If you do spot any corrosion, the best way to clean it is to use an old toothbrush or wire brush together with a mixture of baking soda and water.
Infrequent use of a vehicle can result in battery drain, so even if you're not using your vehicle it's wise to run it every now and again.
To avoid engine overheating, check your coolant levels regularly. Most cars have a coolant reservoir with a minimum and maximum level mark. When the engine is cold, the coolant level should be between these two marks. If the coolant is below or near the lower mark, it should be topped up using a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze.
It's also worth cleaning the lenses, especially during the winter, to ensure that you can see the road ahead and so that other road users can see you. It’s possible to change most bulbs yourself but sometimes access from within the engine bay can be limited so you may need to get a garage involved if you're unable to access something.
Remember to check that your windscreen wash bottle is topped up (located under the bonnet) and that it is squirting onto the windscreen in the right direction. It's always best to invest in washer fluid which is capable of withstanding cold temperatures so you can keep your windscreen clear and clean whatever the weather.
The power steering fluid will be located differently for different cars but your owner's handbook should tell you where to locate the reservoir.
The level should never drop - if it looks low, or drops quickly, this would indicate there is a problem or a leak at which point you'll need to get a professional involved.
We know washing and polishing a car is not everybody's favourite pastime but it's definitely advisable to give it a quick once over at all times of the year but especially during the winter months when roads are treated with salt which can cause corrosion.
Jet washing around your wheels, wheel arches and the underside of the vehicle is again a good idea during the winter.
Remember, tyre pressures may be different for the front and rear tyres on your car. You can usually find the correct pressures for your car on the frame of the driver's door or within your owner's manual.
Most petrol stations have tyre pressure machines available but again if you're unsure, speak to your local garage or pop in to see us.
Servicing a car properly requires expert knowledge and specialist equipment so is always left to the professionals. We know some people are worried about the cost of servicing but where possible we will always tailor it to each individual customer and their car. We also offer an option of spreading the cost of your servicing via interest free monthly payments where you'll also receive a whole host of benefits from being a member of our service club - find out more here or contact us for details.
If you look under your bonnet regularly, carry out a visual check, listen for unusual noises and check the underneath of the car now and then, as well as following the service schedule in your owner’s manual, then you should be in a good position to take care of small problems before they become major ones, saving yourself any inconvenience and unnecessary expense in the future.
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