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Before the really cold weather sets in, it's a good idea to book your car in for a winter service to find out whether there are any problems. The reason for this is if there are any issues, you can get them fixed quickly and you'll be all set for the winter. After all, prevention is better than cure.

 

During the winter check we will throughly inspect the follwing areas:

Tyres / Battery / Fluids / Brakes / Wipers

Please see below for a description as to why we check these areas and what we do. 

 

Tyres

Although your tyres will be checked as part of your car's annual MOT, it's a good idea to have them checked by French Diagnostic Services in the winter months. If there's any sign of excessive wear and tear on the treads, the tyres should be replaced - you don't want to get caught out on slippery roads!

The legal minimum tread is 1.6mm, but if it's likely to be icy or wet, you should make sure you have at least 3mm of tread depth.

It is important to check the tyre pressure on a regular basis - preferably once a week.

 

Battery

During the colder months you're likely to use your lights and heating far more, this can drain the battery therefor it is vital to make sure you keep your battery fully charged. You may even want to consider buying a set of jump leads to keep in the car in case of an emergency.

We inspect to make sure all the connections to your battery are secure and that there's no corrosion on the battery. Most batteries last for around two to four years, so if you're worried, bring your car to FDS and we will test the battery. If you're in any doubt, it's worth replacing it.

 

Fluids

Anti Freeze - You don't want your radiator to break down, we check the strength of the anti-freeze. Too much or too little and your system may freeze up.

 

Brakes

 

Wipers

Windscreen wipers can wear down so it's important to check the blades on a regular basis. If they are looking a little worn, replace them - that way you'll be much better off when you're stuck in a rain storm! It's also a good idea to add de-icer to the windscreen washer fluid.

 

Winter Kits on sale from the FDS Shop

 

It's always a good idea to keep an emergency kit in the car. This should include:

 

De-icer

Ice scraper

A blanket and some warm clothes

Torch and batteries

First-aid kit

Food (such as cereal bars)

A warm drink in a flask for cold weather, or water

A shovel in case of snow

Sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare of the low winter sun

A car-phone charger

 

If you have any questions you would like to ask FDS about the Winter Service then please contact us or leave a question for us on our FAQ page.