Wheel alignment (also known as tracking) ensures that your wheels are sitting at the correct angles as per the manufacturer’s specifications for your vehicle. Over time, general use and wear & tear of your vehicle mean your wheels can become misaligned and inefficient. Every make & model has a slightly different alignment set up with manufacturers recommendeing that alignment is carried out every 8000 miles or every other year.
A sign of poor alignment is uneven tyre wear that can impact the handling, maintenance costs and most importantly, vehicle safety. Pulling to one side while driving is also another warning sign to look out for.
Benefits of having properly aligned wheels are,
reduced tyre wear (meaning they’ll be more efficient and need replacing less often)
a smoother and safer drive
reduced fuel consumption (as the vehicle doesn’t have to work as hard to power forward)
If you would like us to check your wheel alignment please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling the office or sending an email.
This is a really easy one all of us can do in just a few minuets every few weeks. Check your windows and wipers regularly, especially your front and rear windows looking for any cracks or chips. If you do find anything, most insurance companies will replace your windscreens as part of your policy, so be sure to give them a ring. We’ve all seen the adverts, a damaged windscreen can be fatal.
You can also check your wipers easily yourself by lifting them away from the window, inspecting them for any cracks, tears or nicks in the rubber. Any damage will stop them from working as well as they should and will make diving in poor weather conditions more difficult. If you do spot any damage, you can go ahead and replace them yourself, though it can be a bit fiddly.
These are really easy checks you can do at home, especially as we approach the winter months, but any questions regarding your windows or wipers leave us a comment below or call the office.
Is your car making weird or strange noises, such as banging, nocking, squealing or grinding? Then this could be a sign it’s time to get your car booked in for a check. Ignoring noises could result in what would have been a quick and affordable fix, turning into a large and expensive repair.
Brakes, suspension, timing belts, wheel bearings (to name a few) can all be culprits of noises when they are no longer working as well as they should/can. There are parts on cars that do wear over time and you should expect to replace them as general, ongoing maintenance of your car. As we always say, prevention is better than cure when it comes to cars and booking in as soon as you hear or feel any changes with your car will only help to keep it running at its best and as safely as it can.
To book in for a FREE Vehicle Health Check, where we visually check and inspect all areas of your car, then call the office or send us a message.
As the weather begins to change and the nights are getting shorter, it definitely feels like autumn is here early. The change of year is a great reminder to get your car booked in for a Free Vehicle Health Check here at Maitland Motors.
We will get your car up on the ramp and visually check areas of your car inc, brakes, levels, tyres, horn, wipers & washers, seat belts, lights, power steering, battery, antifreeze, cooling system, condition of the exhaust, suspension, and all safety components.
Getting your car checked over regularly means we can flag any issues and the costs involved early and before they escalate into bigger more costly repairs. As we always say here at Maitland Motors, prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to cars. You can find out more about a VHC with us here.
To book your Free Vehicle Health Check and make sure your car is winter ready, call us in the office, send us an email or leave a comment below.
For this week’s #tipthursday we’re talking about your Owner’s Manual and why you should get to know yours. The Owner’s Manual is usually left forgotten in the glove box but its fill of useful information specific to your make and model of car. It can answer a whole range of questions such as when you should get a service, what your ideal tyre pressure is and warranties you may have.
We’d recommend having a look at the Maintenance Schedule, which if you follow, will help save you money in the long run. As we always say, when it comes to cars, prevention is better the cure and having a well maintained car will help keep it running effectively, efficiently and safely. Following manufacture’s spec will help with this.
You never know when the worst might happen, and you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, hungry, thirsty and cold waiting on recovery in a broken-down car. That’s why we here at Maitland Motors we recommend having an emergency kit made up to keep in the boot just in case. It could make an unbearable situation that little bit more comfortable.
A big bottle of drinking water
Snacks (cereal bars are always handy)
First Aid Kit
Old hoddie or jackets, gloves and socks to help keep warm.
Emergency cash change
Tyre Puncture Repair Kit or better still make sure your spare is in good working order. (We can check this for you.)
Keep your kit in a large bag or storage box in your boot and forget about it. Do you already have an emergency kit? Have you ever had to use it and did it help?
If you have any questions or need advice on putting a kit together, then just leave a message below.
Have a good look at your windows often, especially your front and rear windows to make sure there aren’t any cracks or chips that may have appeared over the harsh winter months. If there is damage, most insurance companies will replace your windscreens as part of your policy at no extra cost to you. Damaged window screens can be fatal. Also, take the time to check your window wipers by lifting them and inspecting for any cracks, tears or nicks on the rubber. The damage will stop them from working as well as they should and can make driving in adverse conditions even more difficult. If you do see any damage, you can easily replace them at home though it can be a bit fiddly. If you need any help with this pop into the workshop or gives us a phone, we’re only too happy to help.
Did you know that you are free to take your car to any garage for repairs and maintenance at any age? It’s common that customers are led to believe that they have to take their new car back to the dealer for servicing, MOTs etc, but in fact, you are free to pick and choose who looks after your car. This is called the “Right to Repair” and as long as your garage uses manufacturer parts to manufacturer spec and has their own garage stamp, your guarantees, insurance or credit agreements won’t be affected.
This makes the market a lot more competitive and gives you a lot more choice.
For more info or if you have any questions, feel free to call the office or email us, we’re always happy to hear from you.