Winter is coming…

With the advent of the cold weather, dropping temperatures can affect various electrical components on your vehicle – it’s no wonder that this is the busiest time of the year for breakdown services.

To quote a well known fantasy TV show “Winter is coming” and this puts considerable strain on all parts of your vehicles systems. So, spare a thought for those key components of your vehicle that bare the brunt of the winter season. Have a look below for a quick heads up on some of these more common products that are known to suffer.

Starter Motors and Alternators

A sudden overnight temperature plunge will have thickened up engine oil considerably, and even the latest types will have their work cut out to get a vehicle started reliably. A lot of strain is put on starter motors and alternators, and as such it is very common for them to need replacing at this time of year. It’s worth noting that with the rise of stop-start technology, demand is changing to a more high tech product – luckily, Opies stock top of the range replacement starter motors and alternators from the world famous Denso, who will be up to the task all year round.


With the nights drawing in, and the dark mornings, your bulbs are going to be used a considerable amount more at this time of year. The amount of use that your bulbs will be getting, combined with the inherant issues electrics suffer from at colder temperatures naturally leads to bulbs failing regularly over winter. Not to worry though, we provide a huge range of bulbs from quality brands such as Osram and Philips, from head lights and fog lights, to rotating beacon bulbs, we’ve got you covered.

Wiper blades

It is inevitable that your wiper blades will be in worse shape by the end of winter – there are various reasons for this. Of course, your wiper blades will see much more use over winter due to the sheer amount of rainfall that we get in the UK at this time of year (and the rest of the year!) and will wear down from simple use. Furthermore, considerable damage can be caused during the freeze-thaw process that windshields go through at sub zero temperatures, the rubber on the blades can become brittle. Keep an eye out for the amount of grit that is found on the roads over winter, as this can also create a damaging layer that eats away at the edge of your blade. Also, we’ve all been guilty of ruining our blades by starting up our wipers when they’ve frozen to the windshield, so remember to pay attention in the mornings! You can find our full range of vehicle specific wiper blades HERE.

So, if you find your vehicle struggling with the winter blues, we’re in the office Monday to Friday 8:30 – 5:30. Give us a call on 01209 202 949 or drop us an email to and we’ll be happy to look into any query you may have.

Until next time!






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