Don’t Let Summer Be One Big Breakdown


Once we start to see some warmer weather we should start thinking about preparing our vehicles for the Spring and Summer. By 
following the steps detailed above, motorists can eliminate costly repairs and the frustration of a breakdown in the middle of the hotter months of the

As we finally see some sunshine, motorists should be undertaking proper maintenance procedures, to make sure that their car doesn’t get beaten by the summer heat.

Engine Oil – Check the levels and top it up with the recommended grade of oil if it’s too low. It might also be worth considering an oil change –not changing the oil often enough can result in loss of performance and fuel economy, and increased emissions and oil consumption.

Brakes – Wet and icy conditions mean more braking and stopping then usual and the wear and tear on your brakes reflect this. When summer comes the brakes need to be checked to make sure they are working properly.

Tyres – Just like brakes, tyres can take a real beating over the winter
months so motorists should check the tread – the legal limit is 1.6mm but when it gets below 3mm, start thinking about replacing them. Check for uneven wear too – this is a sign of other potential problems with steering or tracking.

Battery – Charge the battery. Motorists are lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to the state of their battery during the summer months. If the battery is undercharged during the warmer weather it will still probably be able to start the vehicle as it doesn’t need as much energy to get the engine going. Motorists don’t therefore realise that their battery is becoming discharged. What this could mean, is that when Autumn arrives and temperatures begin to drop, the battery won’t have enough charge to start the engine – in other words you will get a flat battery.

Fluid levels – Check the water (coolant) and other fluid levels. Cars that are not properly prepared for the summer often overheat as soon as the temperature rises meaning more roadside breakdowns and extra call outs for roadside breakdown companies.

Screen wash – Top up screenwash as the summer months present a whole different set of challenges – dead insects!

Windscreen wiper blades – The harsh winter cold, rain and debris can cause wipers blades to perish and deteriorate badly so motorists should check that they don’t need replacing.

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3rd May, 2013



Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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