There is plenty of advice out there about preparing your car for winter, but it’s important that we give our cars the maintenance and attention they need, even when the worse of the winter weather is over.
That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide for the maintenance your car needs as the weather begins to turn, and winter turns into spring.
Change your wiper blades
Your wiper blades can split or crack after the winter, either because cold weather has compromised their structural integrity, or they’ve been damaged by scraping over an icy windscreen.
A good rule of thumb is to change your wiper blades at least once a year, and spring is probably the best time to do it – especially with all those ‘April showers’ coming up.
Check your tyres
The tricky driving conditions that winter presents can really put your tyres through their paces, meaning it’s worth checking your tyres’ tread levels. The coin test is a reliable and well-known way to check in seconds:
- Place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves
- If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured, your tread is above the legal limit
- Check at least three points around each tyre
If all is well, continue checking the tread depths once a month. And remember to test the pressures – fluctuating temperatures can impact this, and your fuel economy in turn.
Give it a spring clean
It may sound obvious, but giving the car a thorough clean will do it wonders. Salt from gritty roads can settle and accumulate in the wheel arches, which can cause problems for the bodywork and brake pads in the longer term.
A good jet wash is a simple fix – and will leave your car looking sparkling for sunny days.
Check the battery
Cold weather can be tough on the electrical parts of your car. Starting in freezing temperatures puts serious strain on your car’s alternator and starter motor, which can drain the battery – especially if you’ve not been on the long journeys your car needs to recharge it.
A simple battery check can tell you the amount of charge it has – any garage can do this for you quickly.
Test the brakes
Slippery road conditions can put your anti-lock brake system through its paces, and salt from grit can corrode the brake pads, so be vigilant and listen out for squealing or grinding, or ‘spongey’ pedal feel.
Pulling to one side can also be a sign of worn brakes – but this could also be a sign of poor wheel alignment, caused by hitting a pothole too hard. You can get it checked, free, at H.A. Fox Jaguar.
Complimentary visual safety checks from H.A. Fox Jaguar
Whenever you bring your Jaguar into H.A. Fox for scheduled maintenance, we’ll automatically give you a complimentary visual safety check so you have a snapshot of your car’s health – checking everything from the lights and tyres to fluid levels and the clutch.
You needn't wait, though – you can book it in, free of charge, at any time. It’s a great idea as the seasons change, or if your MOT is coming up, as it can pinpoint many of the common causes of failure.