Car Care Tips in Summer: 6 Things to keep in mind

Summer’s here, well almost. So before we know it, the sweltering sun will be knocking our doors, and if you aren’t lucky enough to be living in the hills, it’s going to suck your life out. Not literally, of course, but you get the point.

But unlike you, your car might not have the comforts of an AC parking, and add to that the usual strain it’s subjected to during the routine commute. And while a quick shot of lemonade will ensure that you stay hydrated, the same can’t be said about your car. So to make sure your car’s health doesn’t deteriorate in the coming months when the sun becomes a bit too bright and hot, here are a few simple tips to keep in mind:

First things first, even if your vehicle’s running without any issues, like it always should, don’t bother skipping your Maruti car service. There are a few reasons behind this. Not only will a check-up by a trained technician ensure that the car’s fluids – engine oil, gearbox oil, brake fluids, coolant, etc. – are topped up, but it also means that the vehicle is checked for its normal behaviour, too.

And let’s not forget, that it’s not just the external cleaning that the service centre guys take care of. The engine needs cleaning as well, which is needed for the vehicle’s well being.

 

Here are some Important Points that you should keep in mind while servicing your car in summer

Fluid level top-up
If leaving the car for servicing isn’t possible for you, the least that can be done is by checking the car’s fluids level. The oil level can be checked using the dipstick, and if it appears to have turned dark or has lost its viscosity, draining the remaining oil and replacing it with fresh one should do the job.

In case it hasn’t really turned dark but the oil level is low, you can top it up by using an oil of the same grade as prescribed by the manufacturer. Synthetic oils have a longer life; you could consider that while changing it. Manufacturers also mention the interval at which the fluids must be changed, so keep those in mind as well.

Air conditioning
While AC is also checked as part of the regular service, it’s best to get it checked even if you aren’t getting the car serviced. Its use will increase massively during summers, hence it becomes all the more important to ensure that it is in shape before being put to gruesome testing.

Possible leaks can hamper its performance, while a reduced AC refrigerant is the most common reason behind the lack of cooling by the system.

Tyres, wiper blades, and other rubber parts
The increased heat is set to make rubber hard, which could eventually turn brittle. Tyres are certainly tougher in comparison to other rubber-made parts of the car, but getting the tyres checked for cracks is important. These cracks can be very dangerous. Also, what goes without saying is that the wheel alignment and balancing should be performed, too, to ensure uniform wear of the tyres. The spare wheel, which often goes ignored needs to be checked for pressure as well.

Wiper blades, beadings, and other seals can turn hard under the effect of heat. They aren’t very expensive to repair, so if you find a faulty part, get it replaced.

Check for leaks
A leaking coolant line or a broken seal can potentially leave you stranded in the middle of the day. That, in the scorching heat, is probably the last thing one would want in summer. To save yourself from the pain, see if there are any leaks or loose hoses. Checking the latter is pretty simple. Look for a stain where you park your car. If there’s one, it’s time to head to the service centre.

Other mechanicals
The slightest of a deviation from the normal running (irregularity) of the car could mean that something has gone wrong. Be it the brakes that might have gone soft, the clutch that might feel hard to depress, or the battery that’s causing troubles while starting the vehicle, stay a bit cautious for such indications. Also, the onboard diagnostic system in present day cars do a great job, so look out for new lights (engine check, service due) that might start to glow.

Parking
Urban dwellers might cringe at the sound of ‘malls’ (thanks to the added traffic headed to the malls) but they are essentially a blessing in disguise. Apart from the usual shops, theaters, etc., they also offer parking spaces (generally covered) for customers. Opt for covered parking / parking in shade whenever you could.

Also avoid sudden changes in temperature, which could even develop cracks in the windscreen. So if your car has been parked in the sun, don’t blast the AC to full. Roll down the windows, turn the AC on, and let the hot air flow outside. That way you won’t either crack the windscreen nor would you subject yourself to sudden temperature change, either.

With the above mentioned points in mind, you can keep you car healthy, and your time with the car trouble free.

Contact Us :

Navnit Motors Pvt. Ltd.

Navnit House, Gokul Nagar,

Mumbai Agra Road,

Thane – 400601.Tel.: +91 2545 7400

+91 22 66776699

E-mail: info@navnitmotors.com

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Car Care – Trouble Shooting Tips

Following are the Some of the Trouble Shooting Tips wich you should know

How would I know if there is a leak in the battery?
There is a different rusting pattern for a battery electrolyte spill and a different rusting pattern for a water spill. It will take an expert to gauge the kind of leak and spot the reasons for it. Hence we advise you to kindly contact the Navnit Maruti Authorised Suzuki dealer and Maruti Suzuki service station in Thane and follow their advice.

Drops of water come out of the exhaust pipe. Is it OK or abnormal?
There is a different rusting pattern for a battery electrolyte spill and a different rusting pattern for a water spill. It will take an expert to gauge the kind of leak and spot the reasons for it. Hence, we advise you to kindly contact Navnit Maruti Service Station

When should I get the engine overhaul done?
The engine overhauling depends on the health of the engine, be it a petrol or diesel car. You may need an engine overhaul when you see one or more of the following indications-

  • Excessive engine oil consumption.
  • Engine bearing noise.
  • Piston slap noise.
  • Piston slap noise.
  • Excessive fuel consumption.
Except engine oil consumption, other parameters given above are difficult to monitor by the customers and it is best you consult the service manager at the Navnit Maruti Service Station. There are other parameters to be checked too, such as engine compression pressure, engine vacuum etc. But most of the time, engine oil consumption provides a very good reference to the health of the engine. Once you have problem with that, do not delay sending your car, whether it is a petrol or diesel car, for assessment and appropriate service. It is best to contact one of our dealers to get the vehicle checked for engine health. You have to mention the amount of topping up required over a distance of 5000 kms or 10,000 kms for them to judge the extent of tests they should carry out.

What should I do when the car overheats?
If the High Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light (if equipped) on instrument panel comes ON or the Temperature Gauge needle (if equipped) on instrument panel reaches near “H” mark then:

  • Turn off the air conditioner, if equipped.
  • Take the vehicle to a safe place and park.
  • Let the engine run at normal idle speed for a few minutes until the high engine coolant temperature light goes OFF (OR).
  • The indicator returns to the normal range, between the H and the C mark.
  • If you see or hear steam escaping from under the bonnet, immediately park the vehicle in a safe place and switch off the engine immediately. Do not open the bonnet until hissing sound or steam emission has stopped. Get in touch with nearest Maruti Suzuki service centre immediately.
  • Once the steam is no longer heard or visible, open the bonnet and check the water pump belt for any slippage or damage.
  • Check the coolant level in the reservoir. If it is below the low mark, check for leakage from the hose, water pump or radiator. If any leaks are located, do not start the engine till the time the leakage has been rectified.
  • If you do not find any leakage then slowly add coolant to the reservoir. Never add coolant to the radiator.
  • It is dangerous to remove the radiator cap when the temperature is high. It may cause serious burn injuries.
  • Consult your authorised service workshop for further advice.

When do I need to get wheel balancing done?
For Indian road conditions, wheel balancing becomes necessary whenever the wheel suffers a puncture and as per the mileage recommended in the periodic maintenance schedule in the Owners’ Manual.

Contact Us :

Navnit Motors Pvt. Ltd.

Navnit House, Gokul Nagar,

Mumbai Agra Road,

Thane – 400601.Tel.: +91 2545 7400

+91 22 66776699

E-mail: info@navnitmotors.com

Tips to maintain your Car Tyres

Having an eye on your Tyre ensures safety.

Navnit Maruti Service Center in Thane Mumbai Studies have shown that most of us forget the fact that tyres are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road and how important it is to maintain tyres to ensure safety. That is why it’s very significant to protect the quality and performance of your tyres to shelter both your safety and your mobility. So they need to be in good working condition at all times to ensure your safety.

To avoid any problems, you must follow some of these few important care tips listed by Navnit Maruti Service Centre on tyre maintenance:

Inspect your Car tyre ‘Regularly’:
You must regularly have an inspection of your tyres as you may not always notice if one of your tyres has been damaged. Examine your tyres regularly for wear and any damage to avoid any sudden problems. Also, have a professional inspection of your car tyres every year.

Check your Car tyre air pressure:
Driving with improper tyre pressures can affect a vehicle’s handling and braking, particularly in wet conditions, and can seriously make you compromise your safety. Driving on severely under-inflated tyres can cause heat build-up and eventually a premature failure. You should always use the inflation recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. This information can be found in the owner’s manual and often on a label located in the vehicle’s doorjamb, inside the fuel hatch, or on the glove compartment door.

Things you should know while checking car pressure:

  • Inspect air pressure once a month and before long trips.
  • Always check the pressure when the tyres are “cold” at least three hours after the vehicle has been stopped and before it has been driven one mile. It’s best to inflate your tyres in the morning.
  • Don’t forget to check the spare tyre.
  • Replace valves when you buy new tyres.
  • Buy good quality valve caps that can contain the inflation air, should the core of the valve fail for any reason.
  • Purchase a good pressure gauge as public gauges at the gas station are often abused and unreliable.

 

Respect the load capacity:
Exceeding load capacity relative to the tyre’s load index can be dangerous. Tyres loaded beyond their maximum loads can build up excessive heat that may result in sudden tyre destruction and may cause road damage.

Driving at high speed can damage your tyre:
While speeding, tyres have greater a chance of being damaged by road hazards or heat build-up. High speeds can also contribute to a rapid air loss or even a sudden tyre explosion, which can cause the loss of control of the vehicle.

Rotation
Regular rotation extends the life of your tyres, saving you time and money in the long run. Each tyre and wheel is removed from your vehicle and moved to a different position. This ensures that all of the tyres wear evenly and last longer. If no period is specified in your owner’s manual, the tyres should be rotated every 6,000-8,000 miles.

Alignment
In a general term, Alignment refers to the adjustment of a vehicle’s front and rear suspension parts. Proper alignment ensures that your vehicle handles correctly and will help increase the life and performance of your tyres. The alignment of your vehicle can be knocked out of adjustment from daily impacts such as potholes and railroad crossings, or by more severe accidents.

You should have the alignment checked if:

  • You know you have hit something.
  • You see a wear pattern developing on the shoulders of the tyres.

Balancing
KEEP YOUR BALANCE FOR LONGER TYRE LIFE
Balancing helps prevent premature wear of your tyres and eliminates vibration. It also protects the suspension, steering system and bearings of your vehicle. Have your wheels balanced when a tyre is replaced, a balance weight is moved or removed, or you purchase new tyres. You’ll know a wheel is out of balance when one area is heavier or lighter than the rest.

This will cause:

  • Uneven and rapid tread wear
  • Vibration
  • More stress on front-end parts
  • Front-end parts to wear prematurely

 

Tread wear Indicators
All tyres have tread wear indicator bars at 2/32″ of remaining tread. When the tread is worn down to 2/32″ or where you can see the tread wear indicator bars on any section of you tyre, the tyre is worn out and should be replaced.

Habitual Driving
Don’t speed. Excessive heat is generated when driving at high speeds. This heat increases the rate of tyre wear and reduces the tyre’s durability.
Avoid fast turns on curves and around corners, and avoid fast starts and panic stops.
Don’t ride on the edge of the pavement or drive over curbs, potholes, or other obstructions.

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