Maintenance tips for your vehicle

Vehicle Maintenance

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Doing regular and routine vehicle checks will help you save money and keep you and your family or passengers safe.

Pressure and tyre tread – Check your tyre pressure at least once a week. If you notice dips, wear and tear, and sawtooth edges in the tyre tread, quickly visit your mechanic.

Brakes – The brake pads must be in optimal condition. If it takes excessive effort to stop or if they squeak, have the car checked by a professional.

Battery – Make sure the connections are snug and free from corrosion. Never attempt to charge a dried-out battery. For issues beyond your control, visit a garage.

Engine coolant – Check the coolant fluid level at least once a week to ensure it is in between the maximum and minimum indicators. Make sure the coolant reservoir is filled with antifreeze to protect the engine from overheating.

Oil – Check the oil level every few hundred miles. If you regularly run low on oil, be sure to report it to your service provider.

Cooling fan – This should come on when the air conditioner is turned on to maximum. No fan may mean a defective fan motor, relay or electrical problem and should be checked immediately.

Windscreen – Only use a windscreen washer fluid or plain water if it is not available.

Handy Hints
• In the UAE, normal car battery life is 60 months
• Tyres with incorrect pressure may have less grip
• If you hear squeaking when braking, visit a garage

Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Classifieds The writer is a freelancer