We also offer a wide range of additional services including the following:
Modern vehicles are controlled by a complex array of electronic computerised systems. In order to properly diagnose and rectify faults on these systems, specialised equipment is required.We have invested a great deal in the latest diagnostic equipment to help us to rectify problems with Engine Management, ABS, Airbag and various other onboard vehicle systems.
Wheel alignment and tracking
Incorrect alignment can result in rapid and irregular tyre wear and can even affect the handling and safety of the vehicle.
Wheel alignment is generally affected by hitting potholes in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components. Alignment of wheels and tyres to the specification required by your vehicle is an important way to guarantee a smooth ride and to get the most out of your tyres.
The direction and angle at which tyres are set are both important. Wheel alignment involves checking the direction and angle against vehicle manufacturers’ specifications and are both equally important. You may hear these described as toe in, toe out, positive camber or negative camber.
- The “Toe” refers to whether the front of the tyres across an axle are closer or further apart than the rear of the tyres. Different types of vehicles need different toe settings to allow for the way that wheels pull either towards each other or apart.
- The “Camber” is the inward or outward tilt of a tyre and is specified by the vehicle manufacturer. It can be affected by potholes in the road and needs to be checked regularly to see if any adjustment is required.
- Incorrect wheel alignment can result in rapid wearing on the edges of the tyre and could affect the handling on the vehicle and certainly mean a replacement earlier than would otherwise be required. An example reading would be 2-4-4mm or as in the image (below right) 2-1-0mm.
It’s worth keeping an eye out for unusual wear on your tyres, such as premature wear on the inside or outside shoulder, which could be caused by an incorrect camber setting.
Our garage is able to supply and fit a wide range of exhausts using the very latest equipment. We are able to cater for all kinds of exhausts whether you want something that is high performance or budget. Give us a call today so we can discuss what options are the best for you.
No clutch will last forever. The facings on the clutch disc wear as the miles accumulate. The clutch pressure plate and flywheel can become scored, worn, warped or cracked from all the heat and friction generated by the clutch. A perfectly good clutch also can be ruined by oil contamination; the cable or hydraulic linkage can fail, or the release bearing, pilot bearing/bushing or fork can wear out and prevent the clutch from working properly.
Your timing belt, also known as the cambelt, allows the engine crankshaft to turn the camshaft which controls the opening and closing of the engine’s valves. The valves open and close allowing fuel to enter, ignite, and exhaust, thus the valves are a primary part of controlling the flow of fuel and exhaust gasses through the engine.
The cambelt allows all this to happen and an engine cannot run without it. In some engines, the timing belt may also be used to drive other engine parts such as the water pump and oil pump. A snapped cambelt can result in engine head dismantling and valve replacement, with labour and materials often costing hundreds of pounds.
If your vehicle’s cambelt or associated timing components are damaged, it is likely that the engine’s timing is out and potentially there has been damage to the valves and associated components. If there is reasonable suspicion that this is the case, the engine head should be removed as a first course of action.
Cambelts are typically made from rubber and it is a common recommendation is that they are replaced every 3 years or 60,000 miles to avoid the belt breaking and causing serious engine damage. You can check this in your vehicle handbook.
Your brakes are probably the most important part of your car. If your car is having a braking problem, whether it’s weak brakes, a mushy pedal, grinding sounds – whatever your brake problem is, you need to troubleshoot and repair it as soon as possible.
If you step on the brake pedal and it feels like it’s going too far down before you start to slow, you might have the following problems:
- Low Brake Fluid Level.
- Check your brake fluid. If it’s low, top it off to the mark on the side of the reservoir.
- Contaminated Brake Fluid.
- Even though your brakes operate in a closed system, contaminants can still work there way into the system. Air can enter the system through the smallest hole, and you can end up with water in the system from condensation and other means. There’s not really any way to check for this, but bleeding your brakes will remove the bad stuff and replace it with new fluid.
- Worn Brake Pads.
- Your brakes should never wear low enough to cause your brake pedal to feel low, they’ll scream at you before then. But if they do get very low, you might have this problem. Replace your brake pads as soon as possible. Of course, this can be avoided with regular brake inspection.
- Bad Brake Power Boost Unit.
- Finally, if your brake booster goes bad you’ll have low brake pedal issues. Most brake boosters are vacuum controlled, so a special vacuum measurement device that connects to the brake booster is needed to check it. If it’s bad, you’ll have to replace the boost unit.
The car battery is responsible for the starter motor in your car as well as all the electronical features your car has, such as the CD players and electric windows.
You can call in to get a free battery check at our station. We have a wide range of batteries in stock and the simple test takes only a couple of minutes. We will check the charging system and the voltage output. The charging rate of the battery will indicate how close to failure the battery is.
It is your car battery that starts your vehicle and faulty batteries are one of the main reasons for breakdown calls in the UK.