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Looking for answers on 'How to' undertake some of the maintenance tasks required to keep your vehicle in tip-top working order? Well look no futher...

How To Avoid Part Worn Tyres

As amazing at it seems, your car is only in contact with the road surface through a very small area when compared to the size of the car itself - each tyre has a contact area approximately the size of your hand. This small area is critical to the control you have over your vehicle but is often ignored.
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How To Change A Bulb (Headlights, Rear Lights, Interior Lights)

Much like light bulbs in your home, the one in your car blow from time to time. They are cheap and usually quite simple to replace. Below are quick and simple sets of instructions for replacing your headlights, rear lights and interior lights.
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How To Change A Tyre

Changing a tyre is a safe and simple process if you follow the steps below.
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How To Change a wheel

No matter how much care you take, it's inevitable that at some point during your driving career, you will experience a puncture. In some cases, you will still be able to drive your vehicle to the nearest tyre facility for repair or replacement, but what about those occasions when the tyre is simply too flat to continue? 
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How To Change Your Battery

Changing your car battery is one of the most important elements of vehicle maintenance. Your battery can run flat for a number of reasons including the age of the battery or car itself, accidently leaving headlights on or there could possibly be a fault.
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How To Change Your Wiper Blades

Much like tyres, batteries and exhausts, windscreen wiper blades don’t last forever. Due to natural wear and tear wiper blades need to be replaced regularly.
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How To Charge Your Car Battery

Charging your car battery is an important aspect of vehicle maintenance. Your battery’s power can run low for of a number of reasons including age, a fault or leaving the headlights or other electrical features of the car on for a prolonged period.

If you don’t feel up to disconnecting and charging the battery yourself then consult an expert.

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How To Check for a Puncture

Most drivers never give their tyres a second thought, apart from the occasional check to see whether the pressure is correct; however, the safety of you and your passengers depends heavily on your tyres being fit for purpose. 
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How To Check the Quality of your Tyres (Cracks, sidewall damage etc)

The condition of your car's tyres is critical to your safety and that of other drivers and pedestrians.
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How To Check The Rotation Of Your Tyre Is Correct

Tyre rotation is an essential part of your vehicle maintenance, to ensure that tyres wear evenly. The condition of your tyres is important for safety reasons, and once your vehicle reaches three years of age, car servicing intervals become very important, as the car will have to pass an annual MOT to remain on the road.
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How to check when your tyres were manufactured

Your tyres are the only contact between you and the road; therefore, it is vital to make sure they are legal. You should get into the routine of regularly checking your tyres' tread, wear and tear and air pressure. You can also check how old your tyres are to give an indication of how worn they might be.
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How To Check Your Brake Pads, Discs And Calipers

You need to make sure that you’re checking your disc brakes and brake pads at least every 10,000 miles or if your brakes suddenly start to squeal or pull to one side.
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How to check your caravan tyres after sitting still for long periods

It's a caravanner's worst nightmare: setting off on your summer holidays only to have a tyre blow out, leading to costly repairs and heavy claims on your insurance.
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How To Check your engine oil levels

Oil lubricates and cools your engine; without enough oil of good quality, your engine will fail. Letting it get low or stale is asking for trouble, so regular oil checks are routine for any motorist who knows what they are doing. Monthly is a sensible routine, and before and after long journeys.
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How To Check Your Exhaust For Leaks, Rust Or Damage

Here is a simple guide as to how to check your exhaust for leaks, rust or damage.
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How To Check your Suspension Bushes

The problem with suspension bushes is they deteriorate gradually, which means any issues will not be immediately obvious.
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How To check your trailer tyres after sitting still for long periods

How To check your trailer tyres after sitting still for long periods
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How To Check Your Tyre Pressures

Research undertaken by Protyre on vehicles visiting our centres has shown that 90% of all vehicles that visit our centres have the incorrect tyre pressure – even for tyres that aren’t being replaced.

The RAC Foundation commissioned research which found that 2 million drivers never checked their tyre pressures between visits to a garage.

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How to check your tyre valves

Tyre valves are essential in helping to maintain your vehicle's tyre pressure and allowing air to be either added or let out of your tyres. They can also be vital in whether your car passes or needs one of Protyre's free MOT retests.
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How To Check your tyres tread depth

It is important to remember to check your tyre tread depths. 
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How To Check your wiper blades

No matter how little you know about car maintenance, there are a few routine jobs that can easily be undertaken yourself, and checking your wiper blades is one of them.
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How To Clean Your Tyres

Clean your tyres
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How to correctly raise (Jack-up) your vehicle to change your wheel to the spare

Jacking up a car is a task that seems impossible if you don't already know how to do it. However, it is an important skill for any driver. Although garages are always willing to undertake vehicle repairs, it is sometimes necessary to change a wheel yourself. Never try to do this on a motorway. Use your mobile or a roadside emergency phone to call for help. You must then wait outside the car as far from the road as possible.
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How To Fill Air into your Tyres Safely

As your tyres are the only contact your car has with the road, it's vitally important that they are in top condition. 
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How To Find out your Tyre Size

Knowing your tyre size may not be important in your day-to-day life, but it is vital if you are looking to buy new tyres.
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How To Identify a Run Flat Tyre against a Non-Run Flat Tyre

If you've ever been stuck on the side of the road with a flat tyre and a dead mobile battery, you have probably wondered why you're not using run flat tyres. Run flat tyres are designed to keep you on the road after a puncture, giving you time to get home or to the local garage for a tyre change. 
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How To Identify an Asymmetrical Tyre from a Symmetrical Tyre Pattern

With a huge variety of tread patterns and sizes, tyres come in a wide variety of designs, but they can all be narrowed down to three main types: asymmetrical, symmetrical (also known as multi-directional) and directional.
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How to identify balancing issues with your tyres

Good tyres ensure a safe and comfortable ride. You need a good grip to ensure you can drive and stop safely, if the road is wet or greasy. You can normally feel if the car is not pulling correctly, which is why keeping a check on wheel alignment and balancing is so important
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How to identify if your tyre is the cause of vibration

Causes of vehicle vibrations range from the merely irritating to the potentially fatal. The possible causes are numerous, but the most probable are easy to put right.
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How To Identify Issues With Your Vehicle From Just Your Exhaust

Vehicles are pretty good at making you aware if something is wrong. Here is a quick list of scenarios you may have experienced that are your exhausts way of alerting you to an issue.
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How To Identify the age of a tyre

17% of motorists know how to find the age of their tyres or when to change them? Tyre age is important, because the performance deteriorates as tyres age, which can cause road handling and safety issues.
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How to identify tracking issues with your car

As a car owner, it is important to be able to distinguish between a service and a MOT. A service will check for wear and tear and parts/fluids will be replaced where necessary, whereas the MOT is there to provide a safety inspection to ensure roadworthiness. 
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How To Identify what type of tyre my vehicle requires

Finding the right tyre for your vehicle and your driving needs can seem like a huge task because of the vast range of tyres available. There are a few things to bear in mind when picking new ones for your vehicle.
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How to jump start your car

Nothing is more annoying than to jump into your car and find that it won’t start because the battery is flat! So what options do you have?
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How To Jump Start Your Car Using Jump Leads

Here are 10 easy steps on how to start your car using jump leads.

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How to Know When to Repair or Replace a Tyre

British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association sets standards for tyre repair and replacement. There are limitations regarding the size of rupture, the location of the damage and the number of repairs that a tyre can undergo.
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How to maintain your tyres for potential longevity performance

Tyres don't always last as long as they should. There are a few simple things, however, that vehicle owners can do to get more value and better performance from their tyres. Regular car servicing intervals should also be part of your car care routine to make sure any problems are identified and addressed.
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How to make sure you buy the tyres best suited to your vehicle

Any car enthusiast will know that not all tyres are created equal. However, the quality of tyres is an issue that should be of importance to anyone who drives, as the tyres on your car have a direct effect on safety in wet conditions, stability, the degree of comfort you have on the road, cornering and general road handling. A car with the wrong tyres will not only feel lacklustre to drive, but its safety could be compromised.
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How To Make sure your vehicle is in safe hands, guide to selecting the correct garage for you

Finding the right garage is essential if you want to make sure your car is safe and roadworthy without paying over the top for any work done.
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How To Prolong The Life Of Your Battery

There are a number of reasons that your car’s battery can run down quickly or go completely flat. However, there are also some things that you can do yourself to ensure that you get the most out of a battery.
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How To Re-fill your fluids on most typical vehicles

Re-fill your fluids on most typical vehicles
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How To Test your brakes in a safe environment

Your car's brakes are one of its most important safety features. Choosing the correct car servicing intervals will help, but there are also steps you can take yourself.
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How To Understand a Tyre Label

The labelling was brought in by the EU in 2012, to give consumers more information on the safety of their tyres and their environmental impact. This arms consumers with the information they need to decide which tyres are best for them and the planet. 
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How to understand the effects your driving manner has on your tyres

Although regular serving should help to identify issues before they become problematic, it is also worth examining whether your driving style is affecting the roadworthiness and longevity of your tyres. 
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How To Understand the new tyre label data

In November 2012, the introduction of legislation demanding that almost all new tyres are supplied with EU-agreed Tyre Labels was what many tyre industry experts called, the most significant change to affect the sector in over half a century.
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How To Understand the tyre side-wall data

The majority of motorists understand that tread depth is an important indication of a tyre's lifespan and are aware that tyre pressures need to be maintained; however, a surprising number of people are unaware of the sheer amount of information that a tyre carries on its sidewall.
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How to Understand Your Vehicle's Tyre Markings

The sidewall of a tyre is marked with a whole range of confusing letters and numbers. This article will ensure you fully understand how to research and buy tyres for your vehicle
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How to Visually Inspect Your Only Point of Contact with the Road: Your Tyres

Knowing how to check your tyres' tread depth is crucial to the safety and optimum performance of your vehicle. 
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Temporarily repair your tyre using a temporary 'tyre weld' solution

Every motorist dreads a puncture, and many drivers have little or no experience of changing a wheel. However, in recent years car manufacturers have made changes to their policy of providing a spare wheel for use in the event of a puncture. 
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Tyre safety tips for caravanners

Timely advice from Micheldever/Protyre as caravanners hit the road over the forthcoming holiday period.
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What Tyre Size Fits My Car? A Guide for Purchase

If your car tyres are worn out and you need new ones, but you wonder “What tyres fit my car?” With so many factors to be considered, the right purchase could save your life.

Choosing the right tyre size is important and all of the information you need can be found directly on your old tyre.

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