Correct Personal Vehicle Maintenance – The most comfortable private vehicle is a car. In addition to motorcycles, four-wheeled vehicles play an important role in one’s life. And of course, vehicle maintenance must also not be forgotten.
As an assistant, the car will be the most loyal personal assistant when on the streets, especially in big cities in Indonesia which tend to be thick with smoke and stifling air pollution. Not to mention in terms of environmental security, the vehicle will be the first barricade that belongs to the outside world, when outside the office or home. You could say the vehicle will be the second home that runs that protects us.
For this reason, vehicles must be treated the same as we treat people we love and care about. In fact, vehicles have the same feelings as humans. When we do not care and tend to be indifferent to treat, the vehicle will do the same. An example is when we don’t understand how to turn on a car properly, surely it will eventually damage the battery. Not only that, the problem might spread to other parts. Therefore, vehicle maintenance will be needed. Here’s how you can do it!
About car or oil lubricants
When the morning before you turn on the engine, open the hood and check the oil or lubricant indicator. Unplug the oil checker and check how much oil is still there.
Oil checking when the engine is cold indicates the actual oil quantity. When the engine has warmed up or even has been running, the oil will spread throughout the engine room and you cannot determine exactly how much oil you are at that time.
If it’s already on the threshold or even below, it’s a good idea to add oil to a predetermined limit.
Basically, the oil will make your car’s engine last. The reason is that oil lubricates the vehicle’s engine and makes the engine parts that work do not wear out quickly. Friction will be muted with oil that works to lubricate between these parts. That makes the engine more durable and wear resistant. For this reason, oil changes must be made regularly.
Ideally, it is 3,000 kilometers, but some types of oil can last 5,000 kilometers. The longer and farther the kilometers are traveled, the level of viscosity of the oil will decrease because of the longer lubrication tasks. Therefore, the level of oil viscosity does not match the expected level. At that maximum distance, you have to make oil changes. While some people even think that oil change takes place once a month, it doesn’t depend on the level of usage.
When you change oil, make sure the oil filter is also replaced. The maximum use of the fitter is after two oil changes. Because it’s like being redundant when the new oil can’t work optimally with the dirty filter that the lubricant is having a hard time passing.
Check the condition of the radiator
Radiators are also crucial parts. This is where the engine temperature is lowered to the maximum limit in accordance with the standards and security that have been set by each manufacturer.
Along with checking the oil in the morning, it’s a good idea to check radiator water. If you reduce it naturally you add. The reduced water signifies working to cool your engine and some will evaporate. That is the cause of reduced radiator water.
Also, check the floor under the radiator. If there is indeed water, you should leave time as soon as possible to check the radiator. Normally, drainage of radiator water is carried out every 10,000 kilometers, or it can be guided after two oil changes.
Check the other parts
The other engine parts that need attention are the timing belt. The spare parts function to translate and forward the gearshift to the engine. How high or low you are to move the gears, the timing belt that will forward it to the internal parts of the engine.
The damaged timing belt has its own indication. Buzzing sound will emerge from the engine that is turned on and tends to be noisy. If it is not replaced immediately, the timing belt will break and cause other engine components to be damaged. In addition, the electricity supply will also not be optimal.
In addition, tires are also worthy of attention. If you do not have a clear path or bald, you should consider changing tires. It can also be gradual, but it must be done in pairs between the left and right sides so as not to disturb the balance when maneuvering.
Perform routine service
Engine service or tune-up will make your vehicle’s engine last longer. Because of the process, vital components will be examined, starting from spark plugs, fuel filters, oil filters, and other spare parts. It’s a good idea to do this process in your vehicle’s official workshop because they understand better and have a tool that is certainly appropriate and meets your car’s engine standards.
One more tip is that when driving a favorite, once in a while you have to make a strong gas withdrawal. Its function is to remove the crust contained in the engine combustion chamber. Don’t do it too often because it’s not necessary.
For vehicles exposed to volcanic ash, it’s good to clean the body of the car with plain water. Don’t forget to flush the engine parts because dust entering the engine’s internal space will certainly affect the overall engine performance.
Why only with water?
Because metal particles or anything contained in volcanic ash may cause new substances when mixed with the soap used. For this reason, as a precautionary measure, you should use water to flush. Also do not wipe, because the particles actually scratch the paint.
Well, how much do you have to prepare a budget to carry out vehicle maintenance regularly? It depends on how much and of course the specifications plus the brand of your vehicle manufacturer. However, we recommend that you prepare a small amount of money each month to do regular maintenance, especially for those who have to do it in an official workshop.