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Vehicle Maintenance

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Maintenance You Can Do at Home to Keep Your Car at its Best

Tyres

  • If you haven’t already, it is good practice to be in the routine of checking the pressure of your tyres regularly. Sometimes a slow leak can be fixed early to avoid getting a flat while you are out and about on the road.
  • Not only will checking the tyre pressure reduce how often you need new tyres but will also reduce fuel consumption.
  • For information about the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle, see your tyre pressure sticker which is located on the inside of the driver’s door, or in your owner’s logbook.
  • Driving on a flat tyre for any length of time could cause damage to your rim so make sure you only drive it as long as is needed to find somewhere to stop safely.

Check for:

  • Uneven wearing on tyres or fabric showing.
  • Splits or cuts in the sidewall of the tyre.
  • Lumps or bulges in the tyre.
  • Foreign objects in the tyre.
  • Regular rotation of the tyres.

 

Washer Fluids

The washer fluids in your car need to be checked and topped up fortnightly to ensure that there is enough fluid in the reservoir when you need to use them. To locate the correct reservoir for topping them up refer to your owner’s manual.

 

Air Conditioning

  • Your air conditioner needs to be run at least once every few weeks, even during the winter when you aren’t using it, to ensure that the components in the system are kept well lubricated.
  • You may notice a decrease in engine power while using the air conditioning system. This is because the system uses power from the engine to run, so don’t worry this is normal. As a result you may also notice an increase in fuel consumption.
  • Hearing a hissing sound inside the cabin of the car when the air conditioner has been turned off is normal.
  • If your air conditioning system is not cooling as well as it used to this could indicate that it is in need of reconditioning which involves removing the old gas and refilling it with fresh or reprocessed gas. This work needs to be done by a licensed air conditioning expert or your dealer.

 

Oil

  • It is very important to ensure that your car always has enough oil in it, otherwise the engine will cease up, which is a costly repair. Check oil every couple of weeks and top up as required.
  • Always have the car is on a flat surface, and ensure that the engine is warm, but not too hot when checking oil. If you have just finished driving, wait a few minutes for the car to cool down before checking.
  • Only use the oil that is specified in your owner’s manual and never add supplements as these are not recommended by the manufacturer and could cause damage to your engine.

 

Engine Coolant

  • The engine coolant reservoir serves the function of assisting your radiator to keep the car cool and needs to be topped up regularly to the ensure that it does not run out of water.
  • Always only use the specified coolant which needs to be mixed in the correct ratio with fresh, clean water.
  • Never top up your engine coolant more than the maximum amount as directed on the reservoir.
  • Notice how often you need to top it up and if you are going through a lot of engine coolant this could indicate that your car has a leak somewhere.

 

Brakes

  • Your brake fluid is another important fluid that needs to be changed regularly as it absorbs moisture from the air as well as heat from the braking system.
  • The brake fluid will gradually become contaminated which can cause corrosion to the components in the system if it is not changed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Regular changes of the fluid will prevent problems with the cars braking system as it flushes out contaminants.

Be sure to contact your dealer if you notice:

  • Your brake starts to feel a bit spongy or the brake has to be pushed down further to get it to work.
  • Leaking or discolouration of the brake fluid.
  • Smelling a burnt odour when applying the brakes.
  • If brakes seize or are not working as they normally do.
  • If you feel a pulsing vibration while applying the brakes this could indicate problems with the system.

Wheel Alignment

  • Having regular wheel alignments helps to reduce uneven wear on the tyres, and assists with safe handling of the vehicle.
  • If steering wheel is off centre or pulling to one side this could indicate that the car needs a wheel alignment.