Sometimes your car may start to play up or you may have warning lights on your dash board that you are unsure as to why they have appeared. If this is the case you may need to take your car to a garage to be put on a diagnostic machine to read what faults are showing up on the on board computer.
Not all garages will be able to carry this out for you as they have to have the correct software for your make and model of vehicle which is why many people go to a main dealer. Although this is fine, you may find that you get charged a lot more than taking it to a local dealer that has the correct equipment. A quick call to the garage will confirm if they can carry the work out.
Once the car has gone on the diagnostic it will list a fault codes if any are found. These fault codes will then give the garage an indication as to what is the matter with the car so they can advise you.
There is one really simple thing you can do to get the most out of your tyres: check their pressure regularly. Under-inflated tyres are the biggest cause of unnecessary tyre wear. Not only that, they increase stopping distances, without needing to mention the extra strain on your brake discs & suspension. Put crudely, under inflating by a third – which is the average level of cars on the UK road – can increase stopping distances by more than a third, as well as increasing the risk of a blowout, and increasing natural wear by anything up to 40%.
Measured against tread or ice, it has a significantly greater effect than low tread depth, and nearly as significant an impact as extreme wet or icy conditions. For your own safety then, as well as to get the best out of your car, it is important to check tyres regularly and adjust for the road conditions.
If you do decide to have it repaired (this is especially if you are doing the work yourself or a friend / family is) be sure that you fully understand everything that needs doing. If the car has sustained a significant impact there may be further damage found when you strip parts of so you should always allow for this as once you have brought the car back, the insurance company or garage will not be responsible for anything else that is found. The vehicle may need to go on a jig to pull it straight again, if this is the case the use of a jig alone can be costly and the chances are there may be more to the damage than meets the eye. You will probably also have to have the car wheels realigned and may need a certificate to show that it is roadworthy again. Some insurance companies will not insure written off vehicles once repaired and if they do will charge a hefty premium.
A good time to have the wheel alignment of your vehicle checked is whenever you’re having new tyres installed. We are always told about how tyres need to be changed regularly and be the right model of tyre for your car, otherwise the efficiency of your vehicle will be reduced, and your driving experience will also be affected. The same can be said for wheel alignment, which will also affect you driving experience significantly.
Wheel alignment refers to the angle that the wheels are adjusted to. With cars, the manufacturer will often specify the correct setting, although some drivers will opt to have a different setting, thereby achieving a different driving experience. You will see this most commonly with cars used in off road racing, where they’ve had their wheel alignment adjusted so that they will perform better for the set of circumstances they’ll be under. But usually, the best option for car owners is to follow the manufacturers recommendations.