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General Tips for your Car for trouble-free performance

Your car is designed to provide you with efficient and trouble-free service for many years.

To maintain this fuss-free performance during your ownership lifetime, your vehicle must be serviced on a regular basis and at an approved shop.

Do’s for your Car:

  • Always start the car in first gear from a stop.
  • Turn off the air conditioner and all other gadgets before beginning.
  • Have the engine tuned, especially for anti-stall settings, and keep the engine and fuel system in good working order.
  • Always maintain proper tyre pressure, keep a check on it with tyre gauge
  • Before shifting gears, completely depress the clutch pedal.
  • Synchronize the release of the clutch pedal with the pressing of the accelerator pedal for a smooth, jerk-free start.
  • At low speeds, change gear at the right speed and avoid lugging the engine by shifting to a higher gear too soon.

Don’ts for your car:

  • If required on a grade, do not ride the clutch or drive with half clutch; instead, apply the parking brake.
  • Add no detergent or solvent to the water used to clean the wind shield.
  • When cleaning the air cleaner element, use low air pressure to avoid puncturing the filter.
  • Remove the bottle cap of the coolant slowly. The coolant may be under pressure, causing damage if it sprays out.
  • Do not replace a petrol vehicle’s fuel cap with a diesel vehicle’s (Fuel caps on diesel vehicles are vented)
  • Never drive your car while the engine is switched off,’ and never take the key from the engine when it is switched on.’
  • Do not force the wheel into lock position to the extreme left or right, otherwise, the power steering pump will be damaged.
  • Reverse the battery connection to avoid damaging some electrical components.
  • When wiping a dried painted surface, be careful not to scratch it.
  • To avoid damage, do not apply undue pressure to the top of the bonnet.

Car maintenance tips when not in extended use:

  • Place the car in a sheltered, dry, and well-ventilated area if possible.
  • Maintain it in a gear.
  • Remove the cords from the terminals of the batteries (first remove the cable from the negative terminal)
  • Use a good quality car cover to protect it from dust and other unwanted substances.
  • Check to see if the handbrake is on.
  • Use protective wax to clean and protect the painted areas.
  • Using commercially available special cleaning chemicals, to clean and protect the gleaming metal pieces.
  • Lift the rubber windscreen wiper and rear window wiper blades off the glass with talcum powder.
  • Open the windows slightly.
  • Cover the automobile with a perforated plastic sheet or a towel. Imperforated plastic sheets should not be used because they prevent moisture from evaporating from the car body.
  • Inflate the tires to 0.5 bar higher than the recommended pressure and inspect them at regular intervals.
  • Every six weeks, check the battery charge.
  • Do not let the engine’s cooling system run dry.

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