Essential Car Checks In Winter
Did you know that Monnington Motors do so much more than just new tyres, servicing and MOTs in Newton Abbot! Did you know we also provide a variety of garage services to keep your car safe this winter? Simply said, if you get into the habit of spending a little time and money into your winter car needs, you will ensure continued safety, comfort, use, and warmth when it is most needed – on those very cold and rainy Devon days.
Check Your Windscreen For Cracks
Windscreen wipers should be checked at the start of the summer and, more crucially, during the winter, but they are one of the most overlooked aspects of any automotive inspection! Rainwater, as well as the salty grit that is strewn over our roadways this time of year, can damage the rubber in wiper blades over time. While you’re at it, check for any minor cracks in your windscreen; these may generally be readily repaired, but if left untreated, a bad chip can evolve into a crack during the winter months. To prevent the more costly entire window replacement, most car insurers provide free windscreen repair services, so it’s always worth checking your coverage before the cold weather sets in and becomes a major issue on the roadside.
The Importance Of Checking Your Oil
Using the dipstick (under the bonnet), you must check your oil levels regularly. Car manufacturers have different advice for checking your oil levels so check your handbook to confirm, but generally the engine should be cold. Start by pulling out the dipstick, then wipe it clean with a cloth and slide it back into the engine, remove it again and you should see where the oil level on the markings on the dipstick.
This crucial short check, performed while standing in the rain for a minute or so, will save you several hours on the side of the road in the freezing cold, waiting for the rescue truck with a seized and wrecked engine.
Check All Your Cars Lights
Obviously you need to regularly check both your head, brake and side lights are clean and clear of dirt or snow. When your car’s headlights aren’t as bright as they should be, it’s one thing, but in Devon’s often heavy rain, snowy, and foggy circumstances, brake lights that aren’t working put you at risk from other drivers who may not be able to see you, making you a risk to them.
Therefore, it is vitally important to make sure that all the cars bulbs are working and that your fog lights are working as well. Fog tends to creep up very suddenly here in South Devon when on a journey and well-performing fog lights will help to keep you safe in hazardous conditions.
Why Check Your Anti-Freeze
When it’s chilly outside, you’ll want to stay inside the car, whether it’s for a quick trip to the grocery or a long trip to see relatives for Christmas. Make that the radiator is working correctly and is well-sealed, and that the antifreeze reservoir is full. The few extra pounds you spend on anti-freeze might save you hundreds of pounds in engine and radiator repairs.
Garage Services Newton Abbot
Are you looking for a garage Newton Abbot for reliable car repairs and servicing? If so, look no further than Monnington Motors. We are a well-established, local company, made up of a team of professional mechanics and technicians. Monnington Motors is an approved member of Trading Standards, and can, therefore, offer a comprehensive range of specialist garage services.