Avoid Car Repairs this Winter with our ‘Winter Car Care Guide’
Winter is around the corner, avoid costly car repairs this winter 2017
Our Ultimate 7 tip guide for this winter!
This winter is said to be the coldest on record (they say that every year). We at Alderley Autos have created the ultimate winter car care guide for 2017 – The guide will hopefully help you avoid costly car repairs this winter!
1, And the most important! COOLANT – Make sure your car’s coolant has the right amount, normally between the MIN and MAX level. Also, make sure your car has Winter coolant (Antifreeze) and the right grade for your engine. If your car is made after 1998 you would normally need antifreeze that uses silicate-free, organic acid technology (OAT). Use this tool to find out what antifreeze grade you need for your engine. If you are not sure if your car has any sort of antifreeze in, your best bet is to drain and refill with the right grade antifreeze. If you need any help, you can contact us, our contact details and phone number are on that page.
Not having any antifreeze will normally result in having the engine in your car replaced. As when water freezes the water channels in your engine will crack!
2, Cold start in sub-zero temperatures. – Prior to making a cold start leave the ignition on for approximately five to ten seconds, before attempting to start your car. This will allow the fuel pump time to pressurise and glow plugs to heat up (If your car is diesel) giving your car a better chance to start in sub-zero temperatures!
If you are in a hurry and immediately try to start your car as soon as you turn the ignition on you will most likely encounter problems, and if you do, your battery will quickly die!
3, Engine Oil – Engine oil has to be at an optimum temperature to offer the fullest protection for your engine. As the engine starts to warm up, progressively increase the revs and load. Make sure that you check your engine oil regularly, once a week is good. NOTE: Engine oil takes longer to warm up than coolant.
Not having the right amount or the right grade of engine oil in your engine will result in cosly car repairs. Use this tool to check what grade of oil and how much you should buy for your car.
Snow on your car, the law.
The Highway Code stipulates that if driving in adverse weather conditions you must, by law, be able to see out of every glass panel in your vehicle.
Read more about “driving with snow on your car” from the RAC.
4, Tyres and tyre pressures – We should all know by now that the law says the legal tread depth is 1.6mm! But when driving in ice and snow with the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm is not ideal right?
At Alderley Autos, we would recommend a minimum of 4.0mm tread depth when driving in snow and ice! Safety first!
Having the right tyre in sub-zero temperatures could mean a life or death situation. We recommend having your car fitted with Winter Tyres.
Emergency Winter Kit
Check out this Emergency winter kit by RAC. Ideal if you break down, or just to keep in the boot of your car
5, In the winter we have darker days and even darker nights, see and be seen this winter! – Check all light bulbs, get someone to help you while you check by walking around your car. Replace any bulbs that are out. You can buy any car light bulb from your nearest Halford store. Remove any ice and snow from lights, windows and mirrors is a priority before any journey in cold weather.
How to prepare for driving in winter weather.
- Tyre grip is hugely reduced in winter and icy roads. The braking distances of your car is much longer.
- Before you leave home, make sure your mobile phone is fully charged (if not carry a charger cable for your mobile), a bottle of water, and a RAC emergency winter kit.
- Look well ahead for potential hazards – including, of course, patches of ice – and keep your speed well down.
Black Ice is invisible.
Black ice can be almost invisible to drivers, black ice is smooth and transparent, and appears the same colour as the road below. Be careful and drive with caution.
6, Fuel – Before setting off on your journey ensure you have enough fuel. Cars use more fuel in heavy traffic and start/stop conditions.
Carry a container full of fuel, you can buy these fuel containers from your nearest petrol station.
7, Windscreen Washer Fluid – Screenwash is something you will use a lot of in the winter weather. Top-up your windscreen washer fluid by using a good quality screenwash which is effective down to cold temperatures.
Winter Tips: Before you leave on your journey
Car Battery: In winter, your car battery will run down quicker than in warmer weather. Make sure you do regular long journeys to keep your car battery in good condition. Tip: Depress the clutch when starting as this will reduce drag on the engine when starting, and preserve the battery.
Warm clothing: If you break down and have to step outside, you could be in trouble if you have not got any warm clothing with you.
Car Windows and Body: Clear all snow and ice from all windows and the roof of the car before driving off. Do not use hot water to de-ice windscreens, the windows may crack.
Alderley Autos: Winter Check
Have our experts check over your car this winter, simply make a booking on our home page using our quote/booking form.