Get your vehicle winter ready with Auto Boland JLR

As winter is approaching us, it is vital that you prepare your car for the change of season to ensure your safety.

Driving during the winter months creates a variety of challenges with darker mornings and evenings and poorer weather conditions. Extreme weather is a challenge for all motorists, it is necessary that your car is serviced and winter ready. The RSA recommends that you make 12 basic maintenance checks to your vehicle in preparation for the coming months.

  • Tyres
  • Battery
  • Lights
  • Engine Oil Level
  • Coolant & Antifreeze
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Brake Fluid

1. Tyres

Check that your tyres have an even pressure, incorrect tyre pressure can reduce a tyre’s lifespan and increase fuel consumption. You will usually find the recommended tyre pressure on the inside of your car door; it is recommended that you check this when the tyres are cool. The minimum legal thread depth is 1.6mm, the RSA recommends changing all tyres at 3mm. The condition of tyres is important to examine, look for defects such as sidewall tears, exposed piles, penetration damage and bulges.

2. Battery

Harsh weather conditions can reduce a battery’s capacity, as is its ability to accept charge, the results of which can be difficulty or failure to start your vehicle. It is important that your battery is checked at your service or vehicle health check.

3. Lights

Check all lighting regularly and replace bulbs as necessary. Check that head, parking, indicator, brake and reversing light that are in working order. During the day it is advised that you use dipped headlights. When using your headlights ensure that the beam on your headlight is adjusted correctly to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic.

4. Engine Oil Level

Engine oil lubricates, cleans, protects and cools the car’s engine. It is very important that the oil and oil filter are both changed in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. It is very important that the oil and oil filter are both changed in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. Failure to maintain the correct oil level and necessary oil/filter changes can result in extensive engine damage.

5. Coolant & Anti-Freeze

Check the coolant level in your car is correct as a low coolant level can result in your engine overheating.

6. Power Steering Fluid

Ensure that the level of power steering fluid is checked regularly between services. The level of fluid in the tank should read between the maximum and minimum markings.

7. Brake Fluid

Check the brake fluid level in your vehicle. Opening the cap to check the fluid level is not recommended as this can result in contamination. A thorough inspection of the brakes cannot be carried out unless the wheels are removed from the vehicle. Therefore, it is very important that your vehicle is serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Between servicing intervals look out for these signs of worn brakes such as:

• The brake pedal requiring the application of more pressure to stop the vehicle.

• Noises in the form of scraping, and squealing when the brakes are applied.

• The vehicle pulling to the left or right when the brakes are applied.

• If Brake Fluid level is at or below minimum level contact your garage immediately

8. Windscreen Wash

Check the level of windscreen wash regularly and top up as necessary

9.Windscreen & Wipers

Check all window cleaning and demisting equipment is fully operational. The windscreen demister, windscreen washer pump and rear window heater are essential in maintaining good visibility. Examine wiper blades for wear and replace as necessary.

10. Safety Kit

To be prepared for all eventualities when taking to the road, the RSA recommends that motorists carry a number of essentials in the boot of their car including:

High visibility vest and a working torch

A hazard warning triangle

Tow Rope

De-icing equipment

Spare bulbs

First aid kit

A fire extinguisher

11. Tool Kit

Most modern cars come equipped with a small tool kit, especially those with a spare wheel. Check that all necessary parts such as the car jack, axle stands, wheel brace etc. are in the kit.

12. Warning Lights

Examine the vehicle dashboard for warning lights. If any warning lights are showing up it is very important to get the vehicle checked out by your main dealer.

To ensure the safety of your Land Rover or Jaguar this winter, book in for a service or vehicle health check.

To book an appointment contact Dawn or Mary on 051-335000.