When the Summer hits, there is no better reason to use your car other than for a beach trip. It is the perfect time to get your family and friends together for a fun-filled day out. You cannot beat the feeling of a road trip in the sunshine, while listening to your all-time favourite playlist. Whether you’re planning a fun day out or heading on a short getaway, before you set off, it’s important to know how to keep your car healthy in the heat. With the excess weight of beach essentials, it can really take a toll on your car. If you follow these simple maintenance tips, your beach trip will go smoothly as possible.
Here is everything you need to know on how to prepare your car properly for the beach!
How to keep my Car healthy in the heat
Check Oil and other Fluids
When you’re car engine is fully running in heat, it needs all the lubrication it can get. The fluid levels in your car can change drastically during a long road trip. Other fluids include Engine coolant, Water and Brake fluid. So you will need to make sure that your oil is clean and your fluid levels are all sufficient. This is because the additional weight and luggage can cause your vehicle to use more oil than expected. It is recommended to change your oil regularly in the summer months as this keeps the car’s engine in good condition. In addition, you need to make sure you have enough Coolant as this will keep your engine at the right temperature.
Check Tyre Conditions
Now the colder months have passed, your tyres are bound to have wear and tear marks. You may also have winter tyres which may need replacing back with your summer tyres. If you want to have an enjoyable road trip this summer, you need to make sure your tyres are in good condition. Before you go to test them, they need to be properly inflated with the right air pressure level. The areas to visually inspect include overall appearance, tyre pressure and tyre tread depth. If you notice any signs of damage, or a slow puncture, it is best to get them replaced as soon as possible. Your tyre must have a minimum of 3mm tread depth.
Check your Brakes
It is common during the winter for your brakes to get worn out easier. The main reason for this is because you’re more likely to ride your brakes during harsh weather conditions. So when it comes to the summer months, it is the perfect time to inspect your brake pads to ensure they are in good working condition. A brake inspection can either be done by yourself or a professional mechanic.
Test your Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning is an essential when travelling in a roasting car. So it’s good to be sure it is in good working order before you leave. If your air-con is blowing warm instead of cold, it means the gas in your system is leaking and is getting too low. You can test this by turning the heater control to minimum, the heater fan to maximum power and make sure the air-con is turned on. If you don’t feel a freezing cold blast after a couple of minutes, the system may need “Re-gassing” – This is a simple job a local garage could sort out for you.
Find out here how you can recharge your Air Conditioning yourself.
Check your Battery
Before you hit the road, it is vital to check your battery. Your car battery is composed of acid and water. During the scorching temperatures, the water within the battery will evaporate faster, leaving lead plates exposed and oxidation of battery components. This will affect your car’s performance and could result in a breakdown. You will need to do a battery test, which is done for free by many garages.
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