Posted on 11th Apr, 2013 by Jonathan Peach
We all love the idea of jumping into our car and driving to destination without much thought about what keeps the vehicle running. However, there are simple car checks that every motorist should undertake every week to ensure their vehicle remains on the road and reduces the cost of lengthy car service at the garage.
There are several items on a weekly car check list and one of them is tire pressure. Ensure that the pressure is within the acceptable levels – this depends on the size of the car.
The unit for measuring pressure is PSI. Some tire manufacturers put the recommended pressure levels on the tires. Alternatively, consult the gas station attendant to assist you in case you need help.
Low pressure on tires causes poor cornering and braking. The tyres will also wear out very quickly. It is recommended that you check the pressure early in the morning when the weather is cool. Car manufacturers usually indicate the recommended pressure levels.
Lights should be checked out at least once a week. Well functioning lights are essential especially when driving at night. They will provide you the light to see as well as inform other road users of your presence on the road and your intentions such as a left or left turn or even stopping.
The light bulbs blow out sometimes – but all you need is to replace them. The best way to check the lights is by putting the lights on in order to check them out. If needs be, you can ask your friend to help you. Different cars use specific types of globes – please refer to your handbook and you will be advised on the best bulbs for your car.
The engine oil level is essential for the smooth operation of your car. Check the levels when the car is parked on a level ground. Locate the dipstick usually located on the front bonnet for many cars, remove it and use a clean piece of cloth to wipe it. Check the markers for low and full levels as indicated on the dipstick, put the dipstick back in and remove it out again. Check it carefully to see the oil level. The mark should be at full level. If it’s lower, generaously top up. After a top up, it’s recommended that you check the levels again.
Radiator coolant should also be checked to ensure it is within the acceptable levels. Let the car cool down completely before you touch the surrounding of the coolant area.
Most cars have a storage with a clear plastic marked, minimum and maximum. Make sure the levels are between the min and max. Top up if the level is low and use the recommended coolant. Never use tap water.
Checking the water to wash your windscreen only takes a few minutes. It’s usually stored inside a transparent plastic container so all you need is to add water until its filled up. If needs be, add some cleaning agents to help clean the dirt.
Never add ordinary cleaning detergents – it’s not recommended. The water comes form the jets, and hits the screen in the middle. The washer jets can be cleaned by use of a pin or needle to unblock any accumulated dirt but be careful not to damage them.
The smoke from exhaust fumes will stick to the windscreen, so it’s a good practice to clean the screen with quality glass cleaner on a weekly basis to help improve visibility.
Thanks to Servicing Stop for this guest post