A lot of times, when cars break down, we have a tendency to blame the car or our mechanics for the supposed issues, however, we the owners are responsible for what happens to the cars in most cases.
Cars want and deserve a lot of care, and it’s the little things we do for them that determine how long they last and how well they serve us.
We at iknowmotors.com have put together a few daily checks that if included in your daily routine, will save you a lot of stress, money and also save the lives of others. And surprisingly, it is just going to last a maximum of five (5) minutes everyday.
Here we go:
A. Fluid and Oil Levels
1. The Engine oil
The engine consists of many moving metal parts, and metals need oil to be lubricated, and to prevent wear and tear.
It is very important that the engine oil level is up to gauge, or else, some severe engine damage could occur. And trust me, engine repairs don’t come cheap.
Check the engine oil dipstick everyday and make sure that the engine oil level is at optimum (Full ,F).
Check for possible engine leaks in the oil pan and and all around the engine. If any leaks are detected, it is advisable that the repairs be done as soon as possible,
2. The Brake Fluid and Clutch Fluid.
The braking system of vehicles deals with hydraulic pressure. For more information, click here.
Check the whole braking system for any leaks because it could be really dangerous both to you and other road users. And check the brake fluid level to make sure it is within the range.
3. The Power Steering Fluid
Check the power steering fluid to make sure it is up to the required level, because low power steering levels can make controlling the car a difficult task, as the steering will be difficult to turn. It can also cause loss of control in dire situations.
4. Automatic Transmission Fluid
This is only applicable to automatic transmission vehicles. The transmission comprises of a lot of metal parts, which are difficult to repair, and are always expensive to replace. It is therefore wise to make sure that it always has enough fluid to lubricate it. Check the dipstick to make sure that the oil is within the required level.
It is recommended that you have extra fluids in your car in case of emergencies
B. Engine Coolant
Nigeria, at present, is experiencing a severe heat wave, and just the way we humans dislike the heat, cars don’t find heat enjoyable too. Learn more about the cooling system here.
Coolant in vehicles, as the name implies, helps to keep the engines cool, and between a specific range of temperatures. If, for any reason, the engine temperature should rise above this range of temperature, the engine overheats.
Overheating is one thing you don’t want to happen to your engine, because mild overheating causes the engine to have a burnt gasket, while in severe cases, it could cause your car to catch on fire.
So, check that coolant level and save your life and a lot of money.
Batteries have indicators that show the present health of the battery.
- Green for good
- White for recharge
- Red for bad
- Black for replace.
Make sure to know your battery’s present health.
Also, make sure to check the battery terminals for corrosion as this can cause connection issues, which would give you headache and can be an embarrassment when you drive out.
D. Check all lights
Check and confirm that all the indicators, headlights and tail lights are in perfect working condition, you’ll be saving your life and that of many others by doing that, because you will be less of an hazard on the road this way.
E. Your tyres
Nothing has the ability to spoil your day like a flat tyre, and nothing can cause loss of control and accidents like tyres bursting on high speed.
Your tyres are the only thing connecting your car to the road and they deserve to be well taken care of.
Check your tyre every day for low pressure, low treading, wear and tear, cuts, and bulges.
if you notice anything wrong with your tyres, repair or replace them. DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT RISK YOUR LIFE OVER A PIECE OF RUBBER.
Wash your car regularly, keep it clean and tidy, it will help you to easily spot problems such as leaks, worn parts or damages
Another thing that you should do daily, is to take a walk around your car, look closely at the car to notice if anything is out of place.
If you do these regularly, I assure that even when your vehicle develops problems, you’ll not be taken by surprise, and you’ll be able to nip problems in the bud.
It should however be noted that these daily maintenance checks do not substitute or replace the regular comprehensive maintenance carried out on your vehicle, they are only complementary!
Driving safe is Driving Right! God Speed!!!