Is Your Car fit for Winter Driving?
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.
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.
Reasons you may have issues with your brakes:
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 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.
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,
How do I know if my air conditioning system need to be replaced and an anti-bacterial treatment?
If you have a strange smell coming from your air conditioner, or any sign of wear on your brakes, tyres, battery or wipers then John Andrew Ford, Auckland can help. With servicing, air con services or just a safety check for winter. Talk to your local John Andrew Ford service centre today. With three convenient locations:
Grey Lynn – 09 376 9829
Penrose – 09 571 3024
Henderson – 09 835 2840
Or request a service online today.