It doesn’t feel like all that long ago when the Saturday morning routine was “kids to sports, morning tea, do the clothes washing, wash the car.
With water a precious resource now, the last step isn’t that common, but there are a few ways that looking after your car can be done.
1. Wash the car on the lawn. Formulations in car washes are more and more garden friendly, so damaging the green stuff is minimised. Naturally, washing the car on the lawn feed excess water straight into the ground.
Wash from the top down. Simple. Gravity takes water downwards, and using the mist style spray on a hose’s end piece spreads the water across the sheet metal, not in a single, hard, spot using the pressure style setting. The wider spray helps collect the dirt better along with the suds, and washing from the top down pushes everything towards the bottom of the car.
2. Eyeball the car once a week. Cars might be a mechanical beast but they speak a language we can understand. Park the car on a flat and level section, be it on the road outside or on your driveway. Leave it for a half hour and go have a cuppa.
Come back, walk around it, and have a look underneath. What we’re looking for is the stance of the car. Is it uneven, is one corner higher or lower than the others? Is one tyre or more looking more squished than the others? Is there fluid that is clearly visible on the ground?
Go for a drive, turn the radio off, find a quiet piece of road, listen to the car itself. Any weird noises, any pulling to one side, are the brakes making a noise?
3. Open the car up and have a sniff. Is there anything that smells….wrong. You know, like that missing sock hiding under your kid’s bed. Fold the front seats forward, have a look underneath. Check the door grab handles for any left-over “paperwork” such as ice-cream wrappers. How about the windscreen; is it cloudy, foggy, on the inside? Perhaps the floor mats, rubber or carpet, could do with a scrub or a vacuum.
4. Don’t get tyred out. A car is like a good home theatre system. It’s made up of components that rely on the others to work properly. The tyres are the final part of the puzzle and, quite simply, if they’re stuff, your automobile goes nowhere. A decent tyre pressure gauge costs just a few dollars and a check once a week or so, with morning cuppa in hand, will help save plenty of potential issues later.
5. An older car may have a carburettor. There are still companies that provide kits that renew perishables such as the gaskets, or replace a needle that wears from constant motion. For fuel injection systems there are clinically tested fluids that help clear residue from the nozzles. Either will help the car run cleaner and more efficiently. Have a chat to your local mechanic and the’ll be able to provide guidance and assistance.
6. Look after the insides. Medicos tell us to eat and drink properly to look after the insides and it’s the same for the chariot in the drive way. Windscreen washer fluid can disappear quickly if driving in areas that throw up dirt and dust to the windscreen. Older cars may need a visual check of the radiator fluid and ideally should be a good shade of green, Oil is always a good one and again, in older cars, the “good ol’ dipstick” can speak volumes about what’s happening inside.
7. Our final tip is about the spacer between the steering wheel and driver’s seat. Yep. That’s you. Don’t drive tired. Don’t drive under the influence. Of anything. Don’t drive angry. Use your indicators, headlights, and brakes appropriately. Give space to the other vehicles around you, watch the traffic and traffic lights, and your car, and you, will have afar better chance of not needing repairs.
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