Get a free car winter heath check!
Get your car checked for winter at Point S!
Ensure your car's health and safety with a free winter check at Point S. Our comprehensive 7-point service covers everything from tyre condition and pressure to battery and fluid levels. Don't let the cold weather catch you off guard - book your vehicle inspection today! We're committed to keeping you on the road, no matter the weather.
The Importance of our 7-Point Health Check in Winter
As winter approaches, ensuring your car is in optimal condition becomes crucial. Our 7-Point Health Check is designed to prepare your car for harsh weather conditions, providing a thorough examination of key areas that can be impacted by cold temperatures.
- Tyres: We check their condition and pressure, as poor tyres can increase the risk of skidding and losing traction.
- Lights: We ensure all lights and indicators are functioning properly.
- Battery: Given the higher demands placed on the battery in winter, we assess its health to avoid sudden failures.
- Engine: We check the oil and coolant levels to avoid engine strain that could lead to breakdowns.
- Brakes: We examine the brake fluid and its efficiency.
- Windscreen: wipers, washer fluid level and operation
This meticulous check ensures a safer and more reliable drive during the winter months.
Components of our Winter Vehicle Inspection
Checking Tyres for Winter Safety
Regular tyre checks should be part of your winter safety routine. As tyres are your vehicle's only point of contact with the road, their condition greatly affects your car's handling and safety. These checks will help ensure your tyres are ready to handle winter road conditions safely.
Our Point S experts will be examining the tread depth of each tyre. The minimum legal tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm. However, in winter conditions, it is recommended to maintain a tread depth of at least 3mm for better grip.
Pressure (including spare)
Finally, check the tyre pressure. Cold temperatures can cause tyres to lose pressure faster, which can affect your car's handling and fuel efficiency. Our experts will adjust your tyre pressure (including your spare) to the manufacturer's recommended level.
Examining Lights and Battery Health
During winter, your car’s lights and battery are under extra strain due to longer nights and increased use of heaters and wipers.
Our technicians will ensure all lights and indicators are functioning properly, replacing bulbs or fuses if needed. This includes headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals.
Battery problems are a common cause of winter breakdowns, so we'll perform a comprehensive battery health check. This includes testing the battery's charge and its ability to hold this charge, especially under the increased demands of winter. We'll also inspect for any signs of corrosion or damage to the battery terminals, which can affect its performance.
Checking your engine: Oil and coolant Levels
To ensure optimal engine performance, it's essential that our experts check the oil and coolant levels.
Oil acts as a lubricant, preventing friction between engine components, while coolant helps regulate engine temperature.
We'll check your oil level using the dipstick, ensuring it's between the min and max marks. Insufficient oil can cause engine damage.
We'll locate the coolant reservoir and confirm the level is within the indicated range. Low coolant levels can lead to engine overheating or freezing.
Checking your brakes for winter
In winter, the efficiency of your brakes is crucial for safe driving. Therefore, our winter car check includes a thorough inspection of your brake system. We'll verify that your brake fluid level is within the acceptable range. Insufficient brake fluid can severely affect your braking performance.
Checking your windscreen
Your windscreen is your primary line of sight when driving, hence maintaining its clarity is crucial, especially in winter. Dirt, road salt, and ice can obscure your view, making driving hazardous.
We'll check your winscreen wiper blades. Worn-out or damaged wipers can leave streaks on your windscreen, affecting visibility. We ensure that they are in good condition and recommend replacing them if needed. Finally, we confirm that your washer fluid is topped up.
Booking Your Winter Car Check in the UK
Booking your winter car check in the UK involves finding a reliable and professional service provider. Point S is a dedicated car service and tyre specialist, known for providing stress-free car maintenance solutions. You can book an appointment online, choosing a date and time that suits you.
About our partner Ecobat Battery
Ecobat Battery is a leading provider of energy storage solutions, widely recognized for its commitment to innovation and customer service. A key player in the automotive industry, Ecobat has developed a strong reputation for its advanced solutions to real-world problems, including the ongoing dependence on the 12-volt battery by vehicle manufacturers.
Ecobat has been at the forefront in advocating for regular battery testing regimes, especially for start/stop enabled applications. The company also offers a range of testing tools and training programs to ensure technicians are well-equipped to handle battery-related matters.
Ecobat's dedication to constant improvement and adaptation to the evolving needs of the automotive sector is reflected in their exhaustive research on the future of the 12-volt battery. This continuous exploration of battery technology and recycling practices positions Ecobat as a reliable partner in our mission to provide high-quality, stress-free car maintenance solutions.