Delphi Technologies, which develops future-oriented solutions for automotive equipment manufacturers under the roof of BorgWarner, listed the maintenance suggestions for vehicles that will be on the road more with the arrival of spring. Among these suggestions by Delphi Technologies experts that ensure the vehicles are ready for long journeys; There are topics such as the use of seasonal tires, tie rod balancing, oil, filter, glass, fuel tank maintenance and controls of different parts of the vehicle.
Delphi Technologies, which is under the roof of BorgWarner and provides global solutions in the field of automotive after-sales services, pointed out the importance of vehicle maintenance after the winter months. In this context, Delphi Technologies listed its recommendations for spring and pre-summer maintenance for vehicles that are worn out due to harsh climatic conditions and remain stationary for a long time. In addition to the products offered to the automotive after-sales market, Delphi Technologies, which plays a pioneering role in informing the sector, lists the subjects that vehicle users will control themselves and also need to go to the service point when necessary:
Change your winter tires and check their pressure
The first thing that needs to be done with the spring months should be the use of tires suitable for the summer months. Winter tires should be replaced, the tire tread should be checked for irregular wear, cuts and cracks, and the pressure of all tires, including the spare tire, should be adjusted in accordance with the pressure value specified in the vehicle driver's inner door, fuel tank cap or vehicle user manual.
Check your battery
Before the vehicles are actively used again, the battery terminals should be checked for oxidation and any dirt and debris should be cleaned. It should be ensured that the battery and vehicle connection cables are not loose and that the battery is fixed in the place where it is attached to the vehicle so that the battery does not shake, and the vehicle batteries will discharge more quickly, especially in winter, when parked. Keeping the vehicle engine running until the alternator fully charges the battery contributes to a higher charge of the battery, but if the indicator lights are off when the vehicle is started and clipping when the vehicle headlights are on at night, the battery may need to be checked or replaced with testers.
Check your fuel tank
If the fuel tanks of vehicles that are parked for a long time are not full or empty, the fuel tank is exposed to oxygen, therefore, oxidation-related contamination may occur that causes clogging in the fuel lines, injectors and fuel filters, and also 'water contamination' caused by the condensation in the fuel tank and the heat cycle in the fuel line. causes internal rust due to moisture accumulation. This can cause particle contamination in the fuel system and damage fuel injectors and pumps. Therefore, the fuel tank assembly should be reviewed.
Check engine oil and filter
While a vehicle is actively used, it consumes engine oil, and sometimes there may be oil losses due to leakage from the sump plug. The oil level and other fluid levels should be checked before starting a vehicle that has been parked for a long time. Since the engine needs more cooling in summer, the air filter should not be clogged for good air flow. In this context, changing the engine oil at least once a year and the engine filter in the spring months contributes to the healthier operation of the engine.
Renew the air conditioner filter
With hot weather, the cabin filter should be renewed before the vehicle returns to its daily routine, or the air conditioner should be turned on for 5-10 minutes and the air conditioner should be turned on for XNUMX-XNUMX minutes to eliminate the bacteria accumulated in the cabin filter, and the air conditioning gas should also be renewed.
Have the brake system look
If the vehicle is parked for a long time with the handbrake on, the surface rust that occurs may cause the pads to boil to the disc or the pads to the drum. The corrosion risk of vehicles with older model years or in humid environments is higher. In this case, professional intervention is required to release the brake system again. Delphi Technologies experts recommend not using the handbrake too much in long-term parking situations, if the vehicle is with manual gear, park it on level ground and leave the gear in first or reverse gear without applying the handbrake.
Renew wiper blades, check windscreen
In winter, the wiper blades can wear out and the wiper blades can get damaged. Wipers should be renewed, especially in rainy weather in the spring months or to avoid problems on long journeys. Glass checks should also be carried out to ensure that small cracks in the windshields of vehicles used on icy and stony roads do not receive extra damage and endanger safety later on.
Replace worn belts and hoses
As the air temperatures decrease, the rubbers can harden and be damaged, and the hoses and belts may crack, loosen and wear. Damaged hoses and belts must be replaced for engine health.
Make the Rot Balance adjustments
Especially in vehicles used in difficult conditions, pulling to the right and left or shaking may occur over time while driving. It is also important to adjust the rod balance within the scope of spring maintenance in terms of ensuring steering control.