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Getting your car ready for an Irish summer

Updated: Dec 13, 2023

As the summer season arrives across the island of Ireland, it’s crucial to ensure that your car is prepared for the specific challenges that come with the warmer weather.

In addition to general maintenance, paying attention to key components such as the air conditioning pump, window regulators, and heater motors can greatly enhance your driving experience and overall comfort.

1. Air Conditioning System

The air conditioning system plays a crucial role in providing a comfortable and cool driving environment during hot summer days. On this island, where temperatures can rise unexpectedly, having a properly functioning air conditioning pump is essential. Now is a great time to have the system checked by a professional mechanic. They can inspect the refrigerant levels, compressor, and condenser, ensuring optimal performance. Regular maintenance and cleaning of the air filters can also improve air quality and prevent unpleasant odours.

2. Window Regulators

With longer daylight hours and potentially warmer temperatures, it is common for drivers to rely on open windows for fresh air circulation while driving in summer. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the window regulators in your car are in good working condition. Faulty or worn-out regulators can lead to issues such as slow or non-functioning windows, which can be inconvenient and uncomfortable, especially during hot weather. Regular lubrication and inspection of window regulators can help prevent jams or failures and ensure smooth operation.

3. Heater Motors

Although it may seem counterintuitive to consider the heater system during the summer months, the heater motors in your car also require attention. The heater system serves a dual purpose by providing both heat during cooler summer days and defrosting capabilities during foggy or misty conditions. Malfunctioning or ineffective heater motors can impede your visibility and compromise safety. Regular inspection and maintenance of the heater system, including the blower motor and controls, can help ensure efficient operation when needed.

Preparing your car for summer driving goes beyond routine maintenance. Paying attention to specific components like the air conditioning system, window regulators, and heater motors can greatly enhance your driving comfort and safety. By ensuring these systems are in working order, you can enjoy a pleasant and hassle-free driving experience during the warmer months. Regular professional inspections and maintenance are key to keeping your car summer-ready and ensuring a smooth journey on our roads.

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