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Old 31-May-2006, 01:55 AM   #1
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Any car maintenance tips to share?
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Old 04-Jun-2006, 11:57 PM   #2
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For a start, try looking into your car manual... There are recommendations there.
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Old 07-Jun-2006, 01:32 AM   #3
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Probably some important check-ups that I should do before going for long journey...
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Old 06-Nov-2006, 10:52 AM   #4
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do not skip servicing?

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Old 10-Jan-2007, 10:32 AM   #5
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I have the same question too.

I was told to do the following:
  • Check Engine Oil in the Morning
    Check Radiator Water,
    Check Battery Water

Is there anything which is impt to check everyday which I have not mention ?

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Old 11-Jan-2007, 11:47 AM   #6
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Aside from regular servicing, you can also check
  • tyres & tyre pressure
  • coolant level
  • windshield washer reservoir level
  • electricals (like headlights, signal lights and brake lights)

I have friends who wash their cars every weekend, according to them, it helps to maintain the paint.
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Old 20-Feb-2007, 10:12 AM   #7
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Okay, what you should check for daily, is

Engine Oil (The one with the dipstick)
Coolant (DON"T Open when your car has been operated)
Coolant reservoir
Clutch Fluid (If you're driving a manual)
Power Steering/Brake Fluid (Might be together as they basically use the same lubricant)
Battery Water (Unscrew the cap if you know how, if not, use a torch light, shine it on the side of the battery unit, and you should be able to see the level)
Look at the under carriage everytime your vehicle has parked for more than 4-8 hours.

Most workshops will tell you there's no need, as the change you observe won't be visible. But you check this, so if you vehicle is consuming too much of engine oil, there's something wrong with your engine block. If your coolant is always empty, there might be a problem with your pipes. And most importantly, it identifies leaks in your system.

Additionally, check your tyre threading and pressure time after you've driven, and another time before, to ensure that you are aware of your condition, and to prevent any sabotage. Bolts and nuts should be firmly in place. Your tyre should not have any lost wirings sticking out. Rims should not have any dents, or warpping. Your braking pad should be firmly attached, not loose.

Seems like a lot to do for every morning, but like i said, the major benefit of this is to quickly identify leaks or punctures in your system. But if you're not too concerned, then, once a week for all the above mentioned items will do.

If you are planning to go for long distance, then 2 additional steps you need to take.
First, go to a workshop, and get some grease, and grease all your axles, and gear shafts. This is a bit hard to do it yourself, as you'll need to jack the vehicle, and know where are all the axle "nipples" to pump in the grease.
Second, if you're driving a manual, bleed the fuel seperator systems.

Hope that helps

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Oh yea, washing your car helps alot too. It washes any dirt of the vehicle, and especially prevents bird droppings from eating into your paintwork. Waxing your vehicles also adds a layer of protection. And if you're abit not as hardworking to wash then wax, now there's alot of wash+wax available in the market. once a week is fine, or as and when its dirty, if you really don have the time, at least rinse with water, soil will also eat your paint, its acidic or alkilic in nature, forgot which one =P

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Old 21-Feb-2007, 09:30 AM   #8
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Hi jeremy 87, thanks for sharing... Welcome to sgauto
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Old 09-Jul-2008, 11:10 AM   #9
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From, here's a basic car maintenance tips.
For brakes, the brakes of your fast new car are important due to safety reasons.
For instance, low brake fluid level can cause soft brake pedals. Dirty brake pads can cause the brakes to squeak. Having your brakes checked can prevent these situations and reduce the risks of accidents caused by brake malfunctions.

Proper maintenance of all the electrical system can avoid unwanted electrical faults.
Another important thing to consider is engine care.
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Old 05-May-2017, 11:23 AM   #10
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Smile Tires and battery care

On our own part as a driver, there are simple things we can do, like for the tires and for the car battery.

The tire pressure needs to be sufficient and we can get the air pressure needed information from the tire itself. This would also make sure the tire last longer and for fuel economies. Michelin also has tips:

Other than that, I would suggest applying interior protection to make sure the dashboard doesn't fade/ crack from our intense Singapore heat.

Battery also something we can take care of, making sure the fluid is sufficient and also connecting points are clean. Details as follows:
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