Checking your brakes at least every year will give you advanced warning on brake pad breakdown. Putting off the less costly pad change can lead to much more expensive brake rotor repairs and even failure when driving. A major component in the Thai driving test is gauging how quickly you can slam on your brakes….for good reason.
You should visually check your tyre pressure every time you drive over distance. Rotate your tyres around every 9,000 km or as your manual recommends. Inconsistent wear will increase the speed your tyres fail as well as lead bad handling which could result in an accident. Refer to your car's manual for correct air pressure.
You’ll need to check your engine oil about every 3-4 months in the stop-go driving most of us do in cities. This will help prevent engine failure and car stalls in dangerous moments.
The timing belt needs the least maintenance on this list, but if it goes out on you it could lead to a full engine failure. So be sure to have it checked regularly and replaced when your manual suggests.
Often overlooked but the last thing you want malfunctioning in a rain storm are your cheaply replaced windshield wipers. You don’t use them as much as other items on this list, but when you need them, they’re a must.
It’s usually OK to have some minor things done at your local garage. But larger repairs and complicated maintenance work should be handled by trusted professionals. Check online reviews and pay once to have it done right the first time. You don’t want to be in the middle of the road when you discover a corner has been cut.