In Britain, we’re lucky enough to not be hit with any really bad Winter weather yet, i’m talking snow and icy conditions, but with the new year almost approaching, it’s only a matter of time really. We were hit with bad weather right through until March last year and it caused plenty of problems for car owners.
Obviously there’s the usual things you need to check on your car during Winter, such as MOT, tyres, servicing and brakes, but there’s also plenty of things you wouldn’t think of.
Most vehicles today have 4 disc brakes, but some only have them on the front two wheels. But how do you know when these needs replacing or servicing? First, check for ware and tear on the disc brake, which you can see through the spaces in your alloy wheels. The outside pad will be pressed against a metal rotor. Generally, there should be at least 1/4 inch of pad. If you see less than 1/4 inch of pad, you may want to have your brake pads inspected or replaced.
If you’re in Canvey Book your Brakes service at Jet Wheel Tyres, which I highly recommend!
Checking your warning lights
Most of us think we know what each light means on the dashboard, but do we really? It’s especially important before the colder months to check over each light that could appear on the dashboard and decide whether something is important and needs to be looked at professionally, or something that might just be affected by cold weather.
The best place to do this? Go through the manual which is usually in your glove compartment and there is about 5 or 6 pages on the lights, their meanings and whether it can be fixed at home (such as oil top up) or whether it needs to be taken to a garage.
Test your battery
This is something that could go wrong at any time of year to be honest, but the difference being that if you break down in Summer, you’re ore likely to be collected easier than during Winter when the roads are treacherous and challenging for vehicles to come and collect you.
So how do you test your battery? The biggest one is when you attempt to start the vehicle, the cranking of the engine might be sluggish and might take longer than normal to start. Along with checking the engine light, the next thing to do is check the battery fuel level. Car batteries typically have a part of the casing that’s translucent so you can always keep an eye on your battery’s fluid level.
What are your top tips for checking your car during the winter months? Let us know in the comments below…