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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 also offer a range of garage services to keep your car on the road this winter?

All you need to do is get into the good habit of investing a small amount of time and money into the winter car needs and you will ensure the continuing safety, comfort and usability when it is needed the most – on those cold winter days.

Why You Check All Your Cars Lights

You need to routinely check both your head, brake and side lights are clean and clear of dirt or snow. Restricting your own cars visibility is one thing when the headlights are not as bright as they should be, but in heavy rain, snowy and foggy conditions, brake lights that are not working properly will place you at risk from other drivers who might not be able to see you.

It is so important to make sure that all the bulbs are working and that your fog lights are working also. Fog tends to creep up very suddenly here in South Wales when on a journey and well-performing fog lights will help to keep you safe in hazardous conditions – seen and be seen always the best motto!

Why You Should Check Your Oil Levels

Using the dipstick (under the bonnet), you must check your oil levels regularly. Car manufacturers have different advice for checking your oil levels so check your handbook to confirm, but generally the engine should be cold.

Slide out the dipstick, wipe it clean with a cloth or kitchen towel and slide it fully back into the engine, remove it again and you should see where the oil level is at based on the markings on the dipstick. This vitally important quick check standing in the rain for a minute will save hours in the freezing cold at the side of the road with a seized and ruined engine.

Check Your Windscreen For Cracks

Windscreen wipers should be checked both at the beginning of the summer and winter but honestly are one of the most neglected parts of anybody’s car maintenance. Rainwater overtime erodes the rubber in the wipers as does the salty grit that is scattered across our roads.

Whilst you are at it pay some attention to any small cracks in the windscreen as these can often be fixed easily but left untreated a bad chip can turn into a crack during the cold winter months. Insurers generally offer free windscreen repair services to avoid more costly replacements, so it is always worth checking your policy before the weather descends and becomes a real issue.

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 services 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.