Summer Maintenance Tips for your Car

Posted in Category(ies):  Company News   |   Posted on Monday, 22 July 2013  |  By Darren Caldwell

Engine Coolant

Before starting your journey, make sure the engine’s cooling system has enough coolant (antifreeze & water mixture); this should be done when the engine is cold. Then when driving, check the coolant temperature gauge from time to time to make sure that it remains in the normal range.

If the gauge goes excessively high, it could lead to engine failure. Stop driving as soon as is safe to do so. Never remove the radiator cap or any part of the pressurized system until the system has cooled fully as steam and boiling water can spray under pressure and cause severe injury.

Engine Oil

The engine oil helps keep the engine cool, as well as lubricating it so it’s a good idea to check it before you head off on your trip. When taking your oil level reading make sure that the engine has not been started for at least 10 minutes and that the oil level is at the correct mark on your engine dipstick. Instructions for checking your oil level can usually be found your owners handbook. Also that it’s important not to overfill your oil levels.

Tyre pressure and condition

Before you go, check your tyre pressure when the tyres are cold as the pressure will rise as the air expands with heat. The correct tyre pressure can normally be found on the inner side of the petrol flap or the driver’s door pillar on a sticker or in your owner’s handbook. It is also important when checking tyre pressure to carry out a visible inspection of the tyre wall and tread, check for any unusual cuts/bulges or uneven tyre wear. The AA recommends a minimum tread depth of 2mm.

Windscreen washer fluid and water

During hot weather, drivers will encounter a lot more airborne insects and plant matter while driving. So it’s a good idea to use a good washer additive to remove debris from your windscreen.

Windscreen wipers

Wipers can become brittle, causing cracking and tearing from over-exposure to sunlight during the Summer. They also may have been damaged by the recent harsh winter.

Windscreen Cleanliness

Bright sun or light reflections on a dirty windscreen can interfere with you visibility, therefore it is essential to keep your windscreen clean inside and out in sunny or adverse weather conditions. Driving towards sunrise or sunset can impair visibility; the use of your sun visor or appropriate sunglasses can maintain a clear view of the road ahead.

 

 

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