Lloyd Used Car Centre Seasonal Advice
Our vehicle Service and Bodyshop Centres are classed as 'essential' services and remain open. We are open and fully operational for car servicing, MOT, warranty work, parts and repairs. To read more, click here.
Unable to achieve a comfortable temperature or de-fog your windscreen? Your car may need an air conditioning service. Regardless of mileage, it is suggested your vehicle has an air conditioning service every 2 years to ensure it is working to optimum performance.
Did you know?
Your Air Conditioning requires regassing every 2 years as 10-15% is used before it’s even turned on.
Having your Air Conditioning re-gassed decontaminates your system, removes any bacteria that could potentially filter back through and be released into your car.
You should maintain your Air Conditioning even in the colder months as it helps demist your windows quicker.
A clean Air Conditioning system reduces emissions as dirty or damaged air filters reduce the air flow to the engine affecting the cars air fuel balance.
Replacing a clogged air filter can increase fuel efficiency improving acceleration.
Not regassing your Air Conditioning will leave it less efficient and less effective when you want to cool down or demist your windows.
During your Air Conditioning Service, we will check for any leaks in the system to ensure the system is maintaining as much gas as possible.
Winter Driving Checklist
As the temperature drops and the sun sits lower in the sky, driving can prove more of a challenge even for the most experienced driver. But hidden ice, wetter driving conditions, and restricted light can have a big impact on hazard perception increasing the risk of an accident. So, take your time and consider our advice for driving on the road during the winter season:
Prepare your vehicle, top up your screen wash and check functioning before setting off. This includes checking your lights are working.
Know your journey and should you not have Sat Nav, be aware of alternative routes you could take due to traffic or diversions.
Ensure you have plenty of fuel in the tank to compensate for any required detours.
Check your engine oil, sufficient oil helps regulate the temperature of your engine on long journeys.
Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front to compensate for any sudden braking ahead on wet roads.
Take your time when accelerating/decelerating to ensure maximum efficiency in the colder weather.
Ensure you have sufficient tyre tread and they are correctly inflated as the colder temperatures can increase pressure. If you drive frequently during the winter months, it may be worth considering buying a set of winter tyres.
Make sure your wiper blades are in good condition. If they squeak when they wipe they are likely to need replacing and are key to your safety in Winter weather conditions.
Keep a pack of essentials, just in case: Screenwash top-up, Top-up oil, Phone charger, Spare tyre/tyre sealant, AdBlue.
Save your local Lloyd Bodyshop number in your phone, and in the event of an accident make us your first call.
If you would like us to help you with any of the above, please feel welcome to contact us and ask about our vehicle health check appointments.
Your car battery like any other battery will discharge when not used. At cold temperatures, your batteries ability to provide sufficient power to run your vehicle will also demise therefore with the potential reduction in your vehicles use during lockdown coupled with the colder temperatures we suggest you connect your vehicle to a battery trickle charger.
A healthy battery should last at least 2 weeks without needing to be started up to re-charge (this may reduce in colder temperatures), try to avoid excessive “wake-ups” of your car’s electrical system and avoid locking/unlocking or switching on the ignition without driving the car.
Once a battery has discharged beyond a level it will no longer hold a full charge and will need to be replaced.
If you have any questions or issues regarding your battery, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Important Screenwash Information
It is important to ensure that you are using the correct screen wash for your car as recommended by the manufacturer. Genuine screen wash not only cleans but reduces bacteria build up in the washer jets and tanks. Should bacteria build up it could cause a blockage in the system leading to further work required.
Contact our Parts department to order the correct screen wash for your car.
Fantastic service from Lewis and his colleagues. Everyone was really helpful and felt like they appreciated our business, unlike other garages! I was very sad to have to part with my beloved BMW but Alfie the beagle meant we needed to change to an estate. Really chuffed with my new car and will not hesitate in recommending Lewis to friends and family!
Debbie Young - Lloyd Carlisle Used Car Centre