SIMPLE CHECKS

THAT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY AND KEEP YOUR RENAULT ON THE ROAD

It’s important to Renault Harts that we help you to keep your Renault car or van on the road.  Our role goes beyond simply Renault servicing, maintenance, repair and MOT because often simple checks on your Renault car or van can prevent mechanical and electrical problems and save you money on repair costs. 

Renault Harts are here to help you with 5 simple checks you can do regularly and quickly do at home that will help keep your Renault on the road, and help prevent a breakdown or MOT failure.

 
 

Warning lights  No warning lights should remain on or flicker when the engine is running

Renault offer a free Vehicle Health Check and recall check on their vehicle.  It’s ideal if you have just bought a second hand car and want a professional opinion of vehicle maintenance to plan for and give you peace of mind of the vehicles roadworthiness. 

Step 1 Check your tyres

The main cause for MOT failure is tyres below the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm, which also risks 3 penalty points on your driver’s license and a £2,500 fine for each tyre below the limit.  Tyres with good tread depth and good overall tyre health are vital for keeping grip particularly when cornering on roundabouts or stopping at junctions and traffic lights. 

Penalties are severe for an illegal tyre because tyre grip affects stopping distances - especially in the wet when a worn tyre can take twice the stopping distance of a new tyre.

The check

Check your tyre pressures regularly using an airline, and replace the dust-caps when finished – ensure tyres are inflated to the recommend pressure for speed and loading of your normal driving.  Tyre pressure details are in your vehicle handbook, if you are unsure call Renault  Harts on 01404 540920 and we will be happy to check for you. Underinflated tyres affect vehicle handling and can reduce fuel efficiency.

Check the tyres outside wall, any visible cracks in the tyre wall indicate ageing of the rubber which could affect the tyre strength. Heavy curbing of the wheel could be a warning sign of tyre damage too.  Check the tyre wear against the minimum legal limit wear bars – these are raised sections between the tread which indicate 2.0mm on tyres manufactured for the UK.  If the tyre tread is near or below the tyre wear bar your tyres need a professional check at Renault Harts

Check for uneven tyre wear , if one side of the tyre is wearing more heavily you may need an alignment check – which may save you the cost of having to replace front tyres.

Top Tip: Park your vehicle with the wheels turned slightly, take a look at the tread and wear bars, check your tyre pressure at least monthly

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Step 2 Check your brakes

Modern cars are fitted with a range of braking safety technology, ABS (Anti-lock braking), EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) among others. 

Renault pioneered much of this through our involvement in Formula 1 racing and braking technology has made the roads and your Renault a safer place.  However braking technology relies on good ‘bite’ from the brake discs and brake pads.  Replacing worn brake pads worn to 80% will save you money by preventing damage to brake discs as the pads wear down further.

For vehicles with rear drum brakes brake shoes which stick on could reduce your fuel economy

The Check – is your car or van taking longer to stop, or making noises under braking?

Look at the brake disc, are there heavy grooves, only if the disc is cold - run your finger over the disc to the edge - is there a big lip at the edge which indicates the disc has worn down?

Renault Harts offer a free brake check to all Renault car and van owners, if you notice your brakes feel spongy, or take longer to stop, you sense unevenness in braking, juddering, grinding or squeaking under braking call us immediately for a free brake safety check. 

Top Tip – When going down a hill change down a gear to use engine braking which will reduce the braking effort required and help protect you brake pads and brake discs

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Step 3 Check your lights

Correct operation of lights is important for accident prevention, and is a common cause of MOT failure. Fitting the wrong bulb could ‘blind’ oncoming drivers or give an uneven beam which affects your own visibility at night or in fog.  Many people only discover a lighting problem when other drivers ‘flash’ their lights – by which is often exactly when you need to see and be seen.

The check -

When it is dark, or in an underground / multi storey car park with the engine running turn on side lights, then headlights, fog lights, indicators and check each time the beams of light change evenly left and right – if there is a significant difference between left and right beams ask Renault Harts to check your lights and recommend any replacements – these can often be fitted while you wait for maximum convenience.  Check indicators give an orange light, if they show white they will fail an MOT (called delaminating – when the orange coating erodes). Ideally get out of the vehicle with the all the lights on and check yourself – making sure you are in a secure area.

For rear lights ask someone else to check the same process as you turn on each set of lights in turn, checking the reverse and brake lights (don’t forget the high level brake light) and the common MOT failure and hard to spot when the driving – the number plate lights.  Your vehicles lights must be operational to pass an MOT.

Top Tip: Start your car with the lights and air conditioning off to protect your battery from a high load on start up

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Step 4 Check your wipers

Wipers clear your front and rear windscreens of rain, road grease and more  in the extremes of winter and summer temperatures.  Fitting the right wipers to your Renault car or van ensures your screen clears properly in all seasons, and prevents juddering, squeaking, or smearing which often happens with cheap or incorrect wiper blades.  The latest blades have no wiper arm which reduces wind resistance, noise and improves contact with the screen.  Good vision contributes to you being a safer driver. Renault wiper blades are highly durable, fit first time and give maximum screen clearance.

The check – when you spray water on the screen do your wipers clear all the water – or are there patches of damp left on the screen?.  Look at the ends of the blades are they torn or worn?.

Top Tip –Always check your washer bottle is full, and contains screen wash which helps prevents the water freezing in winter and clear road grease in all weathers and bugs in summer.

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Step 5 Get any dashboard warning lights diagnosed

Modern cars come with more technology and computing power than the first space ship! The on-board computers store faults, and causes in them which Renault Harts can read with their Renault diagnostics computers which help our highly trained technicians trace and diagnose the fault to its cause which allow us to cost effectively solve the cause of a problem without needing to replace unnecessary parts.

If you have any warning lights on your dashboard they are a safety warning to you as a driver that your car or van has a problem which could result in breakdown or potential loss of control.  If you have warning light on your Renault contact Renault Harts for a diagnostic check and repair using trained technicians who can save you money by replacing or repairing the right part first time.

Top tip: press the button on the right hand side (windscreen washer) stalk until a fault menu is displayed which normally reads “No Message” if it displays  “check brakes” or any other message  call Renault Harts and let us know the details and change in driving performance and we will book an appointment to diagnose your Renault using our Renault diagnostics.

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