This is the day where you treat your beloved car, The poor thing ferries you to and fro keeping you plush and comfy, isn’t it fair to give something back in return?

Today we’ll show you some steps on how you can keep your car at its prime concurrently saving your wallet from going bust in this aptly named blog post called “A Comprehensive Guide to Preventive Maintenance.”

Preventive maintenance, by the book consists of scheduled servicing, inspections, and vehicle repairs to prevent potential problems and maximise vehicle longevity.
It’s like a health check-up, for cars. You are looking for any complications that may evolve into grave money pits in the future.

Worry not! Nothing intimidating, just some trivial stuff you can do at your home and at your convenience.

To start with, You will need to get hold of your Vehicle’s

Honda City Owner's Manual for Preventive Maintenance

Honda City Owner’s Manual on the Bonnet

Owner’s Manual
The owner’s manual is your best friend here, it lists all the do’s and don’ts also providing supplement information tailored specifically for your vehicle.

As always, GoMechanic advises owners to read the manual carefully before attempting any maintenance on their car
The Inspection
This is the first step towards preventive maintenance, The only requirement for this is your two attentive eyes, that’s all

2017 Honda City getting serviced for Preventive Maintenance

2017 Honda City

Start with the lights:
Check the headlamps, the fog lamps, the turn indicators, brake lights, reverse lights, also don’t forget to check the cabin lights, the radio and any electronic accessory.

2017 Honda City Sunroof, LED Headlamps, AC check for Preventive Maintenance

2017 Honda City features

Check the door, boot, bonnet latches, and the sunroof are functional.

Finally take your attention to the Dashboard, start the car and look for any warning lights simultaneously hearing for any unusual noise. Turn on the Air Conditioner and check for proper cooling.
Turn the steering all the way from left to right and feel for any resistance or noise.
Take a short drive and test the brake while hearing for whining noises(indicator for worn brake pads) if any. While on the ride, go through all the gears to check from any aberrations while shifting.

Now comes the part where you need to act on your findings from the Inspection.

Let’s start easy,
Wiper Fluid Check
You may think we are joking, But we are very serious. Topping up the wiper fluid requires no or little effort and is equally important for your car as everything is.

The last thing you’ll want is to run wipers on a dry windshield which, we should inform you can cause some non-repairable damage and replacing the windshield is a costly affair. Take it from us.

2017 Honda City Wipers and Reservoir for Preventive Maintenance

2017 Honda City Wipers

Follow this simple equation:

50% water+50% Glass Cleaner (any decent brand)

Also, check the wiper blades are intact and replace them at manufacturer’s recommendation
Make this a regular task to always check and top up your Wiper Fluid.
Engine Oil Check
Another important task where you check for the oil level and quality. Every car has a dipstick as a provision on the engine as pictured

2017 Honda City Oil Level Check for Preventive Maintenance

2017 Honda City Engine Oil Level

Start with taking out the dipstick and wipe the end of the stick (where the oil residue is) using a rag. Now put the dipstick back in all through, then pull it out again and take note of the findings.

You will find two notches on the stick marked “MIN” and “MAX”. The ideal spot lies in between the two.
When you are at this also observe the oil viscosity and colour which should be barely runny and brownish tinge in colour.
Steering/Brake Fluid Check
These two, obvious by their names are responsible for the steering and braking. Our recommendation here for you; check the level for both and take note if any of them is below the “MIN” mark.
We strongly advise you NOT to handle this job as it involves corrosive and dangerous chemicals that can cause an injury or a mishap
Need Help? book a Comprehensive Service on GoMechanic and we’ll take care of this.
Tyre Check
For this job, you will need to make an investment. We advise you get a Portable Tyre Inflator. A handy device that plugs into your cars 12V socket and can inflate a tyre within minutes. Although, not a replacement for an air compressor but a nifty gadget nonetheless.

Just plug in the socket, fill up to the recommended pressure and that’s all
This in-expensive investment will keep the tyre pressure in check which in turn will ensure that your car runs fit.

2017 Honda City Diamond Cut Alloy with Goodyear Tyre Inflator for Preventive Maintenance

2017 Honda City Rim

GoMechanic Tip- To keep your Car tyres healthy and prevent it from premature wear. GoMechanic strongly advises getting a periodic tyre rotation.
Know more here
Battery Check
The heart and soul of all things electronic in your car. Nowadays, most modern cars utilize the “No Maintenance” type battery but that doesn’t mean that they are immune to fails. There can be various issues with the battery which can cause vital electronics to fail.

Here’s what you can do to maintain your car battery

As elementary physics taught us, there are two terminals on a battery, Negative and Positive. The leads which are hooked to the terminals can suffer from corrosion build up causing poor electrical contact.

♦the solution is as simple as taking a patch of sandpaper (Nos. 80) and simply scraping off the deposit on the leads as well as the terminals.

This will ensure a proper electric contact that will make sure all the electronics run well on your car.

2017 Honda City Amaron Battery Check for Preventive Maintenance

2017 Honda City Battery

Caution– Turn off the ignition before servicing the battery, always remove the Negative terminal (Black) first when disconnecting and connect the Positive (Red) first when reconnecting the battery.

Make sure to wear a nitrile glove as batteries can leak caustic chemicals.

There you have it, It’s Done!
You have successfully conducted a thorough maintenance job on your Car
Your few hours Sunday sacrifice will make sure your ride stays sharp and you saved some money on the go.

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