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Car Air Conditioning in Winter

It’s winter… car air conditioning doesn’t matter! Actually that is not strictly true. Air conditioning units have a cooler-drier that removes moisture from the air in the car and helps remove condensation rapidly. When the outside air is cold and...

Wheels and Tyres

Wheels and Tyres By law the grooves of a tyre tread must be at least 1.6mm deep in the middle threequarters of the tyre, all the way round. 2mm is normally better for handling wet conditions. Some car makers recommend a deeper tread for certain cars. Check your...

Vehicle Suspension

Suspension issues Shock absorbers reduce jolts and knocks and ensure the car can move and stop efficiently. Here are some common symptoms of problems. Poor cornering and road holding. A rolling, uncomfortable ride on rough roads. Bad handling in side winds. Impaired...

Exhaust Systems

Exhaust Systems Exhaust problems are usually obvious from the noise made. Loud roaring usually means a hole in one of the pipes. Rattling can mean part of the system is loose (or that something else under the car is adrift and making contact with the pipes). Tinkling...

Braking Systems

If replacement is recommended you can insist on seeing the old pads or shoes to check the wear. Most brake pads have an indicator – usually a line on one side. The pads should be replaced when worn down to the line. Discs are trickier but there’s no need to replace...

Winter driving

Driving safely on icy roads Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off...