CHANGE YOUR OIL REGULARLY
Many car owners manual today recommend increasing the interval between oil changes. But frequent oil change is still necessary especially if you are maintaining a used car. Frequent oil changes flush abrasive dirt and metal particles out of the engine, thus prolonging its life. Change the oil filters because the old filters contain build up of oil and dirt particles that will otherwise remain and mix with the new, clean oil.
Video Clips on How to Change a Tyre, Check the Battery, Check Oil and Water and a Tyre Inspection
Also inlcuded are 10 Hints and Tips and car care
HINTS & TIPS
CHECK YOUR TYRES
Check your tyre pressure at regular intervals and keep them inflated to the recommended pressure specified in your user manual. Another thing to look out for is uneven wear. If you have properly maintained the tyre’s pressure, then uneven wear might suggest that it is time for wheel realignment. Uneven wear also suggests worn-out brakes or shock absorbers, a bent wheel or internal tyre damage.
Wash your engine at least every year. A clean engine runs cooler than a dirty one. A clean engine also enables you to easily spot leaks and service its components. You may have your engine professionally steam cleaned or you may opt to do it yourself. In this case, make sure you protect sensitive engine components including the air intake, distributor and electrical parts with plastic bags before getting started. You may use a grease-cutting detergent and a bristle brush to scrub the engine. Make sure to rinse thoroughly once done.
Many manufacturers recommend changing spark plugs every 50, 000 km. This ensures good fuel mileage and high engine performance.
Brake fluid is essential for the function of the brakes. Ensure that the fluid is replaced at least once a year as over time brake fluid absorbs moisture from the air which reduces the effectiveness of the brakes.
It doesn’t matter if the manufacturer claims that the battery is maintenance-free, you still have to regularly check your car battery to extend its life. Start by keeping your battery terminals clean. You may wipe it with a damp rag with some detergent if needed. Also check the battery case for any sign of damage. Cracks or bulges are signs that your car battery needs to be replaced.
DRIVE WITH CARE
Do not accelerate your engine during start-up as this quickly adds to the wear of the car’s engine. Accelerate slowly when you begin your drive. Shift to neutral at red lights to give the engine some time to rest. Be car considerate and you will be rewarded with longer time between repairs.
WASH YOUR CAR
Washing your car keeps it clean, shiny and free from corrosion. Remember to clean the car interior too. Dirt particles are abrasive while spilled liquids such as sodas and juices can be corrosive. Vacuum your car interior thoroughly and wipe the lenses on the dashboard with a soft damp cloth. Take your mats out and brush or hose them down. This will remove dirt that may otherwise create wear in your mats if they build up. Dry the mats thoroughly in the sun before placing them back in the car.
PARK IN THE SHADE
Parking your car in the shade prevents interior damage by UV rays and protects your car’s paint job. If a shaded area is not available, use a car shade to minimise the sun’s impact.
Whether it is a minor bumper bashing or a major collision.
Follow these 7 points
Stop. You are required by law to stop your vehicle after an accident.
Switch on your hazards, to warn other drivers of the accident.
Call the South African Police Service on 10111 or the Emergency Services on 10177 to assist you at the accident scene.
Record the relevant information from all the parties involved in the accident and at the scene. The following information:
description of the vehicles
details of the traffic officers
ambulance personnel, if present at the scene.
Record the extent of the damage but be careful of glass and spilt fuel and oil.
If the police were not present at the scene, report the accident within 24hrs and ensure you receive a case number.
Do not move the vehicles until the police have arrived especially if there are any injuries.