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Life-saving Tips for Harmattan driving

January 6, 2020 / Uncategorized

It’s that time of year when harmattan prevails. In some areas in Nigeria this can cause dense fog and make visibility near zero, so how do we drive safely in this type of condition. Listed below are a few tips to tackle this challenge:
1) Allow More Distance Between Vehicles

Increase your count distance by 5 seconds instead of the normal 2 seconds behind another car. Never rush or speed to get out of the fog.

2) Drive slow and cautiously

Due to poor visibility, the safest speed is moderate. This will give you time to brake effectively if suddenly there’s need for it.

3) Use caution at all times

The moisture in the air may continuously collect on the windshield, making it more difficult to see. Adjust the defroster and windshield wiper speed as necessary.

4) Use fog lights or driving lights (if equipped)

Many cars have fog or driving lights that were installed at the factory. These lights are usually mounted low, in or below the front bumper. They are aimed toward the ground out in front of the car as far as possible. Fog lights mainly differ from driving lights in the way they project the light. Fog lights often have clear or yellow lenses; while driving lights usually have clear lenses. The beam of light created by fog lights is usually wide and flat pattern; flat to stay close the road surface and minimize reflection back by fog – and wide to better illuminate the sides of the roadway (guard rails, curbs, lines painted on the roadway, etc.). Driving lights are usually merely bright spot lights designed to pierce the night darkness further than regular headlights. While fog lights are best for foggy conditions, either type of light will likely perform better than headlights due to their low mounting point on the vehicle. Experiment using all combinations (if possible) of fog / driving lights “on” and the low beam headlights “on” or “off” to determine which setting provides the best forward visibility for the driver. Do not shut off the running or “parking” lights, as they help make your car more visible to other drivers alongside and behind your car.

5) Use your low beams

The visibility in front of you will sharply decrease in a fog, so use the car’s low beam lights (if the car does not have fog lights or driving lights). Heavy fog conditions prohibit use of high beam headlights. The light from high beam headlights will be reflected back by thick fog. As fog thins, high beams can become more effective. Check periodically to see if the fog has thinned enough to make use of high beams.

6) Don’t Drift

There’s a natural tendency to wander into the middle of the road when visibility gets bad. Be sure to keep yourself in your lane.

7) Pull over to the side of the road if you have no visibility

If it gets too difficult or thick, pull over and wait. Turning on your hazard lights alerts other drivers of where you are.

8) Use the right edge of the road as a guide

This can help you avoid running into oncoming traffic or being blinded by oncoming headlights.

9) Ask for help

Don’t be afraid to ask your passengers to help keep an eye out for oncoming cars and obstacles on the road.
10) Be Careful With Petrol
Please do not store petrol in your home or car, inside a keg.During harmattan, the air is drier than usual, so things ignite really faster than usual . Be safe .
11.)Have A Hand Towel In Your Car
As I type this, my hands and feet are sweaty, its my body trying to compensate for the dryness(even though every where is cold ).So if you are like me, you need to keep your hands dry, so you have a good grip on the steering wheel.

12) Drive Only if You Have To
If every where is too dusty or foggy (especially early in the morning), you can wait a bit for it to be clearer before you head out, except you have to right away .

13) Carry Out Maintenance On Your Air Filters
Mid way into the harmattan season, and after , its wise to carry out maintenance on air filters or replace(depending on your preference), because of all the dust it has taken in .

14) Take Note Of Traffic And Construction Signs
Keep your eyes open and obey traffic signs, they are there for a reason .Lagos has so many road constructions going on presently, be careful so you don’t drive into a heavy duty machine.

How to get assistance on Toyota Nigeria vehicle warranty service

October 29, 2019 / Uncategorized

Image result for vehicle warranty carton

Warranty

General Information to the Toyota Owner

Where to go for Warranty Service: Any accredited Toyota (Nigeria) Limited Dealer in Nigeria will perform warranty service, Toyota (Nigeria) Limited recommends that you return to the dealership that sold you your vehicle because of their continued and personal interests in you.

Touring/Relocation to another Country: If you are touring or relocating to another country and a problem arises, please consult a local Toyota dealer. Please note, however, that warranty service may not be provided by the local dealer, because your Toyota vehicle may not comply with the regulatory and/or environment requirements of such country.

How to get Assistance

Customer Satisfaction: At Toyota (Nigeria) Limited we are proud of our total commitment to quality service and customer satisfaction. Every Toyota (Nigeria) Limited dealer has the tools, equipment, and trained technicians needed to service and repair your Toyota vehicle.

Information needed

Should a problem arise with your , please be prepared with the following information:

  • An accurate description of the problem including the conditions under which it occurs
  • Vehicle model and year
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Present Mileage
  • Date of Purchase
  • Selling and Servicing dealer
  • Service history of your vehicle

For the fastest possible response, we suggest you follow the procedures outlined below in the sequence listed.

Step 1: Talk to your Toyota (Nigeria) Limited Accredited Dealer
This is the most direct way to resolve your problems. Every Toyota dealer in this country is ultimately responsible for providing the service and repairs you may need. First, talk to the dealer service manager or to the customer relations staff. Explain the condition fully. If you feel that your problem has not been resolved, speak with the dealership’s owner/managing director who is most interested in your continued satisfaction and patronage. If your Toyota Dealer is unable to provide a solution…

Step 2: Contact Your Distributor

Contact the customer Relations Department of Toyota listed on Warranty Registration.

Your New Vehicle Limited Warranty

Note: The warranty is only valid for vehicles purchased and serviced at Toyota (Nigeria) Limited accredited dealers.

WHAT IS COVERED?

Warranty begins

The warranty period begins on the date the vehicle is first delivered or put into use (in-service date).

Basic Coverage Period

Toyota (Nigeria) Limited Warants that it will either repair or replace any part that Toyota (Nigeria) Limited supplies that is defective in material or workmanship under normal use except those items listed under “What is Not Covered” for a period of 36 months or 100,000 km (60,000 miles), whichever comes first.

Exceptions

The following items specified below are covered for periods other than the Basic Coverage.

Battery: During the first 24 months of service (up to 100,000 km / 60,000 miles), a defective original equipment battery will be replaced free of charge. Should the battery fail after 24 months of service, but before the 37th month of service (up to 100,000km / 60,000 miles) it will be replaced under warranty at a 50% charge to the customer.

Surface Rust and Paint Damage: Surface rust and paint damage appearing on the panels of pickup truck is covered for 12 months or 20,000km (12,000 miles), whichever comes first. Surface rust and paint damage on other than truck deck panels is covered under the Basic Coverage.

Towing: When your vehicle is inoperative due to a warranted part failure, towing service is covered to the nearest authorized dealership.

Tires: Tires are warranted under a separate warranty provided by the tire manufacturer.

No Charge: Warranty repairs (parts and/or labor) will be made at no charge.

Fully Transferable: Warranty coverage is fully transferable to subsequent vehicle owners.

Warranty Application: This warranty is valid only within Nigeria where the Toyota(Nigeria) Limited Distributor listed on Warranty Registration is located.

WHAT IS NOT COVERED

Factors beyond the Manufacturer’s Control

Repairs and adjustment required as a result of misuse (e.g., racing, overloading), negligence, modification, alteration, tampering, disconnection, improper adjustment or repairs, accident and use of add-on parts/material are not covered.

Cosmetic or surface corrosion from stone chips or scratches in the paint is not covered.

Damage or Surface corrosion from the environment such as acid rain, airborne fall-out (chemicals, tree sap, etc.), salt, hail, windstorms, lightning, floods, other acts of God and the like is not covered.

Lack of Maintenance or Use of wrong fuel, oil or Lubes

Repairs and adjustment caused by improper maintenance, lack of required maintenance, or the use of fluids other than the fluids specified in your Owner’s Manual are not Covered.

Maintenance Is at Owner’s Expense

Engine tune-up, lubrication, cleaning and polishing, replacement of filters, coolant, spark plugs, fuses, worn wiper blades, worn brake pads and linings or worn clutch linings are some of the normal maintenance services all vehicle require.

Normal Noise, Vibration and Deterioration

Norman noise, vibration, wear, tear or deterioration such as discoloration, fading, deformation or blur is not covered.

Altered Mileage

Failure of a vehicle on which the odometer mileage has been altered or changed so that vehicle mileage cannot be readily ascertain in not covered.

Extra Expenses: Incidental or consequential damages such as telephone calls, loss of time, inconvinience, or commercial loss are not covered.

How To Keep Your Car In Top Condition With Proper Service

Pre-Delivery Service

To assure your satisfaction with the appearance and performance of your new Toyota vehicle, your dealer is responsible to perform specified factory-approved services for cleaning, inspecting, and testing of your Toyota vehicle was delivered to you in top condition after being shipped from the factory/distributor.

Free 1,000km Maintenance Service

You are entitled to the free 1,000km (600 miles) Maintenance Service upon presentation of this Warranty Booklet to your Toyota(Nigeria)Limited dealer. This maintenance service shall be performed in accordance with your Owner’s Manual at no charge except for any lubricants, fluid or filters used since they are regular maintenance services items.

Period Maintenance Service

Proper maintenance will help insure maximum performance, greater reliability and longer life for your Toyota vehicle.

To maintain your Toyota vehicle in top driving condition, it is vitally important to have it inspected and serviced periodically in accordance with the maintenance services listed in your Owner’s Manual.

Your Toyota Owner’s manual also contains a chart of required services, and it has a section explaning maintenance items that you can do yourself. The service schedule is the result of experience and testing, and represents the most efficient and economical maintenance for your Toyota vehicle.

More frequent service is required for severe driving conditions. Again, see your Owner’s Manual.

Owner’s Responsibilities

Obtaining Warranty Service

You are responsible for delivering your vehicle to any authorised Toyota dealer in this country in order to obtain warranty service.

Maintenance

You are responsible for properly operating, maintaning, and caring for your Toyota vehicle in accordance with the instructions contained in your Owner’s Manual. If your vehicle is subject to use under severe driving conditions, you should follow the maintenance requirements specifies accordingly in your Owner’s Manual.

Maintenance Record

You are responsible for keeping maintenance records since it may be necessary in some instances for you to show that the required maintenance has been performed.

What to Do If Your Vehicle Is Flooded: A Step-by-Step Guide

October 15, 2019 / Uncategorized



If your vehicle was partially submerged in floodwater, follow our checklist for assessing flood damage afterwards. If floodwaters partially or fully submerge your car, it can mean extensive damage and costly repairs. Here’s what to do after the waters recede.
1. Do Not Start the Vehicle: Before going out to inspect your car ensure that the area is safe and that the water has drained from the street or area that was flooded. When you go out to inspect the level of water damage to the car it’s important that you don’t turn your car on. If water has reached the engine, turning the car could damage the car beyond repair.Turning the key when water is in the engine could cause further damage, rendering your car unusable.
2. Call Your Insurance Company(if any): Call your insurance provider if any, explain the extent of the damage and see what they will cover, your insurance company will explain the next thing to do. But if your car is not under insurance company or you wish to move on without insurance company follow this step
3. Start Cleaning: The longer your car stays submerged in water, especially if it’s salt water, the higher the chances of corrosion. As soon as the storm has cleared and it’s safe to go outside, go to your car and begin the drying process. .
4. Check the Oil and the Air Cleaner: You can assess much of the damage your car has suffered by looking under the hood. Check the oil level first for signs of engine damage. Water droplets on the dipstick indicate a potential problem. If you see this, don’t try to start the car. The droplets mean that water may have gotten into your engine. If you turn the key, the cylinders – which are built to handle air, not water – will break. Instead, have it towed to a mechanic who can remove the water from the engine. The fuel tank will need to be emptied completely.
5. Dry Out the Interior: Drying the interior quickly will help prevent mold. Open the car’s doors and windows to air it out, and get a towel to mop up the water in the cabin. Dry the remaining fluid on the carpet and upholstery with a wet/dry vacuum. If possible, bring the seats and cushions outside to dry. Fans and dehumidifiers can help speed the process
6. Check All Other Fluids
7. Check All Electrical Systems
8. Check Around the Wheels and Tires
9. If in Doubt, call professional vehicle service centre
IN CONCLUSION
One of the most important things is to remain calm in this situation. Follow these steps and act proactively. Don’t automatically assume that all is lost, but we do recommend that you have a professional take a look at the car just in case!



Read This If You Want To Know How Long Your Car Engine Will Last

July 25, 2019 / Blog, Car Tips

Most of the cars released within the past several years are built to last 250,000 miles or more with simple routine maintenance. Vehicles have come a long way – historically, odometers have only advanced to 99,999 miles before zeroing out.

According to R.L. Polk (IHS Automotive) the average lifetime of modern cars is trending up. In 2009, the average lifetime of a vehicle on the road was 9.4 years. In 2013 that number increased to 10.8 years and again in 2015 to 11.4 years. Engineering standards for automotive engines have vastly increased within the past 15 years, which has done much to prolong the useful life of an engine.

How long will my engine last?

The answer is both simple and complicated: It comes down to parts. An engine is made up of several intricate parts that need to be functioning in high order to ensure longevity.

Some parts on your car are made to wear and be replaced (tires, brake pads, rotors, etc.). The engine and it’s parts are mad to last the life of your vehicle. If parts of an engine fail, they will need to be replaced or you risk damaging the engine beyond repair.

Replacing engine parts typically isn’t cheap and they aren’t easy to fix, either. In most cases, engine trouble leads to a driver to seriously consider purchasing a new vehicle. The decision comes down to economic value of a vehicle and it’s useful life.

So, how long will your car last? If you purchase a vehicle with a good engine, then it’s really up to you.

Influencing Factors on Automotive Engine Lifetime

1. What’s it made of?

Everyone knows that engines are made of metal, but the type of metal determines durability. Engines are commonly made of aluminum, iron, or a combination of aluminum and iron.

Iron tends to be more durable because it can withstand higher temperatures better over time. Aluminum is substantially lighter, and is often used in parts like the headers, while iron is more commonly found in the engine block.

2. Driving Habits

The degree to which your engine has to work greatly influences lifetime. Rapid acceleration or deceleration, redlining RPMs and towing heavy loads can put excessive stress on an engine, shortening its lifespan.

3. Advancements in Technology

Engines produced now have higher common standards than ever before. They are rigorously tested, built with better materials and have more innovative designs than ever before. These advancements are the result of the EPA and similar regulatory forces around the world setting higher emissions standards.

New standards lead to increased efficiency, reduced emissions and less wear.

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4. Maintenance

Much like driving habits, this factor is entirely dependent on you, the vehicle owner. Stay up to date on routine maintenance for fluids and filters, and be aware of the systems that your engine depends on. Keep an eye on oil and ensure your oil pressure sensor is working.

The engine also works in tandem with other car systems, including exhaust, cooling, transmission and electrical systems. If these systems aren’t functioning properly, the engine may have to pick up the slack, reducing its effectiveness over a long lifespan.

11 Reasons Why Your Car’s Losing Fuel Fast

July 19, 2019 / Blog, Car Tips

You might not be aware of this but your car’s probably wasting fuel without you even knowing it. And this isn’t just about poor driving habits you’re probably familiar with by now. It’s about car problems you’re not even aware of. For instance, did you know that a possible engine misfire, incorrect oil viscosity, or even slow oxygen sensors may be causing your car to burn excess fuel fast? Even the amount of humidity in your car engine can be one reason why you’re wasting a lot on gas. Let’s dig in deeper to expose some of the more unfamiliar reasons why you’re wasting fuel:

1. Leaking / Unclean Fuel Injectors

Fuel injectors put fuel into the engine, so if there is a leak somewhere, then the engine will take in lesser gas. This makes it run inefficiently, making it work harder and using more fuel in the process. What’s more, your car can accumulate fuel varnish inside these injectors, especially if you’re using low-quality fuel injection cleaners. This causes the mixture of air/fuel to lessen, creating misfires and wasted fuel.

2. Malfunctioning Oxygen Sensors

Oxygen sensors monitor the air/fuel mix so the powertrain can increase or decrease its fuel when needed. If your oxygen sensors are not working properly, then chances are your engine isn’t getting enough air than it should be taking in. Here’s why: Your engine needs oxygen (air) to burn fuel. When it’s not getting enough air, then it will compensate by taking in more fuel to continue burning. Also, oxygen sensors tend to get more unreliable as they age, and can get less responsive to air/fuel content. In some cases, it indicates to the computer to add more fuel when it really doesn’t need it, wasting fuel in the process.

3. Humidity

Humidity is actually connected to what we discussed earlier. Ever heard of the Ideal Gas Law? It states that gas in a given pressure and temperature, when contained, has a volume with a constant number of particles. So if there is an increase in humidity, then the amount of water vapor in the surrounding air will also increase. Moreover, the gases present, such as nitrogen and oxygen, are replaced by water vapor. When this happens, then the amount of oxygen decreases, which, as we discussed earlier, will result to wasted fuel.

4. Faulty Engine Thermostat

This small device sits between the radiator and car engine, and its main job is to stop the coolant from flowing into the radiator until the car engine has fully warmed up–that is, if it’s functioning properly. If not, then it wastes gas. Here’s how: When the thermostat is faulty, it usually doesn’t close tightly (or not at all), and the coolant continues to circulate as the engine warms up quickly. This delay the engine from warming up or reaching its normal operating temperature, which can delay the powertrain module’s operation. This uses up more gas to compensate for the added work

5. Inappropriate Oil Viscosity

“Oil viscosity” is almost similar to the term “oil thickness.” It’s important to keep in mind because they can also affect how much fuel you use. As a rule of thumb, most late model passenger car engines use 5W-20 or 5W-30 viscosity motor oil. It’s important that the viscosity level of your oil is correct; otherwise, you reduce almost 5 to 10 percent of your fuel economy just by using a heavier viscosity oil.

6. Clogged Up Air Filters

Who would ever think that clogged up air filters can waste fuel? These filters are prone to getting clogged up by dust and small debris, which makes the engine work harder, and draw in more fuel to do the work.

7. Engine Coolant Sensor (Defective or Inaccurate)

This sensor helps monitor the engine’s internal temperature and signals the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) if the engine is cool, warm, or normal. When the PCM gets a signal from a defective coolant sensor, it will always read cold, prompting the computer to make the fuel mixture richer until it becomes warm. The problem is that once the engine becomes warm, it still keeps on pumping fuel because the PCM still reads it “cold.” This wastes fuel in the process.

8. Exhaust or Converter Obstructions

Exhaust systems is the piping used to lead reaction exhaust gases away from a controlled combustion inside the engine. Any obstruction will cause back pressure, which requires more power and fuel to work

9. Grimy or “Burned Out” Spark Plugs

Spark plugs may be small, but they’re important. In fact, your car won’t even start without them, so you shouldn’t take them for granted. When clogged or worn out, they can also cause engine misfires that will lead to wasted fuel.

10. EGR Valve or Intake Manifold Leak

The intake manifold is that part of a car’s engine that supplies the air/fuel mixture to the cylinders. Its main function is to evenly distribute this mixture to every port in the cylinder heads. The EGR Valve’s job is recirculate a certain portion of an engine’s exhaust gas back to the engine cylinders, reducing nitrous oxide emissions in petrol or diesel engines. When the intake manifold gasket has a leak, the air/fuel mixture leans out and causes the engine to misfire and give poor fuel economy. And when the EGR valve does not close at idle when not under load, it can let the exhaust leak back towards the intake manifold, causing poor fuel economy and waste.

11. Low Compression

There are many reasons why your car has low compression. It could be worn out or failing piston rings, intake or exhaust valve problems, or a crack in the piston head itself. Whichever the case, you might unknowingly be wasting fuel just because your engine doesn’t have the same compression it once had.

7 signs your car battery needs to be replaced

July 9, 2019 / Blog, Car Tips

The last thing any vehicle owner wants is to hop into their car and turn the key– only for it not to start due to a dead battery.

Everyday life takes its toll on a car’s battery. Vibrations from driving, supporting accessories like GPS and MP3 players, extreme temperatures, short trips or underuse and overcharging all affect the life of a car battery. That’s why car batteries typically last about 4 – 5 years before they need replacement.

Keep in mind: colder climates are conducive to battery longevity, so battery life varies depending on where you live.

How do you make sure you don’t end up stranded with a dead battery? The trick is paying attention to your vehicle to catch a dying battery before your car won’t start.

Here are seven signs your car battery needs to be replaced:

1. Age:

If your battery is 3-4 years old, it may be in jeopardy of dying out even if nothing seems wrong. Have your mechanic or dealership check it out or keep an eye on it yourself for other signs that the battery is on its last leg.

2. Check Engine Light is On:

Your check engine light could be on for a number of reasons. One culprit? Your battery needs replacing.

3. Low Battery Fluid Level:

Look in the translucent part of the battery case. The fluid level should not be below the energy conductors, or lead plates.

4. Swelling Battery Case:

A swollen battery case is usually the result of extreme heat. This can shorten the life of your battery.

5. Leaking/Corrosion:

You may see some chemical build-up on an old car battery. Corrosion can be removed with a solution of baking soda and water. It should be handled safely; either with gloves and goggles or by your mechanic or dealership.

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6. Slow Engine Crank:

If your car takes longer to start than normal when you turn the key, your car battery may be on its way out.

7. Smell:

When a car battery is frozen or overcharged, it often emits sulfuric acid. If you smell something like rotten eggs under the hood of the car, get your battery replaced immediately. Sulfuric acid can eat away at other parts of the engine and result in a major problems for your vehicle.

Checking your car battery should be part of routine maintenance for your vehicle. However, everyday life and wear and tear can stir up problems between service appointments. If you experience any of the signs of a dead car battery, make a service appointment here, or call to speak with a service specialist.

5 Fast Facts On The ‘Royal’ Jaguar Prince Harry and Meghan Rode In

May 21, 2018 / Blog

Did you catch the #RoyalWedding? While we are still basking in that euphoria let’s take a moment to talk about the car! The car Prince Harry and Meghan rode off in. Below we spotlight 5 facts about the Silver Blue Jaguar.

  • The car is a zero-emission battery electric car. So yes, it is environmentally friendly 

  • The car is a new version of the 1968 model

  • The car can race from 0 – 62mph in just 5.5 seconds

  • The Jaguar is powered by a 300 hp electric motor under its legendarily long hood and is quicker than the six-cylinder original.

  • Prices for the eco-friendly car starts at N170 million.

6 Easy Steps To Check Your Car’s Engine Oil

May 8, 2018 / Blog, Car Tips
Ask any of our experts and they will tell you the most underrated practice Nigerian car owners carry out is checking of car oil. It is often overlooked or forgotten by motorists. Needless to say that neglecting to check for your car’s oil status and level can damage the engine of your car.
Think of your car as a human body that needs food, oil, water, and whatnot. The car doesn’t just run on fuel but other things that ensure it’s smooth operation and oil is one of them.
From servicing thousands of cars and speaking with thousands of customers we have realized that one of the hardest parts of checking your oil is not only knowing how to but also remembering to do it. While you might be able to get away with not checking for a couple of months, a good rule of thumb is to perform this task once a month.
To make it easier to remember, we recommend picking a certain date, such as the 15th of each month, and make that your regular “Check my car oil” day.
And if you don’t know how to check your oil level we’ve got you. Simply follow the step on this we will be listing.

 1. Park your car on a flat leveled ground.

 

If it’s on a slope, the readings won’t be reliable. If you need to move the car to a better location, wait 10 mins before reading the oil level so that all the oil in the engine has a chance to sink back down to its reservoir.

2. Open your car’s bonnet

 

This is usually done by pulling a lever located in the driver’s footwell. If you can’t find it, check your car’s manual, which should explain whereabouts the bonnet release is for your particular model.

 

3. Prop your bonnet

This is usually done by pulling a lever located in the driver’s footwell. If you can’t find it, check your car’s manual, which should explain whereabouts the bonnet release is for your particular model. Don’t forget, you’ll also need to disengage the safety latch – once you’ve pulled the lever inside the car, feel under the leading edge of the bonnet for a plastic or metal lever, which should move upward or to the side, allowing you to fully release and open the bonnet.
4. Find the dipstick
The dipstick generally has a brightly colored handle, usually orange, and have the word OIL labeled on them.
5. Pull the dipstick out and wipe it down
Make sure to wipe it down with a towel or rag, and then replace it into the engine, making sure that it goes all the way in.
6. Now, pull the dipstick back out
Be sure NOT to turn the stick upside down to read as the oil will run and you will not have an accurate reading. The dipstick will have two marks on the bottom (usually lines or holes in the stick), and you can read the oil level by looking to see where the oily section and dry section meet. If you find this mark between the two then you are all set!

 

If it is below the bottom mark that means that you need to fill the oil. When you do this, be sure to never fill it more than a liter at a time without checking the level again, as you do not want to overfill the engine. Most manufacturers consider normal oil consumption to be 1 liter per 1,600 kilometers if you find you are using much more than this you might want to schedule a service appointment. Our certified experts will check to see if a little preventative maintenance can save you from having any major issues down the road.

Valentine Gifts Ideas for Car Lovers

February 15, 2018 / Blog
Valentine Gifts Ideas for Car Lovers

Buying Valentine gifts can sometimes be very tricky as you are often conscious of buying gifts that would suit the style and personality of the receiver. The general opinion is that since Valentine has to do with the celebration of love, the type and quality of gifts should reflect how you feel about the receiver. It should be romantic as well as relevant. How then do you beat the confusion of buying something special enough for a loved one who has a special preference for car related items?

As automobile specialists, we have compiled a list of items car lovers would love and find really exciting.  The beautiful thing about this is that these items can be easily found in the market and should impress every car lover.

Tyre Inflator

Valentine Gifts Ideas for Car Lovers

First on the list is an inflator. If you have ever been in a situation where your car tyre went flat and there was no mechanic around to help you fix it, then you will appreciate the essence of an inflator. With an inflator, you can easily get your tyre back to shape in good time, especially in emergency situations. Ensure you make the gift look all valentine-ready by presenting it in an attractive package, alongside some other little items like chocolates, biscuits etc.

Car Seat Cushion

If you are not sure the inflator would be a good idea, how about an awesome seat cushion. Seat cushions help make drive time more pleasurable. Driving for long hours can sometimes put a lot of strain on our fragile backs and waistline, especially when you do not have comfortable seat, but with a softly padded car cushion, you can say goodbye to hurtful drive times. This item could be more interesting when you have one, specially crafted to suit and massage the back. Why won’t any car lover love this item?

Customized Car Items

Do these items sound too far-fetched for you? You could do something a little more affordable or usual.  Go for customized car items and wears. For car items, create a customized neck and throw pillows. By customized, we mean you can buy a normal one and put your own design and inscription on it. The inscription could be a special message to the person or his/her favourite quote or message. You can also try images of their favourite celebrity or public figure. Better still, stay safe by using the receiver’s own image.

The same should apply to other items like car-centered T-shirts, car dice, car fragrances and the likes. These might sound very common but there are very good ways to show how much you care. The tip to getting customizing right is to use professional hands and to ensure that whatever inscription or image used in the customization is in line with your loved one’s preference and not yours, as there is often the temptation to go for items we love instead of what the receiver loves.

Mechanical Set

Valentine Gifts Ideas for Car Lovers

Is your loved one a handyman? An awesome mechanical set won’t be a bad idea too. Though there is a high probability that the person might already have these items, there is still no harm in trying this out. You can take a sneak peek at what the person already has, to decipher what you should or shouldn’t go for.

Car Cleaning Kit

With all said and done, there would always be need to clean the car. No car lover loves a dirty car. Find out the person’s favourite cleaning kit and buy a range of the products. Items like a dashboard spray, scratch remover, shampoo, napkins and the likes, would make an awesome gift pack. Don’t forget to sweeten your pack with some chocolates and flowers as the case may be.

In conclusion, you cannot override that one thing your loved one has always craved for. It doesn’t have to be car related for it to be appreciated. It is often better to go for an item that has been specifically mentioned than the one that is presumed.

Finally, while you prepare your special treat for your loved one this Valentine; also show some love to your car. Bring it to Germaine Auto Centre for that special Valentine touch. We know just what your car needs.

Ways You Are Probably Hurting Your Car

February 5, 2018 / Blog, Car Tips
Ways You Are Probably Hurting Your Car

Owning a car is great. Owning one in a great condition is even super cool. But owning a car and keeping it in a great working condition doesn’t come by chance.

Car maintenance is not something that should be left to car mechanics alone. However, a lot of people do not worry about the health of their car until something goes wrong. They seldom clean it and give little thought to their vehicles, as long as it gets them where they are going. These set of people, we must say, are hurting their cars.

The following are ways people hurt their cars. How guilty are you?

Using the wrong oil or stretching the time of oil change

Ways You Are Probably Hurting Your Car

Oil is the blood of the car engine. There are different kinds of engine oil, just like there are different car engines too. Each car engine is designed for a specific oil thickness. The thickness of the engine oil affects how the oil does its job on the car. It is therefore important to adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendation when it comes to the engine oil you use for your car. Using the wrong engine oil for your vehicle is the beginning of problems for your car. Also, allowing your engine oil drop to a really low level can spell trouble. If you do not check and change your oil regularly, your engine will not be getting as much lubrication as it needs.

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 Ignoring the signal lights on the dashboard

The light signals that come on on the dashboard are not just there as part of the beautiful aesthetics of the car. They are actually warning signals that show the state of your car, serving to let you know the immediate actions you need to take. Ironically, some drivers do not even know the meaning of some of these signals. As long as the car has not stopped moving, they assume there is no problem. How wrong they are! Those signals are there to let you know of an issue with the car, which should be checked or fixed, as the case may be. Never wish these signals away, as they can lead to bigger and costlier issues.

Driving on an empty fuel tank

Ways You Are Probably Hurting Your Car

How many of you are guilty of this? Majority of drivers only fill up their fuel tank when the warning light comes on. Running on an empty or nearly empty tank is setting the car up for major problems in the near future. The fuel tank helps to cool down the fuel pump and the engine of a vehicle. So, not only are you at the risk of getting stranded in the middle of the road, you are putting your car in danger. Trying to save money on gas this way is not such a smart idea. As soon as your car hits the ¼ mark, refuel it immediately.

Not slowing down for bumps or potholes

Ways You Are Probably Hurting Your Car

Your shock absorber, wheel alignment, and suspension are at a risk every time you do not slow down for speed bumps or potholes. If you start to feel the steering wheel of your car vibrate when you are driving, then chances are you have been exposing your vehicle to bumps and potholes, and your wheel alignment needs to be fixed. Usually, you will end up spending quite some money to fix this.

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Ignoring the strange noises

Quite guilty of this, right? Of course, everyone knows how their car sounds. Like a dog picking up on strange noises, that’s how quickly we can pick up a strange noise coming out of a car. The “strange” noise could be coming from the bonnet of the car or from the back tire. Wherever the noise is coming from, do not ignore just because the car still moves. A knocking sound in the engine or a squeaking brake is usually never good. Ignoring these signs could cost you a large sum for repairs or, in extreme cases, lead to a fatal accident.

In all, realizing that you are causing harm to your vehicle is the first step to protecting your car and yourself from harm.

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