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Old 02-26-2009, 01:04 AM   #1
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Car safety checks

When was the last time you did a full check over of your car?
This thread is to advise of some basic diy checks you can do on your CB, to make and keep it safe for you and other roadusers.
Everyones maintenance schedule will be different, But I think a good schedule would be to do this check at least once a year or each time you change your oil (whichever comes first)
It only takes about 30-60 minutes to complete, depending on tools and equipment
If you keep a notepad handy you can write everything down that needs attention, then once your finished decide what are the most important things to fix first.

Hopefully it will create a bit of peace of mind for yourself, and give you better knowledge of the actual condition of your CB, since You are the one that will be the doing the checks.

Car Safety checks / Preventative Maintenance

Check your lights - headlight, both high and low beam, the indicators front and rear, parking lights front and rear, number plate lights and with the help of an assistant check your brake lights including the 3rd brake light.
Also Headlight alignment is important, No use doing it by eye against a garage wall, as being even 1 degree out translates to a 2 meter height difference over 100meters distance.

Check your wiper blades. There is nothing worse than getting caught in rain with crappy wiper blades and usually they get overlooked until this happens.
Top up the Washer bottle and check the Washer Jets.
If the jets are blocked a poke with a sewing pin usually gets them working again.
Also check the jets alignment, You can re-align the jet by sticking the sewing pin into the jet and moving it in the direction you need it to go.

Check the horn operation and suitable volume.
Check that both sunvisors freely fold up and down without forceful resistance.
All Safety belts work correctly - This includes buckles that click when the catch is inserted, and they maintain to stay in the buckle when pulled against.
They must then release immediately when the buckle release button is pressed.
Also check that the inertia lock is operating correctly - The safety belt should lock solid when pulled out fast.
Lastly the belt should fully recoil when released from its normal operating position.

All seats should be securely mounted, and mounting points free of any rust.

Open the Hood / Trunk / Gasflap

Ensure hood safety catch is operational, and all doors open from the Inside and outside.
Check drive belts for any signs or cracks or deterioration.
Check Radiator and Heater hoses for splits and deterioration.
Check all under-bonnet fluid levels. Engine oil level and condition, Transmission fluid level and condition, Coolant level and condition including the overflow bottle, Battery electrolyte level, Brake Fluid level and condition.
Check Gasflap opens, and fuel inlet cap screws in and out without problem.

Jack the car up and put it on Axle stands

Check tyres for adequate tread depth across the entire tread surface of the tyre. 1.5mm Minimum.
If there is major wear on one side of the tyre have a wheel alignment carried out. Or a camber kit fitted and adjusted.
Check the tyre pressures are correct and even across the tyres. Don’t forget to check the spare tyre.

Check for play in the steering inner and outer tierods, top and bottom balljoints, and wheel bearings.
For reference on how to do this, Check here: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=119467

Remove wheels

Check brake pads / shoes thickness and condition. Usually a minimum thickness of 3mm for brake pads, and 1mm for brake shoes is a safe bet. Don’t rely on the brake pads warning pins to tell you when the pads are worn.
Inspect the flexible brake hoses and calipers / wheel cylinders for visable leaks / wetspots.
Any signs of external brake fluid leaks should be fixed immediately.
Check shock absorbers for leaks, and that springs are mounted correctly.
Refit wheels and ensure you torque the lug nuts back to spec - 80 ft/lbs

Check exhaust system for leaks, Any leaks should be fixed immediately.

Exterior

Check that all bumpers and sideskirts are securely mounted, The vehicle does not have any sharp external projections which could be hazardous to pedestrians or other road users.
Throughout all the above checks you need to be looking out for rust also.
All mirrors and windows should be clean and free of damage (chips, cracks etc)
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:39 AM   #2
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Now this is GUNNA material!!!!!
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:41 AM   #3
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now this is GUNNA material!!!!!
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:51 AM   #4
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Thanks, just trying to keep our members safe

yeah don't mention it.....

way to go detailed with it though, nice! you even mention the little things, rust...e.t.c

I say STICKY OR BANNED!...lol....(jk on the banned part)

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Old 02-27-2009, 12:28 PM   #5
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good thread..lol except the TYRES parts
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Old 02-28-2009, 01:07 AM   #6
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good thread..lol except the TYRES parts
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Care to elaborate why the tyres?
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Great write up!!!!! Take folks.
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Thanks.
Care to elaborate why the tyres?
here in the US we spell it tires... either way i'm sure everyone will know what you're saying. i personally dont care.
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this is nice
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Old 03-03-2009, 02:47 PM   #10
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nice write up

is ziptied front bumper hazardous?? lol
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here in the US we spell it tires... either way i'm sure everyone will know what you're saying. i personally dont care.
You mean like also Bonnet, Boot etc I tried to word it as "USA" as possible

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nice write up

is ziptied front bumper hazardous?? lol
Ziptied bumper is potentially hazardous if it came off and went under the car while on the freeway.
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Nice write up, did mine already, good point about the notepad, very useful!
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You forgot one major major thing. Make sure your handbrake is working and adjusted properly. God forbid you lose your brakes and your handbrake cable snaps because it's the first time you've ever checked it.
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You forgot one major major thing. Make sure your handbrake is working and adjusted properly. God forbid you lose your brakes and your handbrake cable snaps because it's the first time you've ever checked it.
Honestly, I would hope EVERYONE uses their handbrake (for the US inclined - E-brake) everytime they step out of their car.
If an emergency situation is the first time you think you need to use your handbrake then I can't help you.

However I will add handbrake details this weekend for you guys
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Honestly, I would hope EVERYONE uses their handbrake (for the US inclined - E-brake) everytime they step out of their car.
If an emergency situation is the first time you think you need to use your handbrake then I can't help you.

However I will add handbrake details this weekend for you guys
It's a way of life for those of us with manuals. But, if the cable is not regularly exercised it could become a recipe for disaster.
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It's a way of life for those of us with manuals. But, if the cable is not regularly exercised it could become a recipe for disaster.
i never use my E-brake..back right tire locks up, gotta beat on the brake line when that happens lol
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Honestly, I would hope EVERYONE uses their handbrake (for the US inclined - E-brake) everytime they step out of their car.
If an emergency situation is the first time you think you need to use your handbrake then I can't help you.

However I will add handbrake details this weekend for you guys
it's no good when your rear pads freeze to the rotor though..... which happens in the winter
i've had it happen when the fronts were on ice and couldnt move the car, hah. and when the rears have been frozen on ice and been dragged by the fronts.

but yes, it is a good idea to use the e-brake to make sure it works. i just don't recommend using it for parking in the winter unless absolutely necessary (or that it's been dry out).

i most often just leave it in 1st or reverse (for those with a 5sp).

just my 2cents.
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i never use my E-brake..back right tire locks up, gotta beat on the brake line when that happens lol
Why not just fix the problem?

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it's no good when your rear pads freeze to the rotor though..... which happens in the winter
i've had it happen when the fronts were on ice and couldnt move the car, hah. and when the rears have been frozen on ice and been dragged by the fronts.

but yes, it is a good idea to use the e-brake to make sure it works. i just don't recommend using it for parking in the winter unless absolutely necessary (or that it's been dry out).

i most often just leave it in 1st or reverse (for those with a 5sp).

just my 2cents.
Admittidly I don't live in that type of climate, Though If it happens to the fronts, the rears will be the least of your worries.
There must be a way around it though?
What part actually freezes/locks? The caliper or the pads?
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i believe its just pads to rotor that freeze.
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