Tips to Maintain your car
07 August, 2019
Things to check in your Car
-Radiator and cooling system
-Transmission and power steering fluid levels
-Windscreen wipers and washer fluid
-Headlights, tail-lights, and indicators
Caution: Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot. Let it cool for a few hours to avoid injury.
While the engine is warm, remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with a clean cloth or paper towel. Reinsert the dipstick – make sure it’s fully inserted, otherwise, you’ll get a false reading.
Incorrect tyre pressures can reduce the life of your tyres and may make your car less safe to drive.
The correct tyre pressure for your car is located on the tyre placard, which is usually found inside one of the front doors. If you can’t find it, check the owner’s manual. It’s good to carry a basic pneumatic/ mechanical tyre pressure gauge in your car because service station gauges may not be accurate.
Checking car battery condition
Caution: Your battery is potentially dangerous, so don’t check it near a naked flame or a lit cigarette. Batteries produce an explosive gas when they charge, and the fluid inside is corrosive, so avoid any contact with your eyes, skin, clothing and painted surfaces.
If your battery has caps, remove them and check that the fluid inside is deep enough that the plates within are fully immersed. Some batteries without removable caps have an indicator on the outside of the case to let you quickly check battery health.
Transmission and power steering fluids
The right way to check your power steering and transmission fluid level differs between makes and models – you can find out how in the owner’s manual. A low fluid level in either could indicate a leak, which should be checked by a mechanic as soon as possible.
Maintain your windscreen wipers and washer fluid
Fill your washer bottle with clean water and the right amount of windscreen-washer additive. Don’t use household detergents as they can damage your paintwork and wiper blades.
If your wiper blades are not cleaning your windscreen properly, or are split or perished, they need to be replaced.