Written by GWM Edenvale
SUV: 10 Tips for Keeping Your SUV Running Smoothly
An SUV is a fantastic vehicle for South Africa. It lets you float seamlessly between off-roading and city driving by offering the comfort of a sedan and the ride height of a 4×4. And, if you’re in the hunt for an SUV, you can’t do better than the GWM M4.
With sleek looks, supreme comfort and entertainment, leading safety features, and a sublime mixture of power and economy, the M4 is all the SUV you could ever want. But, in order to ensure that you always get the most out of it, there are a few things you can do.
Here are some tips that you might find helpful when it comes to keeping your SUV running smoothly:
1. Meet Your Service Intervals
GWM SUV service intervals are every 15,000 kilometres, or one year (whichever comes first) . It is highly recommended that you have your SUV serviced at each of these intervals. Aside from keeping your car running smoothly, this maintains your warranty.
2. Take Out a Service Plan
Somehow service intervals always manage to coincide with other expenses. But having a service plan avoids this issue, meaning that your services are covered for the next 5 years or 60,000 kilometres, whichever comes first.
3. Maintain Your Warranty
As mentioned, maintaining your warranty is important. This means that you don’t pay for any replacement parts or workmanship covered by the warranty. But, by having work done outside of approved dealers or service centres, you may void your warranty.
4. Top Up Your Fluids
Especially in the summer months, fluids can evaporate quickly. So make sure that you keep them all topped up. This is important for everything from engine fluids to your windscreen washer tank.
5. Keep Your Tyres Inflated
Driving on under-inflated tyres increases tyre wear as well as fuel economy. And, with SUV tyres being bigger, this effect is amplified with these vehicles. You can save money by checking your tyres regularly and keeping them correctly inflated.
6. Keep Your Petrol Tank Filled
Keeping your tank filled above the halfway mark can save you a significant amount of fuel. This is because it limits fuel condensation. And, with the M4 being so economical, you won’t find yourself having to fork out for costly full-tank fill-ups.
7. Don’t Treat Your SUV Like a Tank
Your SUV can deal with a range of driving conditions, and handle them like a pro. But, that being said, bounding through fields of jagged boulders, for example, places unnecessary stress on your vehicle. Try to take the easiest path in order to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible.
8. Brake Carefully
SUVs are slightly heavier vehicles, which means that they ideally need more time to slow down. The M4 has ABS and EBD fitted, so you won’t find yourself snatching wheels, but it helps preserve the life of your brake material to allow extra room to stop.
9. Listen For Issues
If you have been pushing through rough terrain, you might have done a bit of damage that you didn’t notice straight away. So, it helps to listen out for any different sounds that your car might be making. If anything catches your attention, have it looked at as soon as possible.
10. Pay Special Attention on the Road
The M4 is a compact crossover, so it’s not difficult to manoeuvre. That being said, if you are used to smaller cars, it helps to exercise added caution when parking and out on the road