You’ve probably seen a pretty old car running on the road and wonder if you’ll be able to do the same with your car. The secret lies in car maintenance. Sure, older cars lose their lustre and if you’re not in the search for a new toy just yet, putting in the effort to maintain your car will prolong the lifetime of your car for a couple more years till you’re ready for a new one.
One of the most neglected acticity vehicle owners do is to read the owner’s manual. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to vehicle maintenance. The owner’s manual will tell you the recommended oil change schedule, tyre rotation schedule and everything else related to your vehicle. It will literally tell you everything you need to know about your vehicle.
Learning the meaning of different warning light indicators comes a close second in activities vehicle owners disregard. Most modern cars nowadays use warning lights on the dashboard to tell drivers of the impending trouble. Some warning indicators might even require the immediate attention of a mechanic. More costs could be needed to rectify the problem if a driver cannot interpret the warning lights from the start.
Most vehicle owners know how to check tyre pressure but do you know what is the optimum tyre pressure for your vehicle? A majority of tyre related accidents are caused by under inflated tyres. An under inflated tyre can decrease the mileage and handling and even lead to a dangerous blowout. An over inflated tyre can result in the car skidding during rainy seasons as it decreases the contact area between the tyre and the roads. To know the optimum tyre pressure for your vehicle, and that is different for all vehicles, you can either refer to the owner’s manual or the door panel by the driver seat of your vehicle.
Remember to check tyre pressure when the tyres are cold. If they’ve been running for a while, let the tyres rest for 4 hours before you check the pressure. Also, do not neglect your spare tyre. Just because you’re certain there is a spare tyre in our trunk doesn’t mean it will be useful in times of emergency. Unless you’re planning to spend on a tow truck, its time to put checking spare tyre pressure on your to-do list.
Besides the tips above, a vehicle needs its engine, coolant, timing belt, air filter, spark plugs, fuel injection system and a whole load of other parts checked regularly. The easiest thing a vehicle owner can do is to send their vehicle for regular servicing based on the schedule in the owner’s manual.
In the tropical Malaysian weather with heavy rainfalls and scorching hot days, it is imperative to have a clean windshield and wipers that work. Wiper blades are installed on the exterior of the vehicle and are constantly exposed to UV rays which reduces its lifespan. Wipers allow for better visibility during a tropical rainfall. The recommended interval for wiper replacement is 6 months to a year based on its usage. The next time you’re at the petrol station waiting to fill up, perhaps take the time to check on your wipers instead of the hot guy/girl?
Claiming ownership of a vehicle comes with a slew of responsibilities so perhaps its time to consider if you’re ready for a vehicle if you are currently in the process of getting one. For all vehicle owners out there, its not too late to start taking care of your vehicle like an adult. After all, you vehicle takes you to work, dates and vacations. Your car is worth the extra effort.
The only thing separating your car from the road is its tyres. A properly looked after tyre lessens the chance of a blowout and keeps your vehicle on the road, as it should. Most people overlook the importance of maintaining proper tyre pressure.
Maintaining proper tyre inflation is relatively simple and essential to the overall performance of your vehicle. A properly inflated tyre will provide longer life, quicker steering response, better fuel efficiency and a smoother ride compared to an improperly inflated tyre. Both under and over inflation can cause problems such as premature thread wear and even tyre failure. It is recommended that you check your tyre pressure every month.
Most people know how to add pressure to tyres but do you know what is the correct pressure for your vehicle? That information is readily available on a placard on the driver’s door jamb or in your owner’s manual. Tyres should be inflated when they are cold to get an accurate reading. Remember to inflate your spare tyre as well. It doesn’t hurt to prepare your umbrella before it rains.
It is recommended to have a separate tyre pressure gauge. There is a high margin of error for pressure gauges located at service stations due to their exposure to weather and are possibly inaccurate. It is a good idea to invest in an inexpensive gauge that will be more reliable. This will also allow you to measure the pressure when the tyres have cooled.
Besides tyre pressure, tyre thread depth also plays an important role in providing a smooth and safe ride. A heavily worn thread will prefer a tyre from performing and lead to dangerous driving conditions. New tyres typically come with 7mm to 9mm thread depths. Some tyre models will have deeper threads than other models. It is vital to maintain a minimum thread depth of 1.6mm for your tyres.
Your tyre should have consistent wear all around. Uneven thread wear could be a sign of improper inflation, wheel alignment or other problems. If you notice uneven thread wear, have your tyres checked by a professional to avoid more serious problems.
A simple way to check tyre tread depth is by using a tyre depth gauge. These can be found at local workshops or accessories stores for a relatively inexpensive price. However, it should be kept in mind that a thread depth gauge is not the best indicator for whether your tyres are road-worthy. Tyre performance and diminish significantly even if the thread is more than 1.6mm. A tyre with improper thread wear could result in hydroplaning or lose control in rainy conditions.
Besides tyre pressure and tyre thread depth which are relatively easy to check, wheel alignment contributes to your tyres performing properly and help them last longer. It improves handling and prevents your vehicle from pulling to one direction or vibrating strangely on the road.
Alignment refers to an adjustment of your vehicle’s suspension; the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tyres which affects how they come into contact with the road.
Do have your vehicle checked by a professional immediately if you notice uneven thread wear, the vehicle pulling to one direction, steering wheel going off centre when driving straight or steering wheel vibration. It is impossible to “self-align” your vehicle, you will do more harm than good to your vehicle. Save your time by getting your vehicle checked by a professional.
We all know our vehicles require regular maintenance to keep them operating at 100%, but sometimes life can get in the way. Work, family and many other factors can take precedence over taking our cars to the mechanic to have servicing and repairs carried out. Having to take a day off work to drop the car off and wait around until it’s completed, or work out a way to get to and from work as well as doing the school run can make the idea of visiting the mechanic shop a daunting thought.
But, there is a solution to all this - mobile mechanics. Mobile mechanics usually operate from a fully stocked van or utility, and can perform almost all the same tasks that traditional bricks and mortar mechanical workshops can. Here are 5 benefits of using a mobile mechanic for your next service or repair.
1. They come to your home or workplace
The most obvious benefit of using a mobile mechanic is that they can work on your car at your home or while you are at work. As long as you have a flat, safe area away from main roads, a mobile mechanic can carry out servicing and repairs, leaving you to continue your day at home or work without having to worry about getting to and from the workshop.
2. They can come to you when you are broken down
If your vehicle has left you stranded on the side of the road with a flat battery, or something more serious, a mobile mechanic can make their way out to you and may even be able to fix your vehicle on the spot, saving you from paying for a tow truck to your nearest workshop and then waiting for them to have an opening available to look at your vehicle.
3. They can carry out almost all servicing and repairs on site
Mobile mechanics are fully qualified to carry out the necessary repairs on your vehicle, from brakes to timing belts and everything in between. There can be some repair jobs that they are unable to carry out, such as repairs that require a hoist, but the mobile mechanic will be able to inform you of these repairs and can often organise a workshop to carry these larger jobs for you.
4. Mobile mechanic services are often cheaper than their workshop counterparts
Due to not having large overheads that are common with workshop, mobile mechanics can often pass these savings on to you when you have your vehicle serviced or repaired by them.
5. You can oversee the work carried out
When you drop your vehicle off at a workshop, you may not be able to see what is happening on it, whereas with a mobile mechanic, you can speak to them during the process, and go through any parts or components that require replacing with the mechanic - although keeping your distance when the mechanic is working under the vehicle is advisable so they are not distracted.
So next time your vehicle is due for a service or repair, consider using a mobile mechanic - like one from SERVCAR - to have your vehicle serviced at your home or work.
Pernahkah kenderaan anda gagal diwaktu anda mermerlukannya?
Pernahkah kenderaan anda tidak dapat berfungsi seperti mana yang sepatutnya?
Pernahkah anda berasa takut untuk memandu kenderaan anda pada masa perayaan, pada masa balik kampung ataupun pada masa dimana anda perlu memandunya untuk satu perjalanan yang jauh?
Mestilah tidak pernah anda memikirkannya jikalau kenderaan anda adalah baru. Apakata jikalau kenderaan anda telah berusia..6 tahun? 8 tahun? 10 tahun?
Bah kata pepatah : "PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE"
Kami di ACCMS sangat memahami perasaan dan situasi yang dinyatakan diatas. Banyak pelanggan kami mengalami masalah kenderaan yang mana jikalau diperika ataupun diketahui awal, adalah boleh dielak daripada menjadi masalah besar.
Disini kami memberi sedikit tips memeriksa kenderaan anda yang anda boleh lakukan sendiri.
1. Periksa tangki coolant (tu.. yang berwarna hijau/merah..). Air sepatutnya berada diantara MAX and MIN. Jikalau paras air berada dibawah MIN, tambah air and terus ke bangkel kereta untuk check kebocoran... (air tidak akan hilang jika tidak bocor/ada masalah). Kebocoran air adalah sangat serious jikalau tidak diperhati dengan baik. Engine tu boleh mengalami kepanasan yang lebih (overheat la tu). Ada pulak, kebocoran berlaku didalam engine... ah.. itu habis-Air masuk engine, satu engine kena tukar/overhaul.
2. Periksa minyak pelincir (minyak hitam). Ada itu alat ukur panggil "dipstick". Paras minyak perlu berada diantara MAX-MIN. Ada yang mempunyai 2 titik. Sama maksud - mesti berapa diantara 2 titik tersebut. Jikalau, paras minyak berapa dibawah titik/MIN yang paling bawah, segera beli 1 liter minyak pelincir dan hantar ke bengkel. Adalah kemungkinan besar terdapat kebocoran atau masalah dalaman engine menyebabkan minyak pelincir dibakar terlalu banyak. Kehilangan atau kekurangan minyak pelincir juga adalah masalah yang serious. Satu engine boleh rosak kalau dibiarkan lama-lama.
3. Rasa and dengar semasa memandu. Kita boleh merasa perbezaan and bunyi yang pelik semasa memandu. Ini la penunjuk kenderaan anda akan sakit/ada masalah ataupun telah sakit/ada masalah. Ini perlu diperiksa oleh bengkel kereta untuk mengetahui sakit/masalah tu penting atau tidak. Seperti badan kita, kalau kita selsema, kebiasaanya kita biarkan begitu je- bagi dia sembuh sendiri. Tapi itu kalau selsema biasa. Mana kita tahu kan? Jumpa doctor baru tahu.
4. Tekanan udara tayar and bunga tayar. Jangan ingat tekanan tayar itu tak penting. Tayar sebenarnya adalah benda keselamatan. Tayar mengelakkan kenderaan tergelincir, memastikan perjalanan yang selesa dan sepatutnya. Macam kasut anda.. pakai kasut yang tak ada bunga.. tergelincir la kita dijalan yang basah. Kalau getah kasut (tapak kasut) kita nipis sehingga tapak kaki kita dah macam sentuh lantai, kaki kita tak selesa berjalan, dan kemungkinan cedera. Jadi, perlu periksa tekanan udara tayar seperti yang dinyatakan oleh pembuat kenderaan. Ini bukan sahaja untuk keselamatan anda, juga menjaga dompet anda (menjimat petrol)
Diatas, adalah benda-benda yang kita boleh periksa sendiri tiap-tiap hari. Ada banyak lagi benda yang penting untuk diperiksa (Minyak brek, brake pad, minyak transmisi, lampu, tali sawat, bateri, suspensi, dan lain-lain.
Jangan takut, anda boleh la mintak SERVCAR yang mana "jurutera" mereka akan datang ke rumah anda untuk membuat pemeriksaan kenderaan anda. Mereka datang dengan alat-alat dan teknologi yang diperlukan supaya, anda hanya risau nak pergi mana bercuti sahaja. SERVCAR akan periksa and memberikan nasihat yang diperlukan.
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