Tips to maintenance your car in summer

Summer is travel time. You can take several simple precautions to keep your family safe during travel. Here are some tips to maintain your car in summer.

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Check Your Tires: Consult your owner’s manual to see what your tire pressure should be. Check it with a hand pressure gauge. Inflated and misaligned tires can lower your car’s fuel economy.

Change Oil and Oil Filter: Oil is the lifeblood of your car. Most owner’s manuals suggest that you change your oil and oil filter every 10000 km. Check your oil before on road trip.

Check Hoses and Belts: The key to summer driving is keeping the engine cool. The hoses help pump coolant to and from the engine block.The belts run the fan that helps cool the system.
Check hoses for cracks, leaks and loose connections. Hoses should be firm, never soft and malleable. Belts can also be visually checked for cracks and damage. Experts say the risk of belt failure rises dramatically after 36,000 miles (57,936 kilometers)

Change the Air Filter: If you do a lot of driving on dirt or gravel roads, then your air filter is going to clog up. The only real way to know if you need to replace your air filter is take it out and give it a quick inspection.

Replace Your Windshield Wipers: When replacing a wiper blade, it’s better to replace the whole blade, not just the rubber part.

Check Your Brakes: Your brakes are the single most important safety feature on your car.

Check the Coolant and Radiator: The summertime is tough on cooling systems. Check under the hood and make sure that your coolant levels are fine. If you see a small puddle of coolant under your car when it’s been parked for a while, then you have a coolant leak. Take it to the service station as soon as you can to get your system checked out.

Clean Your Battery: The best way to keep your battery running smoothly is to keep it clean. Regularly remove the battery cables and wipe off the terminals.

Maintain Your Air Conditioning: The most common cause of a malfunctioning air conditioning unit is a low level of refrigerant. This could be caused buy 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.

SOURCE:
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-driving-safety/accidents-hazardous-conditions/summer-car-maintenance.htm

Check your car’s health before going on long trip

Many families are waking up to the charm of driving to holiday destinations this summer. According to travel agents, many individuals, who specialize in finalizing travelling plans in the last moment, have decided to drive to a holiday spot six to ten hours away from home this year because of unavailability of train tickets and relatively expensive air fares.

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The roads are going to get a bit crowded this summer as many families are planning road trips. Apart from the scorching summer, the road trip also could be equally demanding on your body and the car.

Experts Suggestion:

Experts suggest that you should take your car to a service station at least three days before you begin your journey. This will give you (and the service station) enough time to detect any potential problems and take remedial steps. One could request for a general check which could look at things like topping up engine oil, or coolant to the optimal levels.

Check for leakages and damages which need to be repaired. Check the brakes, clutch and accelerator to see if they are in good shape. “Examine all light bulbs to ensure that there are no fuses and all are working fine. If lights are improper, it affects driving in the night and compromises the visibility of the driver, especially on highways” says Rakesh Sidana.

Why Do Car Mechanics Suggest for Extra Parts. Check out

It is very common that you go for car servicing at dealer workshop with minor running repairs but you get a bill with some parts changed without your knowledge. Most of the car owner has similar complaints.

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Dealer workshops have many targets to meet. Targets of spare parts orders in a month. So, service managers get incentives to meet that target. It is obvious they would try to sell same parts to every car owner even if that is not required. Incentives to service manager leads to mal practices at workshops.
To avoid these problem, here are few things you can keep in mind.

1. Car Check up
Always go for car check up first and get assessment with estimated cost. It is in the report that which parts runs how much time. For example, service manager would say your break pad needs to be changed. There are chances that present condition of break pads may not worse but they recommend it do it now. Ask them few questions. You are the better judge!

2. Estimated Cost
All good car workshops offer estimated cost during car check up. Ask for labour charges, that makes difference as it varies from workshop to workshop. For your knowledge, dealer and independent workshop labour cost has 25 % to 50% labour cost difference.

3. Test Drive
Every good car workshop offer test drive after servicing. You must ask for test drive. If you find any problem during test drive, you can point out.

4. Extra Parts
Always go for genuine spare parts. Maruti offers genuine spare parts are Maruti Authorized Service Station and have strict guidelines to their service station of not using any spurious spares. Other brand Authorized service stations also have genuine spare parts, but ask to car workshop to show you spare parts they are using.

Next time your car mechanic suggests you replacement of new parts, you must have assessment ready if that is required or not. There is no formula to know but when you get assessment from 2 car workshops, then you may have fair idea.

Checking the engine oil – The first step to keep your car fit

For every car owner, checking the engine oil should rather become a regular habit. Keep up the schedule and top up the engine oil as and when you see it drop from the prescribed level. The crucial function of the engine oil is to cool and lubricate your engine. Low level of engine oil will invariably mean hurting and injuring your engine with every turn of the car’s wheel.

While checking the engine oil level, always park your car on a level surface. Before leaving your car, never forget to set the parking brake. After stopping the engine, wait for a minute or two for the engine oil to drain down completely into the oil pan. Pull out the dip stick. If you do not know where it is located, your car owner’s manual will let you know this. Most dipsticks are made with bright handle with the label “engine oil” to mark them off clearly. Wipe off the dipstick nicely and insert it into the engine oil chamber fully. Now pull it out and check the oil level.

Always the oil level should be in between ‘low and ‘full’ marks. Besides checking the level, you should also ensure whether the oil is clear. If it is dirty, then it is time for you to replace it after completely draining the old one out.  Oil that is too black suggests that it is time to change. Brown, but clear and transparent oil can run for some more time.  Coffee color engine oil will sometimes mean the mixing of coolant and engine oil. This will mean you will have to attend to some internal engine problem.

Always make use of the type of oil that is recommended by your car owner’s manual. To top up the engine oil, pour some oil into the neck of the oil filler. Wait for one or two minutes for the oil to pour down completely. Dip the stick and check the oil level. Once you are done, replace the engine oil cap install back the dipstick and close the cap of the oil filler.

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About the author:

Vivek is a mechanical engineer and has more than 7 years of experience as a writer. He blogs about various topics; entrepreneurship being one. His interests range from poetry, music to photography and travel. He can be reached at sdkrdk@gmail.com

Why you should care for your car?

Every car owner would have had a worst nightmare on roads due to lack of car maintenance. Besides ensuring a safe and secured drive, regular car maintenance can help you considerably lower your car repair bills.

Most car owners feel it a nuisance to exercise a regular care of their cars. But, you have to admit that nothing comes free of cost and as you take care of your body, it is a must to take care of your car which is prone to wear and tear as it runs over miles for you. As we do not neglect brushing, bathing and eating, spending some time for the car is one of the most essential good practice for car owners.

Proper maintenance of your car can significantly increase the life of your car including the vital engine parts. In addition, regular car maintenance can make a huge saving on your fuel bills too. If you can compare the repair bills over two years, you will not fail to realize that the year in which car was maintained better had cost you less on repairs and fuel. Never hesitate to spend a few hundred bucks a year on regular car maintenance. You will know as a car owner that the hassles of regular car maintenance are far less than buying a new car and getting acclimatized with your car.

Service guidelines given by the vehicle manufacturers last no longer than the first 30,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on the brand of the car. After this, the car owners are left to their fate and it is during this time that you must not neglect regular car maintenance practice. Cared with a good maintenance, cars can these days run up to 500,000 miles.

So, I expect that after reading this article, you will consider spending a few minutes reflecting on your car maintenance practice and go the extra mile to keep your car stay healthy and live longer.

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About the author:

Vivek is a mechanical engineer and has more than 7 years of experience as a writer. He blogs about various topics; entrepreneurship being one. His interests range from poetry, music to photography and travel. He can be reached at sdkrdk@gmail.com