Simple checks to save you money and time – Coolant

With the cost of living soaring and most people needing to review their unnecessary spending we thought it might be useful to highlight some of the simple things that you can check around and about your vehicle. Some will save you money straight away and some will help prevent bigger bills later.
Spend five minutes carrying out these simple checks every few weeks – and certainly before a long journey or an MOT.

Coolant

Check your car’s coolant level. The last thing you need is a frozen engine or for your car to overheat.
Although it’s a sealed system and shouldn’t need to be topped up, you should always double check, especially before a long journey.
If you find that you need to top your coolant up frequently you may have a potential problem. Arrange to get your car looked over to prevent major problems developing.
Only check your coolant levels when the engine is cold and look in your handbook for the correct coolant and mix to use should you need to top it up. You must not mix the different coolant colours; some have bad reactions if mixed.

Simple checks to save you money and time – Tyres

With the cost of living soaring and most people needing to review their unnecessary spending we thought it might be useful to highlight some of the simple things that you can check around and about your vehicle. Some will save you money straight away and some will help prevent bigger bills later.
Spend five minutes carrying out these simple checks every few weeks – and certainly before a long journey or an MOT.

Tyres

Tyre pressure checking is one key to happy motoring. Making sure your tyres are set to the correct pressure for the load you are carrying will help to prevent premature tyre wear. Tyre pressures for your car/van can usually be found in the door aperture, petrol flap or owner’s manual.
Check your tyres for general wear and tear, splits or bulges, and crucially tread depth.
Modern tyres normally come with an indicator nodule at several points around the tyre tread. When the tyre is worn down to the level of this nodule it time to replace them.
Nodules will indicate the wear on your tyre.
If your tyre has a split or cut that is deep enough so that you can see or feel the cords or canvas, then it is an MOT failure and is considered a dangerous condition if you get stopped by the police for any reason.
This tyre is worn and the cords are showing, it is not legal.
This tyre is worn and the cords are showing, it is not legal.

Simple checks to save you money and time – Wipers and screen wash

With the cost of living soaring and most people needing to review their unnecessary spending we thought it might be useful to highlight some of the simple things that you can check around and about your vehicle. Some will save you money straight away and some will help prevent bigger bills later.
Spend five minutes carrying out these simple checks every few weeks – and certainly before a long journey or an MOT.

Wipers and screen wash

Check that your wipers are clearing your windscreen effectively. It is frequently an MOT failure, as is not having washer fluid. Both checks are very easy to do, you don’t even need to leave the driver’s seat to perform them.
Screen wash is important all year round. In winter,  snow and grit cause dirty windscreens, while in summer, bugs and pollen can easily smear your view – so never put off checking your levels.
Your owner’s manual will tell you where to top up the washer fluid. Which you can buy in concentrated form to dilute with water yourself, or you can buy pre-mixed, and it can be poured straight in. Just check what strength you need depending on if its summer or winter. They will contain different levels of an anti-freezing agent depending on the weather temperature.
Wipers can sometimes be tricky to change if you are unfamiliar with them, and there are a few different fitting options.
As a word of warning, don’t allow the naked metal wiper arms to spring back suddenly onto your windscreen as it can cause damage.
If you are at all worried about changing your own wipers do feel free to give us a call to arrange for us to change them for you. We do keep some in stock, but not every variation so we might have to order some in for you.

Simple checks to save you money and time – oil

With the cost of living soaring and most people needing to review their unnecessary spending we thought it might be useful to highlight some of the simple things that you can check around and about your vehicle. Some will save you money straight away and some will help prevent bigger bills later.
Spend five minutes carrying out these simple checks every few weeks – and certainly before a long journey or an MOT.

Oil

We’ve read reports that RAC patrols check the oil level of every vehicle they attend and find one in three are dangerously low. This can cause a breakdown and lead to premature engine wear or catastrophic engine damage if left unresolved.
It is normally easy to check your oil level on a dipstick. (Don’t ask mechanics opinions of vehicle design engineers who think that its good not to have a dipstick.)
If you are not sure how, come and talk to us for a quick demonstration or have a look at your owner’s manual.
If you need to top up, check your manual for the correct oil for your car e.g. 5W-20, or 5W-30 etc. Most oils can be bought from your local Automotive parts shop or garage. Always take care and top up to the correct amount, use the dip stick to check as you go. Overfilling can damage your engine and associated components.

Simple checks to save you money and time – Fuel

With the cost of living soaring and most people needing to review their unnecessary spending we thought it might be useful to highlight some of the simple things that you can check around and about your vehicle. Some will save you money straight away and some will help prevent bigger bills later.
Spend five minutes carrying out these simple checks every few weeks – and certainly before a long journey or an MOT.

Fuel

Check you have plenty of fuel in your tank for your journey. It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised just how many people run out of fuel.
And on that note, you should aim not to see that little red light come on. It is to warn you that you are running on fuel reserves, not be a reminder to fill up.
Running the fuel that low especially on a recurring basis increases the chances of pulling any contaminants or sediment from the bottom of the tank through your fuel system and into the engine. Greatly increasing the possibility of causing expensive and long-term damage.