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Winter Servicing MINIs - What is involved?

A winter service for a car typically refers to a set of maintenance tasks and checks performed to prepare the vehicle for colder weather conditions, such as snow, ice, and low temperatures. The specific services included may vary depending on the service provider and the region's climate, but here are some common aspects of a winter service:

Battery check: Cold weather can put additional strain on the car battery. A winter service may involve checking the battery's condition, cleaning the terminals, and ensuring it is properly charged.

Antifreeze check: The coolant/antifreeze in the car's radiator and cooling system helps prevent the engine from freezing. During a winter service, the level and concentration of the antifreeze are checked and topped up if necessary.

Tyre inspection: Adequate tyre traction is crucial for safe winter driving. The service may involve checking the tyre tread depth, overall tyre condition, and tyre pressure. Some regions recommend or require the use of winter tires or snow chains for added safety.

Wiper blades and washer fluid: Visibility is essential in winter conditions. The service may include inspecting and replacing worn wiper blades and ensuring the windshield washer fluid is topped up with a winter-grade solution that won't freeze in low temperatures.

Heating and defrosting system: The functionality of the car's heating and defrosting systems is important during winter. The service may involve checking the heating system, including the cabin air filters, and verifying that the defrosting system effectively clears the windshield and windows.

Lights and electrical system: The service may include checking the car's lights, both exterior and interior, to ensure they are functioning properly. Additionally, the electrical system may be inspected to identify any potential issues that could arise in cold weather.

Fluid levels: Other fluid levels, such as engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid, may be checked and topped up if needed to ensure optimal performance in cold conditions.

Fluid quality: Brake fluid may be checked for water percentage if taken to a garage and the coolant fluid can be checked for concentration to ensure that both are working at their optimum potential.

It's important to note that the specific services offered as part of a winter service may vary among service providers. It's advisable to consult with your local mechanic or dealership to understand the exact details of their winter service package.

PS - Don't forget that we offer fitting and servicing at our garage premises in Essex - Torque Monkey! Feel free to get in touch for more information, we would be more than happy to help!

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