SELF-MAINTENANCE ADVICE

Looking after your car will keep you on the road and will save you money.  Here are just three areas where you can make sure that your car is going to be there for you when you need it.  If for any reason your car needs some TLC, give Albrighton Garage a call or send us an online enquiry.  We'll get you back up and running in no time.

      BATTERIES

 

The battery is the key component of your car's electrical system and the main cause of vehicle breakdowns. A number of simple steps can be taken to ensure your battery is kept in optimum condition all year round.

  1. Check battery terminals regularly to ensure they are clean and tight.

  2. Ensure that the electrolyte level is correct, if topping up only use distilled water. Many newer batteries are maintenance free and won't require topping up.

  3. Make sure the battery is secure.

  4. If your battery has not been replaced in 3 – 4 years consider a replacement as battery failures often occur with no warning.

       OIL
 

An engine is made up of a large number of important moving parts, such as pistons, crankshaft, valves and the camshaft to name a few. Engine oil plays several important roles in ensuring that these all work together properly.

So what function does the oil perform in an engine?

Oil is a lubricant. Oil reduces friction and wear that occurs when parts move against each other, for example between the cylinder liner and piston ring, or the camshaft.

Assists in heat dispersion. Engine oil absorbs the heat produced in the engine combustion chambers and piston under crown area, cooling the engine and helping to prevent overheating.

As a sealant. Motor oil seals the space between the piston ring and the cylinder liner to prevent combustion pressure and engine power from escaping.

Oil is also a detergent and rust inhibitor. It neutralises acids produced by combustion gases, preventing rusting, corrosion and damage to essential components.

Easy to follow tips:

  1. Engine oil level should be regularly checked regardless of vehicle age.

  2. Only top up oil with correct grade as specified by manufacturer.

  3. When topping up oil do not exceed the maximum recommend level.

      WHEELS & TYRES
 

Tyre care is essential for maintaining vehicle safety. Tyres should be checked on a regular basis and before any long driving trips. Correctly maintained tyres will improve fuel economy, extend tyre life and improve vehicle safety.

  1. Tyre inflation should be checked every two weeks when cold, recommended pressure can be found in the owner's manual.

  2. Abnormal wear patterns indicate possible wheel alignment or suspension problems.

  3. Vibrations in the steering indicate the tyres may require balancing.

  4. Make sure that tyres have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread depth.

 

For any tyre problems consult your owner's manual

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