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The importance of car maintenance: 5 tips for looking after your prized possession

In the summer time, it's travel time. People just can't resist the call of sunny blue skies and fun road trips. 

Hit the road Jack, but don't ever look back.  Unless it's the rear bumper falling off, then you might want to think twice.  High heat and long but fun drives are always tough on vehicles. Underinflated tires, dirty or cracked hoses, or leaky radiators, significantly lower your vehicle's fuel economy.

Check tires

Tires tend to be a highly overlooked car parts of a car.  Over and under-inflated, misaligned or  worn down or misaligned tires are even more dangerous in the summer time. Tire pressure will changed with the heat of summer, roughly 1 or 2 psi per 10 degree increase in the summer temperature. 

An under-inflated tire is a threat due to it bulging outward and adding pressure to your tire's sidewalls increasing the change of a blowout with the rising temperatures. Hydroplaning is a risk that occurs with the over-inflated tires.

Check oil

The lifeblood of your vehicle is its oil.  It is what keeps the hardworking engine parts running cool, clean and smooth. The fact is, you as well as many Americans drive more frequently in the summer which is the most common season for cars to overheat. Always check oil before heading out on your adventures. 

Check hoses

The key to successful summertime driving is to keeping your engine cool. If a hose snaps or  cracked, you rise being stranded due to the radiator the hoses are connected to overheating.  Checking for loose connections in addition to checking for cracks and leaks is an important step in avoiding break downs.

Check brakes

The safety of your vehicle relies heavily on your brakes. Be smart in the summer travels by avoiding driving with faulty or worn out 

Check your brakes if any of the following signs are noticed during your adventures:

  • Your brake pedal is very resistant and hard 
  • Your brake pedal become mush or too soft 
  • Your brake pedal sits  too high or too low
  • Indication or warning lights on the dashboard
  • Constant or loud grinding and scraping sounds coming from when the  brakes are applied

Contrary to popular belief, squealing brakes do not always mean there is a problem that needs to be checked out. Brakes might squeak and squeal for many various reasons, including moisture build up on the discs, drums, brake pads, and shoes You should not worry about squealing noises until they change to a grinding or scraping noise. Grinding or scraping can be a sign of metal to metal contact which is detrimental to brake parts. 

When you notice your vehicle has brake problem, it pays to have it inspected as well as have the necessary repairs done at your earliest convenience.  The cost of a brake repair, like most repairs, can dramatically increase even if what seems like a  minor problem is not taken care of in a timely fashion. 

Check air conditioning

If you've ever, on a blistering summer day, lost air conditioning, then you'll know the importance of the little cool air flowing. The best way to tell if your air conditioner has a problem is if it can't generate or maintain air temperatures that are 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) below the ambient outside air temperature.

The most common cause of a malfunctioning air conditioning unit is a low level of refrigerant. This could be caused by a leak somewhere in the system. Since modern air conditioning systems are complicated creatures, it's best to have a professional check out the problem with the assistance from the experts of reliable workshop such as Magic Spanners.




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