Advice on Preparing Your Car For The Warm Weather

Simon Elstow, Driver training specialist offers advice on how to prepare your car for the summer's warmer weather:

  • Now is a good time to give your vehicle a spring clean. Salt is corrosive and will cause rusting if left on the bodywork.
  • The UK pollen season can be pretty miserable for hay fever sufferers, so replacing the pollen filter annually is a vital investment. Keeping your air-conditioning well maintained will help as well.
  • Service your air-con. If there's a stale smell when you turn the heating on, it could well be a sign that mould is building up in the condenser.
  • Flies will soon be out in force so be sure to refill your washer fluid. Habitually washing the windscreen and headlamps when you stop for fuel is also important as windscreen wipers won't get rid of all the fly debris.
  • Old wiper blades are not only noisy - they can leave marks on the windscreen, so remember to replace them regularly. Clean them regularly to avoid damaging the windscreen.
  • After a pot-holed winter, check the wheel and tyre alignment. Misaligned tyres wear out more quickly.
  • Anti-freeze contains corrosion inhibitors so you should keep your vehicle topped up all year round - going without could lead to expensive engine damage.
  • Elstow said: "After a long winter of wear and tear from snow, salt and potholes, your vehicle needs attention. Preparing for the summer and making checks now will save money in the long run.

    "Deal with minor problems and repairs as they happen - they can become very expensive if left to build up over time."

    20 May 2011 Staff

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