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Tips Before Starting Your Volvo or Toyota If It Has Been Sitting For Months Unused

  • Friday, October 06, 2017

ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Independent Garage of the Year 2015, Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award & The Eagle Radio Customer Focus Business 2017 Award, are Servicing, Repair & MOT Specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire. We like to give you hints and tips on maintaining your Volvo or Toyota to help reduce breakdowns and expensive car repair bills.

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The blog this week is about the simple things to check if you have not used your Volvo or Toyota for several months. Your Volvo or Toyota has been designed to be driven. If you have not used it for several months, maybe you have had an extended holiday or have not been able to drive for medical reasons you may find that your Volvo or Toyota needs some TLC before you start it.

First things first, check all the fluid levels. These have been sitting around for a long time and may have become contaminated. So check there is sufficient engine oil, you may need to drain it and put fresh oil in. Secondly, you may benefit from draining your petrol or diesel and topping up with some new petrol or diesel. The sediments collect in the bottom of the tank and you don’t want this affecting your engine. It would also be wise to check the coolant, again, drain and add fresh coolant as required. Check the brake fluids also. You may need to put your battery on charge overnight as even though you have not used the car the internal systems will have been using the existing charge (ie electrics for locking, clock and alarm etc). If you do need to jump start your car then check that you can, with newer vehicles it can be advisable not to do this as it could affect the internal computers – read your owners manual.

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award and The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.


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