It’s safe to say we’ve probably had the best summer in recent memory and with glorious sunshine comes perfect driving conditions. However, just because the weather is perfect doesn’t mean you can neglect important maintenance checks, keeping up with the fol-lowing checks could save you a hefty repair fee.
1. Check your oil:
Something you should be doing frequently regardless of weather, engine oil keeps the engine lubricated, reducing friction that causes heat. When the mercury skyrockets you want as much lubricant as possible so be sure to keep an eye on your levels.
Most modern cars do have digital sensors that let you know your oil levels, however if your car doesn’t have a sensor, just locate the dip stick in the engine, grab a cloth, wipe the dip stick clean and dip it back in the engine. If the oil residue is between the min and max lines on the dipstick your oil level is good, if below, be sure to top your oil up. Please note, to check your car’s manual and use the oil specified by your car’s manufacturer.
2: Top up your screen wash:
Visibility is key when you’re driving and in the summer time dry dusty roads kick up plenty of dust and dirt onto your windscreen. As well as for your own safety, it’s actually a legal requirement for you to have your screen wash topped up, so make sure you se-lect some good quality screen wash, follow the instructions on the bottle and ensure the water to screen wash ratio is correct.
3: Replace windscreen wipers:
Another legal requirement is to ensure your windscreen wipers are in good working or-der. Changing air temperatures can cause the wipers to split, especially if they have been to heavy use over the winter months clearing snow, sleet and ice.
Changing your windscreen wipers is relatively cheap and easy to do, just click here and visit our windscreen wipers page, search for the make and model of your car, select your windscreen wiper blades and purchase them online.
4: Check your lights:
With the long summer days, the frequency in which you use your headlights will be low, however, you should ensure
to travel late at night. Checking your headlights is easy, start your car, turn your head-lights on, walk round the front of the car and ensure that they are in full working order.
5: Check your tyre pressures.
Making sure your tyre pressures are at the correct level can save you a heap of money. If your tyres are under inflated your car’s average MPG (miles per gallon) will be a lot lower, meaning your fuel consumption will be a lot higher. Many modern cars do have sensors that show highlight when your car tyres are under inflated, if your tyres are un-der inflated, just head to your nearest petrol station which will more than likely have an air machine to top your tyre’s pressure up.
Make sure you check your car’s manual to see what pressure your tyre’s should be in-flated to.
6: Monitor coolant levels:
As your probably guessed, coolant keeps your car from overheating. As with all liquids coolant evaporates when it gets too hot, so it’s essential that the relevant reservoirs are topped up ensuring your car doesn’t over heat this summer.
7: Air conditioning re-gas:
Hot stuffy days behind the wheel are not pleasant. High temperatures can lead to the overuse of air conditioning. Your air condition system relies on a certain type of gas to chill the air and this runs down over time and through overuse in the summer. It’s time to get a refill of gas if you notice it’s not as cool as it once was.
8: Cooling fan:
The cooling fan is a major part of your car’s cooling system and its your engines way of coping in the hot weather. The cooling fan enables a steady flow of air to come rushing through the engine and the fan kicks in when the car is up to operating temperature.
If your cooling fan is not working correctly, it can have cause costly damage to your car’s engine through overheating. Prevention is definitely cheaper than the cure.
9: Emergency essentials:
Make sure you carry some emergency essentials in your car when travelling. If you do end up breaking down, make sure you carry a few summer essentials. We recommend a large bottle of water, a high visibility vest, a charger for your phone and some sun cream.
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