AMC Car Repairs Blog

This is AMC Car Repairs Blog, we try and post regular updates that our viewers would like to read. We will talk about a range of topics, it could be anything from; Vehicles we specialize in;  Volvo, Audi, Seat, Skoda & Volkswagen, General Car Maintenance, Diagnostic information, Spark plugs, Cambelts, Unusual car related facts and much more. The Topics will be varied and we will try and write them in a relaxed format so everyone can understand, not just the car enthusiasts that tune in. If you have a topic you would like us to cover, let us know and we will try to accommodate you. We hope that you enjoy reading them.

Fog! – the use of lights when driving

The use of Lights when driving in Fog, has sparked numerous posts on local facebook pages, different peoples opinions on this matter always make for a hot conversation topic! Its a shame that some people don’t consider the risks they are putting themselves and others at by not using adequate lighting when we have Fog. This week has been particularly bad and it looks like its to continue. The Highway code states that ” You MUST use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet). You may also use front or rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves”. So for those of you who think that lights are only for when its dark – Please ensure you use them day or night, if we have fog! By not doing … Continue reading

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Which Injector needs Replacing First?

This is a Picture of a Fuel Leak off Test, which Injector would you replace first?

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Happy New Year from AMC Car Repairs!!

Happy New Year from AMC Car Repairs!! May 2017 be a Great Year for everyone. THANK YOU all for your support!! We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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Everything you need to know about DPFs

Everything you need to know about DPFs We have regularly posted information about DPF, we have covered various issues from Cleaning, Carbon Build up, right up to the legal side of DPF’s and the new MOT procedures that are to be implemented very soon! We came accross this article in a publication recently its talks about the Technical side of DPFs, how DPFs become blocked, Regeneration and Damage to DPFs.  We felt it would be a good item to share with our viewers as it reiterates the issues we have previously talked about and explains how Carbon is an issue. Click here to read the article As a business who offer a Specialist Cleaning service which uses the leading cleaning products sold in the USA, we understand the problems that people regularly face through poor maintance or premature wear to … Continue reading

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Latest News on MOT changes being introduced May 2017 for DPF’s – If you own a car with a DPF you really should read this!

DPF included in MOT from May 2017. How will MOT Changes relating to DPF affect you? We have been warning our customers that changes were imminent regarding DPF and MOT Tests.  It’s just been announced as part of the Roadworthiness Directive, from May 2017 all vehicles with a DPF fitted will have these inspected at MOT. This will be tested by advanced technology, that can detect the Removal of the DPF along with Emissions testing. This means that those of you who have Removed your DPF, this will result in a failure at MOT. Your vehicle will be found to be non compliant, which is an offense under the Road Vehicles Regulation and could result in Penalties of £1000 for a car and £2500 for a van. Please click here to read the full article about MOT changes for vehicles … Continue reading

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Braking Distance versus Tyre Depth

Braking Distance versus Tyre Depth Independent Research provided by The Motor Industry Research Association has provided convincing new evidence that worn tyres significantly increase the chances of having an accident on wet roads, by increasing the braking distance. Tests showed a significant increase in braking distance when tyres are worn down to 3mm.  Although the legal limit is only 1.6mm this new research shows that tyres with a 3mm tread had 25% better performance than those with 1.6mm in wet conditions. In terms of braking distance this equates to an extra 8m (25ft).  One test showed a car with new tyres with a tread depth of 8mm compared to a tyres with 1.6mm, the braking distance increased by 13 metres (42.25ft) – the equivalent to double the length of a typical living room.   Click here to view how tyre … Continue reading

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Faulty EGR – teeth stripped

Faulty EGR – Teeth striped This week we had a Audi A4 with warning lights on, upon further investigation we traced the fault to carbon build up that caused the flap to seize.  We decided to strip the motor to investigate further and discovered the plastic teeth were stripped due to seized flap from carbon. The vehicle also had a blocked DPF due to the ongoing EGR fault.  As a result of the Carbon build our customer ended up with quite an expensive bill as the EGR is an expensive component to replace on many vehicle.  These types of repairs can be minimised by carrying out annual serving with addition of BG Products.  So our recommendation would be to treat your car early and prevent high cost component replacement. Please click here to view our findings on video  

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Carbon Reduction & Performance Restoration for Cars

Carbon Reduction & Performance Restoration: As any car owner will know, cars are often unpredictable, one minute they will be ok, the next they have a light on the dash, make a strange noise or simply wont work. We know from experience that many of the faults that our customers get are as a result of premature wear from Carbon build up.  Over time the inside of your vehicle gathers layers of Carbon on the parts that it requires to function properly. We use a system from the United States called BG Products in the USA it is the leading supplier to dealers 4 to 1 for resolving Carbon related issues and improving MPG. Its a similar system to Terraclean, BG Products is our chosen supplier as we have tried and tested it and had good results and we wanted … Continue reading

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We can now arrange MOT Tests

We are please to announce that AMC Car Repairs can now arrange MOT Tests for their customers. MOT’s can be carried out any time from approx 1 month before expiry to maintain anniversary date, so you don’t need to leave it to the last minute to get your car tested. If your MOT is due soon why not get in touch with us now and get your car booked in.  

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Time to Check your Lights work as the Dark nights approach

Time to Check your Lights work as the Dark nights approach! We thought it might be prudent to remind everyone that the clocks go back Sunday 30th October, therefore the evenings will be darker earlier. Resulting in the need to use your cars lights a lot earlier in the evening. So take a few minutes this week to check that they are working ok and dont get caught out in the dark!  

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