Maintenance Tips

TYRES

  1. Pressure
    1. This is the biggest problem, but is also the easiest to fix. Check your tyre pressure regularly early in the morning, when cool and before long trips.
    2. Don’t let air out when the tyre is hot.
    3. Check and top-up with accurate gauges (not all service stations are accurate) and remember spare tyres.
    4. If you’re topping up regularly or if you only have one low tyre, you most likely have a slow leak. (Note: nails are a potential cause).
    5. Follow the pressure recommended by the manufacturer in the handbook, fuel cap or car door.
  2. Safety
    1. Don’t buy the cheapest tyre and risk your life. Western, Japanese and Korean brands are the safest.
    2. Check where the brand is from, not where it is made. Nowadays many products are made in cheaper countries.
    3. Punctures should be addressed and dealt with professionally.
    4. Regularly check tyres for uneven wear, missing/loose nuts, stones or nails.
  3. New valves with new tyres
    1. Replace missing valve caps immediately.
    2. Kwik-Fit provides caps for free.
  4. Tread patterns
    1. Tread below 2mm is dangerous, particularly in wet weather. It will cause your car to take much longer to stop.
    2. Patterns are not for aesthetics, they clear the water and grip the road.
  5. Alignment
    1. If your car is pulling to one side, check the wheel alignment in our workshops.
    2. If the steering vibrates (even slightly), check the tyre balancing.
    3. Regularly check alignment, balancing and rotation for safety and better tyre life.
    4. Worn shocks can also affect the alignment.
  6. Tyre size
    1. Check with the specialists if you can put larger tyres on your vehicle.
  7. Driving habits
    1. Good driving habits help prolong tyre quality and life expectancy.
    2. Examples are avoiding: harsh braking, fast cornering, curb climbing and driving through potholes.

Pressure Guide only in the absence of manufacturers recommendation
13/14/15’’ Passenger tyres 44psi/250kpa
15/16’’ Recreational tyres 54psi/350kpa
Unit conversion : 1 bar=14.5psi=100kpa

 

BATTERIES

  1. Acid levels
    1. Check levels regularly. Translucent batteries are easier to monitor the acid levels.
    2. Maintenance-free batteries don’t need topping-up.
    3. All Kwik-Fit batteries come with a colour magic eye, to indicate the state of charge.
  2. Battery water
    1. Only use battery water to top-up.
  3. Safety
    1. Don’t buy the cheapest battery, or batteries without a 12m warranty.
    2. Good batteries have serial no. and warranty cards for you to keep.
    3. Have a professional technician fit the battery and check the charging system
    4. Dry-charged batteries are fresh compared to wet ones. You can buy larger batteries to last longer, as long as it fits.
  4. Idle batteries
    1. Disconnect the battery if you’re not using your car for a few weeks or more.

 

ECOWASH

 

If you have any questions email us for free advice at sales@kwikfit.com.zm