Bank holidays are a great opportunity to give your car some TLC and you would be amazed what you can achieve with a spare a few minutes writes Suzanne Keane
These maintenance tips won’t take long, but done regularly, they can keep your car happy!
Too much oil in your engine can be just as bad a too little! The level on the dipstick should be somewhere in between the 2 marks – as shown
(you can see from the photo that my car needs a top up! Glad I checked).
Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean with a tissue, then dip it back in fully and see what level the oil is at when it comes back out. Also, have a good look around the engine bay for any signs of oil leaking. If you do this regularly you will notice a problem immediately!
If you have to top up your coolant regularly it can point to bigger engine issues (radiator, head gasket etc) – which is a good reason to keep an eye on it! Make note of the colour of the coolant in your car too (blue, red etc) because you will need to know which to buy – they turn brown when mixed due to a reaction and can clog pipe-work.You might be wondering why we need coolant in this weather but as your engine runs so hot it’s essential. Your coolant level should be somewhere between the minimum and maximum marks, as shown.
3. Wiper Blades
These should be smooth, not groan and clean the windscreen properly – with NO streaks! Let’s face it, we get plenty of rain in this country so we have to be prepared! There’s nothing worse than not being able to see what’s ahead and you would be amazed with the difference that new wiper blades can make!
4. Tyre Pressure
More than likely your local petrol station will have a machine for doing this. If you’re not sure what to do ask someone to show you – then you will know for next time!
The recommended tyre pressure for different loads in the car will be printed inside the fuel filler cap in either PSi or BAR (e.g. 2.10BAR = 30PSi). Your tyres will generally lose 2 PSi per month – so it’s important to check them regularly.
5. Spring clean
If you’ve got a long journey this evening, or a commute in the morning give your headlights a quick sponge bath, wipe down the dashboard with a damp cloth and treat yourself to a new air freshener – and some new tunes to sing along to!
5th June, 2017