a car servicing company. Failure to regularly change the timing belts can cause expensive engine repair if the belt breaks.

Cooling System

Draining and flushing of cooling system must be done every two years. For safety disposal of antifreeze, leave this maintenance work to a car servicing company.

Drive Belts and Hoses

Replace your car’s drive belts and hoses every three years, even if they don’t show signs of damage. If your belts are newly replaced but you can hear unusual noises, simply have it adjusted.

These essential tips let you enjoy your new car as long as possible. Keeping your vehicle in tip-top condition provides optimal satisfaction in your day-to-day life or when on vacations. Keep your car regularly maintained and you will have a smooth and hassle-free ride every single time.

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