Winter Car Check

Winter can really hit your car (and in turn, your wallet) quite hard. We recommend that you take the time out to check your car before the colder weather hits. We can do it for you, but here are a few pointers you may be able to do yourself at home.

Antifreeze – Check coolant levels regularly and if required, top-up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze. We can check anti-freeze concentration to ensure adequate cold temperature protection.

Battery – This is the most common cause of winter breakdowns. A battery more than five years old may struggle in the cold. That is why we recommend you get it checked and replaced if necessary, to avoid the inconvenience of an unplanned failure. (Something we can all do without!)

Fuel – Always be prepared! Keep at least a quarter of a tank in your boot.

Lights – Check (and clean) all your bulbs regularly to ensure visibility and for better night driving.

Tyres – Your tyres should have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring. Consider having an extra set of winter tyres for improved safety and check the pressure at least every fortnight.

Windscreen – Reduce dazzle from the low sun by keeping the screen clean inside and out.  During this check would be a good time to renew worn wiper blades.

Screen wash – Use a 50% mix of good quality screen wash to reduce the chance of freezing in frosty weather.

Locks and door seals – Stop your doors freezing shut with a thin coat of polish or Vaseline on rubber door seals.  A squirt of water dispersant (WD-40) in locks will help stop them freezing.

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