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FREE Winter Vehicle Check*

As a long established and trusted local business, we offer a FREE drive-in Winter Check as a service to vehicle owners and drivers in the Bolton area.

We will check the basics for you to give you some peace of mind winter motoring

Our FREE Winter vehicle check includes;

  • Tyres
  • Battery,
  • Bulbs,
  • Oil,
  • Blades,
  • Screenwash

    10 Point Winter Vehicle Check*

    We can also offer a 10 point Seasonal Check* which is more detailed and we will check the things that can really let you down in Winter such as hoses and fan belts, tyres and anti freeze, this is our recommended, vehicle check to help make sure you and your vehicle is prepared for the Winter months. This includes checking;

  • Brakes
  • Ignition
  • Wiring
  • Hoses and fan belts
  • Spark plugs
  • Air, fuel and emissions filters, and PCV valve
  • Distributor
  • Battery
  • Tyre wear and air pressure
  • Antifreeze level and freeze line

    *Seasonal Service price does not include and parts or fluids required

    Full (25Point) Winter Vehicle Check*

    Bolton Service Centre also offer a ‘Peace of Mind’ 25 point Full Winter Check Package. This entails a 25 point check and top up of any key fluids such as oil, brake fluid, anti-freeze etc.

  • Check for damage to bodywork, lamps and trims
  • Fit protective covers
  • Check condition and operation of all seat belts (upholstery, gear lever, steering wheel etc.)
  • Check operation of interior and exterior lights
  • Check operation of ABS and/or air bag warning lights
  • Check windscreen washers and wipers
  • Check horn
  • Check operation of suspension dampers
  • Check air conditioning operation including bad odour
  • Check and top up engine oil
  • Check and record brake fluid condition
  • Check all auxiliary drive belts (not timing belt)
  • Check power steering operation and fluid condition
  • Check battery and lubricate terminals
  • Check and top up all under bonnet fluid levels
  • Check and record antifreeze/coolant protection
  • Check cooling system for leaks, cooling fan operation and heater output
  • Check the condition and security of the exhaust
  • Carry out tyre report
  • Road test vehicle and report any findings
  • Ensure vehicle is left clean

    Winter MOT Offer

    Winter MOT’s at Bolton TYRE and Exhaust Service Centre

    Is your car, van or motorcycle due for its MOT Test? Book your MOT test with us in December and January and get a LIMITED SPECIAL OFFER PRICE of ONLY £25!

    Prepare Your Car For Winter – Here’s our Simple Guide to the basics or Winter Servicing and preparation for you and your vehicle 

    1. Check the battery

    The battery should be the first priority,” during the winter months it suffers from a double whammy of cold temperatures – reducing the output – and the increased use of lights, heater and blower, which place it under additional strain. Batteries have an effective life of around five years, if your car is having problems starting get the battery checked out and replaced if necessary.

    2. Top up engine coolant with antifreeze

    Engine coolant should be a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. You will need to top it up with antifreeze as it becomes diluted over time, people make the mistake of topping up with water during the year, so the antifreeze gets over-diluted and freezes during very cold weather, this can lead to the engine over-heating and a very large repair bill.

    3. Check the condition of your tyres

    As a car’s tyres are key to both steering and braking, it is essential they are in good condition. Check tyres for pressure and tread depth, we recommend a minimum of 3mm depth during the winter, compared to the legal minimum of 1.6mm, as this gives better grip. You could also look at changing from summer to winter tyres, as these also offer increased group in snow slush or ice.

    4. Clean your lights

    Check that all lights, indicators and rear reflectors are clean, make sure there are no cracked lenses or blown bulbs, check full beam headlights, fog lights and indicators.

    5. Wash your windscreen and wipers

    Give your windscreen a thorough clean inside and out and top up your screen washer fluid with antifreeze, a simple tip is to run your finger down the wiper blades to check for nicks and tears, or if you have a ‘line’ across your windscreen after each time your wiper moves across, it may be time to replace it for a clearer view

    Check for any chips in the windscreen, as these can grow in the cold weather. Also touch up any chips in the bodywork as the salt deposits on the road will attack these.

    6. Prepare for longer journeys

    Before setting off on a longer journey, check the weather forecast, travel news and safest routes, also, allow extra journey time to avoid having to rush.

    Clear all windows of snow and ice using a scraper and de-icer, and ensure you have antifreeze in your car

    7. Carry a winter car breakdown kit

    This should include a shovel, torch, blanket, hi-visibility vest, screenwash, food and drink supplies, scraper and de-icer, and snow grips for your shoes in case you need to walk to safety.

    And don’t forget a fully charged mobile phone. “Drive according to the road and weather conditions,” says Mike Pickard from insurer Esure.

    “Common sense needs to prevail to reduce the number of accidents, so slow down, stay alert, and stay in control.”

    8. Check your cover

    Are you a member of a driver organisation such as the RAC?  Check your insurance, comprehensive breakdown cover is crucial at this time of year and will give you the peace of mind of knowing you won’t end up stranded in the cold.

    So check your policy and remember to take a contact phone number with you on all journeys.

    9. Other important areas

    Also, keep at least a quarter of a tank of fuel in case of unexpected delay and check the oil. If you have a bit of motor know-how, check your brake pads, brake discs and brake fluid to ensure the brakes are fast and responsive. Ensure the fan belt and alternator drive belts are tight and not worn and that plugs and other leads are in good condition and secure.

    If you don’t feel confident making these checks, Bolton Service Centre will be happy to help you, with any of the Winter Service packages listed above, if you need any further information, do please call us, we are here for you and have been for over 25 years.

    And a final tip…Don’t Leave Home Without These

    In an emergency situation, in addition to a full tank of gas and fresh antifreeze, National Safety Council recommends having these with you at all times:

    • Properly inflated spare tyre, wheel wrench and tripod jack
    • Shovel
    • Jumper cables
    • Bag of salt or cat litter for better tire traction or to melt snow
    • Tool kit
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • Reflective triangles or flares
    • Compass
    • First aid kit
    • Windshield cleaner
    • Ice scraper and snow brush
    • Matches in a waterproof container
    • Scissors and string or cord
    • Nonperishable, high-energy foods like unsalted, canned nuts, dried fruits and hard candy
    • Blankets, mittens, socks and hats

    Winter road trips – even short ones – are a great way to celebrate with family and friends. Being prepared can ensure a safe and happy time is had by all.

    *Price or service does not include any parts or fluids required or ordered

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