How to avoid a summer car breakdown?

By 1st June 2020 October 29th, 2020 News, Tips/ Advice

The last thing you want on your summer vacation to the North Coast or down South is for your car to breakdown…

Here are several simple ways to avoid a summer car breakdown.

Engine coolant levels

You need to check your coolant fluid level is between the maximum and minimum marks on the tank at least once a week when the engine is cold. If the coolant level has dropped, make sure that you get it checked out at your local garage because ordinarily coolant levels should remain at the same level between services.

Batteries

Batteries are one of the most common causes of vehicle breakdowns. Make sure that your battery is in full working order with a battery test, which will be done for free in many garages.

Brakes

Especially if you are heading on long journey, call into your car mechanic and ask them to check your brake pads, discs and fluid levels so as to ensure you won’t incur any problems when you are miles away from home.

Oil Levels

Check that your car’s oil levels are between the maximum and the minimum on your dipstick in order to avoid causing potentially irreparable damage. This should ideally be checked at least once a week.

Tyres

Punctures can be common in the summer.  High temperatures often aggravate damage which may already be there. It is important to monitor your tyre pressures; checking them every week ensuring that they comply with the manufacturers stated guidelines. These can be found either in your vehicle handbook or on the inside of the driver’s door.

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