Top Five Tips for… Winter Maintenance for your Suzuki Car or Bike

02 November 2018
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In the famous words of the House of Stark, Winter is Coming - and, with it, an increased chance you'll experience problems with your car or bike. The season might be a bump in the road, but don't worry - Autofixa is ready to keep you warm in the cold months ahead.

Be Bright, Check Your Lights

It's a self-evident truth that you'll be using your lights much more in the winter than at any other time of year. Shorter days and longer nights mean that it's more essential than ever to ensure all your lights are in proper working order. As obvious as it may sound, simply turning on your lights and taking a walk around your vehicle is the first step in ensuring they are all working properly. Are they bright and clearly visible, or do they show signs of dimming? Just like the bulbs in your home, car lights start to lose their strength over time. While sometimes weak headlights might require little more than a thorough clean, if you're still struggling to see or be seen after this, it's probably time to replace your lights. It's vital to swap your lights in pairs to avoid creating an uneven field of vision for yourself and other road users, which can distract, and potentially dazzle, other drivers. Swapping out your lights is relatively easy. If you order your replacement OEM lamps, bulbs and headlight protectors from Autofixa, your car's vision will be back up to 20/20 in no time.

Keep Your Windscreen Crystal Clear

Britain's all-year-round rain won't be the only problem affecting your windscreen in the winter. Before starting your journey, you'll want to make sure the windscreen is completely clear of ice and snow by using a scraper or snow brush. Your heater can speed up the process, but be sure to start off cold and increase the temperature slowly. If you start with high heat, you'll simply be pumping more moisture into the car, which will re-condense onto the window, worsening the problem. A cooler temperature will start by drying the air and removing the moisture. Don't simply wipe away interior condensation with a cloth for a quick fix, as this can leave marks on the windscreen that will make it harder to see. It's also advisable that you top up your washer fluid with antifreeze to make sure it doesn't freeze over in extreme temperatures. While keeping your windscreen crystal clear, you should be ensuring no ice crystals gather on it. Regularly check for cracks in your windscreen - if water falls into these, it could expand into ice. This will further damage your windscreen. It's recommended to change your windscreen wipers every six months to a year, so check out our store if you think it's time for an update. As well as stocking a variety of wiper-blades, you can also find brand-new windscreens for your Suzuki bikes and cars over in our store.

Check Your Tyre Tread

While your tyres should always have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm, in the winter it's recommended that your tread is much deeper - at least a whole 4mm. This is because shallow treads reduce wet braking traction, increasing stopping distances. You should also regularly check your tyre pressure, which tends to drop with the temperature. Tyres with low pressure are more likely to wear quicker, due to increased friction with the ground. If your tyres' treads are too shallow, it's time to get them replaced. Much like lights, it's best to replace tyres in pairs, as uneven tyres can create problems further down the road.

Don't let your brakes be the reason you break down

No matter how much de-icer and grit they're caked in, there's no denying roads in the winter are much more unpredictable than in warmer seasons.

Good shocks, bad shocks

It might be a surprise to hear that a tiny bit of grit, salt and moisture can deteriorate shock absorbers over time while driving over too many potholes (which often appear in the winter) can cause some serious damage. If your vehicle is getting harder to control around corners, or becoming oversensitive to side winds, it might be a sign that your shock absorber's experiencing a bad case of the winter blues. Luckily, Autofixa stocks a whole range of shock absorbers to keep your car fit and healthy over the winter. If you have any other tips or checks we'd love to hear them - simply comment below, and don't forget to share our tips with other Suzuki lovers! Matteo Everett

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