Winter Motoring Service Guide

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Five Tips To Prepare Your Car For Winter

  • New tyres save lives!

    Checking tread depth with a coinChecking legal tread depth is as easy as sinking a coin into a tread groove on the outside shoulder of the tyre, mark the depth with your thumbnail against the coin and then repeat the exercise on the inside shoulder and compare the difference. Few of us have the foresight to routinely check tyre pressures or tread wear in the lead up to winter and this can be a fatal mistake.

    If the tread measurements differ, then you need to talk to your mechanic about wheel alignment. If either measurement is less than 1.5mm then you need to seriously consider new tyres. If your tyres pass muster then the next safety step is to check tyre pressures. A small hand held car battery operated air compressor and a good quality tyre pressure gauge will save you from a queue at the servo and confusion with a high tech and possibly faulty filling device.

    Factory tyre pressure specifications can usually be found on a tag on the door jamb or under the bonnet – and be sure to check your tyre pressures when your tyres are cold.

  • Old batteries don’t like the cold weather!

    Installing a new car batteryThey can often fail without warning with the onset of the first cold snap leaving a motorist stranded. The extra current draw required to turn over a cold engine with the thick oil and the temperature of the electrolyte combined can find a weak internal connection in the battery, resulting in an open circuit and battery failure.
    This will normally occur after a cold night or a cold day when the car has been sitting for a long time. Ageing batteries are subject to structural fatigue which accelerates the effect of other problems.

    If your car is hard to start on cold mornings try pouring a small amount of boiling water over the terminals before starting, this sometimes dissolves electrolysis related build up and improves the connection. If your battery has flat-lined and simply won’t start your car, talk to us now about our premium winter battery range.

  • Deluxe Flat Hybrid Wiper Blades

    Deluxe flat hybrid wiper bladesSmarten up the look and function of your wipers with our new release View Max Flat Hybrid Wiper Blades. This sleek and stylish wiper kit leaves your windscreen crystal clear when you most need it. Driving rain can be dangerous! when visibility is already low you need clear vision at all times and that means a reliable wiper system.

    The robust components have less moving parts which means a stronger contact to your windscreen and clear vision as a result. Don’t risk an unexpected downpour obscuring your vision on the road, fit a pair of View Max Flat Hybrid Wiper Blades for greater confidence in wet conditions.Smarten up the look and function of your wipers with our new release View Max Flat Hybrid Wiper Blades. This sleek and stylish wiper kit leaves your windscreen crystal clear when you most need it. Driving rain can be dangerous! when visibility is already low you need clear vision at all times and that means a reliable wiper system.

    The robust components have less moving parts which means a stronger contact to your windscreen and clear vision as a result. Don’t risk an unexpected downpour obscuring your vision on the road, fit a pair of View Max Flat Hybrid Wiper Blades for greater confidence in wet conditions.

  • Air Conditioning is not just for Hot Weather

    Car air-conditioning consoleA common misconception about car air conditioning systems is that less use in winter means lower servicing expense, this is not the case. It’s wise to run your air conditioning system year round as this lubricates the components and reduces bacteria build up. Refrigerant gas tends to leak over time, and rubber seals and hoses perish. Faulty car air conditioning systems can cause foggy windscreens leading to distraction while you’re driving and can become especially dangerous if you’re contending with driving rain obscuring your vision.

    Infrequent use or inadequate servicing of your system can lead to the growth of mould and fungus or even the release of a build up of pollen. Any one of these antigens can cause headaches or flu-like symptoms, so regular servicing not only ensures your comfort in the winter months, it can keep you warm and safeguard your health.

  • Are your wheels correctly aligned and balanced?

    Wheel alignmentRectifying poorly aligned and balanced wheels can make a huge difference to your driving comfort and safety. Winter driving conditions sometimes mask the telltale signs of component wear on your suspension and steering system. The correct functioning of shock absorbers, brakes and steering components, together with the seemingly trivial considerations like tyre pressures and wheel balancing can mean the difference between stopping in a controlled way or spinning out of control in dangerous situations.

    Don’t neglect the less glamorous maintenance tasks especially in the run-up to winter. Talk to us now about checking your running gear so you remain safe on wet roads.

Contact us now for a Free Winter Checkup