Ensuring transmission fluid levels are satisfactory and topped up when necessary is another are to be aware of when carrying out regular car engine care. This is a key part of the engine as the oil is responsible for lubricating essential processes such as power transmission to the wheels and enabling smooth gear changes.
Depending on what model you have, the transmission fluid may either be checked by you using the user’s manual or it is better for the authorised car dealer to carry out the procedure. If you have manual transmission, take out the dipstick with the car in neutral and engine running, checking the level and making sure it is near the “full” mark.
The fluid should be pink to clear in colour, so if you notice the fluid is darker and containing particles, you may need to change the fluid. It is best for a garage mechanic to drain the system and put in fresh fluid.
Statistics show a flat or faulty used engines battery is one of the top reasons for calling out the car emergency breakdown services. So clearly a regular battery check is a key part of your car engine care routine.
Inspect the battery to see if there is any damage to the unit, and check if there’s any corrosion at the terminals, which can lead to poor connections and even a failure to start-up.
Some simple ways to give your car battery a longer life include making sure you don’t leave a light on or look out for a faulty part that may drain the battery. Taking a number of short journeys or little use of your car means the battery will be under-charged which can lead to a hardening of the lead plates, so reducing the battery’s effectiveness in holding charge.
So if you do a lot of short journeys it may be an idea to invest in a battery charger and to ask your local garage mechanic to carry out a test from time to time to see if the fault is the battery or the charging system.
With all the above checks and procedures it is always important to check the official car manual you received from the car dealer together with any helpful information from the auto manufacturer’s website. This will point out the key do’s and dont’s for your specific model, for example whether to use conventional or synthetic oil during a service.