Car Servicing Advice-Do I Have To Service My New Car At The Dealership? Look for quality and Standards

Car Servicing Advice

car servicing

An answer to the popular question “do I have to service my new car at the dealership?” straight from the horses mouth, Guelph Hyundai’s very own Service Adviser.

Car Servicing Advice-If you require  car servicing or car repairs. The answer is NO?

“If you are a garage  with a good reputation then the answer is In order to keep a warranty valid. So, the customer must perform all of the maintenance that is required. Of course and specified, in the owner’s manual to maintain the vehicle’s warranty”

This applies in the USA and also here in the European Union. Including here in Halifax Yorkshire, UK.

car servicing

Trading Standards Institute the UK body for better quality

We are all covered by a right to repair law. Allowing us to repair cars that are still under warranty. Thus  as long as the service parts fitted are up to the same standard. Hence, as the ones fitted as original equipment, by the car manufacturers.

This also applies to any new equipment that the car makers may bring out. Of course, they must release the patents for the aftercare garages . Or be able to repair and service the cars.

car servicing

Americas right to repair bill poster

This prevents a closed shop scenario from being created. Consequently, with the new cars going to the main dealers only.

Toyota are having to release many patents to do with the EV cars. So that your regular garage can have a chance of repairing them.

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Car servicing your new car Do you have to use the main dealer?

The straight forward answer to this is NO! You do not have to take your car back to the franchise car dealer from where you bought the car. The problem that we get at my garage here in Halifax Yorkshire, UK, is that many of the public think that you have to return back to the garage from where you purchased the vehicle  to have a car service.

The franchise dealer will not of course tell you this when you buy the car, because they obviously want your business. But in many cases this could be inconvenient for the new car owner. We have many very satisfied customers who do not want to take their cars anywhere else, for repairs or for car servicing.

There are a few rules that you should follow, if you do go to your independent garage, they must adhere to a few rules. These rules were set out by the EU when the right to repair ruling first came out, and I think that this is something similar in the USA, with their “right to repair bill”.

Firstly they would like the garage to be of good standing and probably affiliated to a trade organisation that gives the garage some credibility. Here at Pellonautocentre we are members of MotorCodes, who are now a part of Trading Standards, a government body that oversees the car and garage industry. Another way to check if your local garage has good standing is if they are an MOT testing station, here in the UK.

These accreditation’s will ensure that your car will have car servicing and repairs carried out to the right standards.

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Look out for the Unipart Car Care symbol for quality assurance.

Another consideration to take into account is that you should check to see if your local garage uses car service parts that are as good as the manufacturer’s original equipment standards. Most quality garages will do this as a second nature, and use either OE parts (oil filters etc.) We use a top quality make called “Blue Print”, which are guaranteed to be just as good as the OE parts supplied by the main dealer garage.

If you stick to the rules and make sure that the car servicing booklet that is provided in every car is kept up to date, then you will have no problems if you have any warranty issues. By the way, if you do have a warranty problem then you should return the car back to the franchise dealer from where the car came.

Hope all this helps Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Suzuki Servicing neglected-Owner Misses out on Servicing causes a Bigger Problem

No Suzuki Servicing could end up costing you a fortune?

This is not just one of my rants about car servicing but I think that it is important to give a few sad cases of what can happen, when the car owner neglects to have their Suzuki Servicing.

Suzuki Servicing,engine oil dip stick

Dip-stick showing the oil level

carried out at regular intervals.

We all should be having our Engine Oil checked at regular intervals, if your car’s engine is in good condition and operating correctly, then you should not have to use any oil to top up the engine. In my opinion there are a few variations to this theory and one of them is if you are traveling long distances at high speed. Then it would be possible that your car may need to have an oil check when you arrive at your destination.

Modern cars will have an Oil Level Warning Light but older cars may not, so it is best to check the level just to be on the safe side. In fact I had an experience myself on a recent trip to France. I drove my two year old Peugeot Partner van 700 miles to a Rufec in the Charente area of South West France. The following morning I went to the local supermarket for some odds and ends, when my oil level warning light came on, much to my horror.

I know that my staff had serviced the van before my journey and I too checked the level before I set off on my journey. I stopped the van and turned off the engine so that the oil level is allowed to settle down, to get a correct oil level reading. Some dip-sticks are impossible to see, but mine was just below the minimum mark on the dip-stick. I was still in the supermarket Suzuki Servicing,suzuki swiftcar park and so I bought a two litre can of 10w-40 diesel oil (this is what the van used).

As I topped the engine up I kept checking the level, but found that the engine did not need much oil at all. I think some of the oil sensors are very sensitive, but your engine oil level is

Suzuki Servicing,suzuki new and old engine together

Lack of Suzuki servicing was probably to blame for the engine failure?new and old engine together

very important, just as the young guy with the Suzuki Swift was about to find out. Another important piece of advice is, when you are topping the engine oil up again, then put the oil in a small amount at a time,it is just as important not to Overfill the engine with too much oil, this could cause too much pressure building up in the engine, causing all sorts of expensive repair work.

The Suzuki did not have any servicing for two years at least.

The only warning that he had, was when the car engine started to make very loud noises on the M62 motorway, doing 70mph in the third lane. This was followed by a cloud of black smoke, followed by a complete loss of power. The guy managed to manoeuvre the Suzuki across the carriageway and onto the hard shoulder.

He suspected the worse and called for recovery from a roadside assistance phone on the motorway. The guy was either lucky or a very skilful driver as I am convinced that this sudden loss of power is the cause of many motorway accidents.

The recovery truck brought the car into our garage in Halifax, Yorkshire and we started the postmortem on the lifeless Suzuki. We checked on the history of the car on our computer system and found that although the car had a few MOT tests over the past few years, we did not have any record of Servicing a Car. We asked the guy if he took the car to any other garage for his Suzuki Servicing and he told us that we were the only place that the car had come to?.

The previous owner also brought the car into us to be looked after it was at the Suzuki Dealers and indeed the last service had been three years ago. The car was a Suzuki Swift 1.6 petrol 2007 model and looked in

Suzuki Servicing,suzuki engine

Suzuki engine

good condition, apart from the engine. It became obvious to Ryan Linton that the engine was completely gone caused by a lack of engine oil starving the Big End Bearings due to lack of Suzuki Servicing and also damaging the crank and much more.

The owner of the car was a 26 year old man who led a busy life and did not have time for his car, a thing that is most common these days. As for the car we found that it would be more economical to fit a re-conditioned engine, with the whole job costing around £2500 to the customer.

The lesson to be learned is to have your car servicing carried out at some sort of regular intervals, this guy is not the first and will not be the last, but look at the price that he had to pay in the end?.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer Suzuki Servicing and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website  by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

car wont start

Car Wont Start-No Crank No Start, Checking Battery Terminals – EricTheCarGuy

Car Wont Start

Car Wont Start; No Crank No Start, Checking Battery Terminals – EricTheCarGuy

This video looks at a very common problem. You turn the car key and the engine wont start. At this stage there are a few different noises that come from under the engine. Sometimes it is a clicking noise, or a loud whirring sound. Of course, you could hear a continuous clicking sound.
In most cases the problem is a battery problem. hence, your car may require a new battery. A common problem could be bad or faulty battery connections. Naturally, your battery cables could have rotted from the inside, resulting in a poor connection.
Another problem is that the connection between the negative battery cable and the earth could be broken and not working. Therefore, all these things must be checked first of all. Of course, if they are all fine and working, then it must be another problem.
The car in the video is losing voltage between the battery and the starter motor. This is a sign of a bad or faulty starter moer solenoid or the starter itself. A common problem, is the part of the starter that engages with the cogs on the flywheel is well worn and will not engage. This problem can also make a loud and scary noise.

Car Wont Start

This problem can also affect certain car models. For example, the 2000-2006 Ford Taurus in America would not start.Because of starter solenoid problems. Another make and model with starter problems developing, was the Toyota Camry. The starter would make a clicking sound, but would not work and start the cars engine.
Starter motors have changed over the years. hence, early starters were repairable, but now they are just exchange units. Hope you enjoy the video, as this is what we have to do to correct our customers with starting problems.

This is one of those situations where someone has gone in replacing a bunch of parts trying to correct a starting problem only for me to find that it was the battery cables and terminals the entire time. Next time you run into a no crank no start situation and you have these cheap battery terminals or damaged battery cables it’s probably a good idea to check there first before you start replacing batteries and starters, it might just save you some money.

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Local garages -You CAN trust them for your Car Servicing and Repairs?

Local garages

Local garages make a huge effort to make sure that your servicing is carried out in the correct manner.

local garages,servicing

We carry out car servicing and MOT Testing

Most independent local garages service a mix of car makes. Includes my own garage here in Halifax West Yorkshire in the UK. I must admit that we do not service too many Rolls-Royce’s or Ferrari’s. But we do get one or two from local businesses that are not tied up with servicing contracts.

As the owner of one of Halifax’s local garages. So,  we have always tried to keep our car servicing prices at a reasonable prices Hence, to our local customers. Of course, this has helped us to keep a regular and steady clientele. Naturally, that uses us to have their cars repaired and Serviced. Including  Vauxhall Servicing, Hyundai Servicing, and Smart Car Servicing.

We are also an MOT testing centre and are in the green lane in the VOSA testing station recommendations. This is a risk assessment from VOSA called the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS). Meaning that we run our test centre “squeaky clean” and honest. Thus, the way that local garages should and in most cases do?

Local garages

local garages

car in for servicing keeps

This is how I run all my businesses. So that I can promise all my customers that all the work that we carry out will be carried out.Consequently, in an honest way and will also be priced up in an honest way. We are not infallible and if a dispute arises we can go into arbitration through an organisation called Motorcodes.

Motorcodes is a government backed organisation to insure that participating local garages serve their customers in a fair and honest manner. Motorcodes are also now connected to the office of fair trading and we are proud to be members. We are also vetted each year by the AA to examine the state of our garage and reception area.

We also became members of Unipart car Care Centres to help cement our relationship with our garage customers by making sure that the parts that we fit are of the best quality and of the same standard as the original equipment parts would have been fitted at a franchised garage. I find that this is one of the things that to a potential new customer may be worried about.

Local garages Servicing-“add-ons” do you really need them

Add-ons are something that I never used to consider when a customer asks for the price of a service. However I have started to think on different lines due to the ever increasing pressure to make our cars comply with emission controls and a greener environment.

When a car is new there is no contamination in the engine, but as the car increases its mileage, then contamination deposits begin to build up inside the engine and a gradual drop off occurs in the cars fuel consumption. In my opinion just an oil change will not be enough and so we have decided to offer our customers the choice of using an engine treatment from a company called Tec-4. This is what the company have to say, an extract from their website…www.tec-4.co.uk

“Petrol is an organic matter. When it is burnt or left to naturally degrade contamination is created. This contamination builds up on key components within the engine, most notably fuel injectors, inlet and exhaust valves and EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valves. This contamination has a detrimental effect on the efficiency of the engine resulting in lost performance and increased fuel consumption”

After treatment the harmful contamination is removed, giving the car an improvement of between 10% and 15% in fuel efficiency, and with the price of petrol heading for £7 per gallon, it could mean a saving of between £200 and £300 in a year.(Fuel is now significantly lower since this article was published)

There are also treatment for diesel cars and also treatments for car cooling systems. It is a decision that I have already made and we are going to offer our service customers the choice to have the treatment on their cars or not and see what happens.

Eric Roberts

 

UK motorists-forking out hundreds on unexpected car repair costs – Easier (press release)

UK motorists

UK motorists forking out hundreds on unexpected car repair costs Easier (press release) British motorists forked out hundreds of pounds last year repairing whining engines, wonky wheels and patching up scrapes and dents, according to a recent…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Car Servicing has been put on the back burner by UK motorists?

In this good article by the” countrywide independent garage scheme” they carried out a straw poll of 100 UK motorists and found that many of them had car repair bills of up to £500, in fact 64% of them, to be precise.

This is no surprise to me as I believe that many UK motorists have failed to have their cars serviced, in the past two years. This neglect will lead to all kinds of problems affecting

UK motorists

Well worn out Disc Brakes and Car Brake Pads

their cars and the cars performance. We see the effects of this all the time, but I think that the most common problem is the brakes. If the cars brakes are checked on a service, then the usual things that need replacing are the pads, this together with a good brake cleaning is usually all that is required.

The problem then is that if the car is not serviced, then the Brake pads wear even further down before getting down to the metal plate. This then affects the brakes especially the Disc Brakes and because it

New Brake Discs and Car Brake Pads fitted

then becomes metal on metal then the discs get damaged and they may need replacing. Other problems include the brake cylinders overheating and leaking and the problems can go on and on, always leading to a bigger repair bill for the UK motorists.

This is also a problem with the modern engines. The engines these days are controlled by a computer system in the car and if the filters and oil are not changed then the parts that are part of the engine management system can start to fail and the engine light will illuminate in the cars dashboard, often causing panic amongst the drivers who come into us garages to have the problem checked out. Sometimes the problem is a simple one and the car only requires an oil and filter change and other times it could be more complicated, but in the main most of the causes are due to the car not having a service and general neglect.

Although we are not members of the country wide garage scheme, we are a member of the Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC), but we all share the same thoughts and know what the problems are likely to be if the car is not serviced.

Another slightly worrying trend amongst car drivers is the concept of using the annual MOT Test as a gauge for the condition of their car. The MOT test is not the same as having a regular service, and although the test is fairly strict it is not the same as having a good service say once a year. The UK motorists  can then keep an eye out on such things as your oil levels and tyre pressures and check your own light bulbs.

We all understand that money is tight but in my opinion the failure to service your car will lead to the UK motorists having bigger problems and bigger repair bills.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

 

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Car Safety Servicing-CAR OWNERS Must Keep Up With it For SAFETY REASONS?

 

Car servicing will ensure your car is safer to drive.

Car Safety Servicing

These tyres were removed from a BMW that had not had Car Safety Servicing for two years

Please let me go through some basics about your car. Your car no matter what make or type and no matter how much it cost or how much it’s worth, is a highly sophisticated machine, made up from millions of different parts, so that it can take the occupants from A to B in the “safest” possible way.

I use the word”safest,” because at the end of the day that’s what your car is all about, moving us all around, without breaking down or crashing into other car users, because the steering wheel fell off ?or the brakes failed, this is what happens when not Car Safety Servicing at regular intervals.

If you look at the top ten reasons why cars crash in the UK, you will not see mechanical failure as a reason, but if you look at this next link you will see that mechanical failure does not make the “top ten”, but is very close and should be taken into account…

“Not making the list but very important to mention is “Mechanical Failure”. While many car accidents occur due to mechanical failure, the vast majority of mechanical failure accidents are due to poor vehicle maintenance. Car design malfunction account for a very small percentage. Many car owners fail to read their owners manuals which results in poor Car Safety Servicing. They skip important chores such as regular oil changes, brake maintenance, Servicing a Car, tyre inspection and proper tyre inflation, as well as topping up important fluid levels. Keeping these points in mind can make you a better driver, prevent you thousands of pounds or dollars in repair fees or most importantly save your life. Simply put, Stay alert to stay alive”…http://mintinfo.hubpages.com/hub/Top-10-causes-of-Car-Accidents

Car servicing helps ensure that your tyres and tyre pressures are safe.

MOT Testing stations a usually reliable sign that you can trust the garage

According to the website www.safemotorways.co.uk a staggering 164 crashes were caused by under inflated tyres in the last 5 years, and a tyre pressure campaign carried out by the very prestigious  company Michelin across Europe showed that the UK ranked 25th out of 27 countries, the only two to fair worst were Greece and Latvia, this really shows how bad as a country we are when caring for our cars. This survey was done in 2008, but in my opinion and due to the recession things have not improved, this is because of the number of completely “bald”, tyres that we are removing from our customers cars.

Although tyres are a very important part of Car Safety Servicing, many other mechanical parts are also very important the obvious ones are your brakes and the steering. It is all these things that will be picked up by your garage when having your car serviced and on your cars MOT test, (in the UK).

More Reading…http://www.crashforensics.com/mechanicalfailure.cfm .

This article is to try to instill the importance of Car Safety Servicing your car at the garage of your choice, if you have recently moved into a new area or have not used a garage, perhaps it may be your first car ? Then you can find a good garage near you by logging onto the Unipart Car Care Web-site and finding the nearest centre to where you live.

Members of …Tyresafe.orgCar Safety Servicing

Article Written by Eric Roberts.   

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer Car and Van Servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Pirelli Car Tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

               

Servicing tips -How to beat the sexist mechanics: Simple tips for women to avoid being ripped

Servicing tips

ladies know how to look after the car and the purse strings

How to beat the sexist mechanics: Servicing tips for women to avoid being ripped …

Daily Mail

Women who know little about car repairs can make sure they aren’t being ripped off by their mechanic by simply suggesting a price for the work.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

 Most women customers are very confident when buying anything including having their car repaired.We now even have more female

Servicing tips

Female customers are just as confident as men now when dealing with their garage of choice and Servicing tips

mechanics

Servicing tips

female mechanics are getting more common these days

I think that the garage who tries to rip female customers off, will also try to pull the wool over the eyes of all their customers ? men and women. “THESE GARAGES ARE A FOOL TO THEMSELVES”. We are members of Unipart Car Care Centres, and have regular Servicing tips meetings and contacts with other garages. It is common knowledge that our lady customers make up 60% of our total number of customers, and have to be treat in the correct manner, believe me the ladies know what they are on about and would not go to a garage with their car that they did not trust, if they thought that they had been ripped off, they would not go back there a second time. Another addition to this story is that we now have an increasing number of female mechanics, with many Motor Mechanic Jobs going to females, who are just as competent as male mechanics and are probably more sensible. A strange thing happened the other day? a lady customer who was in for an MOT test asked us the price of a service to go with the MOT test. The lady agreed to the price and we duly did the work;The lady was happy with the job and the price paid and went home, satisfied. About an hour later the ladies husband rang us up and told us in no uncertain words that we had RIPPED his wife off. WOW.

Eric Roberts …www.pellonautocentre.com

HERE IS A SECOND OPINION…

“You don’t ‘suggest’ a price to the garage looking to do the work, whether you know a bit or not. There is a price for the part/s and a price for the labour. The part/s you can research, but they may be privy to discounts etc you aren’t due to trade links, and the labour charge you either agree to or don’t – you could dispute the number of hours charged, but if you think it would take a shorter time, do it yourself. What a daft, American study from three probably biased and slightly bitter women who have fell foul, in their opinion of the motor trade”…

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Local Auto Centre-“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Waterloo Record

Local Auto Centre

Local Auto Centre
Your Local Auto Centre will advise on timing belt change times

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure Waterloo Record Some of the most important maintenance services to have regularly performed at Local Auto Centre on your car include tire rotation, four wheel alignment, transmission service, differential service,…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Car servicing

This is a great saying and of course it is correct”an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This of course is all about having your car serviced at your Local Auto Centre, and by doing so you are taking a preventative measure finding future faults and possible failures, things like rotating your tyres, wheel alignment, checking brakes and steering before a more major fault

Local Auto Centre

This guy went to his Local Auto Centre where these brake discs were changed on a regular service where the old ones were badly corroded and in a dangerous state. The owner thought that his brakes were in good condition.

appears, all these things will be checked out at your local service centre.

You should also be advised. Especially, about the time that you should have your timing belt changed. Hence, this is very important . Because it could mean a massive bill . Of course, for a new engine fitting . Thus, should you fail to change your timing belt . Especially, at the correct time. Please make sure that you have a regular service carried out on your car at a Local Auto Centre, here in the UK i recommend that you go online to find a Unipart Car Care Centre in your local town or look out for a Point-S service centre.

Local Auto Centre Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres . Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also selling tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

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Car Oils-Get the Right Oil for Your CAR.?

 

Many different types of Car Oils for the modern car

Oil technology has changed in a big way in recent years. This new trend began with increasing price of fuel at the garage forecourt. This started the car manufacturers to try new methods of increasing the miles per gallon and one of the ways was to lower the viscosity of the Car Oils they used in their engines, one of the first of the new Car Oils grades was 5W-30. These Car Oils reduced the friction levels on the moving parts of the engines.

Car Oils

Old engines like this used the same Car Oils year after year

Also in recent years engines have had to be modified to reach much higher emission standards, by the car manufactures , making engines much more sophisticated and a need for much more finer quality Car Oils  to be used, modern cars are now fitted with much more complicated exhaust and after treatment units, requiring special low SAPS oil, which is needed to protect these units.

These new Car Oils also help with extended service intervals for cars. Special “long life oils” have been developed to help increase the length between car service intervals, thus reducing the amount of waste oil.

All these changes have led to the growth of the number of oil based products on the market to enable the independent Auto centre to service all the different engines out there in the market place. Many garages now have to check each vehicle to see which Car Oils to use when Servicing a Car, and indeed have to keep as many as seven different grades of oil to cope with the diverse number of grades required. The garages can not now rely on keeping a basic viscosity alone

What if you fill your car engine with the wrong oil?

As I was saying earlier in my article it is important that the motorist checks his manual to what the correct type of Car Oils that his car engine takes, the same applies if you are a garage or a regular guy who changes his own oil and filter.

Car servicing is now becoming a specialist job now and although the service intervals are becoming further apart, the service itself has become more complex. The main driver of this being the drive by car makers to make cars with less emissions, this includes the drive by tyre manufacturers for tyres with a better rolling resistance and compounds using silica, the results of all this have become staggering, changing the face of motoring over the past decade.

Incidentally according to “Warranty Direct” the cost of the average job to rectify an engine that has had the wrong oil put in, is £2000.00, so you might consider taking your car to your local service centre near you, if you dont know where your nearest one is, look for your local Point-S centre  or a Unipart Car Care Centreis online.

Article written by Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Quality Car batteries- And other top tips for driving your CAR in the wet winter conditions

Quality Car batteries; driving the car in winter conditions

One of the most obvious but important parts of winter driving is to prepare  for the bad weather that will be certain to affect us.

Every winter we are bombarded by bad weather, and most of us will get caught out and unprepared for the journey back home from shopping or from work. This happens time and time again to many motorists who get caught out in heavy rain and flooding similar to the weather this week, or a really fast and heavy snow storm. I f you check your car out you will eliminate most of the worry of bad road conditions, and feel safer and glad that you were prepared.Qaulity Car batteries

  • It always pays to have your car checked at a Unipart Car Care Centre for a pre winter check. This takes the form of checking your levels for antifreeze to make sure that it is the correct strength to withstand freezing temperatures, also your screen wash and oil levels must be checked. The early dark nights also call for your lights checking, how many times do you see a car with only one head on, that looks like a motorbike from a distance ?.
  • The most important things to check are your tyres. I know that I harp on about it, but please buy a set of winter tyres, this alone will help you on wet and snow covered winter roads and give you much more confidence when traveling out to work or to the shops. Many more drivers are now switching to winter tyres and are spreading the news to their relations and friends, they really do make a massive difference when driving on roads in winter time.

Check the depth of the water before going through in your car

Other advice now relates to flooding. Flooding has now become a common scene here in the UK. When you approach a flood please take care not take your vehicle  in too deep. Try to avoid the flooded road if possible and if you must go across the water make sure you stop and check your brakes on the other side, a minor point is that water could damage your exhaust pipes and catalytic converter a few weeks later. Another part of the car that is neglected in winter is your car battery. You can easily be caught stranded away from home if your battery lets you down. If your vehicle is over 5 years old it may be better for you to change the battery for a new one before your old battery lets you down. Remember it always happens when you are away from home and will cost you less to replace it , than expensive breakdown charges. if you do have to buy a new battery do make sure that you chose Quality Car batteries. They often come with a better warranty and will last longer

For more reading…

“ Quality Car batteries rarely last longer than five years so you may want to consider replacing your battery for the winter season. If you see any corrosion around the battery’s Qaulity Car batteriescontact points, clean off with a wire brush to ensure a strong connection”… http://www.which.co.uk/cars/driving/driving-advice/driving-in-snow/prepare-your-car-for-driving-in-snow/

And also…

“Winter has well and truly set in now, with flooding in some parts of the UK and snow and ice forecast. So what can you do to make sure getting from A to B is as safely as possible?”… http://www.which.co.uk/news/2012/11/top-10-tips-for-driving-in-winter-conditions-303791/

This post was compiled by Eric Roberts www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk