If you are planning to import a Japanese car or already have one, it’s advisable to have some knowledge about Japanese cars and how to take care of them.
As such Japanese cars are much sought after in Australia and everywhere else because even if they are secondhand, they are as good as new, and come at a fraction of the price, just because they are labeled as secondhand.
Plus, they are full of latest features. However, when it comes to taking care of your car, some basic principles apply to Japanese cars too, just like they apply to any other type of car.
This basic care schedule can increase the life and durability of your car. You don’t even need to have very advanced knowledge of automobiles or their systems.
As afirst step, you can start with learning about asbestos in imported cars according to Dazmac Logistics; so, by cleaning the asbestos if there’s any, the car will become absolutely safe.
Just a few more easy ways to resolve minor issues and regular checks can enable you to address problems on time and thereby extend your car’s life, making it safer and more reliable for you and your family.
1. Regular Checks
Regular checks may appear daunting; however, it’s often only about simply opening the hood and taking a keen look at your car’s engine.
Another thing you should do is to check your tyres at least alternate week to ensure they are properly inflated.
Actually you should check the tyres with a tyre pressure gauge; but a visual check may also benefit you to ensure the tyres seem properly and equally inflated.
Some more things you should do as a regular check are:
- Check if there is damage to body or bumper for insurance purposes
- Check if fluids, such as brake and power fluid, oil, transmission or other fluid (e.g. water dripping under the car due to air-conditioning), are leaking underneath the car
- Check smoke in car’s exhaust, apart from the normal startup fumes or diesel emission
- If there are fluid or engine warning lights, they must be addressed on time before starting further driving
2. Oil Change
One of the most essential things for maintaining your car is to regularly change the oil as well as oil filter. As recommended by some mechanics, oil should be changed every 2,000-3,000 miles, but you are able to drive safely.
But you must be sure to change your car’s oil or get it changed, at least every 5,000 miles and buy a new filter too.
Once the oil passes through the car’s engine, it must be relatively clean, still should have a dark colour to it.
The oil level should also be regularly checked and maintained between maximum and minimum fill lines.
You can choose from a variety of kinds of motor oils. For colder temperatures in winters, lighter weight oils are better, while for warmer climates, heavier oils are suitable.
If you observe that your car is using too much of oil, a combination of heavier and synthetic motor oils may perhaps work the best.
3. Important Things to Check
Opening your car’s hood is an essential part of most of the everyday maintenance routine of your car. But you don’t need to worry as you don’t need to be a mechanic for this.
The most essential things to check regularly are levels of all fluids including brake and power steering fluids, engine oil level as well as cleanliness, belts, levels of coolant/antifreeze (but never try to take out the radiator cap when engine is hot) and transmission fluid.
Other important parts of your car and engine that require regular maintenance and occasional replacements are headlight, air filter, spark plugs and cables, turn signals, windshield wipers and brake lamps.
Hopefully you are feeling relieved to know that regular maintenance of your Japanese car is quite easy.
So, get importing a car from Japan to Australia with Dazmac Logistics, perform regular maintenance and get an optimum performance from your car.