As we are now seeing the weather changing in our Kent workshop we decided to put a few essential cold weather tips to help get you through the autumn and winter months.
During winter you need to make sure your tyres grip the road. The law says you should change your tyres if you have 1.6mm of tread or less. We advise you check your tyre type against the manufacturers recommend guidelines and consider changing in line with their advice. If you need help with this, then give us a call and we can check for you.
While your checking the tread it is also a good idea to check that the tyre pressures are also correct. You will want roughly 32 PSI, but this alters depending on the make and model of the vehicle, you can find the correct pressures usually on the inside of the driver’s door or in the manufacturer’s handbook.
Lastly, check your tyres for foreign objects such as nails, splits, cracks or bulges. Last thing you want is a tyre failing especially when road conditions aren’t ideal.
Windscreen wash fluid levels
It is imperative to check that there is fluid in the reservoir and keep it topped up regularly. With salt on the roads, along with usual debris at this time of year it does not take long before your windscreen fluid levels drop due to increased usage.
Winter ignition starting
In winter you will generally be using more electrical components (lights, heating, wipers etc). This draws power from the battery and during cold starts your battery has to work harder. If you don’t use your vehicle regularly invest in a smart charger to keep your battery in optimal condition.
Check your coolant
Although essential all your round, in winter you want to make sure as the temperature drops that your coolant will not freeze causing issues with your engine. If you have not changed your coolant in a while, please bring it in and we will be able to test the condition and give you reliable information on its boiling and freezing points. Keep your coolant topped up to ensure your engine remains within the optimal temperature range.
It pays to be prepared. We suggest carrying a couple of essential items;
- Warning triangle
- Tow Rope
- Charger for your phone
- Folding shovels
- De-icer and scraper
- First aid kit
- Think Warmth-
- Winter coat
- Wool blanket
With over 30 years of service, dedicated to Land Rover, should you need us this winter, we offer a one stop centre for all servicing and mechanical repairs, saving up to 40% on main dealer prices. Constant reinvestment in the latest Land Rover technology ensures that we stand out from all other independents, allowing us to offer the same high level service as main dealers, but at a much more competitive rate. Our experienced Land Rover trained technicians and administrative staff guarantee a personalised service that cannot be surpassed anywhere in the motor industry. Call us on 01622 873000 to book your service, MOT or general repair needs.