Is it time for a winter health check for your car?

6th November 2013

With winter rolling round it is important to get your car ready for the challenges the cold weather throws at it.

The last thing you want is to be caught out and suffer a breakdown, leaving you at the side of the road in the cold, so now could be the perfect time to get your car in for a car health check.

A health check can take just half an hour and won't hit your wallet or purse hard ahead of the Christmas period.

Having a trained professional give your car a once over will give you peace of mind that your vehicle will make it through the winter months unscathed. One element of the check is a visual primary brake inspection.

The battery in the car can also be checked for residual capacity and inspected (without removing it) for obvious damage.

A visual inspection of the exhaust and its mountings is also carried out by technicians for damage, any leaking joints and corrosion.

The physical condition of the catalytic converter is checked to ensure that the vehicle is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

A 'bounce' test is carried out while the vehicle is on the ground, as well as being visually inspected for signs of leaking, obvious damage or corrosion. Spotting a problem early can mean a minor repair is conducted, which will prevent the situation of being sat at the side of the road in the cold awaiting rescue from a family member or a breakdown service.

Another area that is checked over during the process is the tyres, which are a vital component of your vehicle, particularly in the winter when stopping is impacted by road conditions.

Each tyre's pressure will be checked, as well as the spare, and if necessary it can be adjusted to the manufacturer's recommendation for the vehicle.

Tread depth is also monitored, as it is vital the tyre has enough grip to stop quickly in an emergency situation. Spotting this issue and replacing the tyres can improve safety, as well as preventing you from being hit with a hefty fine and penalty points on your driving licence.

Posted by Danielle Barge