When you’re a parent, one of the last things you want is for your car to break down. With children in the car, a breakdown becomes even more of a nightmare! While you’re on the way to pick them up is potentially worse. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to make this situation less likely.
Three simple things you can do are oil changes and replacing your oil and air filters regularly.
Oil changes are arguably the most important part of basic car maintenance.
It is important to change the oil in your car because it lubricates the engine and absorbs heat. This prevents friction from parts of the engine moving together causing it all to overheat and potentially cause damage. Over time, the oil thins down and is less effective at providing lubrication. Oil changes need to be done approximately every 5,000 miles or at least once a year. It should say in your vehicle’s handbook how many miles the oil your car uses is effective for.
At the same time as an oil change, the oil filter should also generally be changed. Oil filters are generally not especially expensive, at around £8-£10. They need to be changed, as if they’re not, they get clogged up. The contaminants could cause damage to the engine, which could ultimately result in engine failure. A clogged up oil filter also reduces fuel efficiency, resulting in you spending more on petrol or diesel!
You do need to set some time aside for this job and it can be a bit messy! It might be a good idea to wear old clothes and some gloves – check out Unigloves for some good ones. Some people prefer to take their car to a garage for an oil change.
What you need:
Old oil should be taken to a recycling centre with an oil recycling bin. You should be able to find details on the website of your local council. Please be aware that tipping old oil down the drain is ILLEGAL and is harmful for the environment.
Air filters need to be changed once a year (or every 12,000 miles). If you’re being really thorough or do a lot of miles, you may want to change it twice a year.
Not changing your air filter can decrease the performance of your car and lower your miles per galleon. If your air filter is clogged, the air flow to the engine will be decreased. This will result in it not being able to breathe properly and not performing as well. This may mean that your engine doesn’t last as long, decrease the performance of acceleration and make your car release more emissions.
Air filters are often forgotten, but it’s so important that they are replaced regularly. This is a cheap job to do and very quick and easy. There’s not even any mess involved or tools needed.
What you need:
If you are in the West Yorkshire area, you may wish to book your vehicle service online with Ossett Tyre House. They can take the hassle and mess out of servicing for you!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Ossett Tyre House. I have received compensation for this post. However, all views and opinions are my own.
Welcome to my blog! I'm Laura, a 29 year old mum of two. I live in Kent with my high school sweetheart husband Dave, our daughter Autumn and newborn son Reuben.
I write about my experiences of parenting, as well as my plethora of interests including fashion, beauty, cars, weddings, mental health and the home.