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Checklist for Car Owners to Follow Before Driving

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 28 Aug 2020

Checklist for car owners

  1. Masks: Yes, wearing Mask is topmost important in this current situation to adhere to safety guidelines by health ministry of India
  2. Pests: Verify if insects and pests have made your car their home. Check the undercarriage and under the bonnet before you start the engine.
  3. Engine oil: Look under the car to check for oil leak stains. Then check the engine oil level to prevent breakdowns while driving.
  4. Fluid levels: Check the coolant level to ensure the cooling system is adequately equipped to remove heat from the engine. Also, verify if the brake fluid touches the minimum level indicator.
  5. Belts, hose, and wires: Check for any hardening in the rubber hoses and slackening of tension in the AC belt.
  6. Tyre: Tyres are prone to losing pressure when a car is stored for long. Bearing the weight of the vehicle for weeks, deflated tyres get damaged. Look for cracks all over the tyre and replace them if necessary. Also, do not drive out with underinflated tyres to avoid permanent deformations to the wheels. Check the pressure in each tyre with a pressure gauge at the nearest petrol pump and inflate them if needed.
  7. Batteries: In the absence of charge from the alternator of a running engine, and drains from security alarms, music system memory and so on, unused car batteries lose charge. They then lack the power to start the engine.
  • Look for dim headlights as indications of a failing battery. And if you fail to start your car after two attempts, do not try cranking the engine again. Repeated efforts can make the battery dead, creating difficulties in recharging.
  • If possible, try to jump-start your car by connecting its battery with the live battery of another vehicle. Take it out for a thirty-minute drive immediately after to allow the battery to gain its full charge. However, if you do not have a jumper-cable at hand, ask for professional help.
  1. Engine: While your car was parked, the oil could have drained off. Keeping your car idle at the lowest engine revs will allow the oil to spread warding off frictions.
  2. Fuel: Remember to top up your fuel tank and drive out moisture accumulations in the reservoir.
  3. Insurance and pollution: If your insurance policy and pollution certificate have expired, renew them. An active car insurance cover can provide help in roadside emergencies.

Conclusion

After checking for wear and tear, take care to inspect all lights, indicators, and windscreen wipers. When you take your vehicle for a ride, drive gently at first, ensuring everything is working well. Apply the brakes repeatedly to generate heat and scrub away any rust. Drive safely, and soon you will start enjoying your vehicle as before.

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