Check Your Levels-Top 5 simple maintenance tips everyone should know- Unipart car care centres

 

Look after your car Check Your Levels in this HEAT WAVE

This is very good and important advice to every motorist to get your car through this heat wave without causing any damage to the engine, brakes or indeed anything else.

Check Your Levels

avoid a blowout like this CHECK your tyres and Check Your Levels

Make sure you Check Your Levels, water levels, your engine oil (Make sure that you top it up using the correct grade), if you are not sure do not just use any old engine oil, ask your local service centre to sell you the correct grade for your car, you will most probably have Synthetic Engine Oil in your car ,but if you are not so sure what to use then refer to your Engine Oil Guide,they have computer systems that tell them the grades for all the cars and will advise you accordingly.

Watch out for the traditional traffic hot-spots, such as the roads to the coast and set off early if you must travel in the heat, it will not do your car any good held up in slow traffic for hours on end and the kids and the dog in the back wont thank you for it neither, try and go for a quieter route and avoid all the traffic. Make sure that your Air-Con is working and do not be tempted to lower your windows the temperature in the UK is expected to be in the 30s C this weekend, so the air coming into the car will be very hot and uncomfortable, keep the windows closed and let the Air-Con cool you down.

Make sure that you check your tyres as well as Check Your Levels before setting off. Your tyres are made by a heat process and the hotter the air and the roads, the more likely that a tyre could blow out , we have all seen the large strips of tyre tread on the side of a motorway,(mainly from lorries) but this can happen to cheap car tyres that have been badly repaired as in some part worn tyres, so do not get caught out and buy good quality new tyres, this is a good investment in safety for your family, believe me this will happen, we get many customers that will turn up to my depot on a Monday morning with a blown out tyre, that could have been prevented before hand. The biggest cause is that the tyres were run under pressure, or under inflated . This only makes things worse when the weather is going to hot, so please check your tyres and your tyre pressure, and please

Check Your Levels,engine oil

Very important to Check Your Levels especially the oil level

remember that cheap new car tyres are far better than part worn tyres, you just do not know where part worn tyres have been before you bought them.

More safety information to read about your car in the heat

“Make sure you Check Your Levels and the  washer fluid is topped up. If you are going on a long journey the last thing you want is to run out of washer fluid, especially if the weather is bad. You don’t want to be stopping off for bottles of water to clean away the dirt from your windscreen. Check out our great video” Topping Up A Windscreen Washer Bottle’.

W e can’t re-iterate how important it is to check your tyre pressure. If your tyres are incorrectly inflated it has an impact on fuel economy and tyre wear. Add or remove air as needed to keep your tyres performing at their safest. View our great video” ‘How To Check Your Tyres’.

Hope you have a great time in this sunny weather, now in the past.

Eric Roberts..

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Car Oils-Get the Right Oil for Your CAR.?

 

Many different types of Car Oils for the modern car

Oil technology has changed in a big way in recent years. This new trend began with increasing price of fuel at the garage forecourt. This started the car manufacturers to try new methods of increasing the miles per gallon and one of the ways was to lower the viscosity of the Car Oils they used in their engines, one of the first of the new Car Oils grades was 5W-30. These Car Oils reduced the friction levels on the moving parts of the engines.

Car Oils

Old engines like this used the same Car Oils year after year

Also in recent years engines have had to be modified to reach much higher emission standards, by the car manufactures , making engines much more sophisticated and a need for much more finer quality Car Oils  to be used, modern cars are now fitted with much more complicated exhaust and after treatment units, requiring special low SAPS oil, which is needed to protect these units.

These new Car Oils also help with extended service intervals for cars. Special “long life oils” have been developed to help increase the length between car service intervals, thus reducing the amount of waste oil.

All these changes have led to the growth of the number of oil based products on the market to enable the independent Auto centre to service all the different engines out there in the market place. Many garages now have to check each vehicle to see which Car Oils to use when Servicing a Car, and indeed have to keep as many as seven different grades of oil to cope with the diverse number of grades required. The garages can not now rely on keeping a basic viscosity alone

What if you fill your car engine with the wrong oil?

As I was saying earlier in my article it is important that the motorist checks his manual to what the correct type of Car Oils that his car engine takes, the same applies if you are a garage or a regular guy who changes his own oil and filter.

Car servicing is now becoming a specialist job now and although the service intervals are becoming further apart, the service itself has become more complex. The main driver of this being the drive by car makers to make cars with less emissions, this includes the drive by tyre manufacturers for tyres with a better rolling resistance and compounds using silica, the results of all this have become staggering, changing the face of motoring over the past decade.

Incidentally according to “Warranty Direct” the cost of the average job to rectify an engine that has had the wrong oil put in, is £2000.00, so you might consider taking your car to your local service centre near you, if you dont know where your nearest one is, look for your local Point-S centre  or a Unipart Car Care Centreis online.

Article written by Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Basic Automotive care-and Other Important Car Care Tips

Basic Automotive care

Basic Automotive care;Owning a car or truck carries with it the responsibility of ownership.

If you want your vehicle to give you years of hassle-free service, it will be necessary to provide Basic Automotive care and routine maintenance and upkeep to keep it running well. Otherwise, your car could leave you stranded at the most inopportune moments. That is why it is important to buy cars from verified and quality car dealers such as Carzoos if you want to

Basic Automotive care

Basic Automotive care;Topping up your oil should be a regular maintenance job

avoid frequent repairs.

For starters, ensure your car has the proper amount of oil in it at all times,which is a Basic Automotive care . On the engine is a stick with a ring or handle on it with an oil can displayed on it. Check your oil routinely by removing the dipstick. The dipstick can be found as a handle along the top of the engine with an “oil can” picture. Remove the dipstick, wipe clean, reinsert into the tube and remove again to check the oil level. If it’s low, add a quart of oil to the engine, usually another cap that says “OIL” on it, most of the time it can be found on top of the engine itself. Your oil should be changed every 3500 to 5000 miles to keep your engine running efficiently.

Another Basic Automotive care, is Checking your coolant system, while cool, will also keep your car running great. The temperature gauge on your dash board will usually tell you if you have a cooling system problem. Most engines are designed to run below 210 degrees F, anything over that is considered overheating. You can add coolant or water to your system using the overflow tank in the engine compartment, but only when it’s cool. Beyond adding coolant, if you are experiencing engine overheating, go to your local mechanic. There are four possible causes of engine overheating-a bad water pump, a bad radiator, a bad thermostat or a ruptured hose along the cooling system path. The replacement of the water pump and radiator are expensive but it’s usually a once every 150,000 miles replacement. Some cars happen sooner, some happen later, but they all will have it happen.

Basic Automotive care

Tires are good for 40,000 to 50,000 miles before they need replacement. But checking the air pressure periodically is vital. Each tire will have a recommended pressure on the tyre itself. Purchase a tire gauge at the local auto parts store or big box store and check your tyre pressure. Most convenience stores have an air pressure machine that will allow you to fill your tyres for a fee, once again an important piece of Basic Automotive care . You can also swing by a local tire shop or garage and most will check your air pressure for free. When your tires begin to lose their tread or become bald, it’s time to purchase new tires. Once you have purchased these tires, have a maintenance plan in place to rotate and re-balance every 10,000 miles or so. This will ensure the longest life from your tires. 

Basic Automotive care

Basic Automotive care

Brakes are also an important part of Basic Automotive care . While you cannot routinely maintain your brakes, you can prevent unneeded repairs by taking your car to an automotive shop when you first hear that brake squeal. That squeal is the brake wear indicators telling you that your brake pads need to be replaced. If you continue to wait and ignore the brake wear indicators, you will have the additional cost of replacing the rotors(discs)as well. If identified early enough, your rotors can be placed on a machine and resurfaced instead of having to be replaced.

Basic Automotive care

These are just a few Basic Automotive care parts of the routine maintenance items you can check for yourself to keep your car in good working order. Finding a mechanic you can trust is also an important factor as well. Seek out recommendations from friends and colleagues for a quality mechanic to help guide you through your car maintenance issues.