Is Your Car fit for Winter Driving?

Tyres:

How to check your own tyres:

In wet conditions your tyres become more important, they are the only things connecting your car to the road.

It’s important to check the condition and pressure of your tyres regularly, especially before a long trip. Or if you notice any of the below.

  • Tyres slipping under acceleration or braking.
  • Vehicle pulling left or right
  • Your tyre(s) look flat
  • Steering wheel shaking at motorway speed
  • Steering wheel shaking at low speed

If you do check your own tyres it is important that you check the whole tyre don’t just look at the outside edge and think they’re ok, turn the steering wheel and look at the inside edge too.

But as always, you’re welcome to call past and let one of our friendly, trained staff check the condition of your tyres and top up the air if required, a FREE service we offer.

Another friendly tip is that the correct tyre pressure can increase your tyre life by 20%. Improving fuel efficiency at the same time.  This is as it takes more effort to move a flat tyre, similar to bouncing a flat ball.

Brakes:


Reasons you may have issues with your brakes:

  • if your brake pedal feels spongy.
  • If there is a squealing noise when braking
  • If there is a grinding noise when braking (your brakes have most probably completely worn out).
  • If the steering pulls to one side when you brake.
  • If your brake pedal pulses or steering wheel shakes when you brake.
  • If your handbrake lever travel is excessively high.

Your brake fluid level should be checked regularly, brake fluid may absorb water over time, making it more likely to boil under prolonged braking.

It is generally recommended that brake fluid should be replaced every 2 years.

Brake maintenance should be left to your qualified technician to carry out.

 Air Con:

Air Conditioning systems work with the same principles as a dehumidifier, air is passed through a cold “coil” (the evaporator), the moisture content in the air then condenses on the evaporator and drips down and exits the vehicle (hence the reason you will see a pool of water under your car on a humid day after having the AC running).

The AC system in your vehicle filters the air coming that it blows out of the vents through a “pollen” or “cabin” filter. This filter captures the dust, dirt, pollen floating in the air. Combine this with the damp conditions inside the system, and you have a good breeding ground for mould. It is recommended that this filter should be replaced every 40,000km or sooner if travelling in dusty conditions. It is also a good idea to carry out an “Anti-bacterial treatment” on the system at the same time. This will kill the mould and bacteria growing and eliminate any nasty smells that they can produce.

Dirty pollen filter / Clean pollen filter comparison.

As we come into the colder months, people do tend to turn off the AC, and rely on just the heater. This is not a good idea for a few reasons,

  • Without the AC running you are essentially pushing around warm, damp air. The best way to demist your windscreen, and keep it clear, is to have dry air blowing onto the screen. As mentioned earlier your AC system is essentially a dehumidifier as well.
  • Also, the gas that circulates in the system to provide the cooling, contains oil to keep the seals and moving parts lubricated. When the system is turned off the seals can dry, which then means that they no longer seal properly, and the gas can leak out. This means when you turn it back on coming into summer, it will no longer work. The modern-day systems are very efficient and do not put much load on the engines, therefore any fuel savings made by not using it, are often out-weighed with potentially costly repairs to the system.

 How do I know if my air conditioning system need to be replaced and an anti-bacterial treatment?

Contact us

If you have a strange smell coming from your air conditioner, or if you think it could do with a service, John Andrew Ford, Auckland can help.

Call us on 0800 523 673 or request a service today.


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