Before you use your car or hit the road, having it inspected is synonymous with peace of mind, economy and safety for you and your passengers. In automotive service, there are key details to check to know if your vehicle is ready to keep up with you on the road.
First, periodically check the exterior of your battery to make sure it is in good condition, as the life of the battery depends on usage. To keep it well charged, it is advisable to use the internal lighting, spotlights, sound system and ventilation sparingly. It is also advisable to have it serviced every three months.
The condition of your tyres can vary according to use and the type of traction of each vehicle, but the main indicator is: if the tread on your tyres is lost and they start to look flat, it's time to change them. It is recommended to check them every 10,000 km.
Regarding tyre pressure, check your owner's manual and keep them at the pressure indicated there, as over-inflation can cause cuts or ruptures upon impact, and under-inflation can contribute to overheating and cause internal structural damage that can affect other systems as well. A weekly check is recommended.
Alignment and Balance
This is usually done at the same time as a tyre change, but should be scheduled every 10,000 km or if, when you let go of the steering wheel, it turns to one side or makes steering noises when you pick up speed.
Timing Belt or Chain
The timing belt is responsible for converting the engine's power into the movement of your car. As it is such an important part, it is advisable to check it regularly and it is usually included in the general engine service, however, it is advisable to change it at 90,000 and 160,000 km.
The clutch is the system that signals the car's standard transmission to move, so it is important to always be aware of how it feels when you use it. If the pedal becomes hard or starts to become difficult to shift gears, the clutch should be checked. It lasts up to 80,000 km, but check it every 30,000 km, as your driving habits will determine the wear, e.g. if you constantly put your foot on the pedal too much, you may reduce the life of the system. Try to put it in Neutral as often as possible and start gently.