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.
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.
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.
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.
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