For all you travellers out there, it’s time to get a little serious for a moment. Arguably the worst and most stressful thing that can happen when you’re out on the road is to suffer car troubles. We can’t focus on every area today, so we’re going to take a look at just one topic.
The oil is the blood of your car. If it can’t do its job correctly, the rest of your vehicle will suffer to the point of an unrepairable state if you’re not careful. Here are some oil problems you might run into, as well as how to deal with them.
Basic Oil Maintenance
Before you set off on your trip, you need to do basic maintenance checks. One of the most crucially important considerations is your oil level. To do this, you take the dipstick out and wipe it gently. Then, place it back in, give it a few seconds, and remove it again to reveal how much oil you’re currently working with.
If you’re finding that the oil level is too low, you’re going to need to add some more. Make sure you check your owner’s manual to ensure that you buy the right type of oil. Putting the wrong stuff in there is a sure fire way of destroying your car.
The Oil Light Comes On
So, let’s say you’re happily driving along, and the oil light suddenly comes on. What do you do?! First of all, don’t panic. As soon as you can, you want to pull over at a safe destination on the side of the road or a service station. You want to make sure you treat the issue quickly, but with attention to road safety in the process.
Again, you need to check your oil level. If it’s low, open the bonnet and see if you can spot an oil leak. The best thing, in this case, is to call your breakdown assistance team and get them to check out the problem for you.
The Car’s Running Too Hot
If you’re finding that the temperature gauge is going too high, your car’s running far too hot. This is worrying because a car that is run too hot for long periods of time will start to suffer from damage. If you’re finding that you’re losing engine power at the same time, the issue is probably related to your oil cooler. Oil coolers are used to cool the oil to the right temperature, so when it breaks, you car starts to suffer. When you get back home, you’ll need to order a new one. For now, seek roadside assistance once again.
If you notice any oil-related problems while you’re travelling, don’t be tempted to ignore them. Even if they end up ruining your plans, it’s more important that you get the issue fixed quickly. Any sort of oil problem can wreak havoc to your car in a very short amount of time. Not only does that put your car in danger, but your health will be at risk, too.