Rapidé has been at the forefront of making their customers’ cars safe by providing top-notch car servicing for all. Rapidé as a brand needs no introduction. They’ve proven countless times in over 20 years of existence that casa-quality service doesn’t need to be expensive.
This year, Rapidé is pushing car owners to prioritize the well-being of their vehicles with a very simple guide. Introducing Rapidé’s 366 Days of Safety. Check it out below:
The premise is simple: it shows which car parts need inspecting every 3 or 6 months, as well as the 6 (batteries, brakes, fluids, lights, tires, and self) that need to be checked before every drive.
Still with us? Good. Let’s break it down further so that we can digest it fully.
Check Every 3 Months
1. Motor Oils, Filters, and other fluids
Think of oils as your car’s circulatory system. If it’s dirty and old, your car will find trouble starting or running long distances. Oils are there to facilitate easy movement of gears inside the car so that they don’t grind aggressively (which can wreck your engine or transmission in the long run).
That said, all your car’s main fluids (i.e. Motor Oil and Filter, Power Steering Fluid, and Transmission Fluid) should be checked frequently since they make a car run smoothly. Notice fluids leaking from your car? That’s a sign that you need to get your car checked. Our reco: visit a Rapidé branch near you — they’re very familiar with fluid replacement.
2. Battery Terminals and Cables
Apart from car fluids, another essential component are the car’s battery terminals and cables. These terminals and cables are very sensitive; they might get ripped or uncoupled, cutting the flow of power in the car. Remember: without power, the car won’t start at all. Avoid getting stranded by having a mechanic check them out.
Your car’s lights (those at the rear and in front) are the most susceptible to needing a replacement. More often than not, these lights are turned on the whole drive, especially the ones at the rear. It’s simple to know if they need changing; if they don’t light up, it’s definitely time for new bulbs.
Check Every 6 Months
These parts are the ones that you don’t need to worry about too often, but are important nonetheless if you want a safe and smooth drive.
The most pertinent perhaps are shock absorbers, which take the pressure off your wheel’s rims so that they don’t get damaged in rugged terrains. Know their condition by checking if they have drip marks on them. That might mean that its seals are broken, making the absorbers ineffective should a bump come your way
Other components that need checking are the car’s horn, wiper blades, exhaust system, and spare tires. Don’t go lazy on these guys though. Ask yourself: would you like to drive a car that belches out too much smoke? Or a car with a horn that doesn’t work? Take our advice: don’t be that guy.
Check Before Every Drive
Perhaps the easiest to inspect apart from those mentioned already, these are the car parts that you need to see before every drive. While the easiest to check, they’re also the most crucial ones as they affect a lot of things on your trip.
We’ve already mentioned how important it is to check the battery terminals and cables, but perhaps the more important component is the battery itself. Again, and we emphasize how important it is: without the battery, a car won’t start.
How do you avoid having a dead battery? There are more than a couple of ways of doing so, but generally, you should do the following:
- Turn off all lights when you exit
- Don’t use the car if the trip is short
- Limit electronics use when not in transit.
Doing these will keep your battery from quickly getting depleted and help in recharging it as you drive your car.
Probably the most important of the bunch are your brakes. Need we say more about them? Whether you’re cruising on a highway or running through EDSA, you oughta stop at some point. Better to have them checked early instead of risking your safety and other people’s in the off-chance they give out.
Test them yourself on a clear road. Gently press on your brakes as you go on a straightaway. Feel a slight delay or unresponsiveness to them? perhaps it’s best to get it checked at a Rapidé branch near you.
“Kalbo na ba gulong ko?” should be a question to ask yourself on every trip. Pretty simple to see if they need changing, too. See if the treads (the ridges you see on the tire surface) are deep enough. Shallow treads are an indication that it’s easier for your car to slip on the road, especially if it’s wet.
If you’re looking to get the maximum life span out of your tires, keep them at the right air pressure. How to find the magic number? Check the jamb of your car’s doors. There should be an indicator there for the right air pressure for your car.
If you’re nuts over racing / car movies like us, you’d know that the car is just an extension of a driver behind the wheel. A good driver isn’t measured by the car they drive, but the way they drive them.
We won’t sugarcoat it for you: never drive under the influence. Need to get somewhere urgently? Just take a cab, a taxi-hailing service, or get yourself a Driver on Demand. You’d be much better off in the back seat than driving your car dangerously.
Rapidé servicing is reliable servicing.
Having read all this, we commend Rapidé for coming up with an easy-to-understand guide that doesn’t skimp on anything that might need your attention. By emphasizing the importance of a car well-kept, Rapidé has ensured that many-a car owner’s rides are smooth and most importantly, safe. We can’t say this enough: Rapidé servicing is reliable servicing.
Got a car you know is due for a maintenance check? Why not take a trip to a Rapidé branch near you? Find one from all of Rapide’s 60+ branches nationwide here: https://rapide.ph/branchlocator/
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