Weekly Checks

Weekly Checks – Tail Lights

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Lighting – Tail Lights
 Checking the tail lights is an easy task. You can do this on your own. Turn the headlights on with the vehicle in park with the engine off, walk right around the vehicle and also put the parker lights on to make sure that the front parkers are working effectively. Also, while you’re there, it wouldn’t hurt to check the number plate light. It’s always a little item that everybody misses except you know who!

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Weekly Checks – Stop Lights

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Lighting – Stop Lights
 Checking the stop lights is an easy task. All you need to do is to reverse up to a brick wall or a glass building, late in the afternoon, depress the brake pedal, and just have a look in the rear vision mirror to make sure you can see a reflection and that both stop lights are operating effectively. Or alternatively have a friend depress the brake pedal as you walk around to the rear of ...

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Weekly Checks – Rear Vision Mirrors

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Safety – Rear Vision Mirrors
 PURPOSE
Rear vision mirrors are designed to allow the driver to view about 160° behind the rear of the vehicle and to be adjustable for driver comfort. A driver should not have to move to obtain correct vision The mirror is moved instead.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR

A loose mirror is a mirror that cannot be used. This may only require a minor adjustment. Another problem is a broken external mirror glass, which affects your driving vision ...

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Weekly Checks – Radiator hoses

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Cooling System – Radiator hoses & Heater hoses
 PURPOSE
Radiator and heater hoses are designed to carry water at high temperatures or coolant under pressure from the radiator to the engine, heater core and also the inlet manifold to prevent the manifold from icing up, and a gas converter, if fitted. Radiator and heater hoses are designed to hold a pressure of 13-16 lbs per square inch (psi) before they will split.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR

Radiator and heater hoses may last ...

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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 ...

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Weekly Checks – Oil Leaks

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Engine – Oil Leaks – Rear Main Seal
 PURPOSE
The rear main seal is at the rear of the crankshaft, sealing the oil inside the engine and preventing it from leaking outside the rear of the crankshaft. The rear main seal is designed to last at least 100,000kms. Unfortunately, with a longitudinal motor, rear main seals may only last 60,000-80,000kms.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR

When checking for oil leaks it’s always good to check underneath the vehicle around the rear of the ...

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Weekly Checks – Remote Immobilizer

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Engine Immobilizer – Remote
Checking the remote immobiliser operation is easy. The most important thing is that if you have 2 of these units interchange them each week as they may have a rechargeable operation around the ignition assembly. If you find that the battery is becoming a little flat or that the actual mechanism itself is quite loose or not working every time, get this inspected and rectified ASAP. There is nothing more ...

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Weekly Checks – Ignition Key Operation

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Ignition System – Key Operation
Ignition key operation. When you notice that this humble little key becomes a little bit worn you want to go to your favourite locksmith to get another key cut. This is a bad mistake! A lot of ignition key problems originate with a new key. If you have to replace that ignition key you need to replace the locket barrel at the same time. This will prevent the ignition ...

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Weekly Checks – Horn Operation

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Electrical System – Horn

Checking the horn operation may seem like an easy task. The most important thing about the horn is that it works when you want to get someone out of the way. It’s no good if you have to wiggle the horn switch or knob to get it to operate. It must work all the time because those pedestrians, they need to hear that horn if they want to get ...

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