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Maintenance tips

We would like to draw your attention to a number of preventive controls that you can perform to avoid damage to the engine of your car. Why do we report this? Because unfortunately we often see that many engine failures are due to a lack of oil and / or coolant. A leaky head gasket is quickly created and then walk quickly towards the cost ang 1000, -. They are often not even the costs are rather high, it is often the vehicle for a long time lost, especially of cars not much riding on Curacao. The parts are indeed usually not in stock and must be bested abroad.

Check coolant

Why is checking coolant important?

If you regularly larger quantities of liquid to refill, which may indicate a leak. Coolants with example code G12 or G12 +, are called ‘long life’ fluids and go basically a vehicle lifetime. Other interim should be replaced because its operation is deteriorating.

TIP: Check coolant only when the engine is cold! Verify with a hot engine may cause severe burns wrongdoing.

To check the coolant:

  • Check only when the engine is cold and preferably on a flat surface.
  • The coolant level check on the basis of the marks on the transparent expansion tank.
  • Should you refill? Do it only with the manufacturer’s recommended coolant, see the manual or ask the dealer for a bottle (for emergency should always water, then obviously coolant checked or replaced).
  • If you want to change the coolant yourself, make sure in any case that it does not end up on the streets.
  • Perform check every month, for example together with checking the oil level.

Overheated Engine

An overheated engine can have different causes and consequences. Most of the times the coolant level was to low.

Checking the coolant level in wrongdoing cause very serious burns!

  • Make sure you can control the temperature by setting the heater on the hottest position, the air conditioner off and the blower at the highest position.
  • Stop the car in a safe place and check the fluid level. First let the engine cool for at least fifteen minutes with the hood open so the heat can escape quickly.
  • Do not Unscrew the cap of the radiator or expansion tank of a hot engine immediately but do it little by little. NOTE: There may be a perilous fountain of glowing hot coolant that will spray wich could cause very severe burns.
  • Carefully loosen the cap of the cooling slightly and let pressure escape. Do this with a cloth to protect your hand.

Check oil level

In the engine oil has multiple functions. It is not only a lubricant for the rotating parts, but also a refrigerant, and even a cleaning agent. Therefore there is also a change interval for both the oil and the associated filter. Each engine will “consume” some oil,  one car slightly more than the other.

Excessive oil consumption can indicate leaks or wear. Oil is held in place by various (mainly rubber) seals, which can start to sweat or leak after a long time. Due to the climate on Curacao, seals will wear faster than in other climates.

TIP: Put a liter of oil as a backup in the trunk.

How to check your oil level

  • Check the oil preferably when the engine is cold. Let your engine cool down for at least 10 minutes.
  • Ensure that the vehicle is at a horizontal (level) position. Then you get a reliable reading.
  • First wipe the dipstick clean, then put it back and get it back to read.
  • Ideally, the level is between the two indicators for the minimum and maximum levels.
  • The difference between the minimum and maximum level is usually a liter. If the oil is at the minimum level, you will need to add at least half a liter of oil.
  • Do not fill more oil than the maximum level, because to much oil can also be harmful to the engine. (The oil seals get too much pressure so it may leak.)
  • The instruction booklet states which oil you need.
  • Do not spill oil onto the engine or cooling coils. If necessary use a (homemade) funnel.
  • The oil pressure warning light can be checked by turning the ignition on again without starting: the light should be lit. After starting, the lamp shuts off. Never wait to gauge until the light comes on because it may be to late.
  • Check the oil level at least once a month, at the same time as the level of the coolant.

TIP

Always take a liter reserve of oil in the car. It is important that this is exactly the same type of oil as is already in the engine. Pay attention; not only on the thickness (as indicated by a number 5W30), but also on the API specification on the bottle (as SJ for modern gasoline engines) are important. If you cannot find the oil that is prescribed in the manual ? Buy the best alternative that is availablebecause not the right oil is even better than no oil. Refresh if you have used more than half a liter “wrong” oil by the precribed oil as soon as possible with the right kind of oil.

Click here for a video on how to check the fluids in your car: