Top 10 Car Maintenance Mistakes That Drivers Make

You may have the best intentions in the world to save money and be proactive with your car maintenance, but if you’re making basic mistakes – or worse, ignoring maintenance altogether – you could be causing untold damage to your vehicle. Thankfully, Universal Tyres is here to point you in the right direction of the top 10 car maintenance mistakes that you should avoid. Ignoring the Engine Warning Light If the timing is inconvenient or you are mid journey, it’s tempting to ignore the engine warning light. ‘It will go away’ is common parlance when it comes to all warning…

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MOTs: UK motorists aren’t prepared to do basic checks!

It would seem that 1 in 10 of Britain’s motorists are shy about car maintenance. As research by LV discovered, over 1 in 10 admit they are not happy carrying out checks or basic car care before their MOT test. Even though most drivers know a quick look over their vehicle could save them time and money, more than half of surveyed motorists are reluctant to check their headlights and indicators are working. Lights were the number 1 cause of instant MOT failures in 2016, accounting for 18.9% of all test fails. This is just a portion of the 35.3%…

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How often should I have my car serviced?

How often you should get your car serviced depends on how often you drive your car. As a rule to live by, you should have your car serviced every 12 months. If you drive your car many miles every day – even if these are motorway miles – your car will benefit from interim services every 6 months. If you manage to cover 12,000 miles before the 12 months is up, you should then get your car serviced, too. This many miles is more than enough for your oil to become old and potentially sludgy, as well as your coolants…

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Preparing Your Car for Winter: Maintenance Tips

Tis the season to pack your winter emergency kit and place it in the boot, ready for any long delays during the winter weather. Along with your emergency winter kit, here at Universal Tyres we recommend you thoroughly prepare your car for the harsh winter ahead. Here’s a few suggestions from our experienced mechanics. Have your car serviced A professional mechanic is qualified to inspect every major component of your car and check it for damage and wear. Not only that, they can monitor every fluid level and replace or top up fluids as required. A professional service is therefore…

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Car Checks for Summer

When you’re motorway-bound and heading to the beach for the summer, the last thing you want is your car to breakdown. With higher temperatures, increased traffic and therefore congested roads, the chances of engine failure increase significantly during the summer holidays. That’s why this month we’re giving you a rundown of the basic car maintenance checks you can do quickly and easily to keep your car running smooth all the way to the seaside. Battery If you turn the ignition key and your car has a tough time starting, it may be time to have a professional mechanic look at…

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Dashboard warning lights: Do you know what they mean?

The cars of today are impressively kitted out with the latest engine management technology, including your vehicle’s warning lights. Every modern car uses these and they’re the most effective tool for keeping your motor running reliably all year round. It’s therefore important to get familiar with what a warning light means, should one illuminate on your dashboard. In all cases it’s recommended to pull over as soon as possible and take the necessary action to fix the problem. In this way, you’ll avoid a complete system failure or serious breakdown. Afterall, solving simple engine issues saves motorists hundreds of pounds…

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Why Local Garages Are Better Than Dealerships for Servicing and MOTs

We all know that having your car serviced regularly and also ensuring it has a full MOT history are important, but many vehicle owners choose to overcomplicate these processes by only visiting dealerships to carry out the work. Usually, this means travelling far greater distances to your local dealership and then paying an above average price for the work, all for brand loyalty. However, local garages outperform dealerships in more ways than one, and here we’ll be showing you just why that is. An Attentive Service Because the scale of operations in your local garage is significantly smaller than that…

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Car Servicing : Myths and Misconceptions

Getting your car serviced regularly is an important aspect of keeping your vehicle healthy and safe, but there are a number of misconceptions out there that can distort the image of servicing for the worse that should be addressed. Therefore, in the second of this month’s articles, we’ll be looking at – and debunking – just a few of these myths so you can start benefiting from a regular, professional service without apprehension today. Myth 1: Servicing Costs the Same Every Year Unfortunately, a service does not cost the same every year. Although you may be able to assume that…

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Car Batteries: Everything You Need to Know

With how reliable modern cars are, there are many people out there who have never had to deal with the inner workings of their vehicle, simply getting it serviced and paying the garage before heading on their way. But knowing where the water, oil and fuel goes isn’t all there is to know about running a car, and it’s well worth your time to familiarise yourself with other aspects of the vehicle, too. The battery is an essential component of a car, and so in the first of this month’s articles we’ll be looking at just that.   How Does…

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What causes a car to vibrate at high speeds?

While finding time for car maintenance may not feature at the top of your to-do list, it’s important that any noticeable problems are addressed as quickly as possible to ensure the safety of you and others on the road. One of the most common problems you may notice with your vehicle is that it has started to vibrate when you are driving at high speeds. There are a plethora of reasons for this, some of which are obvious while others can be difficult to identify. In this article, we will explain what causes a car to vibrate, and why it…

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