Planning on going on a road trip on this school holiday? Before you do so, please check your car to make sure that it is in good condition and running smooth. This will help you to drive safe and avoid any breakdowns or mechanical issues. Love your Family and do protect them with a safe trip!
1. Check The Fluids In Your Car
To Check Engine Oil
- Pull out the dipstick and wipe the oil with a piece of cloth/tower
- Place the dipstick back in and pull it out again.
- There are markings that read full or low. (Please note that the oil level should be somewhere between those two readings)
- A low reading could indicate your engine is leaking or burning oil, which can damage if left untreated.
- If the oil looks dirty, it’s time to change the oil.
- Also check Eg: oil, brake fluid, coolant, and windscreen wash levels
2. Change Engine Oil
It is important to change the oil about every 10,000 KM, or according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Run your engine for about 5 minutes.
- Secure your car in a flat, stable and even terrain and raise it.
- Drain the old engine oil.
- Remove the oil filter and clean the filter compartment.
- Place the new oil filter
- Add new engine oil.
- Start your car’s engine and let it run for a few minutes.
- Check the engine oil level.
3. Check Your Tire Wear
It is important to check your tires for wear at least once a month and before and after long trips.
- Tires become unsafe when they’re worn, and once the tread is down to 1/16th of an inch (1.6mm), the tire is no longer safe.
- Look at the tread pattern. “tread wear bars” are small bridges that form between your treads. Replace the tires when these bars become flush (level or even) with the tire’s tread.
- Check the tread by using a coin. If you can see a very top of “Malaysia” word, replace the tires immediately
4. Check Your Air Pressure.
It is important to check your tires before you’ve driven or at least three hours after you’ve driven.
- Purchase a trusted tire pressure gauge.
- Insert tire pressure gauge into the valve stem on your tire.
- Recommended pressure is usually between 30 and 35 PSI.
- Most gas stations have a free air pump for your tires available on the side of the station
5. Check Your Car's Air Filter.
Air filter extracts dirt and dust particles from the air, you should change it at least once a year or every 20,000 miles. Replace it more often if you do most of your driving in a dusty or sandy area.
- To change or clean the air filter in the central air system, Ensure that the system is off.
- Locate the filter inside of the furnace (or air handler for electric systems).
- A dirty air filter prevents the necessary volume of clean air from reaching the engine which affects the emission control systems of the car.
- Besides that, it could also reduce airflow and cause a too rich air-fuel mixture which can foul the spark plugs. Fouled spark plugs can create an engine miss, rough idle and even starting problems.