BLOWBAG: The Fundamental Car Maintenance Checklist


There’s just too much to like about cars: its engine’s roar, the sleek curves of its chassis, or even the smell of its leather interior. Big car enthusiasts would go oh-so far and pay oh-so much just to get their cars looking and feeling brand new.

But if you’re just an average joe who wants a smooth ride, here’s an easy to remember acronym to ensure that your car’s in tip-top shape: BLOWBAG.

BLOWBAG stands for Battery, Light, Oil, Water, Brakes, Air, and Gas.

BLOWBAG: Battery

1. Battery

Number one on the list is your car’s battery. It’s one of the most neglected parts of the car despite being responsible for starting it all up.

So if you’re going on a road trip, consider keeping one at the trunk should the current one flat out. If you’re feeling lucky, it’s okay to bring jumper cables too. Just make sure you know how to jump start your vehicle.


2. Light

This one should be a given already, but it can’t be stressed enough. In addition to showing your way in the dark, your car’s headlights and taillights also make it easier for other drivers to see you on the road.

Authorities in major speedways also impose hefty fines for vehicles with broken lights. Save yourself a trip to the station and make sure that yours are working perfectly. With so many car shops servicing lights, it’s not hard to find one that’s right for your car (and your budget, too!).

Check Engine Oil level

3. Oil

While many car enthusiasts make it a habit to do oil changes regularly, new car owners may not know the importance of pouring fresh motor oil in. The same way a car that has countless gears and bolts, regular oil changes ensure that the insides of your car don’t grind against each other. 

Doing oil changes twice or thrice a year is recommended for newer cars, while older models might need theirs changed every 3 months.

Check water pressure

4. Water

Overheating is one of the biggest reasons why car engines break down. Manila roads can be a frying pan for cars, especially those that don’t have enough water in their tanks.

Our tip: when in Manila, do as the jeepney drivers do. Always have a 1-liter bottle of water in your trunk. A surefire way to get out of a prickly situation (aka a slightly overheated radiator) is to bring some water with you.

Check and clean your breaks

5. Brakes 

There’s a reason why the big tollways ask you to slow down even if there are still hundreds of meters to go before the toll itself. In America alone, brake failures account for around 300,000 accidents every year.

As an average car-owner, you can take care of your brakes by not doing sudden brakes unless called for. It’d help to check your brakes during a long drive too so that you’re confident that they’ll work when you reach a stop.

Tire Air pressure

6. Air (or, Tires)

A bad tire can be a huge pain if you don’t prepare for it. Not every car can house a spare, so inspecting your tires might be your best bet.

A common trick is to switch the front and rear tires in their half-lives (around 1.5 years if the car is used daily) because the front ones get worn easier than the rear. Doing this can maximize your wheels’ lifespan.

With regard to tire pressure, an easy reference would be the car manual or the info window found by the driver’s door. Make sure that the pressure doesn’t go under or over the indicated psi as this will cause more wear.

BLOWBAG - Put the right Gas on your car

7. Gas 

You don’t want to be the poor fella pushing his hunking SUV alone in C-5. Gas prices are very pricey but sadly, there isn’t another way to go around it. You can however, conserve your gas reserve.

It’s quite simple: want to slow down your gas consumption? Slow down a bit. If you’re accelerating with an extra 10 or 20 kilometers, try and trim them off. You’ll arrive a few minutes later of course, but this will seriously save you some gas. A bit of savings goes a long way.

 — A final word

Car maintenance can be a pain for regular consumers and car-owners. Hopefully with BLOWBAG, you can ensure that your drive goes flush. 

Should you need further maintenance or inspection for your car, you can always find the right talyer / casa for your car with beepbeep.ph website! Over 14,000 listings are available on the site, from mechanical repairs to car parts and accessories. For all your car care needs, #beepbeepit!

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Tim is the writer and content specialist for beepbeep.ph. He reads a lot about news in tech, cars, photography, and watches. He's also a self-professed tech guru.

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