As we will now be at home longer than expected due to Covid-19 restrictions, many of us will be spending less time in our vehicles than ever before.
But just because you’re not doing your usual routes doesn’t mean your car can be totally ignored during this time. You want to ensure your car is kept in top condition so when restrictions do lift, it’s ready to take you where you need to go.
We have created a list below to help you keep your car in peak condition:
1. MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE FOR ESSENTIAL TRAVEL
We have already had a few calls from our customers about Diesel Particular Filter warning lights showing up on their vehicles. So, what is this? All Volvo diesel vehicles have been fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter. This prevents the particulates from building up in your filter, and that this soot is “burned off” through a process called Regeneration. This keeps your Volvo in top condition and reduces emissions. If your Diesel Particular Filter warning light is showing as amber, this means your filter is filling up and needs to be regenerated. All you have to do is drive your Volvo at speeds between 60km and 80km for about half an hour to clear out the filter. A red warning light on the dashboard indicates that your Diesel Particulate Filter is full. If this has happened, don’t worry! Get in touch with us as soon as possible and we will help you. We remain open for all service requirements as per government guidelines. You are also able to travel beyond your 5km to get your car serviced.
You will be able to find out more information on Diesel Particulate Filter in your Volvo handbook or feel free to give our team a call.
2. TOP UP YOUR DIESEL EXHAUST FLUID
Another thing you need to think about is your Diesel Exhaust Fluid, also known as AdBlue. This is essential for neutralising harmful gases and helps reduce emissions from the exhaust. It’s very important to keep an eye on this as if it goes to zero your Volvo won’t start. Thankfully, topping it up is simple and you can purchase the fluid at most filling stations in Ireland. If you’re unsure what grade of fluid you require, just check your Volvo handbook. A warning light will show up to remind you when you’re running low.
3. MAINTAIN YOUR BATTERY
We’ve all been there! Get up and out only to find our car battery won’t start. To prevent this from happening you once restrictions ease, it’s a good idea to turn your car on at least once a week. If you’re starting today, leave the car running for about half an hour and allow the heat to come on in the cabin. Repeat this for about 15 minutes every week until you return to normal driving so your battery is maintained.
4. CHECK YOUR TYRES
To avoid flat spots developing and ensure your tyres remain sufficiently inflated, check the tyre pressure against those listed in your vehicle manual. It’s also a good idea to move the position of your Volvo by a ¼ of a wheel turn once every 14 days, to change the point of pressure.
5. MAINTAIN YOUR BRAKES
After extended periods of no use, we’d recommend gently applying the brakes when first driving your vehicle again, at a low speed. This will help to remove any surface corrosion on the brake discs.
WHAT IF I NEED TO SPEAK TO US?
If you need to speak to us, we are here for you! Our Service Departments remain open in line with government guidelines.