MOT

The time of year all car owners dread! How to pass your MOT! Many of us who own cars begin to think whether our vehicle is quite up to scratch. It’s important to cover several things that you can do to help your car pass. So, if you live in Pontypool and you have an MOT coming up, stick around!

How Do I Prepare For My MOT?

The MOT Test makes sure that your car is roadworthy and safe to drive. To reduce the amount this may cost you, you can learn some of the reasons your car may not meet the requirements for a successful MOT. Although you may not be able to fix your vehicle, due to lack of specialist equipment, you can maintain it!

Why Brake Checks Are Important

One of the most important safety elements for any car is the brakes. The MOT test will take a thorough look at your brakes and make sure they are not damaged or worn beyond the point of functioning correctly. For this reason, keep a close eye on your brakes and if there are any warning signs get them attended to immediately.

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The MOT test also checks the car tyres for wear, damage and ensuring they meet the legal requirements of a roadworthy car. You should look at your tyres on a regular basis and check them for any signs of bulging or wear and tear that may prevent them from functioning correctly.

Windscreen Damage And Repairs

A chip as small as a fingernail can end up causing an entire windscreen needing to be replaced so taking appropriate action quickly is definitely the best advice to prevent you from having to buy a whole new windscreen.

Checking Your Number Plates

One that’s often forgotten about… Your number plate! Yes the MOT test has a number of checks revolving around cracks, legibility and ensuring your number plate complies with DVLA regulations.

Car Headlight Testing

The MOT test will just check that all headlights on your car are both in working order and not dazzling or dangerous towards other drivers.

Exhaust Repair and Replacement

The security and functionality of the exhaust will be checked and ensuring there are no corroded parts or any elements of the exhaust that are likely to fall off and cause further damage.

Vehicle Suspension

The suspension of your car is not something that can be easily seen or easily repaired by yourself. It is, however, one of the most important aspects of the vehicle for both safety and day to day use. The MOT will check this so if there are any signs of a change in your vehicles suspension, take your car to a garage.

Garage Services Near Me

Looking for a reliable and friendly garage in your local area? PARC Ltd in Pontypool have a range of garage services to help you with your car troubles. Based in South Wales and looking to provide everyone with solutions to vehicle problems, call 01496 769700 for more information.

The winter months are coming and a lot of us find ourselves thinking how we can maintain our cars in the winter. Well here you go, some of the top car maintenance tips. By spending a small amount of time and money you can then rely on your vehicle all winter long with safety and comfort.

Windscreen Wipers

It’s always a good idea to check the rubber on your windscreen wipers for erosion and damage which may affect their performance. It’s recommended (depending on the number of miles you do) to have your wiper rubber replaced at the start of each winter.

How To See And Be Seen In Pontypool

Before travelling make a few checks with regards to the lights on your car to help you and other drives with visibility in the terrible weather conditions we no doubt see. Ensure head and tail-lights are clear from any debris, dirt or marks that may prevent visibility. Both being seen and being able to see are factors to consider in the winter to make sure you and others are safe. As well as this, well performing lights are key in the MOT, so check your bulbs to make sure you have the best vison you can.

Anti-Freeze Methods

For a journey of any distance in the winter it is recommended that you check that the radiator is working to it’s full capacity and is sealed correctly. Ensure you have enough anti-freeze fluid and do not travel if you do not have a fully functioning radiator, it can get quite cold out there!

Why You Should Check Your Oil

Every car will be different but there will always be a way to check your engine oil levels. This should be checked before every long journey but in winter conditions it is best to check it regardless as it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Battery Power

Car batteries are naturally put under a lot more strain in the winter months and are more likely to drain. The battery has a lifetime of around 5 years so if you know yours is getting old it’s better to replace it just in case. There’s nothing worse than a battery going flat in the cold and rain!

Winter Tyres Near Me

Possibly the most critical part of your winter car maintenance is checking the tyre tread and pressure prior to travelling in difficult weather conditions. Deeper tread is required when the roads are wet so make sure your tyres are fit for the weather you’re driving in. Checking your tyres is crucial for the winter months, closely followed by tyre pressure.

As the cold air contracts tyre pressure reduces in the winter months, making driving more dangerous. If the tyre pressure drops too low you run the risk of punctures and other forms of tyre damage. It’s much better to prepare your tyres than have an unfortunate breakdown in the cold and rain.

Winter Car Emergency Kit

When travelling in the winter, expect the unexpected. It’s always advised to prepare a simple emergency kit so that in the worst possible scenario you have some of the essentials needed to help you through a breakdown. Winter car maintenance is something that should be take seriously as it could potentially save your life.

MOT Pontypool

Are you looking to book an MOT Pontypool? Then look no further than PARC Ltd. Established since 1999, our garage in South Wales has been performing MOTs for motorists across the region for 20 years.

The wheels on your car are perhaps one of the most important parts of the vehicle, especially where your road safety is concerned. So, conducting regular wheel and tyre checks is crucial to maintaining your car and ensuring everyone inside is in a safe and legal vehicle.

Why Is Tyre Safety So Important?

Your wheels, or tyres, are critical in several important car functions. This includes: the brakes, the suspension, the surface grip and the speed. Good tyres (correct pressure, correct alignment and correct tread-depth) will allow your car to perform properly, reach speeds safely, brake safely and can even help your car be more fuel efficient.

Tyre Checks In Ponypool

It is recommended you check your tyres at least once a month, but perhaps more during the good old British bad weather. It is also wise to check your tyres before going on any long journeys – as you will want your car to be in peak performance if you plan on driving for more than 2-3 hours in a row.

MOTs In Ponypool

During the MOT test, your wheels and tyres will be checked – but do not just rely on your MOT. Checking your tyres each month could help prevent accidents and could stop any nasty surprises such as a flat tyre. A visual inspection is good, but you should also try and get a feel for how your wheels feels when they are in good health, so that you can identify if something feels wrong.

If you are not confident checking your tyres, then trust a professional to do it. It is always better to be safe, then sorry, especially where car safety is involved.

There are several tyres checks you can do at home – and we will explain them here. These are small, quick checks you can be doing regularly to ensure your car is safe.

Checking Depth Of Tyre Tread

You will often be able to tell if your car’s tread-depth is too low just by looking, as the tracks and dents in the wheel will seem too shallow or maybe even ‘balding’. If your wheel looks smooth and flat – this is a sure sign they need replacing.

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If you think your wheels might be getting old and near the legal tread-depth limit (but you are not completely sure) then you can do the 20p test. When you insert a 20p coin into the tracks of your tyres and if the ‘border’ of the 20p coin is still visible, then your car needs new tyres. You will want to test each tyre individually, as they can wear-out at different rates.

How To Check Tyre Pressures?

The next thing you will want to check is the pressure of your tyres. Tyre pressure can affect how your vehicle handles and maintaining the right wheel pressure is critical for braking and ensuring you have maximum grip or wheel torque on the road. You will need to do each tyre individually, because the pressure could be less in the back two, or the front two (for example). When checking what inflation pressure to aim for, there should be a guide in your car’s handbook (if you want to be precise) but the main thing to look for at home is a firm wheel. What you do not want are soft tyres that feel deflated.

If you can visit a petrol station – you will be able to check your official pressure using the self-service air pressure pumps available. This is highly recommended as it will give you a much more accurate reading.

How To Check For Punctures?

You will probably know if your tyre has a puncture because it can make handling the car very difficult. Some signs you have a puncture are often felt whilst driving:

If car is pulling in a certain direction
The car wheels feel wobbly
If car is having difficulty steering

If you are unsure though, you can conduct a visual puncture check yourself. To do this you will want to inspect the wheels for any rips or tears, or any items lodged or stuck in the ridges.

Are Illegal Tyres Dangerous?

Yes, there is a reason why cars have a minimum allowance for things like tread-depth. If your cars wheels are not safe, or do not pass their MOT, you will not be allowed to drive your car until they are replaced or fixed.

Last year, over 340,000 tyre tread depths were surveyed across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and it was discovered that more than a quarter of people were driving with illegal tyres. This is dangerous not only for you (the driver) but for people and cars around you too. It is totally your responsibility to ensure your car is safe, so carrying out regular checks is crucial.