Keeping Control Of Car Consumables

Running a car is never a cheap endeavour. Unfortunately, when something has some many moving parts, it’s bound to lack in reliability. Modern car companies have worked hard in recent years to change this issue. But, despite their hard work, it’s still proving impossible to make a car completely maintenance free. Instead, there are loads of little consumables on your car. They all play important roles. And they all degrade over time. So, to help you out with this, this post will be going through four of the most critical parts of your car to keep your eyes on.

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To start, it’s time to think about the fluids which your car relies upon. Oil is used in your car to keep the engine cool and lubricated, as it moves around the car. Without oil, your engine will seize up and have to be replaced. Along with oil, your car also uses brake fluid. A liquid has to be used with most braking systems to enable the driver to apply pressure to change how hard the brakes will grip. But, without this fluid, your braking could be extremely unsafe. These two fluids are possible the most important in your car, after the fuel you’re using. So, it’s worth checking these areas regularly.

Of course, though, your brakes don’t just use fluid to stop you when you’re moving, they also use a mechanical assembly. Most of the time, the brake pads will be the quickest to degrade. And, as the surfaces responsible for forcing the car to stop, these are very important. Your tires also play a significant role in the way your car stops. Along with this, they also keep your car stuck to the road, assisting you with turns and other maneuvers. Most auto repair shops can repair these issues for very little expense. So, it’s worth having them checked as often as you can. Otherwise, they could degrade past the point of safety.

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Sometimes, the consumables your car burns through aren’t related to personal safety or even the car’s movement. Instead, they are designed to make things safer for everyone around you. The lights on your car aren’t just there to help you see. They help other drivers to spot you in bad conditions, as well as providing them with information about your driving. Thankfully, most modern car lights use LEDs which last a lot longer than older bulbs to produce their luminance. In older cars, though, you might want to keep a spare set of bulbs around in case any of them ever die.

A car is very similar to a living organism. Instead of being a single piece of machinery, a car is a big group of parts which all handle different roles. If one part is struggling, the rest will struggle along with it. And, if one part dies, the rest of the machine will probably be useless, too. Regular services are critical when you’re trying to avoid this sort of issue. Only a professional will be able to predict the lifespan of your car. So, it’s worth having one look at it on a regular basis.

Hopefully, this will give you a good understanding of the work you can put in to make sure the consumables in your car don’t perish without your knowledge. Cars are expensive to run and maintain. But, they’re even more expensive to buy new. It’s worth making sure you keep your car in good working order if you want to avoid costs like this.

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About Sean Mackay

Sean writes about cars, golf and events going on in British Columbia, Canada. He is also the editor for The Automotive Review - an automotive publication bringing a West Coast flavour to its editorials.
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