Warning Signs of Impending Radiator Repairs

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Warning Signs of Impending Radiator Repairs

Owning a vehicle means you will inevitably require radiator repairs. The radiator is the component in your vehicle that functions as a heat exchanger. This means that it is also tasked with ensuring the temperatures emanating from your vehicle’s engine are managed appropriately so as to prevent any damage to other components of your car. However, the constant use eventually leads to leaks and damages in the radiator. Left undeterred, these damages can significantly impair the functionality of your vehicle or lead to a breakdown. The good news is that the radiator does not simply stop working spontaneously. There are always warning signs to look out for. Here are some of the warning signs of impending radiator repairs.   The coolant levels in the radiator have dropped Your radiator’s coolant functions to absorb the excess heat tat emanates from your vehicle’s engine. Typically, you are required to top up this coolant occasionally to ensure that it is sufficient to keep your engine from overheating. However, if you have been doing this yet find your coolant keeps dropping drastically, chances are there is an undetected leak in your radiator. It is best to take your car in for an auto service so a mechanic can establish the reason for the dropping coolant levels and remedy it before any damage is caused to your radiator. There are puddles beneath your car’s engine If you keep noticing puddles forming beneath your vehicle when it is parked, chances are this indicates a faulty radiator. One sure-fire sign of this is greenish fluid with a slimy consistency that keeps pooling beneath the engine. Do not touch this fluid, as it is toxic. However, it should be eliminated from your driveway if you have children or pets, as it is hazardous to their health. Any signs of this fluid indicate an underlying problem with your radiator that will need to be addressed before it becomes exacerbated.   There is corrosion on the radiator  It is prudent to regularly inspect your radiator for signs of corrosion. One of the conspicuous signs to look out for is discoloration of this component. This is especially visible on the underside of the radiator. Discoloration often means that there is a leak in your radiator. The leak may not be making its way out to puddle beneath the vehicle, but it will be coming into contact with various internal components hence putting your vehicle at risk of malfunction. These leaks typically spring up from a compromised radiator hose, which can easily be replaced by an auto...

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Preparing Your Caravan for Winter

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Preparing Your Caravan for Winter

With winter approaching, it is important to start preparations for winterizing your caravan so that it remains in full working order until the following season. Much of this relates to draining the water systems to prevent possible damages from icing, setting-up the internal and external fabric for long-term storage, and ensuring maximum ventilation around the caravan. Damp and air pollution are also other climate factors to consider besides the cold. Therefore, to ensure a trouble-free caravanning next season, ensure your caravan is well prepared for winter by considering the following.   Storage Where are you planning to store your caravan over winter — in a storage compound or at your home? If you’ll be storing it in your home, try to avoid risks such as areas with high water tables or beneath trees where the branches could easily fall on it. Moreover, you can try additional security measures such as security lighting, locked gates or a drivepost. For a storage compound, evaluate the security measures in place and check that they meet your caravan’s insurer requirements. Water Systems Draining down your caravan’s water systems is the best approach to protect it against frost damage. When doing this, it is important to empty the system fully because even small amounts of water trapped in your tap heads can result in costly damages. Open the main drain plug as well as all the taps. This may take some time, but here is a trick for draining the water system; if you’re on your last trip before storing the caravan for winter, let your system drain while on your journey home! To prevent pressure build-up of pressure, leave your inside taps open. Bodywork, Windows and Vents Use good quality caravan cleaners to wash as well as polish the exterior of your caravan. Once your caravan is dry, you can apply a coat of overwintering fluid to protect against pollutants and inhibit growth of algae. Open all your windows and lubricate the window seals to prevent them from sticking and the window seals from tearing when you open them after winter. After the lubrication, close all your windows and vents to leave no openings for bugs gaining easy entry. However, air circulation is vital, and as such, don’t block up the vents otherwise the air inside will become stale. Covering Use weatherproof hitch covers for your hitch and breathable covers for your caravan. Breathable covers are weatherproof but not completely watertight seals, which allow moisture to escape, preventing damp forming and condensation while in storage. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Fix-It Caravan & RV...

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Car Servicing | 4 Telltale Signs Your Car’s Engine Needs Reconditioning

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Car Servicing | 4 Telltale Signs Your Car’s Engine Needs Reconditioning

As part of car servicing, engine reconditioning is the maintained and repair of used engines to boost their efficiency, performance and lifespan. Engine reconditioning is more common than you think, especially with older cars that will continue to run well if given a little uplift. Here are some telltale signs that your car’s engine needs reconditioning at a specialised car servicing company. Your Car Burns Through Engine Oil Quickly Most individual manufacturer manuals will recommend how often engine oil needs to be changed for specific car models. But typically oil is refilled in a car after 4,000 kilometres. If you need to change your engine oil when the car’s mileage is below 4,000 kilometres, then it could mean that something is wrong with your engine. If your car is older and burning through engine oil every few hundred or thousand kilometres, then you have an engine problem that needs immediate car servicing. Your Exhaust Emits Disproportionate Smoke While you probably don’t pay much attention to the amount of smoke being emitted from your car, you are likely to notice it when it gets too much or when someone else notifies you. Dark and thick smoke is a strong indicator that something is wrong with your engine’s internal components, so make sure you get to a car servicing company immediately because your engine may need reconditioning. Your Engine Makes Knocking Sounds If you hear a type of knocking sound coming from your engine while you drive, it is probably because of a loose or faulty component in your engine’s interior. This knocking sound will get louder as you rev up your engine. If ignored, these faulty components will end up damaging your engine drastically and may cause it to eventually stop working entirely. You will need to get car servicing immediately to identify and tackle the problem in your engine. Your Engine Begins To Misfire When You Start The Car Engine misfiring typically occurs because spark plugs, rotors and ignition cables in the engine wear out over prolonged use. When this happens, their ability to ignite the fuel/air mixture in the combustion chamber is compromised. If your engine starts misfiring when you start the car, it could also be because of a compression loss. Loss of compression means that some fuel gets lost before it is ignited. Misfiring will impact your engine’s health, so be sure to get it serviced as soon as you notice the problem. Pay attention to these signs because they indicate that you may need to get your engine reconditioned during car servicing at a specialised...

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