Tips & Advice

A Few Simple Steps Each Month Helps Ensure Long Car Life

Engine

  • Checking Engine Oil Level. To check engine oil, park on level ground and wait until the engine has cooled down. Locate the oil dipstick, pull it out and wipe it clean, then push it all the way back in again. Wait a moment then pull it out again. Check the level of the oil. If it's between the high and low marks, the oil level is fine.
  • Checking your coolant level. Locate coolant reservoir. To check coolant level, wait until your engine has cooled down. Check out the 'low' and 'high' markings outside the reservoir, the level of coolant inside should be between the two. Remember, do not take the radiator cap off to check coolant levels because if the coolant system is still hot then it is still under pressure and the pressure release will burn you.
  • Check belts. At the front part of your car engine there are a series of rubber drive belts that loop around various pulleys, driving everything from the alternator to the a/c compressor. Rubber perishes, more so in extreme conditions like those found in an operating engine bay. Thus, get your timing belt and accessory drive belt checked every 40,000 km, preferably replacing it every 80,000 km.

Battery 

Check your battery terminals. If the battery terminals or contacts are not clean, it is more difficult for the current to pass through the electrical system. To clean, remove the terminal caps and clean each contact post with a wire brush to get a nice clean metal contact surface. Do the same to the other terminal caps, then reattach them.

Wheels & Tyres

  • Clean brake dust. Brake dust normally clings to wheels with static electricity so use a damp sponge and clean cold water to get it off.
  • Check tyre pressure. Check tyre pressure regularly. Bad tyre pressures will affect fuel consumption, car handling and ride comfort.
  • Check tyre tread depth. Most tyres come with tread wear bars built into them now. Find the tread wear bar of your tyres, examine it and if tread level is too low, replace tyres. Rotate your car tyres! Every 5,000 miles or 8,000km, rotate your tyres.

Regular Mechanical Inspection

For your safety, It is recommend to have your car inspected regularly by a mechanic. Beside visual inspection, ask the mechanic to get your car lifted and check major components such as brakes, suspension, etc., while having your tires rotated, for example.