Truths and myths of your car during the holidays
Monday, 6 de February de 2017
A guide to avoid the myths and arrive at the end of January preserving your vehicle on the beach or countryside
The first month of the year is synonymous with holidays for many, and if that is the case, most likely the destination chosen is a beach or a beautiful landscape in the countryside. If you are going to travel by car, as important as defining the itinerary, it’s to know the risks that the trajectory can bring to the vehicle. So, before you hit the road, take a look at our vehicle survival guide, with truths and myths about damages and special care provided by Diego Rafael Silva, professor of Automotive Mechanics at Senai:
The seaside air can damage the car’s stabilizer and suspension
TRUE – “The sea air oxidizes the equipment and compromises its operation. It can also damage the connectors of the electrical parts, but only if it is a long journey,” explains the expert. It is advisable that, upon returning from your trip, you professionally wash the car to avoid oxidation. With regard to connectors, the driver can apply a product called “clean contact”, which is often sold in auto parts stores. Another tip is to keep the car in an area protected from the wind, if at all possible.
To avoid oxidation from the sea air, rub oil around the crankcase
MYTH – You should never apply oil around it. Simply wash thoroughly at the shop, recommends Professor Silva. “Covering the parts with oil can damage other components. With the movement, the product can stick to the rubber of the suspension,” he warns.
Cars that run on ethanol don’t work well by the ocean
MYTH – There are no restrictions for vehicles that use ethanol on the beach, says the professor of automotive mechanics. Quite the contrary! In colder climates there may be difficulty in starting up your car – However, ‘flex’ vehicles (that use either gasoline or ethanol) usually have a cold starting reservoir or a preheated injection nozzle as is the case for newer models.
The accumulation of sand can compromise the shock absorbers
TRUE – Sand can break parts of the structures and even endanger other parts of the car such as the engine. Therefore, it is important to avoid driving on the sand, if you don’t have a suitable car for such as a SUV.
Sun and heat can damage the paint
TRUE– and not just aesthetically. Excessive sun and heat can cause overheating and damage the proper functioning of the vehicle, especially if your car has an overdue maintenance checkup. At that point, the specialist warns us of the importance of keeping the water level in the radiator always full. “Not only should there be liquid, but the correct liquid must be used too. There are some on the market specifically for radiators, which avoid corrosion and overheating. Therefore try not to use tap water “. As for the painting, it’s best to avoid exposing cars to too much sun.
Leaving the windows open while traveling helps save fuel
SOMEWHAT – It depends on certain conditions. In the city, for instance, there may be a small reduction in consumption at low speeds. But on the road, once you reach 70 km / h, there is aerodynamic loss due to increased friction. As a result, fuel consumption increases. However, the correlation between open windows and fuel consumption will depend on the model of the car.
The air filter must be replaced at every oil change
MYTH – The change must be done according to the mileage set by the manufacturer. Not just the air filter should be replaced, but all the filters in the vehicle as well. It is also important to clean them whenever possible.
Tires must be calibrated as far as the indication
MYTH – The correct procedure is to apply the air according to what’s in the owner’s manual or what’s described on the door of the vehicle. The number written on the tire is actually the maximum pressure the material can support.
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