The school holidays are about to begin so many have planned to go on holiday either to resorts or bring their children back to their hometowns. The long journey, of course, reminds the head of the family to bring the vehicle to a favorite workshop to undergo an inspection to ensure a smooth and safe journey. But for vehicle owners who have free time and like to do their own inspections, here we share 10 vehicle inspection tips before embarking on a long journey.
Radiators and water cooling fluids
Engine cooling fluid can be checked in two places, on the radiator and the auxiliary tank. The engine cooling fluid in the radiator can be checked by opening the radiator lid (radiator cap), make sure the fluid is always full in it. As for the additional tank, it usually has a set level. Make sure the liquid in it is always at the maximum level. Each type and model of vehicle usually uses a coolant (coolant) recommended by the manufacturer according to the ratio of the mixture with sure water. But there are types of cars that don’t use water; instead, 100 percent use the recommended coolant. Then be sure to read or call a mechanic before adding engine cooling fluid into the radiator and extra water tank.
Tires are essential in ensuring safety and smooth travel. The minimum tire tread depth has been set at 1.6 mm. Measurements can be made with coins or use other tools that can give readings greater than 1.6 mm.
Tire tread depth can also be checked on a mark placed by the tire manufacturer. Traveling in the monsoon season also requires thick tire treads to get through wet and potholed roads.
If a tire leaks while on the go, a damaged and unusable spare tire is undoubtedly annoying. Happening at night in the interior will certainly be a bitter experience with family members that will not be forgotten. The spare tire must be checked by adding air pressure and checking its condition. In addition to spare tires, “jacks,” “jack” rotors, and light reflectors that are usually triangular must also be checked to ensure that the tire change on the way runs smoothly. Make sure family members are out of the car and away from the road when changing tires.
Engine oil check is one of the most accessible checks; the owner needs to check the bonnet and pull out the “dipstick.” Make sure the engine oil is at the set level. If modern cars from Germany like Audi, car owners do not have to open the bonnet, instead press a few buttons, and the engine oil level will be displayed on the screen on the dashboard.
Wiper and windshield wiper fluid
Mirror wipers are usually made of rubber, so the rubber will usually be scratched due to friction with the dusty mirror. Inspecting the windshield wiper rubber is straightforward by simply installing the water pump (washer pump). The windshield wiper will work and see if there are lines on the mirror because the wiper rubber has been scratched. The price of a windshield wiper is very low now and is available for less than RM10 a stick, but make sure the new windshield wiper has a set size.
Turn on the lights and check one by one; maybe the inspection needs help; call your child or wife to help, for example, to see if the brake lights work or not. Apart from providing light to increase visibility in the dark, lights are also a tool to prevent accidents. Other drivers can see good lights, and sometimes the lights can also give a warning by raising and lowering it quickly.
Conveyor belt (fan belt or drive belt)
Conveyor belts are used for various functions, including alternator pulleys and compressors air conditioning systems; for cars that still do not use an electric power steering system. A conveyor belt is still used to turn the pulley of the hydraulic power steering pump. Inspection is done by checking the condition of the belt if it has been too hard and cracked. Ensure the belt is replaced with a new one without waiting because a broken belt can cause the car to stop, for example, if it happens to the alternator belt used to supply electrical power and charge the battery.
If you park the car in a cemented place or on a clean tarred road. An inspection can be carried out after a few hours by checking if any liquid is seen leaking and dripping on the surface of cement or tar. A leak that occurs will usually involve significant damage to the engine, for example, water from the radiator to the engine that the leak will heat up and damage the engine’s interior. Other hoses such as power steering system hoses that leak will cause the power steering system to malfunction. Visual and tactile inspection can also detect any signs of a hose that is old and needs to be replaced.
Tidy up and clean the vehicle
For some drivers who are too busy with various activities. Some items such as sports shoes, office shoes, and sports equipment. Such as rackets, balls, boxing gloves, and golf clubs are often left in the car. To start a long journey with all the family members, of course, requires maximum space. Then the vehicle owner can pack and put all the items in the right place in the house.
With increasingly advanced satellite navigation technology, various types of satellite navigation have been introduced. They can be used on smartphones. For example, Google Maps, which can provide the best route because they can detect any traffic problems in real time. Make sure your smartphone has an adequate data plan because satellite navigation applications typically use large amounts of data. If Google Maps are not famous for using big data, “offline” satellite navigation applications. Such as the Here application can also be used. But the function to provide the fastest route based on real-time traffic conditions is still weak compared to Google Maps.
Carlay Car Rental provides you all these facilities when you rent a car in Lahore.