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Tips

  • Servicing a car that is out of tune or has failed an emissions test can boost petrol consumption by approximately 4%. It’s important to have regular tune ups.
  • Watch out for worn spark plugs. A misfiring spark plug can reduce a car’s fuel efficiency by as much as 30%.
  • Keep a close eye on your engine’s air filter. A clogged filter makes your engine work harder and fuel efficiency is reduced. Have your engine filter checked at each oil change (approximately every 3 months or as specified in your Owner’s Manual).
  • Fuel will evaporate if it has an escape! Loose, missing or damaged fuel caps are the culprit. Be sure to tighten the fuel cap each time to fill up!
  • Tyres - your tyres are the only thing that keeps your vehicle gripped to the road.
    Be sure to check tyre pressure when your tyres are cold.
    Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation (driver’s door pillar) for tyre pressure.
    Driving a car with tyres 7psi underinflated increases fuel consumption by nearly 8%.
    We recommend you check tyre pressure monthly.
  • Improve your vehicle’s fuel consumption by 1-2% by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. Choose an oil that states that it is “energy conserving) on the label. This oil contains friction-reducing additives.



GENERAL

When do I need to change my auto transmission oils?

Automatic oil changes are based on the manufacturer’s specifications or 40,000 kms or every 20,000 kms if frequently towing a load.

Why do I need to change my coolant?

Coolant degrades overtime. Rust and scale deposits can build up. Coolant should be changed every 2-3 years or as per the manufacturer’s specifications. Not changing your coolant is the main cause of mechanical breakdown in cooling systems.

Why do I need to change my oil?

Engine oil becomes contaminated with fuel, water, dirt and combustion by products. In time this reduces lubrication quality of the engine oil. Changing the engine oil and filter is more cost effective than major engine repairs!! We advise once a year or every 10,000kms for best results.



ENGINE

Checking Engine Oil Level

Park on level ground and wait until the engine has cooled down. Locate the oil dipstick, pull out and wipe clean, then push it all the way back in. Wait a moment, then pull it out. Check the level of the oil. If it's between the high and low marks, the oil level is fine.

Checking your coolant level

Wait until your engine has cooled down. Locate coolant reservoir. Check out the 'low' and 'high' markings outside the reservoir, the level of coolant inside should be between the two.

Remember, do not take the radiator cap off to check coolant levels! If the coolant system is still hot, it is still under pressure and you risk being burn when the pressure releases.

Check belts

At the front of your car engine there are a series of rubber drive belts that loop around various pulleys which drive everything from the alternator to the air conditioning compressor. Rubber perishes, especially in extreme conditions such as those found in an operating engine bay.Therefore get your timing belt and accessory drive belt checked every 40,000 km and preferably replace it every 80,000 kms.

 

BATTERY

If the battery terminals or contacts are not clean, it is more difficult for the current to pass through the electrical system. To clean, remove the terminal caps and clean each contact post with a wire brush to get a nice clean metal contact surface. Do the same to the other terminal caps, then re-attach them.

 

WHEELS & TYRES

Clean brake dust

Brake dust clings to wheels with static electricity so use a damp sponge and clean cold water to get it off.

Check tyre pressure:

Check tyre pressure regularly. Bad tyre pressure will affect fuel consumption, car handling and ride comfort.

Check tyre tread depth:

Most tyres come with tread wear indicators built into them. Find the tread wear indicator on your tyres, examine it and if tread level is too low, replace your tyres.

Rotate your car tyres!

Every 8,000kms we recommend you rotate your tyres.

Regular Mechanical Checks

For your safety, we recommend your car be inspected regularly by our qualified mechanic. Besides visual inspection, ask our mechanics to lifted the car and check major components such as brakes, suspension, etc.