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Essential Car Checks In Winter

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 offer a range of garage services to keep your car safe on the road this winter? Simply, all you need to do is get into the very good habit of investing a bit of time and money into your winter car needs and you will ensure the continuing safety, comfort, usability and warmth when it is needed the most – on those very cold and wet Devon days.

Check Your Windscreen For Cracks

The windscreen wipers should be checked both at the beginning of the summer and more importantly winter but honestly are one of the most neglected parts of anybody’s car checks! Rainwater can overtime erode the rubber in the wiper blades as does the salty grit that is scattered across our roads this time of year. Whilst you are doing that why not pay some attention to any small cracks you may have in the windscreen as these can often be fixed easily but left untreated a bad chip can turn into a crack during the winter months. Car insurers generally offer free windscreen repair services to avoid the more costly whole window replacement, so it is always worth checking your insurance policy before the cold weather descends and becomes a real 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 vitally important quick check whilst standing in the rain for a minute or so will save many hours in the freezing cold at the side of the road with a seized and ruined engine waiting on the recovery vehicle.

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. Restricting your own cars visibility is one thing when the headlights are not as bright as they should be, but in often heavy rain, snowy and foggy conditions in Devon, brake lights that are not working will place you at risk from other drivers who might not be able to see you and 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

Whether it is a quick run down to the supermarket or you are planning a long journey to the family for Christmas, you will want to stay inside the car when it is cold. Check that the radiator is working properly and well-sealed, and you make sure you fill up with antifreeze. The extra few quid you spend on anti-freeze could potentially save hundreds on 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.
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