We have been accumulating Mini’s this week… One having a new engine fitted, another having some body work, and a third in today with a faulty starter. 

With the Classic Mini having been in production for over 40yrs, there are plenty more out there that need fixing.

 

If you drive past and the shutter is down and doors shut. Dont worry, we are still open. We are just keeping warm as it is pretty cold out.

A yellow *Be Aware* Weather warning has been issued for London by the Met Office, overnight and into the early hours of tomorrow morning. Don’t get caught out in the bad weather, check out our tips

Antifreeze – check coolant level regularly and, if required, top-up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze. Your garage should check concentration to ensure adequate cold temperature protection.

Battery – the most common cause of winter breakdowns. A battery more than five years old may struggle in the cold – get it checked and replaced if necessary to avoid the inconvenience of an unplanned failure.

Fuel – keep at least a quarter of a tank in case of unexpected delay.

Lights – check and clean all lights regularly to make sure you can see and be seen clearly. Carry spare bulbs.

Tyres – should have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring. Consider winter tyres for improved safety. Check pressures at least every fortnight.

Windscreen – reduce dazzle from the low sun by keeping the screen clean inside and out.  Now is a good time to renew worn wiper blades.

Screen wash – use a 50% mix of a good quality screen wash to reduce the chance of freezing in frosty weather.

Locks and door seals – stop doors freezing shut with a thin coat of polish or Vaseline on rubber door seals.  A squirt of water dispersant (WD-40) in locks will help stop them freezing.

If your worried about any of the above items, don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8367 1747

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Here are 8 tips/checks to do while driving your car this winter. From us at Richard T Moore Motor Engineers Enfield.

Antifreeze – check coolant level regularly and, if required, top-up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze. Your garage should check concentration to ensure adequate cold temperature protection.

Battery – the most common cause of winter breakdowns. A battery more than five years old may struggle in the cold – get it checked and replaced if necessary to avoid the inconvenience of an unplanned failure.

Fuel – keep at least a quarter of a tank in case of unexpected delay.

Lights – check and clean all lights regularly to make sure you can see and be seen clearly. Carry spare bulbs.

Tyres – should have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring. Consider winter tyres for improved safety. Check pressures at least every fortnight.

Windscreen – reduce dazzle from the low sun by keeping the screen clean inside and out.  Now is a good time to renew worn wiper blades.

Screen wash – use a 50% mix of a good quality screen wash to reduce the chance of freezing in frosty weather.

Locks and door seals – stop doors freezing shut with a thin coat of polish or Vaseline on rubber door seals.  A squirt of water dispersant (WD-40) in locks will help stop them freezing.

If your worried about any of the above items, don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8367 1747

Here are Richard T Moore’s tops tips for a clear winter view in Enfield.

While you use a scraper and de-icer on the outside of your car, starting the engine, switching on heated rear screen and mirrors and allowing air-conditioned air to circulate to gently warm the glass is the most effective way to clear frosted glass.

Stay with the car all the time – if you must go back indoors switch off and lock the car.

Do not drive off until all of the glass is clear

Remember not to leave wipers in ‘auto’ when frost is expected – if wipers are frozen to the glass the wiper motor could be damaged.  Don’t try to force frozen wipers off the glass

Never use just-boiled water to clear glass – it could crack the glass, freezes quickly and could freeze your wipers to the glass

Clear all snow off the car, a soft brush is effective – making sure the front grille is clear (otherwise there is risk of the engine overheating).  Make sure lights are clean and working

Air conditioning isn’t only for summer – it will help to dry the air and keep cold glass mist free.

Don’t use your hands to wipe misted-up windows – you’ll leave greasy smears and a diamond ring could scratch the glass.  Use a lint-free absorbent cloth if necessary

Driving in heavy rain and flooding can be hazardous. Here are some useful hints and tips to help you prepare for wet weather.

Breakdown numbers always increase during periods of wet weather, as the damp causes problems with engines and electrical systems, particularly in older vehicles. If you must drive, there are a handful of steps you can take to reduce your chances of an accident or breakdown dramatically.

Many rain-related breakdowns are easily avoidable as they are often caused by people driving through deep standing water. While cars have improved significantly in technical terms in recent years they are still not waterproof and will break down if they are driven through deep water. This can lead to catastrophic engine failure which will be extremely expensive to put right.

A catastrophic flood-related engine damage incident is typically caused by water being sucked into the engine which causes the engine to lock up and can in turn damage important engine components including piston connecting rods and valves.

This inevitably means a new engine will have to be fitted, but what people generally don’t understand is that it is the owner who is likely to have foot the expensive garage bill unless they can demonstrate to their insurer – like any accident – that it was not their actions that caused the damage.

Before setting off:

  • Consider whether your journey is essential. If not, can it be delayed until after the rain has subsided?
  • Plan your journey in advance, taking care to avoid areas which are prone to flooding, and factoring in extra time to allow for slower speeds and potential congestion
  • Let relatives and friends know your intended route and expected time of arrival and where possible, travel with others
  • Check that your windscreen wiper blades are fully functional. If both front and back blades are not up to scratch, get them replaced
  • Make sure you fill up. Using your lights and heaters and being caught in traffic use more fuel than driving in normal conditions
  • Carry a mobile phone in case you encounter any difficulties during your journey

On the road:

  • Use dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you more easily
  • Don’t use rear fog lights. They can mask your brake lights and dazzle drivers behind you
  • Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front to account for greater stopping distances – remember the two-second rule
  • Look out for large or fast-moving vehicles creating spray which reduces visibility
  • Listen out for local news bulletins to keep up-to-date with road closures, flooding and forecasts
  • If you break down in torrential rain keep the bonnet closed while waiting for help to arrive, to avoid the electrical system getting soaked
  • Driving too fast through standing water could lead to tyres losing contact with the road.  If your steering suddenly feels light you could be aquaplaning. To regain grip, ease off the accelerator, do not brake and allow your speed to reduce until you gain full control of the steering again
  • Driving fast through deep water can cause serious and expensive damage
  • Be considerate to other road users and try not to spray pedestrians and cyclists as you drive through water

Driving In Flooded Areas

The following tips should always be followed for driving in flooded conditions:

  • Do not attempt to drive through water if you are unsure of the depth – the edge of the kerb is a good indicator
  • If you do go through water, drive on the highest section of the road
  • Drive steadily and slowly so as not to create a bow wave in front of the vehicle and allow oncoming traffic to pass first – make sure you have a clear route ahead so you do not have to stop in standing water
  • Driving at speed may be dangerous to other vehicles or pedestrians and could cause loss of control
  • Drive a safe distance from the vehicle in front
  • Never attempt to drive through fast flowing water – you could easily get swept away
  • Test your brakes after leaving flood water
  • If your engine cuts out after driving through deep water, do not attempt to restart as engine damage may occur – instead call for assistance and have the vehicle professionally examined.

Article taken from www.rac.co.uk

Following the season’s first sharp frosts, Police are warning drivers of the risk of cars being spirited away.

Police say “Thieves look out for unattended cars being defrosted with the engine left running”

Research has shown that two-fifths (40%) of drivers let their car’s engine clear icy screens before they drive off.  But they are at serious risk of losing their car if they pop back indoors and leave the engine running, even for a moment.

To car thieves, frosty mornings are a Christmas gift

Police say “Keys are the weakest link in the car security chain and organised criminals are known to cruise suburbs looking for the telltale plume of steam rising from an exhaust and if the car is unattended, it takes only a few seconds for it to vanish.”

Unfortunately, car owners will also get a cold reception from their insurance company as loss by leaving keys in an unattended vehicle is specifically excluded from motor insurance policies.

We are now back OPEN are the holidays. After a short break and a nice rest we are ready to help you with your vehicle maintenance and repairs.

Worried about your vehicle this winter? Why not book in for one of our Winter Checks? This service will check all the essential items needed, to get you through this winter.

To book in please phone 020 8367 1767 or fill in our online contact form

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We hope everyone had a happy and safe Christmas and New Year. We will be back to work tomorrow, ready to fix any issues you had over the holiday period.

If you would like to book in for a service or any repair work, please contact us on 020 8367 1747 or use our online contact form.

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