Caring for your Car!

 

Regular Service Items*

Item

Detail

Service Interval

 

 

 

Engine

Oil and Filter

Change every 6 months (city driving) or when oil black

 

Air intake filter

Check every 6 months and change if dirty

 

 

 

Automatic Transmission

Oil and Filter

Change if fluid dirty or if gear changes not smooth

 

 

 

Radiator

Coolant

Change every 12 months

 

Overflow tank

Check level every month (when engine cold) and top up as needed

Brakes

Pads

Check wear every 6 months and replace as needed

 

Rotors (Discs)

Check if rotors need machining or replacing when pads replaced

 

Fluid

Change every 2 years

 

Fluid Reservoir

Check level every 6 months and top up as needed

Power Steering

Fluid Reservoir

Check level every 6 months and top up as needed

 

 

 

Battery

Terminals

Check every 6 months and (if corroded) clean and grease

 

 

 

Tyres

Pressure

Check every 2 weeks when tyres are cold

 

Wear

Check every 6 months

 Wheels

Alignment

Check every year or earlier if tyre wear appears to be irregular

*Other service items e.g. spark plugs and timing belts should be checked and changed at intervals recommended by the manufacturer.

Keeping your car in good shape

Here are a few simple tips to keep your car looking good:

  1. Hose off surface dirt once a week
  2. Have the car professionally washed at least once a month, if not fortnightly
  3. Have the car professionally waxed at least once a year, if not six monthly
  4. Check your tyre pressures fortnightly, when tyres are cold. Don’t let them fall below recommended pressures, as this will worsen both tyre wear and fuel consumption
  5. Get the car serviced at manufacturer’s recommended service intervals, to prolong good mechanical life.
  6. Respond promptly to any warning lights appearing on the dash. '

Ethanol in Petrol-is it a good idea?

Ethanol contains about 33 per cent less "energy" than petrol-so if you use a litre of E10 in your car-assuming its engine management and fuel systems can handle it-you won't go as far as you would on a litre of straight petrol. If you choose E10 fuel, you ought to balance the lower cost at the pump against its lower energy level and consequently inferior fuel economy.

Strangely though, ethanol is more compatible with racing engines-where fuel economy is hardly an issue-because of its higher "octane" level, which means that the engine's compression ratio can be maximised for performance.