Weekly Checks

Weekly Checks – Power Steering Level

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Power Steering – Fluid Level
 Checking the power steering level is an easy task. You need to check 2 things with the power steering. 1: that the power steering fan belt is in good condition and that there’s no squeaking on a full lock or a high pitched screech and 2: that the power steering fluid is not descending. If you find that the fluid is descending over a period of time, say, a week or a month, you have ...

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Checking the engine oil

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Checking the engine oil
 
 Checking the oil level on a weekly basis is very important. You also need to check that the oil level is not descending. The best time to check the oil is when the engine is cold on a flat surface.
If you find that it’s quite damp around the engine this is an indicator of oil leaking. If the sump is quite damp it could indicate that the oil is leaking on the road. This ...

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Electrical System – Alternator

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Alternator
 PURPOSE
The alternator is a component that is fitted outside or around the front of the engine. It is a round component and has a fan belt connected to it. If the fan belt is connected tightly it will allow the alternator to charge somewhere between 13.8-14.2 volts. The alternator is designed to charge at this voltage to the battery. The alternator’s purpose is to keep the battery recharged..The alternator is not designed to fully charge the battery if ...

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Brake System – Brake Fluid

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Brake System – Brake Fluid
 PURPOSE
Brake fluid is designed to operate under high temperatures therefore it contains additives that make it hydroscopic, this means its properties will become affected if it’s exposed to water. Brake fluid is not designed to last forever as moisture may affect the boiling point. For this reason brake fluid must be kept in a dry place and the rubber lid on the master cylinder must be sealed to prevent moisture and dirt from entering ...

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM – Battery terminals

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM – Battery terminals
 PURPOSE
The purpose of the battery terminal is to hold all the cables either on the negative or positive battery poles. The battery terminal needs to be in fixed position. A sure connection is a connection that will not move. The best battery terminal is a brass battery terminal as it is not workable or malleable. There are many different types of battery terminals on the market. Most of these terminals do require replacing over ...

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Weekly Checks – Battery Level

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM  – Charging system – Battery
PURPOSE

The purpose of the battery is to receive the charge from the alternator. This charge should be received in a perimeter of 13.8-14.2 volts. If this charge is lower, eg 13 volts, the battery will be affected. If the charge is higher than 14.2 volts the battery will also be overcharged and this will shorten the life of the battery. The battery should be checked to make sure that it is receiving at ...

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Weekly Checks – Clutch Master

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Clutch System – Clutch Master
 PURPOSE
A clutch master cylinder is designed to hold a reservoir of brake fluid and apply pressure down a line to the slave cylinder. The master cylinder must hold residue pressure making it a completely sealed unit away from air allowing this hydraulic applicator ready at all times with the slightest pedal push.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR

The reservoir must never drop in level. The clutch pedal should never require pumping or have excessive play. This is ...

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Weekly Checks – Tyre Wear

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Tyres – Wear 
 To check the condition of the tyres for wear or fractures you need to carefully rub your hands around the perimeter of the tyre while at the same time checking the opposite direction for misalignment. If you notice that there appears to be a fracture or a misalignment, the tyre needs to be replaced or you need to have a front end alignment done on the vehicle. If a problem is detected early on, you will prolong ...

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Weekly Checks – Tyre Pressures

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Tyres – Pressures
 Check the tyres on a weekly basis. Checking the pressure and the tyre condition will prolong the life of the tyre. You need to check and see if the tyre is wearing unevenly. Or if you rub your hand all around the perimeter of the tyre checking that the tyre has no bulges or fractures, be very careful as any glass or sharp objects which have lodged in the tread can cause some damage to your hand.
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Weekly Checks – Transmission Fluid Level

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Transmission – Fluid Level test
 Checking the transmission fluid level is important. You need to check 2 things here. 1: You need to make sure that the fluid is not contaminated or discoloured and 2: at the same time make sure the fluid is not descending over a period of a week or a month. If you find that the transmission assembly is quite damp around the pan you need to have this seen to ASAP. A leaking transmission is ...

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