Living in Spain and bringing up a Spanglish family during the current 'crisis' and trying various ways to make some 'dinero'. Enjoying life in the sun, crafting and blogging as much as possible.

14 Nov 2012

Winter is is the time to.....

Important information written by a friend of mine.........

With winter just around the corner, now is the time to check your car over, to reduce the chance of it breaking down and hitting your purse / wallet.

Ensuring that your car is in safe mechanical condition is a year-round job for every motorist, but it’s particularly important as the winter weather takes hold. There are also some specific cold-weather checks and maintenance that you should carry out.

Add anti-freeze to your radiator. Engine coolant can crack radiators, even the engine block itself, if allowed to freeze, which will land you with costly repair bills. Check your handbook for details on which product to use. (Its normally recomended to change the antifreeze every two years. It should normally be a deep and clear colour, either red, purple, green or blue. Its its not get it checked pronto)

Keep your windscreen washer reservoir well topped up with appropriate screen wash containing anti-freeze additives. Examine the wiper blades, front and rear, and replace them if they’re worn.

Cold starts place an extra strain on the car’ battery, as does the increased use of the headlights and demisters. If your car is sluggish to start in the morning, consider replacing your battery.

Make sure the battery’s contact terminals are free from grime. You could also grease them to prevent charge leakage.

Check your tyres. Low tread or unevenly worn tyres are dangerous, particularly during the winter months. Its best to have at least 3mm of tread, nearly double the 1.6mm required by law. Don’t forget to check the spare, too. Make sure the pressures are correct.

Even in winter you should run your air-conditioning for at least an hour a week. This allows the coolant in the system to lubricate all of the moving parts and prevents the build-up of elements which can corrode pipework.

It’s especially important that you continue to regularly check all of the fluid levels, lights and tyre pressures through the winter. If you find something incorrect, fix it before you set off.

Make sure your car is serviced according to the manufacturer’s schedule to ensure it’s in proper working order throughout the winter.

If you dont know how to check any of these items, ask a friend or your local garage owner. It wont cost a lot, and could save you a fortune in repair bills and inconvenience.

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