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Car Checks

At Pontypool Accident and Repair Centre we do so much more than just new tyres and MOT’s! Did you know we offer winter car checks as well as a range of garage services to keep your car on the road this winter?

All you have to do is develop the habit of devoting a small amount of time and money to your winter car’s requirements, and you’ll ensure its continued protection, comfort, and usability when it’s most required – on those cold winter days.

Why You Check All Your Cars Lights

Make sure your headlights, brake lights, and side lights are clean and free of debris or snow on a regular basis. If your car’s headlights aren’t as bright as they should be, it’s one thing, but in heavy rain, snowy, or foggy weather, brake lights that aren’t working properly put you at risk from other drivers who might not be able to see you.

It’s important to double-check that all of the bulbs are in working order, as well as your fog lights. When driving in South Wales, fog can appear unexpectedly, and well-functioning fog lights can help keep you safe in dangerous situations – see and be seen is still the best slogan!

Why You Should Check Your Oil Levels

You must check your oil levels on a regular basis with the dipstick (under the hood). Check your owner’s manual for specific instructions on how to check your oil levels, but the engine should be cold in general.

Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean with a cloth or kitchen towel, and completely reinstall it in the engine. Remove it again, and you should be able to see the oil level depending on the dipstick markings. This crucial fast check will save hours of waiting on the side of the road with a seized and damaged engine by standing in the rain for a minute.

Check Your Windscreen For Cracks

Windscreen wipers should be tested both in the summer and in the winter, but they are one of the most overlooked aspects of car maintenance. Rainwater, as well as the salty grit that is strewn around our sidewalks, erodes the rubber in wipers over time.

While you’re at it, look for any minor chips in the windscreen; these can usually be quickly repaired, but if left unchecked, a bad chip can turn into a crack during the cold winter months. To prevent more expensive repairs, most insurers have free windscreen repair services, so it’s still worth double-checking the policy before bad weather strikes.

Check Your Anti-Freeze

Whether it is a quick jolly down to the local supermarket or you are planning a long journey to the family for Christmas, you will want to stay inside the car when it is cold. Check that the radiator is working properly and well-sealed. And make sure you fill up with antifreeze. The extra few quid you spend on anti-freeze could potentially save hundreds on engine and radiator repairs.

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Garage Pontypool

Are you looking for a garage in Pontypool? At PARC Ltd, we have been an established independent garage since 1999. We have been offering our reliable and extensive winter car checks to customers throughout South Wales for 20 years, and we can help you. Whether you need vehicle repairs, an MOT test or car recovery, our friendly team can meet all of your requirements. We are proud to be Which? Trusted Traders, so you will always receive the best service!

You should always be sure to inspect your vehicle regularly, to pick up any faults before they become bigger problems. PARC Motors Pontypool are here to give you the top three vehicle checks we believe everyone should be doing weekly to keep the quality of their motor. Read on or call us on 01495 76970 for more information.

Vehicle Oil Checks Pontypool

A simple weekly dipstick test will make sure your engine oils are at the right height, so nothing suddenly stops working. Oil is important for your vehicle because it keeps everything running smoothly (literally).

For those who don’t know, when you pull the dipstick out, the oil should be between the lines indicated. We recommend doing the dipstick test a few times (wiping the rod after each attempt) to be sure the reading was correct.

Look at the shade and texture of the oil too as the very dark pasty kind doesn’t necessarily mean it must be changed. It’s best to go to your local garage or us at PARC Ltd for help as this is commonly misunderstood. You can call us today on 01495 769700.

Windscreen Wiper Maintenance Pontypool

People don’t often think to check their windscreen wipers but if they aren’t kept clean and new, they could cause streaks or even scratches on your windscreen. This is bad as it can obstruct your view when driving, especially in bad conditions.

Windscreen fluid should be topped up often and faults should be fixed when immediately possible, just like anything else to do with your vehicle. We at PARC Ltd can do this for you for a great price so call us today on 01495 769700 and book an appointment.

Pontypool Tyre Checks

Tyres legally must have the correct tread and pressure else they put you at risk on the road. The 20p test shows you if your tread is correct, as well as the indicators on your tyres. You should be able to tell if your tyres are in serious need of changing but it shouldn’t get to that point.

For the correct tyre pressure, you can check your vehicles handbook or go online and search your vehicle if your handbook isn’t with you. While checking your tyre pressure and tread, be sure to look for any tears or bumps on or around the tyres. These should be looked at my a professional if found. Our team at PARC Ltd would be happy to help you out, call us today on 01495 769700.

PARC Ltd Pontypool

We hope you have a better understanding on the weekly checks and tasks you should be carrying out on your own vehicles. If you encounter a problem that you don’t know how to fix, call us at PARC Ltd on 01495 769700, to speak to an experienced mechanic and book an appointment at our garage.

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