By Jeremy Rochow
Last updated on: November 7, 2018 at 1:59 pm
Performing a simple car maintenance check once a month can help keep your car on the road and out of the workshop.
Schedule a time you’ll remember – maybe the first or last day of the month – to check the pressure and condition of your tyres, including the spare.
Look for cuts or wear, and make sure there’s at least 1.5mm of tread.
2. Engine oil
Use your vehicle’s dipstick to check oil levels once a month – and before a long journey – and top up if needed.
Remove the dipstick, wipe it, then push it all the way in and wait a second. Withdraw the stick and check the level.
Keep an eye out for stone damage, and if you spot any chips get them repaired as quickly as possible.
If left, chips can get bigger and will be harder to repair and could obscure your vision. Police could also pick you up for having a defective windscreen.
Check all your lights, including indicators, reversing lights, brake lights and fog lights.
Look out for blown bulbs and cracks, or dirt on the lenses.
Only check the coolant level when the engine’s cold, otherwise liquid could spurt out and potentially cause serious burns.
First, check the plastic overflow bottle which will have high and low line markings printed on the side – the ideal level is halfway between the two.
Next you’ll want to check the level at the radiator pressure cap. The coolant level should be near the top of the neck.
If necessary, top up the system using the recommended coolant or water. Avoid mixing types, as they can turn into a jelly-like substance and clog the cooling system.