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EMERGENCY CAR REPAIRS

What you can use in difficult
situations!

 

If you have good tips which can be added to this page email me on june@hintsandthings.co.uk.

When your car breaks down and you don’t have the
necessary spare parts, and how many of us ever do, it is handy to know some alternatives
that may get you out of trouble, such as –

If the ignition light comes on
while you are driving this indicates the generator is not charging the battery, the reason
may be a broken drive or fan belt.

Do not
be tempted to use string, nylon tights or
cord, although they are often recommended they do not work.  Modern fan belts work
under greater pressure than older models which means these substitutes break after a few
minutes resulting in debris which can cause greater damage.

If calling for help is not an option, it is
possible to drive for a few miles without the belt.

First wait for about thirty minutes to
allow the engine to cool down. Remove any debris from the broken belt whilst you are
waiting.

old car

Drive on, keeping the engine speed as low as possible by getting into a high gear
quickly.  ONLY DRIVE FOR 3 MILES (5 KMS) MORE THAN THIS WILL CAUSE OVERHEATING AND
EXPENSIVE DAMAGE.

If you need to continue wait a further thirty minutes before repeating
the above.

If you turn the heater on full whilst driving this will draw the heat from the
engine preventing it from overheating so quickly.  This journey will be draining the
battery so turn off as many of the car’s electrical systems as possible.

In many modern cars the fan that cools the
engine is driven by an electric motor not a fan belt and therefore a red light in this
instance would probably mean that the belt which drives the alternator is broken.  If
this is the case the engine will not overheat if you drive without the belt, but it will
drain the battery.

Remove belt debris, turn off unnecessary electrical systems such as
heater fan, radio etc. to conserve the battery as much as possible. 

Drive carefully
to the nearest garage for help.


 

 

 

 

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