As soon as once more, Jools the golden Peugeot is attempting to both kill me or bankrupt me! A easy Google of his signs led me to find he was leaking brake fluid, so it was off to the storage AGAIN! It solely price £64 to restore, however since I’ve simply used the final of my automobile fund to purchase street tax, it got here out of my dwindling emergency fund!
Vehicles are costly! Thankfully there are a whole lot of checks that we are able to make to make sure the protection and longevity of our automobiles. Here’s a guidelines of primary automobile upkeep, Gogoro 2 Delight easy sufficient that even I can do it! (In actual fact, I hereby problem myself to finish this guidelines this weekend!)
PLEASE keep in mind to verify the handbook on your automobile earlier than doing any of this upkeep to make sure you are utilizing the proper supplies and strategies. I’M A BIOLOGIST, NOT A MECHANIC!
1. Checking Your Tyres
There are two simple checks you are able to do on tyres. Firstly, verify they’re correctly inflated. This web site offers you information to what the right stress is on your automobile, however if in case you have specialist tyres then you must verify the producer’s directions. In case your tyres are too inflated, you run the danger that they’ll burst. If they don’t seem to be inflated sufficient, your automobile will use extra gas and shall be tougher to steer. If the stress will get actually low you threat damaging your wheels.
Secondly, verify the tread. Your automobile will fail its MOT if the tread is lower than 1.6mm deep. It won’t grip the street as nicely and may not cease once you need it to! A wonderful tip for checking tyre tread depth, which I noticed on Channel four’s Superscrimpers, is to slot a 20p piece into the tread. If the border of the coin is seen above the tread, the tyre wants changing. Verify this earlier than you ship your automobile for an MOT to keep away from failing and having to re-test!
2. Checking and Topping Up Engine Oil
When your automobile is totally cool (a number of hours after driving) and parked on flat floor, open your bonnet and pull out your oil dipstick. It normally has a loop on the high to hook it out of the engine. Wipe off the surplus oil from the top, reinsert it into the slot it got here out of then pull it again out. The oil degree ought to be between the minimal and most marks, normally denoted by a hatched area on the steel.
In case your oil degree is just too low, discover the image of an oil canister (see this picture). Take away this cowl and you’ll pour oil in to high it up. It’s essential to verify what sort of oil is required on your automobile, as a result of completely different automobiles require completely different oils. Yow will discover this data on-line or in your automobile’s handbook. Verify your oil degree once more afterwards to verify it’s now appropriate.
three. Radiator/Engine Coolant
Warning: do NOT do that when your automobile is scorching, as a result of the steam will scald you.
In case your automobile is water-cooled (most automobiles are), then you’ll have a radiator crammed with engine coolant. It’s an primarily sealed system, with the coolant absorbing the warmth from the engine then returning to the radiator to disperse the warmth out of the automobile. Nonetheless, the extent will run down over time. You do NOT need to be driving your automobile with no engine coolant – it’s going to overheat and will obtain irreparable harm.
The cap for the radiator is normally marked as “ENGINE COOLANT”, so it is not laborious to seek out the correct tank and take a look. If it wants topping up, you may want a 50/50 answer of water and antifreeze, which wailing both be ethylene glycol or propylene glycol. Check which one you want in your handbook.
four. Cleansing and Altering Windscreen Wipers
Because the video under reveals, you may clear your windscreen wipers utilizing alcohol to situation the rubber and lengthen the lifetime of the blade. If the rubber is cracked and the blades want changing, the video reveals you how you can do it your self simply. Do not pay a storage by way of the nostril to do that easy job for you!
5. Hold Your Automobile Clear
If you happen to stay close to the ocean, the salt within the air will trigger your automobile to rust prematurely and slowly fall to bits. My major drawback is that there are dairy farms at both finish of my lane. This implies there’s at all times a whole lot of mud (and worse!) on the street, splattering the beneath of the automobile and up the perimeters of the physique! This promotes rust too.
It may be actually disheartening to scrub as a result of you realize it is simply going to get muddy once more the following time you employ it, however I want to start out protecting Jools cleaner to cease him rusting!