Hopefully, you’re in full Ramadhan mode by now — you’ve got your meals planned, contemplated your dua’a list, and you are thinking about what your ‘Eid plans will be. But have you thought about your faithful servant — your car?
This year, Ramadhan will be in August Insha’aAllah – one of the hottest months of the year in many countries around the world. Is your auto ready for all those trips to the masjid in this kind of weather?
Below are some tips to get your car prepared for its upcoming endurance test.
Make sure that you have the correct tire pressure in all five tires (includes the spare). Check for tread depth and uneven wear. Also, run your fingers along the tread and feel for lumps. Don’t be cheap! This is no time to try to save a few bucks. If you’re close to needing tires, get them now.
Steering and Suspension
Go to your mechanic and ask him to check the suspension and the front end, including ball joints, tie rods and steering components.
Change the Oil
Make sure you stay on top of your oil changes. This is particularly important in the summer, since a hot engine needs all the lubrication it can get.
You might consider asking your mechanic to check to make sure that the AC system is fully charged with refrigerant.
You’ll want to make sure your transmission fluid is nice and clean. Dirty transmission fluid is a good recipe for cooking your transmission until it reads “well done.
Mechanic Check List
P.S. Here’s that list you can print out and take to your mechanic.
- Check out the entire cooling system: radiator, coolant, belts and hoses, cooling fans, heater core and water pump.
- Tires: check tread depth, uneven wear and tire pressure, and get a real spare.
- The front end: check ball joints, tie rod ends and steering components.
- Change the oil. Look for leaks.
- Check the air conditioning system: refrigerant level, compressor clutch and belts.
- Check the transmission. Are you close to the recommended service interval? Is the fluid nice and clean? Any leaks?
When you get all of these things done, give the car a nice washing inside and out! Spruce her up and make her smell good. Take care of her and she will take care of you!
Emergency Car Repair Supplies
Keep your stocked with emergency road supplies. Here’s a nice list!
- Gallon or two of water
- Duct tape
- Real spare time (throw out that Mickey Mouse spare tire)
- Screwdriver, a couple of flares, a pair of pliers, vice grips and maybe a wire coat hanger or two