In order for your car to remain safe and reliable, you will need to have it maintained regularly. In order for your vehicle to run properly, the oil and the cooling system needs to be healthy. In order for your tyres to be safe, they need to be checked often. If the car’s battery isn’t maintained, it can result in an inconvenient breakdown. Finally, your headlights, tail lights, and indicators need to be working properly for it to be safe for you to drive.
In order for you to be safe on the road and to keep your car from breaking down, you will need to have your car maintained regularly. Our maintenance plan will ensure that your car is in great shape.
Car Care Tips
In order to be safe on the road, there are 7 things in your car that should be checked out first.
• Engine oil
• The condition of the tyres
• The condition of the battery
• The levels of the transmission fluid and power steering fluid
• Windscreen washer fluid and wipers
• Headlight, taillights, and indicators
• The radiator and cooling system
9 Things You Should Check Before You Take a Road Trip
#1 How To Check Your Radiator and Cooling System
To check the coolant in the radiator, all you need to do is check the level in the plastic overflow bottle. The level of the coolant should register between the high and low markings. You should never remove the radiator cap when the engine is still hot. In order to avoid injury, let the engine cool down first. If you find that the levels are low, you should top it off with a coolant that is recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
If you find that you frequently need to add coolant to your car, there is a good chance that there is a leak. This is an issue that needs to be addressed right away. While the bonnet is still open, check the hoses and the pipes that lead to and from the heater and the radiator. If there is a stain in this area, there could be a link, a swollen or cracked hose, or a kinked hose that should be repaired by a mechanic.
#2 How To Check Your Engine Oil
To check your oil, you first need to park the car on level ground. Next, start the engine and let it run for a few minutes and then turn it off. While the engine is still warm, you should remove the dipstick and then wipe it clean using a cloth or a paper towel.
Next, put the dipstick back in the hole and make sure that it is all the way in. When you pull it out, you will be able to check the level of the oil. The level should be in between the low and high markers. If the oil is low, you should top it off with the oil recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. If the dipstick is completely dry, you shouldn’t start the engine. If there is no oil in the vehicle, the engine will seize. You should fill the oil before you try to start the car.
#3 Check Your Condition and the Pressure of the tyres
If your tyres don’t have the adequate amount of pressure, the car won’t be as safe as possible. To check the correct tyre pressure, it will be located on the placard on the tyre. It is often found inside one of the front doors. If you cannot find it, your owner’s manual will have this information.
The amount of tread on your tyres is also important. The legal minimum depth is 1.5mm. If the treads are lower, your tyres should be replaced. You should also inspect the tyres for damage such as bulges, cracks, or nails. To extend the life of your tyres by up to 20 percent, they should be rotated regularly. When having the tyres rotated, you should make sure that the mechanic rotates the wheel as well. The best time to have the tyres rotated is before a big trip.
#4 Checking the Battery Condition
Before checking the condition of your battery, make sure that you are not near an open flame or a lit cigarette. When a battery is charging, it produces an explosive gas. If there are caps on your battery, remove them. This will let you make sure that the fluid inside is deep enough to fully immerse the plates.
If your battery doesn’t have a cap, check for an indicator on the outside of the case. This will let you check the health of your battery. If the level is low, tip it off with distilled water but be sure not to fill it too much. When you replace the cap, check the clamps and make sure that they are clean and dry and not corroded.
#5 Check the Transmission and Power Steering Fluid
The correct way to check the levels of your transmission and power steering fluid differs from vehicle to vehicle. You should check your owner’s manual to find the correct method. If the levels are low, they should be refilled. If the levels are frequently low, you might have a leak that should be repaired by a professional.
#7 Maintain Your Windscreen Wipes and Washer Fluid
You should make sure that your windscreen washer fluid is full. You should only use washer fluid and never use household cleaners. If your wiper blades don’t clear the water from the windscreen or if they are split, they should be replaced.
#8 Check the Headlights, Tail Lights, and Indicators
It is important for your safety and the safety of everyone on the road that all of your lights are working. Test the indicators and headlights, including the high beams regularly. To check the rear lights, have a friend help. You can also use the reflection in the glass or on a wall to make sure that the brake lights work. If any lights are out, check the owner’s manual to determine the correct bulb for your car. If you cannot do this, you should go see a mechanic.
#9 Know The Signs That You Need Assistance From a Mechanic
If you notice the following signs, you should contact a mechanic right away.
• The dashboard light remains lit
• The temperature gauge is reading hot
• You hear any unusual noises while driving or when the car is parked and running
• The oil pressure gauge is reading low
• You notice grinding or squeaking when you apply the brakes
• The brakes go all the way to the floor when pressed
• You are using more gas than usual
• The vehicle runs rough
• The vehicle has dripped fluid on the driveway
• The vehicle has a smoky exhaust
You should understand that this is just a guide. You are going to need to take your vehicle to a qualified mechanic regularly for regular maintenance and inspection.