Jaguar XKR: Five Vital Car Checks That You Should Never Neglect
Elegance, ultimate engine performance, and powerful driving—these are just some of the words that would first come to your mind when you hear the name Jaguar XKR. This is nothing new from Jaguar. After all, the brand is considered to be synonymous to success. And with a car like the XKR, you would want to maximize all the things that it offers—as long as you can. Now, that's not impossible if you know how to take care of your vehicle. You don't even have to speak Car and Driver. Some maintenance can be done at home, and they are really easy to do. Below are some vital maintenance checks that you should never neglect if you want your XKR to last longer:
- Make sure that you always have your tool kit in the car.
This might seem like a very minor thing, but it is actually necessary that you carry at least a basic tool kit all the time. You never know when you'll get stalled on the road, and you'll need a tool to see what's up with your car. You know, you can't always call a mechanic, so you will have to do the repair yourself sometimes. A basic tool kit should have at least a jack and wheel removal tools. You'll need these in case you get a flat and need to change the tire yourself. And if you are driving a car with fitted locking wheel nuts, make sure to carry a matching key removal tool.
- Never forget to check and top up your screen wash.
This is a vital thing to keep in mind, especially if you live in an area with a lot of snow. You don't want to be driving that Jaguar XKR with a frozen windshield, do you? The screen wash helps the windshield wiper in keeping the windshield spotless so you have an unobstructed view of the road, which is important for driving safely. Make sure to use a screen wash with the correct concentration, so it doesn't freeze in the washers. In the summer, screen wash will help clear the windshield of oily road grime; water alone is not enough to do this.
- Always make sure that all your lights work.
Your car's lighting system is vital for driving safely, especially at night and during harsh weather conditions. These lights make you see the road properly as well as signal to other drivers where you're going. Therefore, it is essential to make sure that they work. Check all lights—from headlights to auxiliary driving lights—at least weekly and before going on long trips. The indicators, brake lights, and fog lights must also function efficiently all the time. Clean the lights and housing assembly regularly. When driving in a bad weather, always have a damp cloth with you that you can use to wipe the lights during driving breaks.
- Know when your power steering needs servicing.
The power steering is the one responsible for enabling you to steer the car wherever you want to go. It is therefore important to always make sure that it's working properly. The most common cause of power steering problem is the fluid. Hence, it is recommended to check the fluid reservoir regularly and change it when the color begins to turn from red to gray or black. Top up or replace it only with the correct hydraulic fluid; you can consult your car manual for this. If you're having difficulty steering or hearing strange noises when you steer, you may be having problem with the drive belt. It's time to have your power steering serviced.