For some basic car maintenance tasks, you can avoid having to take your car to a garage. Whether it is changing a flat tyre, topping up your engine oil or changing a battery – with our ultimate car maintenance guide you can take care of these tasks yourself.
An oil change is essential to keeping your car healthy and full working order. The engine oil is used to lubricate all of the moving parts in the car’s engine, avoiding unnecessary friction.
It is recommended you change your engine oil (or at least check on it), every 3,000 miles. However, there are some synthetic oils that may last up to 10,000 miles.
However, driving style and environment can make a difference. If you drive particularly fast or in hot, dusty or cold environments then you may need to have your oil changed more often.
Check out our Ultimate Car Maintenance Guide to get a step by step on how to change your oil.
If you have got a flat tyre, it can be a very stressful experience, especially if it leaves you stranded on the side of the road. So it is useful to know how to fit a spare tyre should you find yourself in this situation. Our Ultimate Car Maintenance Guide gives a simple step by step guide on how to fit a spare tyre.
Do keep in mind, that if you use the spare tyre in your car, it is likely to just be what is called a ‘skinny spare’. This means it is not a full-size tyre and should not be kept as a full replacement, it is recommended to not exceed 50mph and to get it changed as soon as possible.
A flat car battery can be another stressful experience, as much as jump starting your car is a good quick fix, it does not solve the problem.
If you know what battery you need for your car, you can use our car battery guide to fit it yourself. But if you are in any doubt at all, it is best to get a mechanic involved to help.
You can find all of our car maintenance tips by visiting our interactive car maintenance guide. If after using this you are still not sure about what you need to do, post a job on our platform and you will get multiple quotes from great local garages ready to help you.