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How can your car last long?

“Many year down the line, fuel efficient, great mileage, no complaints at all”. ………Have you ever felt the same for your car? People are lapping for new offers in the car market, but are not actually bothered to transform their old car into the same. Most of the car owners don’t even know if their car needs any “HELP”.

As it is been said, “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body”, so is the case with your car. With affordable expense one can uninterruptly enjoy his/her car performance, all you need to do is regular car servicing. Many of us are even lethargic to spend this much but they don’t realize the after effects of this. Your car’s performance improve, it becomes more tangible, efficient and there after requires less servicing. All these are enough to make your car’s longevity.

Engine oil, is a liquid used for lubrication of various internal combustion engines. While its main function is to lubricate moving parts. It oil also cleans, inhibits corrosion, improves sealing and cools the engine by carrying heat away from the moving parts. The majority of motor oils are derived from petroleum.

Oil should be light in color, smooth & free flow. If it is very dark, thick and foamy or has a strong smell of petrol, take the car to the workshop.

How to check?

Ø Put the car on a level surface.

Ø If the engine is cold, remove the oil dipstick by pulling the knob.

Ø Wipe off the end with a clean cloth to see the upper and lower mark.

Ø Push the stick back into the tube until it seats fully and pull it out again to see the oil level.

Ø It should be between the upper and lower mark.

Ø If oil is below the lower mark, take the car to your service centre to corrective actions.

Brake fluid is a type of fluid used in brake applications in motorcycles, automobiles, light trucks, and some advanced bicycles. Braking applications produce a lot of heat, so brake fluid must have a high boiling point to remain effective, and must also not freeze under normal temperatures.


Ø Visually check level.

Ø If level is close to low or below top up.

Ø Have a look at the inner side of the wheels and tyres to notice any oil leakage.

Ø If present, the wheel cylinders may be leaking, have it checked out at the workshop.

Caution: - Break fluid is harmful to the eyes.


Windshield washer fluid (also known as windshield wiper fluid), is a fluid for motor vehicles that is used in cleaning the windshield while the vehicle is being driven.


Ø Top up as required with either clear water or with commercially available washer soap solution.

Ø Never run the washer without water as this will damage the pump, wiper blades and windshield.


Engine coolant is a generic term used to describe fluids the remove heat from an engine. Antifreeze is a more specific term used to describe products which provide protection against freezing.


Ø Do not open radiator cap when engine is hot.

Ø Coolant reservoir cap can be open.

Ø Inspect level of coolant in reservoir, if top up is low.


Batteries act as a power storage which enables the car to move further. It is a small package of chemicals which could be harmful to the users if exposed freely or violated.


Ø Battery top terminals- clean and dry.

Ø Petroleum jelly on terminals.

Ø Non maintenance free battery: check water level.

Ø Top up if low with only distilled water.


Tires, especially the spare tire, could be up to a decade old, making them an accident waiting to happen. A ten year old tire can have deteriorated to the point of having rotted inside, when the tire is used at highway speeds the effect can be disastrous.


Ø Check pressure regularly, at a good shop/pump.

Ø Low Pressure leads to low mileage, high pressure can spoil ride.

Ø Fill air when tyres are cold.

Ø Recommended air pressure can be found inside the driver door.

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Today's car repair blog: Derekrap - 2018-01-22 06:38:56