How To Jump Start Your Battery

5 Top Reasons Why Your Battery Is Getting Drained

You want to go grocery shopping to prepare for a family luncheon and you try to start your car only to find that it won’t start. The dashboard if flashing on not coming on and the car simply won’t start. You the realize that your battery seems to be flat. You ask yourself, how did this happen?

Your cars’ battery is one of the most important piece of equipment in your vehicle. Its main function is to power the starter to crank the motor and send electricity to the spark plugs, to ignite the fuel. The battery also powers your radio, lights, computer box and other components in the car.  It is easy to tell if your car will not start because of the battery. You will experience flickering lights, a clicking sound and in some instances a central locking not working.

We have identified the the top 5 most common reasons for battery drain:

1. Parasitic Drain (usually caused by your tracker device)

In our experience, we have found that after market devices such as trackers tend to be the culprit when it comes to parasitic drain. If you experience abnormal battery drain over night, ask yourself if there are any after market electronic devices added to the car that draw power directly from the battery.

2. Human Error

As humans we do make mistakes, hey, it happens. sometimes we forget our lights on to our despair. Try to be vigilant and make sure your all lights are off and doors are closed properly. Luckily modern cars tend to sound an alarm if the head lights are left on.

3. Bad Charging

Your battery needs to be constantly charged to keep 12v of battery power at all times. The drain on the battery happens even when the car is running as some components connect directly to the battery to draw power. If there is charging system mulfunction, the battery can go flat even while driving. This is usually caused by loose fan/drive belts and/or failing tensioner hence the alternator is not fully charging the battery.

4. Broken Alternator

The alternator acts as a charger for the car battery. If it is unable to charge the battery, the battery will drain and this will cause the car not to start.

5. Long Term Parking

We are now mostly working from home and do not drive as much as we used to. Even the drives have shortened significantly and therefore the battery does not get enough charge. While the car is parked for extended periods, your battery continues to power the clock, alarm, tracker etc and over time, these small components (in terms of battery drain) can drain all the current from the battery. Try remove the positive terminal from the battery if you are going to park the car for a long time and if that is  not possible, try start the car everyday for 5 -10 minutes to charge the battery, Older batteries tend to susceptible to accelerated battery drain.

If you are still unsure, check your vehicle Owner’s Manual or book an inspection today. We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team via email at [email protected]or by phone on 087 803 9000.

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5 Warnings Signs Your Car Needs New Brake Pads

5 Warnings Signs Your Car Needs New Brake Pads

Your braking system is one of the most important components of your car. Well functioning brakes are crucial to your safety. There are many factors that lead to the wear and tear of your brake pads. Because brake pads are wearing components, they need periodic replacing. Here are 5 warning signs that you need new brake pads.

1. Unusual Sounds When Breaking

If you can hear your car braking, i.e squeaking a noise, its likely that your brake pads need replacing. This noise usually gets louder as you press harder on the brake pedal. Most pads nowadays have wear indicators that make a screeching noise to let you know that your brake pads need replacing. If you hear a grinding sound you have probably completely worn through your pads and need to have you car looked at by a mechanic ASAP!

2. Vibrating Steering Wheel

Although there are many possible reasons causing your steering wheel to vibrate, if the steering wheel only vibrates when you press the brake pedal it’s likely to be either worn brakes or warped disks.

3. Spongy Brake Pedal

If your brakes feel spongy or you feel that you have less braking power, you should replace your pads. Brake pads are made to work best when they are brand new. Over time they lose effectiveness and this eventually causes the spongy feeling when pushing the brake pedal in resulting in a lack of stopping power.

4. Less Than 3mm Of Brake Pad

You can visually inspect your brakes to gauge how much brake pad you lave left.  Look through your car’s rims and you should see your brake pad pressed up against your brake disk. Consider replacing your brake pads if you have less than +-3mm left on them.

5. Brake Dust Build Up

Brake dust is the dark-coloured debris that builds up on your cars wheels under normal operating conditions of the braking system. If you notice that there is less brake dust and your wheels seem to be cleaner than normal, you might need a brake pad replacement.

 

Be aware of these warning signs so you’re able to know when to schedule a brake pad replacement or repair for peace of mind and car safety. Visually inspect your brake pads every few months before any damage is done to your disks or drums. Proper brake pad maintenance means fewer costly repairs and gives you peace of mind knowing that your car can always stop safely.

If you are still unsure, check your vehicle Owner’s Manual or book an inspection today. We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team via email at [email protected]or by phone on 087 803 9000.

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Should I Use 95 Unleaded Or 93 Unleaded Petrol?

Should I Use 95 Unleaded Or 93 Unleaded Petrol?

95 unleaded or 93 unleaded? We are asked this question every time we refuel. But many of us don’t even know the difference. Michanic compares the two to help you choose what’s best for your car.

95 Unleaded vs 93 Unleaded

During tough times we are always looking for ways to save money. And the 29c saving that 93 unleaded offers might have you wondering if you should switch fuel type.

The 95 and 93 numbers refer to the octane rating in each of the two fuels. The higher the number, the higher the octane rating. The pistons in your car’s engine compress a cylinder with a mixture of fuel and air before the spark plug ignites it. The octane rating represents the extent to which the fuel can be compressed before spontaneously igniting. Higher octane fuel is more stable, can undergo more compression and produces better efficiency and power. However not all vehicles require or benefit from higher octane fuel. Deciding between 95 unleaded and 93 unleaded for your car depends on a few factors:

Altitude

Atmospheric pressure has a significant impact on the in-cylinder pressures of naturally aspirated engines. Joburg is roughly 1700 metres above sea level, meaning the atmospheric pressure is about 17% lower than Durban or Cape Town which are at sea level. So, atmospheric pressure alone impacts the pressure within the engine cylinders. This is why there is a drop in engine performance inland when compared to the coast. At higher altitudes the lower atmospheric pressure lowers the tendency of the engine to knock, and the octane rating required decreases. If you are at the coast however, given the higher atmospheric pressure you should use the higher octane 95 unleaded fuel.

 

Car Type and Performance

Your car’s engine compression ratio determines what octane fuel you should fill your car up with. Engines with high compression ratios have more horsepower and require a higher octane fuel. 95 unleaded has a higher compression peak and serves to increase the car engine’s performance. The more stable higher octane fuel reduces the risk of igniting, allowing better performance and efficiency. Pre-ignition at high pressure can damage your engine (knocking). If you have a high performance car you should opt for 95 unleaded.

For newer car models, high performance cars typically have turbo-charged engines whereas standard cars are naturally aspirated. South Africa has many more naturally aspirated cars than newer turbo-charged cars on the road. Turbo-chargers boost the air pressure entering the combustion chamber, increasing pressure. Most high performance cars have turbo-chargers and require higher octane 95 unleaded fuel, while common naturally aspirated cars will run well on 93 unleaded. It’s highly unlikely that a standard car will see any performance gain by using 95 unleaded. So, unless your engine is turbo-charged or you live by the coast, 93 unleaded should be just fine.

Driving Environment

Not all cars are used for the same purpose, and most people drive on different roads. So, you should also take into consideration your specific driving environment and conditions. For more demanding driving conditions, like hilly terrain and long distance driving it’s best to use a higher octane fuel like 95 unleaded. But, if you are just driving around town or to the office each day, 93 unleaded is a great economic option.

Which is right for me?

Here is a quick flow diagram to help you choose the correct fuel for your car. 95 unleaded vs 93 unleaded

I’ve been using 93 but should be using 95 unleaded, will my engine be damaged?

First, don’t panic, this just means that your engine’s performance will have been dampened and your fuel consumption might have been higher. It’s unlikely that any serious engine damage has been done. Unless your engine has been knocking which can cause serious damage. It is best to switch over to 95 unleaded to avoid damaging your engine plus you will get better performance and improved fuel efficiency.

On the other hand, if you have been using 95 unleaded  instead of the recommended 93, you are just wasting your money. 95 unleaded won’t improve performance of your car, that only needs 93 unleaded fuel. Always check what your car manufacturer stipulates.

 

If you are still unsure, check your vehicle owner’s manual. We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email at [email protected]or by phone on 087 803 9000.

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Why It Is Important To Regularly Service Your Car

Why It Is Important To Regularly Service Your Car

Regular services are important for good car maintenance. In fact, they are mandatory. Both a major and minor service include an oil change, and oil filter replacement. Engine oil is crucial for engine functionality and must be changed every 10,000 km’s to 15,000 km’s (manufacture dependent).

Here is what a Service Includes and why it is so Important to Regularly Service Your Car

Oil Change

The most important part of a car service is the oil change. If you don’t regularly change your oil, sludge will build up making the oil gummy. This prevents the engine from being well lubricated and creates unnecessary friction – increasing wear and tear, plus generating excess heat. This is likely to result in engine failure and an expensive repair. Without oil, an engine would quickly seize up. The same goes for an engine with really dirty old oil that has lost its effectiveness. Avoid this problem with regular services or oil changes. Good clean oil provides for the best engine lubrication – keep it fresh!

Engine oil is not a substitute for your cars cooling system, but it does absorb and transfer heat in parts of the engine where the coolant cannot reach. Engine oil also cleans the engine by collecting all the dirt and gunk that builds up in an engine. Dirty oil is black with all the grime and gunk and is not effective at lubricating and absorbing heat. But draining the dirty oil means that all the bad stuff goes out. And with a minor service or oil change, your engine will have fresh clean oil that is fit for the job!

Also, ensure the correct type of oil specific to your car is used. And, USE A GOOD QUALITY OIL! Cheap poor quality oil might save you a little now but will cost you more in the long-run.

Filter Replacement

Oil filters help keep your oil clean and free of tiny hard particles. Left unfiltered, these hard particles will wear down engine components such as the oil pump and other bearing surfaces in the engine. Obviously, over time the oil filter builds up all the dirt and becomes blocked. So, replace it at every oil change or when you service your car.

Major services also include air filter replacements. A clean air filter will capture dirt and debris from the air, preventing these small particles from reaching the combustion chamber. The air filter clogs up with dirt over time, restricting the flow of air, making your engine work harder than it needs to.

Spark Plug Replacement

Your spark plugs are only replaced every second service interval i.e. at major services. Spark plugs lose effectiveness as they get old and dirt builds up. They are critical to the functioning of your engine as they provide the spark that ignites the fuel and air mixture inside your engines combustion chamber. Newer spark plugs also require less voltage prolonging the life of your cars battery.

Regular services mean that your engine runs much smoother and is more fuel efficient!

Vehicle Inspection

Our major and minor car service includes not only an oil change and filter replacement but also a comprehensive vehicle inspection, including safety checks. Michanic’s expert mechanics will check for any safety issues that need addressing such as wear and tear on suspension, steering and braking systems. The correct functioning of these components is critical to your cars road-worthiness. Plus, the safety of your passengers! Regular services and inspection can help prevent any major faults down the road.

Pay Attention to Your Service Schedule

The bottom line is that your engine needs to be serviced, regular oil changes and filter replacements (i.e minor service) will prolong the life of your car’s engine. If you don’t service your car regularly, your oil becomes dirty and can get blocked up losing it’s effectiveness. This means that your engine will have to work harder and without effective heat absorption your engine will run hot, resulting in major mechanical issues. This is why full-service history (FSH) is so important when selling a car. So, pay attention to your service schedule! Save yourself from major repair bills and service your car every 10,000 km’s to 15,000 km’s.

 

Book a Service now with Michanic and one of our trusted mechanic will come to your doorstep to service your car at a time that suits you! We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email at [email protected]or by phone on 087 803 9000.

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10 Tips To Improve Fuel Efficiency

10 Tips To Improve Fuel Efficiency

Has lockdown made you realise how much you spend on filling up your car? Driving with fuel economy in mind can help you conserve fuel and save money. Michanic is always looking for ways to help our customers save, so read on if you want to improve your cars fuel consumption!

Here are 10 useful tips to improve your fuel efficiency

1. Go easy on the accelerator

It is obvious that harsh acceleration and driving at high speeds negatively impacts your fuel efficiency. Also, if a light is orange or red take your foot off the accelerator and let your car come to a slow stop. Use both your gears and brakes simultaneously. The same goes for keeping your distance from the car in front of you. The more distance your keep the better you can prevent harsh acceleration or braking.

2. Make Sure You are Filling Up with the Correct Fuel

Not all vehicles are made the same, some should use lower octane fuel (93 unleaded) and some higher (95 unleaded). Check your car manual to see what the recommended fuel type is for your car.

3. Get Rid of Dead Weight

Clearing out your boot or back seat of all those unnecessary things that you have been carting around can help to improve your fuel consumption. Some motorists go as far as partial refuels to reduce weight.

4. Reduce Drag

Those roof racks that only get used twice a year or open windows create unnecessary wind resistance. So, try keeping your windows closed and only fit your roof racks when you need them to improve your fuel efficiency.

5. Tyre Pressure

Tyre pressure is an easy one, and you should do it every time you fill up with fuel. Ensuring that your tyres are properly inflated will improve fuel economy and extend the life of your tyres.

6. Good Quality Oil

The money you may save on using a cheaper oil can cost you a lot more in car maintenance and higher fuel consumption. So, it is important to use the correct type of oil recommended by your vehicle manufacturer and to use a high-quality brand. We have partnered with Belgium based Wolf Oil Corporation to ensure that your car is getting the very best.

7. Drive in Higher Gears

The lower the gear the higher the RPM, and the more fuel your vehicle is using to produce the additional torque. So, change gears smartly. You want to be in the highest gear without putting strain on the engine – you should still be able to accelerate a little if you are in the right gear.

8. Air-conditioner

Your Air-conditioner draws power from the engine, meaning that your engine has to use more fuel to put out this additional power. So, now you know why your Uber driver never turns the aircon on. If it’s hot and you are in traffic, rather open a window. On the open road however, you should wind up your windows and turn on the AC. Here the drag created by having windows open is more detrimental to fuel efficiency than having your AC on.

9. Refuel in the Morning

Rather fill up on your way to work in the morning than on the way home. Because fuel is denser at lower temperatures, you get a little more bang for your buck by refueling in the morning when fuel is typically at its coolest.

10. Service Your Vehicle!

Servicing your car regularly can help improve fuel consumption. And vehicles that have not been serviced may have worn or dirty spark plugs, clogged air-filters, dirty oil, among other issues that could be costing you more in high fuel consumption. Book an inspection or service with Michanic and one of our friendly mobile mechanics will come to you to get your car running at optimum efficiency.

 

We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email at [email protected]or by phone on 087 803 9000.

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Nitrogen Or Air For My Tyres?

Nitrogen Or Air For My Tyres?

You can choose Nitrogen or Air to inflate your tyres. Which one is right for you?

When changing your tyres you will probably be asked if you would like them nitrogen inflated. So, we have provided a summary of how nitrogen compares with air and what is best for you.

Nitrogen is more effective

Pure nitrogen inflated tyres are most used in highly specialised applications like Formula 1 and airplane tyres, or in highly demanding environments like commercial vehicle use. Nitrogen is an environmentally friendly element that does not support moisture or combustion. This means that it doesn’t hold heat and your tyres can run cooler improving road handing and extending tyre life. Plus the lack of moisture also leads to reduced corrosion.

Filling your tyres with nitrogen reduces variations in tyre pressure, and because nitrogen loses pressure slower than air, your tyres will stay properly inflated for around longer. This contributes to improved fuel efficiently and reduced wear on tyres.

Nitrogen does not prevent tire deflation caused by punctures, bead leaks, valve leaks or any other mechanic leaks.

Air is cheaper and more convenient

There’s nothing wrong with keeping your tyres inflated with good old air – it’s been used successfully for years. Air consists of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen, despite often being referred to as oxygen. Air has limitations when compared to pure nitrogen, but it’s free and convenient. You can easily check your tyre pressure and top up at your local garage.

Which is right for me?

If you’re like most motorists and use your car mainly to get you from point A to point B, you don’t need nitrogen inflated tyres. The cost and hassle of nitrogen outweighs the benefits. However, if you use your vehicle for commercial purposes or if you want enhanced performance you should opt for nitrogen inflated tyres. You will just have to pay to inflate them and top-ups are more tedious.

Whatever route you decide, the most important thing is to ensure your tyres are inflated correctly. You can find the recommended tyre pressure sticker on the inside of the driver’s door. Check your tyre pressure each time you fill up – don’t forget to check the spare!

We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email at [email protected]or by phone on 087 803 9000.

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Car Winter Ready

7 Tips to Get Your Car Winter Ready

Like it or not, winter is here. Your safety on the road is our concern, and besides for making sure that your car is running smoothly we would like to help make you feel safer behind the wheel. So, follow these 7 Tips to make sure your car is ready to stand up to the elements and doesn’t leave you stranded in the rain.

1. Change your oil

This is something that you should be doing at regular intervals. If you oil hasn’t been replaced is a while, consider replacing it with fresh oil. Clean oil reduces drag on the starter when a cold engine is cranked.

2. Check your battery

Cold weather starting requires a strong battery. Check your battery is fully charged and the terminals are clean of any corrosion and tightly fitted. Most car batteries only last 4 to 5 years, so check the age of your battery and consider replacing it.

3. Check and replace old window wipers

Your rubber wiper blades have a limited lifespan of a year or less. Exposure to the sun, extreme heat, or cold damage the rubber causing wipers to streak, smear, or chatter. This is no good for the rainy season and they need to be replaced.

4. Check your tyre pressure

Your tyres lose pressure as the temperature drops. Underinflated tyres offer less traction cause premature wear and tear making them more dangerous for wet roads. So, make sure that your tyres are inflated to your vehicle manufacturer specifications.

5. Keep your fuel tank full

Anything cold attracts moisture, and because your fuel tank gets cold in winter, moisture from the air inside your empty fuel tank condenses and drips down settling at the bottom. Your engine does not like water, so minimize this condensation effect by keeping your fuel tank full.

6. Check Your Heater and Defrosters

Make sure that your heater is blowing hot air, that your defrosters re-route hot air the windshield and that your electric defogger is working. You don’t want to be stuck in the driveway on a cold winter morning because you can’t see out your windshield.

7. Protect yourself

If you don’t have an emergency kit in your car, it’s time you get one. We also recommend that you prepare for winter and keep a torch, blanket, and umbrella in your boot… but hopefully you won’t be needing the first two.

 

Not only will you be well prepared for the colder winter months by implementing some of these measures, but you could also save yourself from a big repair bill. Car maintenance and servicing is a critical component of vehicle ownership. Your car plays an important part of your daily livelihood and we are committed to bringing you convenient, reliable, and affordable car service and maintenance. Check our what our customers have to say about us on Hellopeter and Google. If you have any other questions or concerns about your vehicle, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email, [email protected]or by phone, 087 803 9000.

 

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Michanic Brings Contact-Less Service & Repairs

Michanic Brings Contact-Less Service & Repairs

At Michanic (pronounced mychanic), we’re taking action to keep our customers and mechanics safe during the current outbreak of COVID-19 by bringing you contact-less service and repairs for your car.

During these uncertain times, we have to take extra precautions while delivering world class service. We have put some contingencies in place to ensure that our car services and repairs are safer and more convenient.

How we are keeping you safe

We are now offering a “contact-less” key exchange and service, to support the governments’ recommended social distancing. This means you can leave a note for the mechanic who will accommodate your request.

This is how we ensure we fulfill our contact-less service

  • You place your booking on the site, add notes for mechanic and pay by card or EFT
  • Our mechanic follows your instructions and carries out the service
  • After completion of the service, the mechanic will wipe down and disinfect high touch areas.

With these additional steps we want to assure you of Michanic’s dedication to the safety, health, and well-being of you and your family. And of course our mechanics, and as always your cars. We are committed to helping slow the spread of the virus, while making sure your car is well maintained.

Your car is a very important part of your daily life. It transports you and your loved ones, takes you to work, the shops, or even the hospital. Although you may be spending a lot of time inside your home to practice social distancing, make sure your car is always ready to go if you need it. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns about how we are moving forward during this outbreak, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email, [email protected]or by phone, 087 803 9000.

Stay Safe!

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How To Ensure That Your Car Is Ready For Use After An Extended Time Being Parked!

How To Ensure That Your Car Is Ready For Use After An Extended Time Being Parked!

With the lockdown in South Africa due to the COVID-19  pandemic, most cars are parked.  When the time comes, here are a few tips that will ensure your cars health when we get back to our normal lives again:

 

Keep your vehicle undercover (if you can)

Although garages and covered parking ports are better than open parking, as your vehicle will be exposed to sun damage, dust, raindrops, bird droppings, and other debris. So if you parked in an open parking, it is advisable to get a waterproof car cover while your car is parked for an extended amount of time.

Periodically washing and cleaning out your vehicle: Clean the interiors before parking the car

This might be stating the obvious, but we’re going to tell you anyway. People tend to leave trash in cars, including chocolate or biscuit wrappers (with crumbs inside), old newspapers, and water bottles and so on. All of this could rot or, worse, attract rodents that can damage floor mats, seat covers and even wiring. So, clean the interior thoroughly and spray a little freshener. But don’t use too much as even as it will stink in the closed confines over a long period!

Keep Critters and Creepy crawly‘s Out

If your car is parked in a garage it will typically keep your car dry and safe from the elements. Unfortunately, those are also two things that make a garaged car attractive to rodents like rats and mice, and cockroaches.

But even if you are parked under sheltered parking, they still get into your car and engine! Try to cover any gaps where rodents and other insects could enter, such as the exhaust pipe or an air intake. Placing a ball of steel wool in your exhaust pipe is a good hindrance!

Next, spread mothballs or cotton swabs dipped in peppermint oil along the perimeter of the vehicle. The smell drives mice away. If you want to take a more proactive approach, lay down a few mousetraps. Just make sure someone can check the garage periodically in case there are some casualties.

Otherwise, you’ll have to deal with a smell much worse than mothballs when you take the car out of storage 🙂

Keep It Charged or Disconnect one of your battery terminals

Unless disconnected, the battery in a parked car will eventually lose its charge.

We advise that if you do not know what to do at least take some time to start your vehicle and let it run for about 15 minutes at least every 5-7 days, to ensure that the battery stays charged. If this seems like too much, you can explore a full proof low-tech solution of disconnecting the negative (usually black) battery cable. You’ll likely lose the stereo pre-sets, time and other settings. You really wan’t to avoid having to jump start your car or worse, having to buy a new battery! Yikes!

Top Up Your Fuel Tank

We may need our vehicle to get essential items from time to time therefore having petrol is a good idea. Having petrol in your car is also a good idea. A full tank will prevent moisture from accumulating inside the fuel tank and keep the seals from drying out.

Keep the tires properly inflated

When you do go for your essential trips, pass by your local garage and check the tyre pressure and make sure the tyres are at the correct pressure. Proper inflation helps prevent cracking of the sidewalls and flat spots. Check the valves and valve caps for leaks and that the valve caps fit properly.

Maintain Insurance while Parked

You might be tempted to cancel your insurance when your vehicle is stationary, but unforeseen circumstances happen, like hail storms, or someone backing into your vehicle while you are “safely in your parking bay”!

In these cash strapped times, that might initially save money, but there is a chance that the insurance company will raise your premiums due to the gap in coverage, which could cost you more in the long run.

This can vary based on where you live and who your provider is, so contact your insurance company to see what options are available to you.

Before getting back to action, make sure you have all your bases covered

Here’s a checklist of what to do when you’re ready to drive your vehicle regularly again:

  • Check under the bonnet for any evidence of rodents. Look for chewed belts, hoses, wires or nests. If you covered the muffler (like the steel wool) or air intake, remove that material before you start the car.
  • Make sure to change your air and oil filters, to ensure that no sludge or other contaminants affect your engine performance!
  • inspect your windscreen wiper blades. The rubber should not be brittle or show cracks.
  • Check the tire pressure and inflate the tires to the recommended specs.
  • Check the brake and brake disk! Rust may have accumulated on the brake disks! In most cases, it should go away after you drive the vehicle for a short time. But to be safe, if it doesn’t make sure you book an appointment with us and we will check them out of you!
  • Check fluids to make sure there have been no leaks and that they are at the recommended levels.
  • If the battery cable has been disconnected, make sure that you reconnect it and that the battery terminals are clean.
  • Wash your vehicle to remove any dirt that may have accumulated.

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We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email at [email protected]or by phone on 087 803 9000.

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