Looking after your car doesn’t just mean keeping the interior clean and the fuel topped up. Road safety is paramount and many people forget the simple checks mentioned in the highway code when they enter their car. Making sure you follow these routines not only keeps you legal on the road but are designed more importantly for your safety.
Driving on busy roads means that many of the pollutants from other vehicles can be drawn into your car via the air conditioning system. This is where the pollen / cabin filter comes in. It helps to filter pretty much all of the particles that can damage our health and makes the air cleaner to breathe in. The filter as a general rule should be changed every two years, or if you drive a lot each year every 20,000 miles. This brief article should help you locate and replace your car’s pollen filter but we cannot accept any responsibility for any problems you might encounter. You should always check your manufacturer’s advice on any repairs or replacements. If you are unsure of any instructions below then please contact us and we’d be happy to help. Read more!
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!
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!
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!
Check the wiper blade needs replacement
Check for any cracks or damage to the windscreen wiper blade by running your finger down the blade. It’s common to have to change your wiper blade about once every year. If you discover streaks or poor visibility when using the wipers in rain then this is a clear indication your wiper blades need replacing immediately. Good windscreen visibility on the road is essential for your safety. Read more!