DIY things to make your car last longer.
Here’re 10 surprising ways to reduce how much you spend on your car, especially in Nairobi.
In the checklist let us know how many you do regularly…
- If it’s a Toyota (which they mostly are) get a proper riveting job done especially on the T logo front and back, and side indicators if your car has them. It costs about 1000 to do riveting and replacing those things will cost you upwards of 5000 plus it will save you from bad moods( nothing dampens one’s day like coming back to your car and finding a gaping hole on the side)
- Check fluids every 3 days i.e brake fluid, engine oil, washer fluid, brake fluid and radiator coolant.
- Check your tyre pressure regularly and rotate them once every 6 months as they dont wear out evenly, rotate them in a diagonal fashion e.g Rear left goes to front right.
- Avoid buying windshield wipers from hawkers esp those on Uhuru highway, its a lottery with those guys.
- Watch the dashboard lights, they are there for a reason. Any lights up get it diagnosed ASAP.
- If you mostly do city driving change your airfilter on every second service. That is every 10000 kms.
- Ask your mechanic to check your battery with a multimeter to ensure the correct voltage.
- Use OEM aka original parts as they last longer than the cheap generic parts esp spark plugs and brake pads.
- Wipe your engine with a wet cloth and an old toothbrush to get to the hard to reach areas. This you can do on those lazy weekends without a “plot”. Do not pressure wash your engine EVER.
- Keep the vehicle exterior and interior clean at all times. It preserves the paint work and interior trim.