FERODO® SUMMER HOLIDAY CHECKLISTS FOR WORKSHOP PROFESSIONALS AND CONSUMER*, PERPARING VEHICLES FOR LONG JOURNEYS AHEAD.
If you are planning summer holidays by car, it is important, first, to know your vehicle is in safe, reliable operating condition.
Perform these quick, easy inspection and maintenance checks to ensure a trouble-free holiday driving. These tips are developed by the DRiV product teams in cooperation with the company’s Garage Gurus™ technical education and support professionals.
BRAKING SYSTEM: FERODO®
- Check the brake fluid level and condition; check for fluid leaks beneath vehicle
- Test brakes while driving at low speed.
- If you can raise the car, turn each wheel individually while someone pushes the brake pedal to test performance.
- Inspect brake pads and discs, if near minimum thickness, replace them on both sides of the axle.
- Check if the hand brake works properly. It should maintain your car blocked on a slope of 22%.
- Visually check hoses for absence of big cracks and/or abnormal swelling.
- Don’t forget to check also the rear axle.
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 you tires, 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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