First consider these important vehicle maintenance tips
As drivers across Europe prepare to return to normal commuting habits following the extended COVID-19 crisis, it is important, first, to ensure their vehicles are in safe, reliable operating condition. Garage Gurus has developed a series of helpful, system-specific checklists to aid vehicle workshop professionals and consumers in preventing potential breakdowns and other problems for vehicles that have been largely idle for the past months.
The DRiV portfolio of brands and products for the service industry includes Champion® filters, brake pads & discs, lighting, spark plugs; MOOG® steering and suspension components; Ferodo® brake system products, including brake pads, discs and hydraulic products; and Monroe® shock absorbers, struts and related ride control products.
Vehicle safety and reliability depend on the condition of multiple systems and literally hundreds of components that are susceptible to wear – in some cases, even when the vehicle is parked for an extended period of time. Therefore in coordination with each DRiV product team, Garage Gurus created the "Restart Your Engines" checklist.
Garage Gurus "Restart Your Engines" checklist
Before the first trip
- Start the car and let it run for a few minutes to ensure engine components are well lubricated
- Check for fluid leaks beneath the vehicle
- Check dashboard lights and gauges for warnings or other concerns
- Take a short drive around your neighbourhood to test vehicle performance
Ride control: shocks and struts
- Check the vehicle’s odometer. Ride control components should be carefully inspected for wear or damage every 20,000 kilometres
- Look for signs of any fluid leakage along external surfaces of each shock or strut
- During test drive in neighbourhood, perform a series of sudden stops. If the nose of the vehicle “dives” towards the road, the shocks and/or struts might need to be replaced. You should also listen for odd noises – “clunks” or other mechanical sounds emanating from any corner of the vehicle
- Inspect the tread on each tyre. Uneven wear and/or signs of “cupping” can point to worn ride control components
- During test drive, check if steering wheel automatically returns to a centred position following each turn. Failure to do so could indicate worn shocks/struts
- Check the brake fluid level and condition; check for fluid leaks beneath the vehicle
- Inspect the brake discs
- Test the brakes while driving at low speed
- If you can raise the car, turn each wheel individually while someone pushes the brake pedal to test performance
Steering and suspension
- Check power steering fluid levels; inspect for leakage
- Check for loose ball joints
- Check for deteriorated bushes (tears and cracks)
- Check for damaged or deteriorated belts, hoses and seals
- Check for rust and/or corrosion on steering and suspension parts
- Look for vehicle bounce, excessive body roll, knocks, squeaks and rattles
Batteries, filters, lighting and spark plugs
- Verify that headlights, high beams, taillights and blinkers function properly
- Check oil and coolant levels
- If required, change engine oil and filter
- Inspect air filter; change the filter if it is dirty
- Change cabin air filter if it has not been replaced within the last 12 months
- Check spark plugs
- Disinfect the air conditioning system
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This check list only provides general advise and cannot be referred to as a completed and final guide to each's driver's responsibility to ensure that her/his vehicle is in a proper working condition and ready for use on the road.