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At ALMAN, we believe that proper maintenance is key to keeping your car running smoothly and ensuring its longevity. As a car owner in Kenya, where diverse terrains and weather conditions pose unique challenges, staying on top of maintenance is even more crucial. Here are some essential maintenance tips to help you keep your car in top condition:

1. Regular Oil Changes: Regular oil changes are essential for maintaining engine health and performance. Follow your service station recommendations for oil change intervals, and use the appropriate type and grade of oil for your vehicle. In Kenya’s dusty and high-temperature conditions, consider more frequent oil changes to prevent engine wear and overheating.

2. Check Fluid Levels: Regularly check fluid levels, including

  • Coolant
  • brake fluid
  • power steering fluid
  • windshield washer fluid.

Low fluid levels can lead to overheating, brake failure, steering issues, and reduced visibility. Top up fluids as needed and address any leaks promptly to prevent damage to vital components.

3. Inspect Tires Regularly: Check tire pressure and tread depth regularly, as improper tire maintenance can affect handling, fuel efficiency, and safety. In Kenya, where roads vary from smooth highways to rough terrain, maintaining proper tire pressure and tread depth is crucial for optimal performance and traction.

4. Keep Your Car Clean: Regularly wash your car to remove dirt, dust, and debris that can accumulate on the exterior. Clean the interior to remove crumbs, dirt, and spills that can attract pests and cause odors. Additionally, waxing your car periodically helps protect the paint from sun damage and corrosion in Kenya’s harsh climate.

5. Perform Routine Inspections: Schedule routine inspections with your service station of your car’s brakes, suspension, and steering components to identify any signs of wear or damage. Addressing issues early can prevent costly repairs and ensure your safety on the road, especially in Kenya’s diverse driving conditions.

6. Follow Maintenance Schedule: Adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule outlined in your car’s owner’s manual. This includes regular service intervals for items such as engine tune-ups, filter replacements, and belt and hose inspections. Following the maintenance schedule helps prevent breakdowns and extends the life of your car.

7. Address Warning Signs Promptly: Pay attention to warning signs such as strange noises, dashboard warning lights, or changes in performance. These could indicate underlying issues that require attention from a qualified mechanic. Addressing problems promptly can prevent further damage and costly repairs down the line.

8. Replace Air Filters: Air filters prevent dust, dirt, and debris from entering your engine and can become clogged over time. Replace your engine air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles, or as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer, to maintain optimal engine performance and fuel efficiency.

9. Rotate and Align Tires: Rotate your tires regularly, typically every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, to ensure even wear and extend their lifespan. Additionally, have your tires aligned periodically to prevent uneven wear and ensure proper handling and steering.

By following these maintenance tips, you can keep your car running smoothly and reliably, ensuring your safety and satisfaction on Kenya’s roads.

At ALMAN, we’re committed to providing our customers with quality pre-owned cars and empowering them with the knowledge to maintain their vehicles effectively. Explore our selection of pre-owned cars today and experience the confidence that comes with being a well-informed car owner with ALMAN.

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