Posted 17 June, 2020 at 13:00
London, Wednesday 17 June 2020: Fixter.co.uk, the UK’s first end-to-end online car maintenance service provider offers expert tips for drivers on how to keep their cars in great shape during hot summer months. As lockdown restrictions ease up, Britain's car owners are relying on their vehicles more than ever before. After several months of travel restrictions many vehicles will require extra attention to prepare them for busier summer months and the stay-cations to come.
Fixter experts emphasise keeping both brakes and clutch in check. Brakes can easily overheat, which can increase stopping distances, or even complete failure. It’s essential to check the life cycle of the brake pads thoroughly and ensure brake fluids are topped up, especially before longer road trips across the country. Using a flashlight to get a good look at the brake pad will help determine its thickness. A worn-out brake pad is thin and will need replacing. Long journeys and heat on the other hand create a lot of extra work for the clutch. It’s important to pay extra attention when towing a caravan or trailer for a road trip or holiday. Either needs to be appropriately loaded and correctly attached to avoid unnecessary clutch strain or failure.
Fixter partner iAutoUK in London suggests keeping a close eye on cooling systems and fans in hot weather in order to avoid overheating. A leaking cooling system can cause direct damage to the car engine, causing severe repair costs. Fixter experts advise to check on all belts and hoses, as extreme heat can cause blistering and cracking among other issues. Drivers should look out for cracks, fraying or splits on the top cover or signs of glazing on the belt’s sides, as glazed or slick belts can slip, overheat or crack.
Many drivers unfortunately experience tyre blow-outs in summer. Tyres expand on exposure to heat and can dry out or disintegrate. The experts at the Fixter partner garage ‘S Garage’ in Manchester suggest check tyre pressures regularly, as hot weather and intensive use may cause under-inflated tyres to blow-out. Checking all tyres, including the spare and those on caravan and trailers before a long trip may spare a blow-out on a busy motorway.
While drivers are advised to limit certain risks and possible breakdowns in summer, Fixter experts explain that some situations might look serious but are essentially nothing to worry about. Air conditioning units for instance often produce small pools of water under the vehicle due to the condensed water emissions. Water vapour provided by the air conditioning unit may appear as though smoke is coming out of the car’s air vents, while it could just be water that hasn’t had the chance to condense. Unless it holds a particularly pungent smell, it’s most likely safe to disregard.
Additional noise from under the car bonnet could be the cooling fan turning on and off, and while it can be quite loud in full operation, it’s not a cause for concern. Less power delivery from car engines could be caused by the air being warmer and less dense. However, if the change to power delivery is significant, Fixter recommends to get it looked at by a professional mechanic.
Limvirak Chea, Founder and CEO of Fixter, said: “Since the government advised to avoid public transportation unless absolutely necessary, more people will be relying on their cars during the Summer months to come. Most of us will be spending their free time and holidays in the UK. With the increase of car usage in hot weather, we at Fixter want to ensure that drivers have all the information they need to keep their cars in good shape and avoid unnecessary breakdowns. The MOT extension is a risk to the roadworthiness of cars across the UK and we always recommend to have a professional health check at your local garage before a longer trip, as it can avoid stress and issues later down the line.”
Damian Jeffries, Head of Driver Operations at Fixter, said: “Often we forget obvious things, such as taking care of our car’s windscreen wipers. They are made out of rubber and may melt during extreme heat. Wipers should not be left on the glass, as they can cause serious damage”.
Customers can save £10 on a contact free safety check by using the code ‘safe10’ at the checkout: https://repairs.fixter.co.uk/contact-free-car-safety-check/