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How to Prepare Your SEAT or Skoda for the Summer

Expert Advice from North Manchester’s Leading VAG Specialists

With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to give your SEAT or Skoda some TLC and ensure it’s ready for those long drives, beach trips and adventures in the sunshine. Here at Volksmaster, a family-run VAG specialist with over 30 years of experience and 4 branches across North Manchester, we understand the importance of keeping your car in top condition.

Our motto, “Confidence in Quality,” reflects our commitment to providing exceptional service for all Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) vehicles and that includes helping you prepare your SEAT or Skoda for the summer months.

This guide offers valuable tips and advice from our expert technicians, covering essential checks, maintenance routines and summer-specific considerations to keep your car running smoothly and safely throughout the season.

Essential Checks for Summer Readiness

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  • Oil Change and Filter Replacement: Regular oil changes are crucial for maintaining optimal engine performance and lifespan. Fresh oil reduces friction, improves fuel efficiency and helps regulate engine temperature – especially important during hotter summer months. Our qualified technicians will recommend the appropriate oil type and viscosity for your specific SEAT or Skoda model, ensuring optimal lubrication.
  • Tyre Inspection and Pressure Check: Tyres are the only point of contact between your car and the road, so their condition is paramount for safety. Thoroughly inspect your tyres for any signs of wear and tear, including cracks, bulges or uneven tread depth.

    Ensure they are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure, which can be found in your owner’s manual or on a sticker inside the driver’s door jamb. Remember, tyre pressure can fluctuate with temperature changes, so it’s wise to check them regularly, particularly before long journeys.

  • Air Conditioning Service: A functioning air conditioning system is a must-have for comfortable summer drives. Book an air conditioning service to ensure it’s blowing cool air effectively. This may involve checking refrigerant levels, replacing cabin air filters and performing a system leak test.
  • Wiper Blades and Washer Fluid: Ensure your wiper blades are in good condition and free of nicks or tears. Worn blades can leave streaks and reduce visibility, especially during sudden summer downpours. Top up your washer fluid reservoir with a high-quality summer blend that won’t evaporate excessively in hot weather.
  • Battery Health Check: Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can take a toll on your car battery. Have your battery’s health checked to ensure it has sufficient power to start your engine reliably throughout the summer.

Summer-Specific Maintenance

  • Top Up Fluids: In addition to engine oil and washer fluid, check and top up other vital fluids such as engine coolant, brake fluid and power steering fluid. Consult your owner’s manual for specific capacities and recommended fluid types.
  • Lights and Indicators: Ensure all your vehicle’s lights, including headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals, are functioning correctly. Faulty lights can pose a safety hazard, so it’s important to address any issues promptly.
  • Emergency Kit: Prepare a well-stocked emergency kit for unexpected situations. This should include items such as a high-vis jacket, warning triangle, torch, first-aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable snacks and a phone charger.
  • Interior Cleaning: Give your car’s interior a thorough clean to remove any dirt, dust, and debris that may have accumulated over winter. This will create a more pleasant driving environment and help prevent the growth of bacteria.

Additional Tips for Summer Driving

SEAT Ibiza
  • Plan Your Journey: Before setting off on a long summer trip, plan your route and check for any potential road closures or delays. Consider traffic patterns and factor in extra time for rest stops, especially if travelling with children or pets.
  • Sun Protection: Park your car in a shaded area whenever possible to avoid excessive heat build-up inside the vehicle. Use sun visors and window shades to protect the interior from UV rays. Don’t forget to be aware of sun exposure and wear sunglasses for your own sun protection.
  • Stay Hydrated: Always carry plenty of water in the car, especially on hot days. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and impair your driving ability.
  • Be Prepared for Unexpected Weather: Summer weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for sudden downpours. Carry an umbrella or raincoat and ensure your wiper blades are functioning effectively.

The Volksmaster Advantage

SEAT Ibiza Engine

At Volksmaster, our team of VAG specialists are dedicated to providing comprehensive servicing and repairs for all SEAT and Skoda models. We use the latest diagnostic equipment and genuine or OE-matched parts to ensure your car receives the highest quality care.

Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Free Summer Health Check: Bring your SEAT or Skoda to any of our 4  branches for a free summer health check. Our technicians will perform a visual inspection of key components, check fluid levels and ensure your car is ready for the summer season.
  • Experienced VAG Technicians: Our team boasts over 30 years of combined experience working on all makes and models within the Volkswagen Audi Group. They have a deep understanding of the specific requirements of SEAT and Skoda vehicles, ensuring they can diagnose and repair any issues efficiently.
  • Competitive Prices and Transparent Quotes: We offer competitive prices on all servicing and repairs, and you’ll always receive a transparent quote before any work commences. There are no hidden fees and we’ll only recommend work that is truly necessary.
  • Convenient Booking System: Our user-friendly online booking form allows you to get a free quote and schedule your appointment at your preferred branch, 24/7. We also offer courtesy cars and a pick up and drop off service to minimise disruption to your daily routine.
  • Family-Run Business with a Personal Touch: As a family-run business, we take pride in building strong relationships with our customers. We offer a friendly and welcoming environment and our team is always happy to answer any questions you may have about your SEAT or Skoda.

Make Volksmaster Your Trusted VAG Specialist This Summer

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With summer just around the corner, don’t leave your SEAT or Skoda unprepared. By following the expert advice outlined in this guide and taking advantage of Volksmaster’s comprehensive services, you can ensure your car is ready for a season of safe and enjoyable driving.

Contact us today to book your free summer health check, get a free quote or to schedule a service appointment. Let Volksmaster help you achieve “Confidence in Quality” this summer and for many miles to come.

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We look forward to helping you get your SEAT or Skoda summer-ready!

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