Vehicle Maintenance

Keep your pride and joy running at its best!

Car maintenance that will save you money, and keep your car at its best in between services.

Engine Coolant

  • Levels need to be checked weekly.
  • If coolant is required, only use the one that is specified in your log book and clean fresh water.
  • Don’t top up past the maximum level that is specified.
  • If you notice that it needs to be topped up frequently this could indicate a leak somewhere so see your dealer.

Air Conditioning

  • When your cars air conditioning system is running you may notice a decrease in engine performance and in increase in fuel consumption.
  • Your air conditioning system needs to be switched on at least once every two weeks, even in winter as this helps to lubricate the components inside.
  • If you hear a slight hissing inside the cabin when the air conditioning unit is turned off this is normal.
  • If you notice that the air conditioner is not running as well as it used to it may need to be reconditioned so make an appointment to see your dealer or a licensed air conditioning technician.

Oil

  • Needs to be checked weekly.
  • Make sure you check it when the engine is warm.
  • Make sure vehicle is on a flat surface when checking oil.
  • After you have stopped driving wait a few minutes before checking oil.
  • Only use the oil that is specified in your owner’s manual according the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Do not use supplemental oil additives and follow the directions in your log book to avoid warranty issues.

Tyres

  • Tyre pressure needs to be checked weekly (including the spare).
  • Correct tyre pressure increases the life of your tyres and reduces fuel consumption.
  • Use the tyre pressure sticker located on your car or refer to owner’s manual.
  • Driving on a flat tyre for longer than is necessary to find somewhere to stop could damage the tyre and rim.

Look out for:

  • Uneven wearing or wire showing.
  • Tyres are worn down to show the depth indicator that 1.5mm of thread is left.
  • Splits, cuts, slices or cracks in tyre wall.
  • If there is a bulge or bump in tyre.
  • If tyre has a nail or any other foreign object – do not remove, take to service centre.
  • Regular rotation of tyres will prolong their life.

Brakes

  • Over time, brake fluid will deteriorate as it absorbs moisture from the air and heat from the braking system.
  • With time and use the brake fluid becomes contaminated which if not changed regularly could corrode the brake system components.
  • Regular changing of brake fluid will help to flush out the brake system and avoid corrosion from contamination.

Contact your dealer:

  • If your brake pedal feels ‘spongy’.
  • If you have to push your break down almost to the floor before the brakes kick in.
  • If the brake fluid is leaking.
  • Discoloured brake fluid or a burnt odour.
  • If your bakes are seizing or the car is pulling to one side.
  • If there are pulsing vibrations while pushing brake pedal.
  • If you hear an abnormal grinding noise.

Wheel Alignment

  • Regular wheel alignments are important to avoid unnecessary tyre wearing.
  • Ensuring your wheels are in alignment will also help your vehicle to handle better on the road.

Contact your dealer:

  • If your steering wheel seems off centre.
  • If the car pulls to either side while driving.
  • If there is uneven tyre wearing.
  • If there is abnormal squealing from tyres when taking corners.