3. Tyre Tread Depth
To check the condition of your front tyres, turn the wheel you’re checking outwards, as this will ensure you can safely assess as much of the tyre as possible. Then, where the tyre has depth indicators in the grooves, you can easily check the tread by ensuring the tread is higher than the depth indicators. These indicators are normally at 2mm, so if these are worn, then you know the tread is too. If you have 20p coin to hand, you can also place this in the treads on the tyre; if it covers the outer edge of the coin, then you’re safe! Whilst checking your tyres, it’s worth scanning them to check for any cuts, nails or any exposed steel.
4. Oil Level
Firstly, ensure your engine is switched off for at least 2-3 mins and is stationary, on level ground. Under your bonnet, the oil dipstick can be identified as a coloured plastic hoop (usually yellow, red or orange). Place your finger through the hoop and pull the dipstick out, before wiping it clean with a tissue or rag. Then put it back into the hole it came from and firmly secure it back into place. Pull it back out again and check that the engine oil is between the high and the low markers at the base of the dipstick. Wipe off the oil again put it back securely. If it’s low, you’ll need to top it up; check with your manufacturer which oil is recommended.
5. Engine Coolant
To check your engine coolant, firstly, locate the coolant reservoir. This is usually a clear plastic tank with high and low indicators and has a hose linking to the top of the radiator cap. If your coolant levels are low, unscrew the cap on the top of the reservoir and add coolant using a funnel to avoid spilling. Once topped up, screw the cap back on the reservoir. If the coolant tank was completely empty, add coolant to the radiator as well, by unscrewing the radiator cap and repeating the process. If you’re unsure where to locate the engine coolant reservoir, or the radiator, please refer to your vehicle manual, or contact your H.R. Owen Aftersales team.