Mitsubishi has The Top 5 Tips to ensure that your vehicle is in top shape on the road and that you have a smooth journey between vehicle services.
There many things in our daily lives that take precedent over having to look for the ping on your on-board computer or having it looking like a Christmas tree (multiple check and component failure signals) before you book your vehicle in for service.
Don’t let the Christmas tree show up on your dash and get your heart rate to borderline ER levels, take a deep breath and let us help you make the right decisions from the onset.
1. Brake Fluid levels
An essential and probably one of the most important safety aspects for any vehicle is stopping power. The braking system is an integral part of the vehicle’s mobility controls and what can keep you out of harm’s way on the busy South African Roads.
The level of brake fluid in the reservoir is usually a good indication of the life or quality of your breaks. For example: half-full reservoir-50% life span in brakes.
2. Oil levels
We are all guilty of ignoring the petrol attendant when asked about oil levels and with good reason, the best time to check your dipstick is before you switch the vehicle on. The reason for this is that the engine components utilise oil to run effectively so your oil reading will be lower with the warm engine, as opposed to a cold engine.
3. Coolant levels
An important part of your engine’s system which aids in the cooling process of a running motor. Always check the coolant reservoir when that toasty looking icon switches (it means your engine is quarter to toast). Head gasket damage is imminent and that can run into thousands of rands for engineering/skimming or OEM replacement parts.
4. Service books and Spare key
Before and after servicing it is always a good idea to double check the dates for your next booking, the best way to keep track is to leave the books in your car.
In case of a vehicle breakdown the service book notifies the closest service workshop of the last item in your history which is usually a good place to start when tracing the source of the flaw.
All information captured can also be revisited when looking to trade in your vehicle to buy your upgraded Mitsubishi from CMH Mitsubishi Westrand. Full-service history is part of the sales process when using your current vehicle as equity for your next Eclipse, Triton or Pajero sport as an example. It’s important to stay on track with The Top 5 Tips Mitsubishi provides
5. Tyres- Quality and lifespan
In order to get from one place to another the quality of tyres always gives you a sense of assurance at a glance. As when you all went to test for driver’s licence there is a process called a vehicle inspection. This means checking the tyre pressure by feel, observing the side walls for cracks, bubbles and tears.
Look for the proverbial “tamatie/ tomato”, these are the smooth patches or bald spots on the tyre’s circumference where tyre treads are worn out.
A quick vehicle inspection is good practice before you move your vehicle. As in K53, walk around your vehicle give each tyre a good toe punt (we suggest wearing closed shoes, barefoot is not so lekker, for the sake of your big toe).
This also works as a backup to check that all your goods are still in your vehicle with mall/parking lot crime and vandalism.
Book your vehicle for up to 10% discount on maintenance service parts & receive a free 28-point vehicle health check with CMH Mitsubishi Westrand. Valid until 30 November 2019