Monthly Archives: February 2018

Why Rust Is So Bad for Your Car

Is rust ever welcome? Perhaps rust is a welcome addition if you’re making some sort of creative art piece, some outdoorsy- type thing that represents the symbiosis between mad made items and the elements, a nod to the decay of what we build. Something carefully built and possibly even sealed just to prevent (ironically) against further rust and decay.

Rust is rarely ever welcome outside this very specific set of circumstances. Maybe you’ve wished rust upon someone else at some point in time, in a moment of spite. “I hope their boat catches a leak and their entire hull rusts!”. But you certainly don’t want rust in your own life – those creative artists we mentioned earlier aside!

Rust is just as bad for your car as it is for say, your roof. If the roof of your house rusts through, you’re going to have a dirty great big hole there and it’s going to be raining in your lounge room. Which is the whole point of having a roof in the first place, right? So that you don’t get rained on?

Same goes with your car. If your car gets rusty then it might not be able to do the job that it was made to do i.e. drive you around safely. Just like the rust in the roof of your home weakens the structural integrity of the roof, so too does rust in your car weaken the structural integrity of your vehicle.

What’s most important about this is that if you find yourself in an accident (and your car has significant rust throughout), your car is literally going to crumble around you. This is a very, very unsafe situation to be in – you shouldn’t be driving around in that old bomb at all, because it’s literally that, a ticking time bomb.

There are other parts of your car apart from the frame that are equally as dangerous if rusted. Consider your brake lines or fuel lines? If your brake lines rust out you’re going to be careening into whatever is in the path of your vehicle – and you might not have any indication that this is about to happen. If your fuel lines rust through you’ll be leaking fuel – which is not only dangerous around flames but is expensive when you consider the cost of petrol, too.

There is also the fact that a car just looks straight up nasty when there are rust spots. Even if they are just small, it’s going to reduce the resale price of your car considerably.

When it comes to rust, prevention is the best method of attack. However, if you have small bit of rust that you discover then you need to address this and correct it before it spreads.

You can get rustproofing for your car with systems like Couplertec Electronic Rustproofing, applied by professionals who take care of your car. This system helps prevent rust from taking hold, and is a one off system.

Of course there are at home surface sprays and the like that you can use to guard against rust, however these will never be up to the same standards as professional systems. It’s recommended that you do your homework before deciding on the best preventative system for your car.

If you already have rust on your vehicle, then either take it to the professionals to treat, or there are some DIY videos on YouTube that teach you how to do it yourself. Be mindful that DIY jobs have varying results, depending on your skill level as well as the correctness of the guide that you’re following.

 

 

3 Quick Winter Car Checks You Should Be Carrying Out

Over the course of the year, our cars rack up a lot of miles and spend hundreds of hours out on the roads.

In fact, according to the National Transport Survey’s findings, the average household car covers 7,800 miles a year, whilst the average person spends an average of 13,000 minutes driving annually, across 514 car trips.

Of course, it’s little wonder then, that all this time out on the roads can eventually take its toll on your car. And, of course, it’s sod’s law for your car to break down during the depths of winter, when it’s freezing cold and pitch black outside, and you have to attempt to jump-start your car.

So, to make sure your vehicle stays in tip-top condition over the coming months, we’ve found three quick car checks for you to carry out this winter.

Check your windscreen and wipers

This might seem like a fairly trivial point but checking your windscreen and windscreen wipers is actually one of the more important checks you can do without the help of a professional.

During winter, it’s vital that you can see clearly out of your windscreen, especially in adverse weather conditions where the visibility is already reduced. However, having wiper blades that are torn or damaged can prevent you from being able to see properly, as they tend to smear any dirt or salt rather than clear it.

Similarly, checking for any chips in the windscreen is especially important during winter as the cold weather can cause them to get bigger and may result in a cracked windscreen.

If you find any damage to your wipers or windscreen, make sure to get them fixed sooner rather than later to prevent any further damage and extra costs.

 The RAC has provided a great set of resources for checking your windscreen and wipers, as well as how to replace them.

 Check the coolant and oil

 Your engine oil and coolant levels are both extremely important in helping your engine to run smoothly and safely, especially during the winter months. However, both of these things can be affected by colder weather.

Coolant helps your car to maintain the right temperature level, preventing your radiator from freezing during the winter months, which means it’s important to make sure it’s topped up by checking the level is between the minimum and maximum markers on the tank.

Similarly, engine oil keeps your engine running by lubricating all of the moving parts and preventing them from seizing up. As a result, during the winter months, you need the correct viscosity for your engine (which can be found in the manual) to keep everything working efficiently.

You can check if you have enough oil by locating the dipstick and checking the oil is between the minimum and maximum markers.

Check the tyres

Finally, one quick check you can do by yourself is checking the state of your tyres, which will gradually erode over the miles.

We spoke to VW Motor Parts, who said: “having a secure grip on the road is imperative during the winter, especially when ice and rain can make the surface extra slippery, so it’s important you check your tyres are compliant to the correct standards.

By law, the tread depth on each tyre must be 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre and across the complete circumference, and you can test this by inserting a 20p coin into the grooves.

If you can see the outer band of the coin, then your tyres might be below the legal limit and we recommend you get them checked by a mechanic.”