Technical checks to be done before a journey 1. How would you check for oil? Ans. Take the dip stick out, clean it, put it back in and check that the oil is between the minimum and the maximum, only when the car is cold. 2. How do you know where the engine oil goes in? Ans. Look for this symbol on a cap on the top of your engine. 3. How would you check for brake fluid? Ans. Look for this symbol and make sure the fluid is between the maximum and minimum mark. 4. Where is your windscreen washer bottle? 5. Where is your engine coolant and how would you know there is enough? Ans. Check the bottle to make sure that the liquid is up to the maximum level. 6. How would you check the power steering fluid? Ans. Identify the bottle which would have a steering wheel symbol on the cap. Most new cars have electronic power steering and there would be no bottle. 7. Where is your battery? Ans. Identify the battery. 8. How would you check the tyres? Ans. That there would be 1.6mm of thread and there are no cuts or bulges in the wall of the tyre. Make sure the correct pressure. (Specific to manufacturers guide). 9. How would you check your indicators are working? Ans. Apply the indicator or hazard warning lights. 10. How would you check the brake lights are working? Ans. Ask someone to check them while you press the break peddle or reverse to a window to see reflection. 11. How would you check the headlights and tail lights are working? Ans. Operate the switch and walk around the vehicle. 12. How would you check the power steering is working before starting your journey? Ans. If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started will result in slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning. 13. How would check the horn is working? Ans. Check carried out by using the control. 14. How would you know if an indicator bulb is blown from inside? Ans. The indicator light inside the car would flash at double speed. 15. How would you know if your windscreen wipers were worn? Ans. They would leave smears and possibly squeak 16. How would you check your handbrake for wear? Ans. Apply the handbrake and it should hold the car and still have working travel. 17. How would you check your breaks are working? Ans. When you start moving and apply the brakes they should not feel spongy or soft and stop the car. 18. How would you demist the back window? Ans. Apply the demister button for the back window. 19. How would you demist the front windscreen? Ans. Turn the control to front windscreen option and select heat setting. 20. How would you turn on the air conditioning? Ans. Activate the air conditioning button. 21. How would you turn on your fog lights? Ans. Press the fog light button. 22. How would you adjust your lights for the number of people in the car? Ans. Set it to the relevant number.