Car care & maintenance

All cars can need a little love and attention from time to time to keep them running smoothly. This section is designed to make sure doing that is as simple and straightforward and possible.

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Warning Lights

What's Wrong and What Should You Do?From November 2012, a new EU ruling means that all new cars must be installed with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

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More than fresh air in your Air Con?

Most cars should be serviced every 10,000 miles or every year but did you know that an air-con service is not included in your car's regular service schedule? As with all things mechanical, the air-con system needs to be serviced regularly to keep it working at optimum performance. Bacteria and pollen build up means that there could be more than fresh air flowing from your air-con.

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Batteries and Exhausts

To help keep your car running well between your servicing intervals there are a few things that you can do and a few things that it's good to be aware of to help you to keep your vehicle in tip-top condition.Battery Care.Most batteries don't require regular maintenance; however it's always good to check them every now and then.

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Fluids and Brakes

To help keep your car running well between your servicing intervals there are a few things that you can do and a few things that it's good to be aware of to help you to keep your vehicle in tip-top condition.Checking Your Oil Levels.By checking your vehicle's dipstick under the bonnet (you'll see how in your vehicle handbook), you can check how much oil is left in your engine.

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Look After Your Tyres and Save Fuel

Soaring fuel prices have increased the pressure on us to squeeze every last mile out of our tanks. It may come as a surprise, but making a few simple changes you can improve the fuel economy of your vehicle. Recent studies show that over 69% of us are driving round on the wrong tyre pressures and that many drivers open the window rather than use their air con - both of which are a false economy.Tyre Care.

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Jump Leads

How to Use Jump Leads - It Only Takes About 10 MinsWhen using jump leads, a simple and helpful acronym to remember is…GaBLE - Good and Bad, Live(+) then Earth(-).Connect a 'good' battery to your 'bad' one using the live (+) lead and terminal. Then attach the earth lead to the engine block or chassis member (DO NOT attach it to the negative (-) battery terminal of the 'bad' battery.

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Charging Your Battery

How to Charge Your Car Battery - It Only Takes About 10 MinsLeft your lights on over night again? Don't worry. A dead car battery can soon be brought back to life. Assuming you have a battery charger, of course.If possible, remove the battery leads.Consult your charger's instructions to make sure it's suitable for your car's battery and that it's set correctly.

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Maintaining your car battery

How to Maintain Your Car Battery - It Only Takes About 30 MinsNot something you need to do that regularly because most modern batteries are relatively maintenance free. But, when you do... here's a quick guide on what you do.Before doing anything, ensure you've got the codes for reprogramming the stereo and other electrical systems that could be affected by loss of electrical power.

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Changing Tyres

How to Change a Car Tyre - It Only Takes About 30 MinsIf one of your tyres has a problem, the first thing to think about is your safety. If the car is stationary, don't try and move it as the drive to get help could put you and other road users in danger.

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Checking Tyres

How to Check Your Tyres - It Only Takes About 5 MinsIf you can, do this once a week, fortnightly as a minimum. Look out for obvious damage such as splits or cracks.Tyre WearCheck that tyres are wearing evenly. If they're showing signs of wear along just one side this could mean they're misaligned. (This is something you'll have to get checked by a professional.

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