Maintenance of a car is not an easy task and you have to check on a lot of things. To make your job easier, we have come up with handy tips to maintain you car. Let’s talk about them one at a time.
Checking the engine oil
Oil lubricates, cleans and cools your car’s motor. If insufficient oil is available then the motor is at genuine risk of harm. The measure of oil in a motor relies upon:
- The type of motor
- The measure of wear
- How the car is driven
You ought to check the motor oil level in any event once a fortnight and top it up as required. Never include an excessive amount of oil, as this will create excess pressure that could harm the motor seals and gaskets, and cause oil spills.
How to check the motor oil levels:
- Make sure that the motor is cold and the car is on level ground.
- Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with a cloth. Reinsert it completely, pull it out again and see to it that the oil imprint is somewhere in between the marks.
- If the oil is beneath the mark, you will need to use more oil.
- Find the oil filler top, normally found on the highest point of the motor and checked ‘oil’. Unscrew this carefully and spot to the other side.
- Pour in a little measure of new oil and recheck the level with the dipstick. If necessary, repeat until you have the right oil level.
In the event that the oil does need fixing up, you need verify if you have used the right oil and if it is the same as what was previously there in the motor. Your car’s owner’s manual will give you detailed directions. Also, when you go for a car servicing, do enquire about the engine oil status.
At regular intervals it is fundamental to empty the oil out of a car motor and supplant it with new, unused oil. This should be done at least once every 10,000 miles. But then, you should check your owner’s handbook for the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Checking the engine coolant
Motor coolant helps expel excess heat from your car’s motor. It is a blend of water and antifreeze. In the event that coolant levels are too low, your car’s motor can overheat causing the motor genuine harm. Check your coolant levels once a fortnight or before a long trip.
- Locate the motor coolant reservoir. Check that the level is between the min and max marks. In the event that the level is underneath the min mark, you will need to include additional liquid.
- Never fix the motor coolant filler on top while the motor is hot. Genuine scalding could result because of hot liquid under high pressure getting away from the radiator. Place a material over the top and unscrew it gradually. This will permit any pressure to get away.
- Fill the reservoir to the max mark. Supplant the top.
- Never add cold water to an overheated motor, let it cool for some time first.
- Never overfill or the system will blow the overabundance out when it warms up.
By chance if any of the coolant gets on your skin or on your car’s bodywork, wash it off instantly. It is poisonous to you and can cause paint harm to your car.
Brake fluid levels
When you push on the brake pedal you are actually pushing against a plunger which strengths brake liquid through a progression of tubes and hoses to the braking unit at every wheel. So no brake liquid, no brakes.
To check the brake liquid level:
- Locate the brake liquid.
- If you find yourself adding brake liquid frequently then an expert workman should check the braking system for any leak.
- Brake liquid is extremely toxic. Keep it far from hands and eyes, and abstain from spilling it on the ground. Discard empty containers carefully. Be particularly watchful not to spill brake liquid on your car’s paint.
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