A Basic Check of Your Vehicle

August 16, 2016

car12There are some basic things that you can do to your vehicle, before spending all your hard earned cash on mechanics. These are things like checking oil, checking the brake fluid, checking the coolant level and checking the tire pressure.

Checking the oil was one of the most important things you can do in your vehicle. Because if your vehicle doesn’t have oil, it will seize up and replacing your engine is a very expensive exercise. Checking your oil only he takes a few minutes but will save you thousands.

A good rule of thumb, is to check your oil level every time you feel the car with fuel. If you own a business vehicles, like taxi, limo service, shuttle bus retail, hire cars or work vehicles, it is a good idea to check your oil more often. As you begin to check your vehicles oil more regularly, you will get to know how much oil your vehicle uses. Once you learn your vehicles oil usage, you can customise the times you check. Some older vehicles, may burn oil more frequently than their newer counterparts.

To check your oil Simply lift the bonnet, use a porous rag or tissue and lift the dipstick out of the engine block. Wipe the dipstick with the porous rag, then replace back into the engine block. Now lift the dipstick out again, and take notice on the end of the dipstick where the oil is sitting. There are two markers on the end of the dipstick, the one towards the bottom of the dipstick represents low-level oil, and the mark on the top of the dipstick indicates the full level of oil. You want your oil to sit right on the full car16marker, so that your engine is getting exactly the right amount of oil distributed through it. If the oil level is sitting below the full marker then you will need to add oil. You can do this yourself it is easy, but make sure you get the right grade of oil from your auto car shop. The sales assistant in the auto shop, will be able to give you the correct grade of oil for your automobile if you give them the make and model. To fill the oil, remove the rocker cover oil cap, and gently flow the oil into the engine. Only give the engine small amounts of oil, while constantly rechecking the dipstick. Remember that the oil will take a while to seek down into the sum of the engine. So don’t get fooled Into thinking the oil level will change instantly. Make sure you give it about 30 – 60 seconds to seep into the sump. When you have reached the full marker, replace the dipstick and secure the rocker cover oil filler cap.

car7To check the brake fluid consult your manual, and in the index it will tell you where the brake filler is located in the engine bay. The brake fluid will have Two markers on the side of the fluid housing that will indicate low and high levels. Like the engine, make sure the fluid is sitting at the full marker. By giving the auto shop the make and model they will give you the correct brake fluid to suit your vehicle. The careful, when removing the oil filler cap, brake fluid can splash out and hit you in the eye. It’s a good idea to wear a pair of safety goggles while undergoing as procedure.

car8To check the coolant level consult your manual, many cars have different types of cooling overfilled tanks. Some you fill directly into the radiator, others will have a side tank that you need to fill. Important! Make sure your radiator is cool when checking the level. If the radiator is hot, the coolant inside the radiator will be under high pressure, and can shoot out once the cap is released. This liquid is extremely hot and can scold you in a nasty way. Like the other two procedures make sure the coolant is at the full indicator and again is a good idea to wear safety goggles when filling your vehicle.

car14The easiest of all is to check your tire pressure, each time manufacturer will specify a different pressure level for your particular type of tire. The manufacturer will put the pressure level on the side of your tire. Look for the PSI of your tire, most manufacturers will have a minimum PSI and a maximum PSI. car13Sitting your vehicle tire on the minimum PSI, will give your a smoother ride because the tires have flexibility in them, but can use more fuel. Setting your automobile to the maximum level will make your right harder and can aquaplane more easily, but they can be more fuel efficient. It is a good idea to ask your manufacturer the best PSI for your type of driving.

Doing some of the basic stuff yourself can take a little time and learning. But if you keep your cars fluids at all the right levels you’ll ensure your buggy is running safely and smoothly.

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