Essential Car Service Parts and Maintenance Tips

A Guide to Car Wiper Blades

A lot of car owners feel that a service is something that only needs doing when their vehicle has done a certain number of miles, as specified by their owner’s handbook. While this, to some extent, is true; there are a lot of car service parts you can buy and routine maintenance tasks that you can do anytime to keep your car performing to the standard you would expect.

Having parted with thousands of hard-earned pounds for your car, you want it to run smoothly every time you turn the key. You also want to get every possible mile from each fill-up, especially with the cost of fuel prompting many to switch to more efficient models in recent years.

So rather than waiting for the magic figure to come around on your odometer, get your spanners out and make a few simple adjustments to your vehicle, replacing them with some of our car service parts to maximise the look as well as the performance and economy.

There are a number of different things that will need to be ticked off if you are to ‘officially’ service your car at home, many of which the everyday car owner might not be able to do themselves without the advice or assistance of an expert.

However, there are still a significant number of things that anyone can do.

Key car service parts and tips

 Oil Filters

The first of which is to check your oil and the oil filter. In order to check the oil levels in your car you will need to have had the engine running for a short period of time, just long enough to warm the oil so that it is flowing freely and easier to measure.

Changing the filter and the oil itself is a good way of keeping the engine clean, preventing any potentially harmful materials from getting into the system and corroding the main block.

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Oil filters can be removed relatively easily, so if you’re only changing this component it’s a quick and easy solution, just make sure that whichever oil filter you replace it with, (and there are a range of oil filters in our online store to help you choose the right one for your car), you put a light coating of oil on the gasket before you put it in place.

Spark Plugs

They might look like small, relatively insignificant components under the bonnet, but spark plugs are some of the most crucial parts of your car. They provide, as the name suggests, the initial spark of electricity that fires your engine into life when you turn the ignition key.

Over time these plugs will start to wear, as the metal is worn down slightly each time you start the engine. This means that the next time you start the engine you need an increase voltage, placing extra strain on the plug. They can, however, be replaced quite easily and it doesn’t even take that long.

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A ratchet or torque wrench is a great way of ensuring that the plug is removed – and replaced – safely and securely. Slowly remove the existing plug from the engine block by pulling the wire away to reveal the plug itself. You can then use your ratchet or torque wrench to loosen and remove the plug. Simply repeat the process in reverse to insert the replacement.

If you’re not sure on the right spark plugs for your car then you can speak to one of our advisors who will help you to choose the best spark plugs for your make and model from our online store.

Air Filters

Your car needs to bring fresh, cool air in to regulate the temperature of the various systems and components – and those on board. Air filters, such as those available in our online store, are designed to catch loose materials in the atmosphere or those that have come off the road, stopping them from getting into the engine or the interior of the car itself.

They are very easy to change and often screw or clip in and out, making it one of the simplest home servicing tasks. While not that complicated, it can help to ensure that the engine remains clean and that you and your passengers are comfortable at all times.

Wiper Blades

The wipers, again, may not actually get you more speed or power out of the engine and they might not help you drive more economically, but they will help you to see through the harsh weather conditions.

A lot of drivers leave it until their windscreens are completely smeared by worn wiper blades before changing them, but they should be replaced every six to twelve months or when you start to notice deterioration in their performance.

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Replacing the blades is simple in the majority of cases, with most modern wiper blades simply clipping in and out of the housing. It may also be worth topping up your windscreen washer bottle at this stage too.

You should never take risks when it comes to your ability to see on the roads, so check your owner’s manual or speak to one of our advisors to make sure that you choose the right wiper blades for your car as they do vary in size and connection.

Bulbs

Finally, you should check that all of your bulbs are working and that the covers are clean. A lot of motorists are completely unaware that they have lights out unless they have a modern car that presents a message to them on the dashboard.

It is vital that every light is working, not just so that you can see where you are going, but so that other road users can see you and your intentions. You can check them all quickly and easily by parking against a wall and switching on the side and dipped headlights, followed by the main beam.

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You can do similar with the indicators, but it is worth getting assistance from a friend or family member to check that the brake, rear, number plate and reversing lights are working while you push the brake pedal or engage reverse gear.

To change the bulb is quite simple once you get the hang of it. In the majority of cases they simply need to be accessed from inside the vehicle – or by removing the outer casing – and then they clip in and out.

We stock a wide range of bulbs for all makes and models, so if you do need any replacement bulbs for your car, take a look in our online store.

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