Important car maintenance checks

Mobile Mechanic Mitcham, Mobile Mechanic New Malden

Have you checked your Car recently? Here’s a list of important things to check on your car.

 

The Oil

Check the oil level on the dipstick every two weeks and before any long journey by pushing the dipstick slowly all the way into its tube, then pulling it out again. Check under the car for any leaks. If you need to top-up your oil level do it slowly. The difference between minimum and maximum on the dip stick is usually one litre so be careful not to put too much oil in the engine. When topping up give the oil time to settle in the sump before rechecking the level. Make sure you use oil of the right grade and specification.
Contact your dealer to find out your service schedule, it is good practice to change you oil every year or 12,000 most of today’s cars.

 

 

The Coolant Level & Antifreeze strength

 

Get into the habit of checking the engine coolant level fortnightly – never open your coolant bottle when the engine is hot or even warm the water is pressurised and can jump out and burn you badly. If you find your self topping up twice in a month you should get your cars cooling system checked as it’s possible you may have a leak. Make sure the antifreeze strength is reported at your service.

 

 

The Tyre Pressure

 

It’s good practice to check your tyres every two weeks for signs of damage, splits or cracks, uneven wear and sharp objects in the tread.
Check tyre tread depth by purchasing an easy-to-use tread depth gauge.
Check tyres are inflated to the correct pressure fortnightly using a reliable gauge.

 

The Wiper Blades

 

 

Having a good, clear windscreen is vital for safe driving. If after cleaning your windscreen using the windscreen washer, your wiper blades do not clear the windscreen effectively then it’s possibly time to replace your windscreen wipers. Noisy Wipers blades should also be replaced.

 

 

The Windscreen Washer Fluid

 

 

Driving with a dirty windscreen can be distracting to say the least. Don’t forget to top up your washer fluid, using water is fine however using the correct mixture of washer fluid would clear your windscreen better and lower the freezing temperature of the water.

 

 

The Battery

 

The battery is as important as important as any other when considering your cars reliability. A failing battery can cause problems that can be like a needle in a haystack to find and it can let you down unexpectedly. A good test of your battery would be to leave your ignition on for 6 minutes, then try to start the car. If the car fails or struggles to start. You battery may require replacement.

 

 

The Spare Tyre

The spare tyre provides the means to get you on your way should one of your car tyres fail. You never know when or where a tyre may suffer a puncture and lose all its air pressure, so the spare tyre is as important as those in daily use.

It is therefore vital to familiarise yourself with the location of the tools you need to change a tyre, like the car jack and a wheel wrench to remove the bolts. It is also useful to carry a pair of gloves in your boot; changing a car tyre can be a dirty job and one that you may need to do under difficult circumstances.

Being prepared and having a good-fully-inflated spare tyre can help to get you out of a jam when you need to most.

Always include your spare tyre on a routine vehicle tyre pressure check. If your vehicle’s spare tyre is a ‘space saver’ tyre, then always read the label for usage and directions.

 

 

The Boot

 

 

Carrying unnecessary weight in your car has an adverse effect on your fuel economy, remove the items that you do not need regularly and you should see a boost in your acceleration and fuel economy.

 

 

The Brakes

 

 

The brakes are key to road safety, it’s the only system responsible for stopping you. The brake pads and discs are serviceable items, it’s very important to be aware of its condition. If you are unable to see the condition of your brakes thought the wheels contact us SP88 we will be happy to help.

The Brake Fluid

Adding brake fluid is usually not part of routine vehicle maintenance. Low brake fluid typically means that your brake pads are low and soon need to be changed. If you notice a sudden drop in the brake fluid level, it could indicate a problem with your brake system, or that you simply need to change your brakes.Have a professional check your brakes if you are unsure. If you are sure that your brake pads are in serviceable condition. It is recommended to replace brake fluid every two years.

 

 

The Lights – All of Them.

 

Ensuring your vehicle’s lights are working correctly is critical for your own safety and also other road users as it allows you to be able to see and help others to see you. A blown bulb will also result in an MOT failure, so make sure you check your lights before your test to avoid failing on this.

 

 

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