Ban­ish me­chan­i­cal blues with check­list

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

BE­ING safe, re­liant and ef­fi­cient road users are the key things that en­able greater safety on the roads and al­low them to run smoothly.

It is vi­tal to con­tinue this mis­sion of end­less safety by main­tain­ing your ve­hi­cle and en­sur­ing that it is ser­viced and up-to-date.

This week’s tips give ad­vice as to why it is im­por­tant to get your mo­tor ser­viced, from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of tech­ni­cal pol­icy and ad­vice Tim Shall­cross.

Make sure the oil and oil fil­ter are changed on time and the cor­rect en­gine oil is used. Ne­glect­ing an oil change or us­ing the wrong oil is the quick­est way to in­crease wear on a mod­ern en­gine, es­pe­cially for highly stressed parts such as tur­bocharg­ers and pis­tons.

Anti-freeze must be checked ev­ery year and should be changed ev­ery other year. It does much more than pro­tect the en­gine in win­ter; it pre­vents cor­ro­sion in­side the en­gine. Blown head gas­kets are a typ­i­cal symp­tom of not enough or old an­tifreeze.

Change the tim­ing (cam) belt on time, when the mileage or age limit is reached. It might look okay and it’s an ex­pen­sive job, but if the belt breaks, it gen­er­ally means you need a new en­gine.

The al­ter­na­tor drive belt must be in­spected at each ser­vice and changed if worn or when the man­u­fac­turer rec­om­mends. If it sud­denly snaps, you sud­denly lose power steer­ing on most cars.

The cabin air fil­ter or pollen fil­ter keeps clean air com­ing in through the heater vents. If it isn’t changed on time, you may get de­bris in the heater unit which is ex­pen­sive to re­move and clear and you will be more prone to misted up win­dows re­strict­ing your view.

Tim said: “Make sure the ser­vice is noted prop­erly in the car’s record book and the garage stamps it. A full, doc­u­mented ser­vice his­tory makes the car much eas­ier to sell; no his­tory or gaps can knock hun­dreds or even thou­sands of pounds off the price you’ll get.”

Keep your eye on what’s hap­pen­ing un­der that bon­net

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