Great Britain, the country that has 4 seasons in one day and you can get snow and flash floods at the drop of a hat. With the weather being unpredictable, especially at the time of the year, it is always important to ensure before any journey that you and your car are prepared for any eventuality.
Below we have compiled a list of items which should be checked frequently, especially in the cold weather.
1. Tyres – You should check the condition, tread level and pressure of your tyres to ensure that they are performing to the best of their ability. Check the tyres to see if there are any splits or bulges.
You should also check to ensure that the tread level of your tyres is above the legal limit of 1.6mm. We would recommend that you change your tyres well before hitting this limit to ensure optimal grip in all weathers. You should also ensure that your tyre pressures are inflated to your car manufacturers recommended settings. Not only will this assist with the handling of your car, but it will help increase your cars MPG!
2. Coolant – You should ensure that your cars coolant level is between the minimum and maximum markers. Coolants include Anti-Freeze which is designed to stop your engine from freezing. Coolant is very cheap and can prevent a very hefty bill for repairing an engine which has become frozen.
3. Battery – In cold weather the oil in your battery becomes thicker, which means it requires more energy from the battery to create a chemical reaction to generate electricity. The older your battery gets, the more it will struggle, so it is advisable to have your battery tested to help reduce the chances of you being caught out with a dead battery.
4. Screen Wash – Ensure that you have enough screen wash in your screen wash reservoir and that it is at a concentration suitable for the cold weather. Failure to use the correct concentration can lead your washer pump freezing and other issues.
If you would like assistance in checking these and any other points in your car, please do not hesitate in contacting us to arrange an appointment for us to do this for you.
In addition to the aforementioned, we would recommend that you keep the following in your car if you’re planning on long journeys –
- Ice scraper and de-icer
- Torch and spare batteries
- Warm clothes and blankets
- First aid kit
- Food and a warm drink in a thermos
- Reflective warning sign
- Emergency phone charger
We are very proud to have gained 100% from our unannounced Motor Codes AA inspection for our Garage in Great Yarmouth. This gives customers reassurance that we are reliable, honest and fair, with trained, competent and conscientious staff. We would like to thank all of all the team who have worked hard to help us achieve this fabulous score .
Don’t get caught out this winter. If you are looking for a Garage in Great Yarmouth to carry out a FREE battery, alternator and Anti-freeze check, give us a call. Come and take advantage of our free battery health checks and alternator output tests. We also will test the strength of your anti-freeze to see if it is strong enough for winter.
If you are looking for a Garage in Great Yarmouth that offers a payment plan for your vehicles repair bills, look no further. We at Autotech offer a 100% interest free payment plan for your repair bills (no credit check carried out). please contact us for more details. A fantastic solution that could help get the work done.
Autotech Garage in Great Yarmouth are proud to announce that we are now offering a high tech fuel injector cleaning system for both diesel and petrol vehicles. We can now easily and safely clean your fuel injector system. Carbon deposits (from poor quality high carbon based fuels) are blasted away, removing the particles that have built up blocking the injectors. While in fuel treatments can help slightly, they do not clean the injectors in their entirety. Having the system professionally cleaned ensures that all the carbon buildup is cleared. The treatments can help:-
- Improve fuel consumption
- Improve performance
- Can help prevent expensive injector changes
We offer this service for a special price of £60+vat.
Please feel free to call and discuss this treatment with our mechanic.
We recommend a fuel injection system clean every 12,000 miles/1 year depending on driving conditions.
Most modern cars today come with air conditioning systems integrated into the car.
The system comprises of the fan, heater core for heat, the evaporator for cooling,and the distribution system for delivering the air to various parts of the car. Many people think that using the air conditioning is obvious, that is there just cool the car.
We need to move away from the fact that air conditioning means cold and is only used to cool off in the summer.
The modern air conditioning system is heating and cooling and sometimes filtration depending on the system.
Air comes in from the outside through the the pollen filter if fitted, through the evaporator, the heater core then through he distribution system. When you turn the air conditioning on the compressor will run to cool the car down and take moisture from the air. Air is then fed through the heater core to heat it to the desired temperature. Some modern systems only need a temp input from the driver or passenger then they system will do the rest, there are also systems now that can deliver different temp settings to different parts of the car at the same time.
Summer use of the system seems to be the most obvious use for the air conditioning system, by turning the system on and selecting cool, the heater output is turned off if cooler or is required press recirculate which will recirculate air that has been cooled already.
A little known fact is that you Air Conditioning will help quickly clear your windscreen in the cold weather.
New EU regulations controlling the buying and selling of r134a refrigerant have come into affect from the start of January.
The changes are designed to improve compliance with r134a rules and regulations.
These regulations have required all garages that buy r134a gas have to have a F-Gas qualified technician since 2010.
Surveys have shown that up to 50% of garages have simply ignored this requirement but these new changes are designed to make it more difficult for garages to buy r134a gas from suppliers when they don’t have F-Gas qualified technician.
The new changes have wide ranging implications for garage owners, technicians and also suppliers of A134a.
The EU working through DEFRA have put extra responsibility on the suppliers of a134a to ensure that the garages they are supplying have the relevant qualifications.
Where the F-Gas regulation 2006 placed legal responsibility with the buyer the 2014 regulation places responsibility with the buyer and the seller.
We at Autotech Garage Services strive to be as up to date as possible and we are fully compliant with all regulations concerning F-Gas handling and all our customers can be safe in the fact that our staff are trained and certified.
Don’t forget that we also offer a pick up and drop off service within the local area, so we will drop you back home or to work while your car is in for its MOT and pick you up to collect your car. Please contact us for more details about this service. Terms and conditions apply.
If you are looking for air conditioning refills in Great Yarmouth, We currently offer this service for only £19.99+VAT. In addition to this we can also offer an air conditioning steriliser and deodoriser service that eliminates bacteria and mould build up in your air conditioning system, this can be added on to your air conditioning for an extra £11.50+VAT.
**This is a limited time offer and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer ends December 2017**