Five essential checks to prepare your engine for the arrival of winter
THERE IS a sharp increase in the number of car breakdowns when the weather turns cold, says the RAC.
So prepare your engine for the arrival of winter by performing a few essential checks.
A few simple steps could save you a fortune on emergency recovery or last-minute repairs.
Ashley Johnson of car dealership Parkland Motors gives her expert advice. . .
ANTI-HERO: Topping up antifreeze in your engine coolant is an absolute must before temperatures begin to drop into negative numbers, to stop freezing in the engine.
Engine coolant should be a mixture of 50% water and 50% antifreeze.
But it dilutes over time as you fill the engine with water throughout the year, making it less efficient.
TEST TIRES: When the roads are icy and slippery, tires with the right tread at the right pressure are the difference between navigating slippery roads and skidding into an accident.
Make sure there is a 3mm depth, not just the legal minimum of 1.6mm, as this will give you a better grip.
Find the correct pressure for your car’s make and model, which should be in the manual, on a sticker on the driver’s side door, or in the fuel filler cap.
CLEAN LIGHTS: Dirty headlights, fog lights, turn signals or rear reflectors can interfere with your visibility and visibility to other drivers.
As the winter nights begin to arrive much earlier, it is dark on the roads for much longer, so it is crucial that the lights work properly.
SCREEN CHECK: The liquid that cleans the windshield must also be supplemented with antifreeze.
Thoroughly clean your windshield inside and out, checking for chips that can get worse in cold weather.
Inspect your wiper blades for any nicks or tears.
You don’t want your windshield or wipers to fail if you get caught in a blizzard.
EQUIP YOURSELF: Make sure you have a winter car kit prepared in case of a breakdown.
In case you get stuck waiting for help, you should carry a phone charger, small shovel, road sign, warm blanket, drinking water, snack bars, first aid kit , torch and spare batteries.
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