How to maintain your Suzuki
From our pre-MOT checklist to an air-con check and tyre awareness, there’s lots you can do between services to keep your Suzuki in shape. Let us be your guide.
When do I need an MOT?
An MOT* is a legal requirement for all vehicles three years after they were first registered, and then every year after that. It’s the one thing you have to do – but more than 1.5 million motorists forget to take their car for its annual MOT.
To make sure you don’t miss yours, head over to free online service www.passmymot.com and set up a reminder. It’ll then let you know automatically before the next MOT is due.
(*MOT is not applicable in Northern Ireland)
PREPARING FOR THE MOT
Our 10-step guide improves the chances of your car passing its MOT first time. Give it a go before you take your car in to your Dealer – it’ll only take a minute or two.
1. Headlights and indicators
Check that all of your car’s lights function properly – headlights, sidelights, rear lights, hazard lights and indicators.
2. Brake lights Press the brake pedal and ask a friend to check that the rear brake lights come on – including any supplementary brake strip light. Alternatively, carefully reverse up to a reflective surface (window, wall or garage door) and look behind to see for yourself
3. Number plate Make sure that the number plate is clean and legible – even a quick wipe with a cloth can make a difference. The font and spacing of letters must also comply with legal requirements to be passed by the MOT station
4. Wheels and tyres Check that wheels and tyres are undamaged. The minimum legal tyre tread depth is 1.6mm and any tyres with less than this will be marked as an MOT ‘fail’ (though it’s recommended that tyres are changed when tread reaches 3mm). If you’re in doubt about how much tread is left on a tyre, your local Suzuki Service Centre can check for you. The dealer can also advise on the type of tyre that is right for your car if a replacement is required.
5. Seats and seatbelts The driver's seat should adjust forwards and backwards and all seatbelts should be in good, working order. Test movement of the seat and inspect the seatbelt's full length for damage. Tug sharply on all seatbelts to check that they react as they’re supposed to if you have to brake severely.
Handy tip: When checking fluid levels and handling parts that could be become hot to the touch, such as bulbs, it is safest to ensure that the vehicle has had an opportunity to cool down fully.
6. Windscreen Check the view out of the front of the car for damage – any damage larger than 40mm will cause a ‘fail’, as will any damage wider than 10mm in the ‘swept’ area of the windscreen in front of the driver.
7. Windscreen wipers Make sure your wipers are able to keep your windscreen clean – any tears or holes in the wiper rubber can be an MOT fail.
8. Screenwash Top up the washer bottle before taking the car in for a test – something as simple as an empty container can cause an MOT fail
9. Horn Give a short blast of the horn – if it doesn’t work, your dealer will need to repair or replace it.
10.Fuel and engine oil Make sure your car is filled with enough fuel and engine oil – you can be turned away from the MOT without suitable levels of either, both of which are required by the dealership when running the car to test its emissions levels. If you are unsure about the type of oil that should be used, ask your manufacturer main dealer.
Cool Down. Heat Up Air Conditioning
Whether you're heading off on holiday or just heading off into town, make sure your air-con isn’t stopping you having a blast.
If you don't use your air-conditioning system for prolonged periods, bacteria and mould spores develop from a combination of condensation and heat from the engine.
Take your car in for a Suzuki air-conditioning service and we’ll check for leaks and damages to pipework, re-gas your air-conditioning system, check air circulation, change the pollen filter (if fitted) and make sure all controls are doing what they should be.
Your car will be checked by a Suzuki-trained Technician who knows your car inside and out and cares about it just as much as you do.
Learn how to keep your Air Conditioning system healthy
GRIPPING TYRE FACTS
When it comes to tyres, it pays to know your stuff.
As the tread is the part of your tyre that comes into contact with the road, it’s important to make sure you’re not driving with dangerously worn tyres. Not sure if you are? Take a look at this table:
|Tyre tread depth||What does it mean?||What should I do?|
|4mm||Your tyre is 62% worn||Inspect monthly|
|3mm||Your tyre is 78% worn||Recommend changing it now|
|1.6mm||Your tyre is 100% worn||This is the legal minimum so should be replaced immediately|
We recommend checking your tyres monthly for signs of cracking on the sidewalls. A tyre must be replaced if you find cuts deep enough to reveal the internal structure as not only is this dangerous it’s also an MOT failure.
If you drive with damaged or worn tyres you risk endangering lives. You could also invalidate your car insurance policy and risk a fine. The maximum fine which a court can impose for using a vehicle with a defective tyre is £2,500 and three penalty points per tyre.
The wrong pressure can affect wear, grip, braking performance and fuel consumption. Aim to check pressures every couple of weeks when the tyres are cold for a safer, more efficient journey.
The way you drive has a big effect on the life of your tyres with aggressive cornering, braking and speeding all increasing wear. Always drive smoothly and load the car evenly to reduce wear and tear, and increase fuel efficiency. To help you make an informed choice about safer and more environmentally friendly driving, since 1 November 2012 all tyre labels on new cars include information on their performance in three areas: Fuel Efficiency, Wet Braking Performance and Exterior Noise Emission.
Did you know that driving with illegal tyres could result in a £2,500 fine and three penalty points per tyre? Just a fraction of a millimetre of tread depth can be the difference between a legal tyre and a liability. That’s why all our dealers are offering free tyre checks by Suzuki-trained Technicians.