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Tata Punch 2021 PRE DRIVING CHECKS User Manual

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Tata Punch 2021 PRE-DRIVING CHECKS User Manual


Make Sure That

  • Windshield, windows, mirrors, lights, and reflectors are clean and unobstructed.
  • Tool kit, jack & handle, warning triangle, owner’s manual, first aid kit and vehicle documents are available and stored at their locations.

Do not put any mat on the floor carpet near control pedals area.

  1. All doors, engine bonnet and tailgate are securely closed and latched.
  2. All occupants should always wear seat belts or suitable CRS as applicable while travelling.
  3. Objects, luggage or loads are secured correctly against slipping or tipping.
  4. The rear seat is securely latched.
  5. There is sufficient fuel for the trip.

Daily Check

  1. Tires for unusual wear, cracks or damage and embedded foreign material such as nails, stones, etc.
  2. Traces of fluid and oil below vehicle.
  3. Water dripping below the car is normal. This is due to the usage of air conditioning system.
  4. All lamps, wipers, wiper blades and horn for proper operation.
  5. All switches, gauges and telltales are working properly.
  • Seats, head restraints and steering wheel position.
  • Adjust all the mirrors before you start the car.
Weekly Check
  1. Engine oil level
  2. Coolant level
  3. Brake fluid level
  4. Windshield washer fluid level
  5. Battery electrolyte level
  6. Fuel level

Tire pressure should always be measured in cold conditions. Do a check of the tire pressure and condition after every 15 days, including the spare tire.


Fuel consumption, engine, transmission, brake and tire wear are mainly affected by the below factors:

Operating conditions of your vehicle
Your personal driving style

Operating Conditions

Avoid frequent starts and stops as these actions increase the fuel consumption of the vehicle.
Always ensure correct tire pressure.
Do not carry any unnecessary weight.
Regularly service your vehicle and adhere to the recommended service maintenance schedule.

Personal Driving Style

  1. Do not press the accelerator pedal when starting the engine.
  2. Do not warm up the engine when the vehicle is stationary.
  3. Always adapt your driving style to suit the prevailing road, and weather conditions, and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Drive carefully.
  4. Avoid frequent, sudden acceleration and braking.
  5. Select appropriate gear according to varying speeds and load conditions.

Do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal while driving.

  • Switch ‘OFF’ the engine in stationary traffic or at signals.
  • Keep an eye on the vehicle’s fuel consumption.
  • Safety systems are merely aids designed to assist driving. You are responsible for the distance between the vehicles in front, for vehicle speed and anticipating braking in good time.

You could lose control of your vehicle if you try to adjust the driver’s seat, head restraint, mirror, steering wheel and fasten the seat belt while driving. There is a risk of an accident. Press the clutch fully while shifting the gears. The reverse gear should be engaged only when the vehicle is stationary. Trans-mission may get damage by trying to shift into re-verse gear while the vehicle is moving. Wait for 5 seconds after declutching to ensure smooth engagement of the reverse gear or shift into one of the forward gears for a moment while clutch is pressed fully. This will avoid grinding of re-verse gear while shifting.

Recommended Fuel Economy Speeds

Gear Petrol
1 20
2 35
3 55
4 75
5 95

Good Driving Practices

  1. Slow down before you shift to a lower gear. This helps the engine to keep a lower rpm and result in less wear and tear of the engine components.
  2. Avoid frequent brake application which can cause overheating of brakes.
  3. Slow down the vehicle when you drive in cross winds to get better control over the vehicle.
  4. Avoid high speed when cornering or turning.
  5. Press the clutch fully while shifting gears.
  6. Make sure that vehicle is completely stationary before you attempt to shift in reverse gear.
  7. Drive slowly on wet roads.
  8. You can get extra braking from the engine by shifting to a lower gear. This can help you to maintain a safe speed and prevent your brakes from over-heating specially while going down a hill.

Tips For Obtaining Better Fuel Efficiency

  1. Always maintain the specified tire pressure during fuel top-ups and also before a long trip. Vehicle running with low tire pressure will consume more fuel than the one running with specified tire pressure.
  2. Keep the vehicle clean. Get rid of the unwanted stuff lying in the boot etc., to reduce weight.
  3. Regularly inspect your vehicle for any leakages, worn out wires, damaged by rat bites etc.
  4. Always follow periodic & regular serve.
  5.  In places with high dust content. Clean the air filter element at every 5000 km.
  6. Anticipate the road conditions and drive in a smooth manner.
  7. Do not accelerate excessively when you are in lower gears (1st or 2nd). Be gentle on the accelerator when you are in traffic. In lower gears, opening up the throttle will increase the engine rpm while keeping the vehicle at lower speeds. This reduces the fuel efficiency of the vehicle.
  8. Be in the maximum possible higher gear at a given speed. This reduces the engine operating speeds which means the engine is running at lower rpm (Revolutions per Minute) for the same vehicle speed. Lesser the number of engine revolutions lesser the fuel burned.
  9. Avoid harsh braking.
  10. Maintain healthy driving habits & while decelerating, do coasting in gear and not in neutral or with clutch pedal pressed.
  11. Use the car AC only when you require it. For cooling, keep the blower speeds low, as at higher blower speeds, the AC consumes more electric power which is ultimately drawn from the engine by burning fuel.
  12. Avoid unnecessary extra electrical loading on the car.
  13. Stop the engine wisely at traffic signals. Switch ‘OFF’ the engine at the traffic signal only if the stoppage time is high (typically more than 30 sec).
  14. When you drive on highways, close all the windows. This reduces the drag on the vehicle and improves fuel efficiency.
  15. Do not over speed. Follow the speed limits. With increasing speed, the engine rpm increases to overcome external air resistance and this reduces fuel efficiency.

Running-in Period
The purpose of running in a car is to give time for the mechanical parts to settle so that they work efficiently. This involves gentle acceleration and not revving the engine too much. This is done by changing gears early for the first 1,500 – 1,800 km. This will increase the life of the engine. The more you look after the engine when it is new, the more satisfied you will be with its performance in the future. Do not exceed the following road speeds during the running-in period.

Gear Petrol
1 20
2 35
3 55
4 75
5 95

Avoid heavy loads, e.g. driving at full throttle, during this period. Change gears judiciously.

Avoid excessive revving up of engine rpm. Do not keep the engine at idling for long duration.


Front Seat Adjustments
Following seat adjustments can be carried out manually.Tata Punch User 2021 PRE DRIVING CHECKS Manual 01

  1. Backrest recliner adjustment lever
  2. Seat height adjustment lever (if avail2. able)
  3. Seat forward rearward adjustment lever.

Do not adjust the driver’s seat while driving. Adjusting the seat while driving could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

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