Steps for balik kampung peace of mind

By CARSIFU | 6 December 2021

PETALING JAYA: With the lifting of restrictions on outstation travelling, many Malaysians are resuming their pre-lockdown activities such as going out with family and friends including the long overdue “balik kampung” trip during the upcoming holidays and festivities.

But before setting out on road trips, the vehicle can be kept in tip-top condition by following the ABCs of car checks:

A is for Air

Always ensure that tyres are properly inflated before beginning any journey.

Also make sure that tyres are still in good condition and have good amount of thread depth for safe driving and stopping.

B is for Battery health check
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It's time to replace the battery once starting up the car become sluggish.

Most car batteries have a lifespan of 1.5 – 3 years, depending on the type used.

Bosch recommends that vehicle owners perform a battery check from time to time, and keep a record of battery replacements and other maintenances.

Alternatively, they could invest in a charging device like the Bosch C7 Battery Charger to keep the battery permanently charged to an optimum level.

C is for Cabin Filters

A clean cabin filter helps prevent the spread of viruses.

Cabin filter also should be changed every 15,000km or as instructed by the car manual.

Bosch’s Aeristo Premium cabin filter comes with anti-bacteria and anti-virus properties that help minimise exposure to pollutants, bacteria, and viruses.

D is for Downpours
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Wipers are one of the easier parts that wear out quickly due the harsh Malaysian weather.

Wipers should be checked once every six months or more frequently if the vehicle is parked outdoors.

Bosch’s budget-friendly wiper range promises a good level of performance in keeping your windscreen clear and clean during all adverse weather conditions.

E is for Engine oil

The color of your oil will indicate whether an oil change is required or if a top up would do.

Using the oil dipstick, check if the oil on it is brownish in color, and if it falls below the full or high line; it may indicate a simple top up.

However if the oil on the dipstick appears to be black, it may need to be changed.

F is for Final check

Check on other items such as liquid levels in the coolant tank and wiper water compartments.

Remember to take the vehicle for a short drive before the long journey, to ensure the vehicle is running well.

Drivers should take care to have adequate rest to endure the long drive. When possible, have another family member or friend take over the wheel.

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