Cut chance of car fail­ure

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring -

The one thing you don’t need this sum­mer is a ve­hi­cle that breaks down, or worse still, has a me­chan­i­cal fail­ure that puts you, your pas­sen­gers and other road users in dan­ger.

Your ve­hi­cle is like any piece of equip­ment or ma­chin­ery; look af­ter it prop­erly and it will gen­er­ally re­pay the favour. And, like any me­chan­i­cal de­vice, it’s most likely to fail when con­di­tions are the hard­est.

The Mo­tor Trade As­so­ci­a­tion said there was plenty you could do though to re­duce the chances of prob­lems oc­cur­ring with your ve­hi­cle.

There are two com­mon sce­nar­ios that gen­er­ally lead to prob­lems with your ve­hi­cle; ex­tremes of heat and fre­quent stop start driv­ing in a queue. Of­ten, these two con­di­tions over­lap – lots of peo­ple all try­ing to get to their favourite spot at roughly the same time, lead­ing to long, frus­trat­ing and, in the case of your ve­hi­cle, me­chan­i­cally stress­ful pe­ri­ods.

If there is a small fault in your ve­hi­cle, chances are it will come to the fore when things are hot­ting up.

A car en­gine usu­ally op­er­ates at around 95 de­grees, de­pend­ing on the make and model of course.

Place that same ve­hi­cle in a long line of stop start traf­fic inch­ing its way up­hill to the beach or the camp­ing ground

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