If you have a vehicle, it’s imperative that you regularly check and maintain it, in order to keep the precious cargo inside safe and sound. Performing regular once-overs of your car shouldn’t just be left to the last minute before you embark on a road trip, either. Whether or not you use your car regularly, it’s vital that you keep it in tip-top condition so that it does not break down on you unexpectedly. We’ve put together an easy to follow, 7-step process that will ensure your car can get you where you need to go.
- Radiator and cooling system
If, like me, you avoid looking under under the hood of your car, perhaps it’s time you took a lesson or two in learning how to look after your vehicle. Checking the radiator coolant is as easy as looking at the level in the plastic overflow bottle of most cars. The coolant level should be in between the high and low markings. If you’re unsure, contact a reliable mobile mechanic in Brisbane to check for you.
- Engine oil
Without oil, an engine simply would not run.
In order to check your car’s oil, when the car is still hot (i.e. you have just parked), remove the dipstick from the oil chamber and wipe it clean with a paper towel. Then, reinsert it, remove it, and check the oil reading. If your oil is low, make sure that you top it up with the recommended oil for your car.
- Tyre condition
If your tyres don’t have the correct pressure, they can wear out quicker and make your car more dangerous to drive. You can check the tyre pressure of your car at any service station. However, be sure to check your car manual the correct tyre pressure for your particular car. Most service stations have an air pump available for you to pump your tyres up.
- Battery condition
First things first, never check your battery near an open flame or lit cigarette, and also avoid contact with eyes, skin, clothing and paint. Next, check your battery’s fluid level by removing the cap and ensuring that the plates inside are immersed in water. If the battery’s level is love, top it up with distilled water, but don’t overfill it. See a full demonstration here.
- Transmission and power steering fluid levels
As with all items on this list, ensure that you check your car’s manual to see exactly how you should be checking your power steering and transmission fluid. A low fluid level in either could indicate a leak, which should be checked by a mechanic as soon as possible.
- Windscreen wipers and washer fluid
Make sure that you fill your washer fluid chamber with the right amount of water and washer fluid. Don’t use dishwashing detergent, as this will damage your windscreen and wipers. If your windscreen wipers don’t seem to be cleaning your windscreen, they might need replacing.
- Headlights, tail-lights and indicators
One of the most overlooked safety features of a vehicle, make sure that you check your headlights, tail-lights and indicators regularly. If one of your lights are out, ensure that you replace the globes with the right ones.
Like any large asset, your car needs some TLC from time to time. Next time you get in your car to drive it, take a little bit of your time to run through these seven steps to ensure that your car is working as safely and soundly as it should.