It’s mid-Winter and with the shortest day of the year coming up on Friday, the 21 June 2024. Give your car TLC with some Winter Maintenance this Winter Solstice.

Radiator Coolant / Anti-Freeze

Have your radiator’s Anti-Freeze level checked. Only adding water to your engine’s cooling system will dilute the recommended anti-freeze concentration. This could cause damage to your radiator and engine.

Over cranking your vehicle to get it started can cause damage to the starter and ignition


Batteries tend to give more problems during winter, because of the increased amps drawn by the starter to crank a cold engine. Check the water levels (unsealed batteries only)/. Keep the terminals clean and make sure the battery is secure. If you are having problems starting your car in the mornings, have your battery checked.

Clean your battery terminals with a solution of bicarbonate of soda and a wire brush to get rid of battery corrosion.

Steps To Clean Your Battery

  • Make sure your car is SWITCHED OFF
  • Remove the terminals – first the negative terminal and then the positive.
  • Clean the white corrosive material off the terminals with a wire brush and a small amount of bicarbonate of soda mixed with a bit of water. An old toothbrush will work if there is only a small amount of corrosion. If the corrosion is quite severe, cover with a paste of bicarbonate of soda, leave for a few minutes and then scrub with a wire brush or steel wool.
  • Ensure all corrosive material is cleaned off the insides of the terminal.
  • Dry the terminals
  • Connect battery again – first positive and then negative.

A small amount of petroleum jelly can be smeared onto CLEAN terminals to prevent future corrosion from building up.

Glow Plugs

If your Diesel vehicle battles to start in winter – check your Glow Plugs. If the engine requires several tries to crank, it could be a symptom of bad glow plugs. Always wait until the Glow Plug Indicator Light turns off before starting your vehicle. On cold mornings turn your key to the “on” position and warm up the glow plugs a few times before starting your vehicle. Faulty glow plugs can cause damage to your engine over time.


In Winter, your tyres will have less pressure and lower pressure will increase your fuel consumption and wear on tyres. If you need to replace your tyres get in touch for a no-obligation quotation.

Driving on icy roads with smooth tyres is a recipe for disaster. Visit NZTA to find out more info on tyre tread and tyre pressure.

Run your air conditioning system for at least 10 minutes once a week during Winter to ensure that the rubbers and pipes don’t harden and crack, resulting in costly repairs.

If your vehicle is battling to start in the mornings or you have any concerns, get in contact to discuss any issues you may be experiencing. We are mobile and come to you which leaves you to get on with your busy day – no hanging around waiting for your car to be checked.

  • Make sure your windscreen reservoir bottle is full – driving on dark roads with a dirty windscreen is a safety hazard.
  • Check your wiper blades for clear streak-free vision.
  • Check all your lights – make sure you have good quality bulbs in your headlights

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