Not at all. In truth, most cars have very similar componentry and build, so we are happy to repair any car, and have diagnostics for every marque.
We will be happy to explain the basics when you bring your car in for service, such as how to check engine oil levels, brake and clutch fluid levels, how to top up oil and the washer bottle, and how to access your spare wheel should you have a puncture.
We would always recommend that a new driver buys annual breakdown cover, which can recover the car directly to us for repair. Our general advice is to be pro-active; if you have an unusual or loud rattle or squeak, any burning or fuel smell or anything which concerns you, bring the car to us before it develops into something more costly or possibly dangerous.
We do not have the covered space for this kind of specialised work, although we will be happy to advise you on this work, if you have the skills to attempt it!
European Union competition law exists to prevent anti-competitive practices and abuse of companies’ dominant market positions. But, in recognition of the unique technical complexity of their products, the motor industry has – since 1995 – enjoyed a so called ‘block exemption’ from some aspects of competition law.
The Block Exemption Regulations were introduced in 1995 and then updated at the end of 2002. One specific requirement of the Regulations was that technical data and repair instructions should be made available to the independent motor trade (for which manufacturers could make a reasonable charge) so that car owners were not obliged to take their car to a franchised dealer for service or repair.
The independent ‘Right to Repair Campaign’ eventually succeeded in having the Block Exemption Regulations renewed and improved. This ensured that technical data and workshop procedures remained available.
Changes to the BER in 2002 included clauses intended to increase choice when it comes to servicing of a new car. You cannot be obliged e.g. as a condition of warranty, to have your car serviced by a franchised dealer.
The work can be carried out by an independent garage as long as that garage uses manufacturer approved parts and correctly follows the manufacturer’s service schedule.
A turbo charger is an exhaust gas driven compressor. It squeezes fresh air into the engine using the energy of the exhaust gas flow. They are used in performance cars to increase power and increasingly in small cars to improve emission output. The turbo charger in operation spins very fast and gets very hot. Generally speaking they are reliable, out living starter motors and alternators.
To extend their life
- Regular service your car using good quality oil of the correct grade
- Allow the engine to idle on start up to allow good oil flow to the turbo
- Allow the engine to idle when you finish driving, the engine oil will help take the heat away
Generally speaking your air bag will not ware out or require changing. Automotive air bags feature very robust designs. There are some vehicles made before the mid-90s which may need attention. We can check for outstanding recalls https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/ through the government backed website
It’s been reported cruise control and cause aqua planning. It’s the drivers to use his or hers judgment to what speed is appropriate for the conditions. If the tyres are close to the limit of how much water they can displace the cruise control could induced a slide but only if there is standing water and only if the vehicle is traveling too quickly.
Euro NCAP, new car assessment program is the body that scores cars and gives them a star rating. This is a scientific test and a very good indication of safety. The test has also go stricter so put simply the newer the car the safer it is. How ever there are things you can do to make your car safer.
- Turn your phone off, some phones will do this automatically when you are traveling at speed
- Check your under bonnet levels, screen wash and brake fluid level for example. We can help you with this, please ask
- Check your tyre pressures, tread depths and general condition. We can help you with this. Check your tyre pressure at least twice a week
- Clean and replace if needed your wiper blades, clean the inside of the wiondows o improve visibility
- Don’t speed especially in areas you know
- Check the operation of the lights, ask for help with the brake lights
- Have an eye test at least every two years
- Take brakes when driving long distances
- Ware your seat belt
If you are driving a main stream car there will be no real improvement. The extra detergents found in these fuels can be added by the way of fuel treatments. We can add these at service times for you and would recommend we do.
Modern diesel cars are fitted with DPF filters and very new ones have Add Blue systems.
DPF, Dust Particulate Filters capture and store soot, periodically this soot is burned off or ‘regenerated’.
Passive regeneration occurs when running at motorway speeds. Its recommended drivers regularly drive 30 to 50 minutes at sustained speed to help clean the DPF.
Active regeneration is controlled by the engine ECU. It changed the amount of fuel injected and the injection timing to heat the exhaust and regenerate the DPF. If the DPF light comes on travel over 40mph, we recommend not using top gear to increase the revs, you need higher engine speeds not high engine loads to just cruise with the engine spinning faster than normal. The exhaust may smell while this is happening.
Ad Blue is a brand, if it’s says Add Blue on the sealed container it’s good to use in your Ad Blue equipped vehicle.
Dealer supplied Add Blue often comes in convenient to use bottles, if you are getting your mechanic to top the container up its ok to use the better value bulk containers.
When the light comes on you are getting low and need to organise filling the tank, don’t ignore the light just get it topped up that week.
Ad Blue delete services are not road legal; we would not recommend trying to remove the system.
Many car manufactures say oil consumption is ok, with engines built for fuel consumption and very long service intervals it is inevitable some oil is used. If you are worried about your engine please ask. Over filling is not good for your engine either, if your modern engine does not have a dip stick there will be a way to check through the dash or diagnostic computer. Please don’t wait for the oil light to come on.
Most modern cars have rubber like drive belts to turn cam shafts and water pumps.
If they fail it can often do a lot of damage, please ask when yours is due and we can advise you and price up a change if needed.
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