FERODO® SUMMER HOLIDAY CHECKLISTS FOR WORKSHOP PROFESSIONALS AND CONSUMER*, PERPARING VEHICLES FOR LONG JOURNEYS AHEAD.
If you are planning summer holidays and travelling by car, it is important to know your vehicle is in a safe and reliable condition. For trouble-free holiday driving, why not ask your preferred Garage to carry out a brake check.
And, if you are interested in what that should comprise of, here’s the inspection and maintenance checks recommended by our Garage Gurus™.
BRAKING SYSTEM: FERODO®
- Check the brake fluid level and condition; check for fluid leaks beneath vehicle
- Test brakes while driving at low speed.
- Raise the car, turn each wheel individually while someone pushes the brake pedal to test performance.
- Inspect brake pads and discs on both the front and rear axle. If near minimum thickness, replace them on both sides of the axle.
- Check that the hand brake works properly. It should maintain a car on a slope of 22%.
- Visually check hoses for absence of big cracks and/or abnormal swelling.
Of course, you might be confident and able to carry out these checks yourself but in case of any concerns, always consult a certified technician or mechanic for advice.
SHOCKS AND STRUTS: MONROE®
- Check the vehicle’s odometer. Ride control components should be carefully inspected for wear or damage every 20,000 kilometers.
- Look for signs of fluid leakage along external surfaces of each shock or strut.
- During test drive in neighborhood, perform a series of sudden stops. If nose of vehicle “dives” toward road, shocks and/or struts might need to be replaced. Also listen for odd noises – “clunks” or other mechanical sounds emanating from any corner of the vehicle
- Inspect the tread on each tire. Uneven wear and/or signs of “cupping” can point to worn ride control components.
- Look for excessive roll during bends, it may indicate worn springs.
- During test drive, check if steering wheel automatically returns to centered position following each turn. Failure to do so could indicate worn shocks/struts.
STEERING AND SUSPENSION: MOOG®
- Check power steering fluid levels; inspect for leakage
- Check for loose ball joints
- Check for deteriorated bushes (tears and cracks)
- Check for damaged or deteriorated belts, hoses and seals
- Check for rust and/or corrosion on steering and suspension parts
- Look for vehicle bounce, excessive body roll, knocks, squeaks and rattles
- Check if vehicle recovers straight line after bends, if not it may indicate Mounting Kit bearing wear
FILTERS, IGNITION PARTS AND BRAKING: CHAMPION®
- Check oil and coolant levels
- If required, change engine oil and filter
- Inspect air filter; change if dirty
- Change cabin air filter if not replaced within previous 12 months
- Check spark plugs
- Disinfect air conditioning system
And don’t forget to verify youR tYres, lights and windshield fluid level
The DRiVTM portfolio of brands and products for the service industry include Ferodo® brake system products, including brake pads, discs and hydraulic products; Champion® filters, braking and ignition parts; MOOG® steering and suspension components; and Monroe® shock absorbers, struts and related ride control products.
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*Consult a professional workshop or mechanic if you do not have the necessary skills and/or tools to conduct the checklist correctly.
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