It’s exciting when you first get your hands on your brand new car. Everything is clean, shiny and smart. You can’t wait to get it on the road and give it a good test drive. However, it’s important not to push the engine hard for the first few thousand miles to prelong the life of your engine, according to the manufacturer’s advice. With advances in the technology, fuel and oil used in cars the strict ‘go slow’ advice of yesteryear is more relaxed today but it’s always wise that if you wish this vehicle to last a long time, careful driving and care to the engine in the first few thousand miles can still be beneficial. We recommend that when you pickup your new car from the dealer, ask them the best approach for running in the engine. Read more!
It’s getting close to that time of year again when the nights are darker and the weather is colder. Therefore, it’s best to get yourself prepared for all eventualities so you’re not left out in the cold should something with your vehicle go wrong. Here are our top tips on keeping your car running during the winter months. Read more!
When cars or vans breakdown, it’s never usually the most appropriate place for it to happen. First of all think safety first and pull in somewhere safe, away from traffic. This might mean you cause more damage to your vehicle but if it saves you being in an accident this is one piece of advice which could save your life. Of course your car might not be able to be moved to a safe position, so in this instance stay in your vehicle if it’s unsafe to exit and call the police if you are blocking traffic or in danger of causing an accident. They can give you specific advice on what to do next. Read more!
Safely change your flat tyre
Always check your handbook for the manufacturers recommended advice for either repairing or changing your tyre. This information is provided as a general guideline. These days, new cars include a puncture repair kit, usually a sealant and compressor, instead of the traditional spare wheel. These kits are designed to just get you to the nearest tyre garage to get a replacement. Read more!
First of all, don’t turn on the ignition or start the engine.
Turning on the ignition is likely to circulate the contaminated fuel and potentially cause expensive damage to your engine. Try to even avoid putting the key in the ignition or door, as sometimes this can begin the charge of glow plugs in Diesels. Then safely make a call to your breakdown service, such as AA, RAC or Green Flag, preferably via the fuel station telephone line (mobiles can cause sparks on the forecourt which could ignite fuel). Explain to them you put in the wrong fuel and they will send someone out to drain the tank for you. Read more!
With technology becoming ever more present inside vehicles these days, many manufacturers warning lights vary considerably. Some dashboard lights and panels can be very helpful, providing a clear symbol and possibly an LCD text display indicating the problem. Please note, when starting a vehicle, it’s common that warning lights appear on the dashboard for a few moments. If they stay present several minutes after starting up the engine, then it’s best to check what they mean to ensure your safety. Read more!
When carrying out any electrical work to your car, it is usually necessary to disconnect the battery first. This brief guide will explain the best way of going about this. Disclaimer – always check your manufacturers handbook for instructions to locate and disconnect the battery as each car differs. Rubber gloves may be handy to prevent and grease, oil or electrical sparks during this exercise. If you’re worried at all about the procedure do not hesitate to contact a car mechanic to help you. Read more!
Over the months and years that you own your car, there are bound to be times when the bodywork gets dirty, scratched or rusts. This quick guide will help you fix and keep your car’s bodywork in top condition. Read more!
Topping up your windscreen washer fluid is one of the most frequent car maintenance jobs you will carry out. This guide will show you how to quickly locate the windscreen wash filler tank and easily top-up the wash fluid*. Some cars have warning lights that appear on your dashboard to inform you of a low windscreen wash level but these aren’t always fail-safe. Despite this job being so easy to carry out, many car owners forget or ignore the warnings which could lead to hazardous driving if you can’t clean your windscreen properly. In fact, if you don’t have enough wash fluid when your car gets it’s MOT it could fail, although it’s very quick to rectify. Read more!
There are several different types of car headlight bulbs on the market these days – incandescent, halogen, xenon and LED. Choosing the right bulb for your car depends on personal preference as there are lots of differences between each bulb. This brief guide will help explain the choices available and let you choose what you feel is right. Read more!