car servicing

As the weather starts to get warmer and summer fast-approaches, there’s no better time than now to start planning a trip away! Whether you are visiting friends or going on a road trip with your family, you must make sure your vehicle can withstand the long journey without breaking down.

Identifying and fixing any problems now will stop the problem from escalating, saving you a great deal of money and stress later on. Here, we will list the main things you should be aware of as a driver to prevent you from encountering any issues whilst travelling.

Overheating

From leaks in your cooling system to a blocked or detached hose, there can be a number of reasons why your vehicle is overheating. An overheating engine can cause major damage to your car which, if not addressed straightaway, can lead to very costly repairs.

If you notice that your engine is overheating during your journey, you must pull over and shut off the engine immediately. Once you have pulled over to the side of the road safely, we recommend you open the vehicle’s bonnet to allow the heat to escape quicker and contact a breakdown company immediately.

Low battery

car battery
The adverse weather conditions of a wet and windy winter can impact key components of your vehicle, including:

– Batteries
– Plugs
– Wires

To keep these components in full working order and operating properly, you should test them regularly and replace anything which has become damaged or is older than three years. Coping with the harsh winter weather can cause batteries to work harder and run down low more quickly. Therefore, it’s worth checking your battery as soon as possible before you find yourself stranded with a flat battery because you left it too late.

Tyre Pressure

tyre pressure
The effects of the cold winter weather can cause your vehicle’s tyre pressure to reduce which can lead to unsafe driving if left unaddressed. As such, you should check that all of the tyres – including the spare you carry in your car – are inflated to the correct level.

You can usually check your tyre pressure using a machine at your local petrol station, or you could get in touch with a professional to take care of the task for you. If you decide to check your tyre pressure yourself, consult your owner’s manual to find out what the required air pressure for your tyres is.

Brake system

brakes
Following a cold winter, one of the main parts of your vehicle to experience the effects of snow, ice and frost is your brake system. A fully functioning brake system is paramount for safety on the roads, and a season of adverse weather can seriously compromise its performance. As such, we recommend a close inspection of your brake system by a professional engineer to ensure it is operating correctly for complete peace of mind when you’re on the road.

 
Here at Universal Tyres, our fully qualified engineers offer comprehensive vehicle servicing to extend the life of your vehicle and reduce the effects of unexpected repairs. From full to interim service, we will carry out a thorough assessment of your vehicle and will stamp your book upon completion to keep your service history up-to-date. For further information or to book your vehicle in for a service, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local branch today!