With winter now upon us, it’s crucial that your car is in good working order and capable of coping with bad weather. During the colder months, proper car maintenance is even more vital to ensure that you stay safe on the road. A few simple preventative checks can avoid your car spending any additional time off-the-road at your local garage, such as with us here at Rangers Garage, for car repairs Salisbury.
According to research conducted by recovery firms, our cars are twice as likely to breakdown in winter. Although that sounds like a statistic used to encourage you to sign up for recovery services, there are some simple things that you can do to avoid breakdowns and repairs in the first place.
Here in Wiltshire, as a rural county, many of us rely on our cars to get us to work and to keep family life running smoothly. Read on for our winter breakdown checklist, by making a few simple checks, you can prepare your car for any cold snaps and avoid any additional car repairs in Salisbury, Wiltshire and beyond, this winter.
3 Simple checks to avoid unwanted car repairs this winter
Avoiding unwanted car repairs in Salisbury and Wiltshire this winter can be as easy as taking a bit of time to check your car over to make sure everything is in good working order. But where do you start? With our three step checklist it’s easy. Use the checklist below and give your car a bit of attention, to keep it on the road this winter.
Check the battery
Cold and damp weather can take its toll on your car’s 12v battery. When temperatures plummet, it’s your battery that bears the brunt. Cold weather makes it harder for your engine to turn over. At the same time, as any electric vehicle driver will tell you, cold weather also reduces the amount of power your battery can deliver. The combination of reduced battery power and extra strain on the engine means it’s more likely that your car won’t start on a cold morning.
If the battery is struggling to provide enough power to start your car, it’s likely that it’s coming to the end of its life. On average, a car battery should last between 5 to 7 years. If you haven’t changed the battery for a while, having a new battery fitted at your local garage is a key step to avoid any surprise issues on a frosty morning when you need to get to work or the kids to school. This winter, car battery faults will be the cause of many unwanted car repairs in Salisbury and Wiltshire.
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Check your antifreeze and coolant levels
As the name suggests, antifreeze prevents the water in your engine from freezing. Your car will provide an easy access means to check that the antifreeze is topped up to the correct levels. You can also check the effectiveness of your antifreeze with an inexpensive Antifreeze testing kit, which reads the freezing point of the antifreeze in the engine.
It’s critically important to regularly check antifreeze levels in winter. It’s an easy and quick check to complete as frozen water in the radiator can cause real issues for your engine.
It’s also important to check your car’s coolant levels as the last thing you need is a frozen engine or for your car to overheat. Coolant is a closed system and it shouldn’t need topping up. However, it’s advisable to check it, particularly before setting off on a long journey. Your car handbook should explain how to check the coolant and the correct mix, should it need topping up.
Check the tyres and wiper blades before setting off
Rubber is more susceptible to damage when temperatures tumble.
Keeping a close eye on your tyres is imperative at any time of year. It’s particularly important during the colder months though, that your tyres are checked before each journey, looking out for general wear, tear racks, bulges or splits, and most importantly, tread depth.
The minimum recommended tread depth is 1.6mm but, in winter particularly, it’s advisable to err on the side of caution; a minimum of 3mm of tread on your tyres will help with traction and grip.
The tyres are your car’s only connection with the road, so it’s crucial that they are in good condition, properly inflated and have enough tread to maintain good traction and grip.
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After checking your tyres, check your wiper blades next. Wiper blades don’t last forever and they will need replacing periodically. It goes without saying but the wiper blades should effectively clear the windscreen. They can also become frozen in winter. If it’s freezing or there is a build-up of snow, a little de-icer and warm water should free the blades. Operating the wipers when they are frozen can lead to blown fuses or broken motors and mechanics.
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