Before you head out on those sunny weekenders this summer, make sure your vehicle is up to scratch! If you can’t bring it in for a car service (which you should every 6 months anyway) then there are a few things that you can do at home to make sure your car will at least get you there and back. The following tips are just a few things that we believe every car owner should have a rudimentary knowledge of.
We would never recommend performing your own oil change at home, bring that in for us to do, but you can make sure your oil is topped up before you go off on any long road trips. If you don’t have enough oil in your car, it can cause catastrophic engine failure, (and we mean catastrophic- your engine can literally melt!) and by then it’s too late to do anything. You can check the amount of oil in your car by taking out the dipstick and checking the levels. If it’s low, don’t go!
As the only point of contact with the road, your car’s tyres are a very important part of a safety check and vehicle maintenance. In summer, as the weather gets warmer, the increase in temperature makes the actual tyre pressure change too- two PSI for every ten degrees Fahrenheit. Check the pressure on your tyres and make sure they’e not over or under inflated. Also make sure to check the tread depth on your tyres- anything lower than 3mm isn’t safe, and less than 1.5mm is against the law in Aotearoa.
While winter is tough on your car battery, summertime can also be deceptively harsh. The heat in summer can speed up the chemical reaction in your battery, draining it faster. If it gets really hot, then the heat can actually evaporate the battery fluid. Keep your battery clean- this is the best way to avoid any problems. Secure it tightly, make sure it’s not bouncing around in its casing.