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.

Is this the Coolest Car ever made?

Is this the Coolest Car ever made? A Russian car tuner has created what could quite easily be called the ‘coolest’ car in the world.  Quite literally, because the vehicle’s bodywork is crafted from six tons of the finest Siberian ice. The vehicle is intended as a frosty replica of the latest Mercedes G-Class, which was unveiled at the Detroit motor show last month. It’s not an exact copy, however – not only is it around three times as heavy, but it sits on a rather less sophisticated platform – taken from a Soviet-era UAZ jeep. The tuners built a frame which they added the ice blocks to, after cutting and shaping them with a chainsaw. The finished product is equipped with colourful LED lighting and was built in just two weeks by Siberian garage Garazh54. Click here to watch … Continue reading

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Have you any interesting animal related car stories?

Have you any interesting animal related car stories?  We have one to share with you. We recently had a Mazda 3 in with an engine management light on the dash. Diagnostics were carried out and the fault was traced to a hose in the engine that had been eaten by a mouse. This little mouse had been getting into the car and snuggling up in the warm area of the engine for his evening snooze and thought this hose was rather tasty! The damaged hose was replaced and the problem was resolved, or so we thought! 10 days or so later we got another call from the customer to say the problem had returned and  he could see that this very naughty mouse had returned and eaten the new hose we had replaced! Our customer set some traps for his … Continue reading

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The MOT Loophole that could get you a fine & points

The MOT Loophole that can get you a £2500 fine and 3 points!  Many Drivers think that if they put their car in early for an MOT and it fails they can still drive it and have time to carry out repairs before their last test certificate expires. This is not the case! If you put your car in for its MOT early and it fails thats it. The previous certificate becomes invalid and the most recent fail is the status of your car, your car no longer has a pass certifcate as the fail superceeds it. This means you cannot legally drive it on the road as its deemed as not roadworthy.  Your insurance will not cover a car without a pass certificate and as your fail superceeds the previous pass you had, you could be liable to a … Continue reading

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AMC Car Repairs wishes all its customers a Happy New Year!!

AMC Car Repairs would like to Thank all our Customers for their continued support over the past year and Wish you all a Happy New Year and Happy Motoring for 2018. We hope that 2018 is a good year for you.  If you have any car related problems or car servicing needs then let us know. Remember, its best to try and prevent a problem before, it takes your car off the road when you really need it! Servicing is key to ensuring your car is reliable and in good working order all year around.

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Uk Driving Test would you pass if you did it today?

The Uk Driving test has changed considerably over the years, do you think you would pass if you did the test today? December this year new changes are being introduced to the Uk Driving test. A survey showed that half of british motorists didnt think they would pass their test today. So would your driving match up to the new standards? The new test regulations from December 4 will see up to 21 vehicle safety questions added, and traditional manoeuvres substituted for parallel parking or reversing and rejoining traffic. Hopeful new drivers will also be asked to follow directions from a sat nav during the test, and be required to complete 20 minutes of independent driving – increased from the previous 10 minutes. Lets quiz your skills and see how you fare: Are you able to correctly and safely follow … Continue reading

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Is your car winter ready?

Is your car winter ready?   Over the past week or so the weather has started to feel more autumnal, winter is on its way.  With the weather changing the conditions outside can be unpredictable is your car ready to use in during dull, dark, cold, winter days? Here are are few things you should check before driving on darker colder days: When did you last have your antifreeze / coolant changed? has it been done in the last few years? if not it could do with a change to ensure it performs. Are you windscreen wipers working correctly and in good condition? Rain could catch you unprepared if not. Do your lights work? Days can be dull and get dark early. Is your heater working? Temperatures drop, travelling conditions can be chilly and your screen can mist up too. … Continue reading

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Testing Throttle Body

Testing Throttle Body Something a little different for you today, a look inside our world of diagnostics.  We hope you will find the video attached interesting, sometimes its nice to get a close up of the testing process and see the things that are normally hidden beneath the bonnet. Click here to view video  

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Mysterious Water Leak – Audi Cabrio

Mysterious Water Leak – Audi Cabrio We recently had an Audi Cabrio in, it had water inside the drivers footwell. The customer had spent some time trying to establish where it was coming from, it seemed that when ever it rained the car gained a new puddle. We got the car in and tried to create similar condition to those that may have caused the problem.  Please see the video attached to see what we found: Click here to view video  

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Car Service & MOT – The Facts

Car Service & MOT – The facts. Did you know there is a difference between a Car Service & MOT Test?  Please read on if you would like to understand what the difference is. Think of your car as another member of your family, you want it to be there for you when you need it.  Humans require clean air and a good diet to perform at their best and not become unwell. Cars are no different really. Cars require a good clean air flow, clean oil and filters.  Without these, a cars insides become clogged up and parts start to fail, impacting on the way they perform for you.   The number of customers we have that say “Oh my car has only just passed its MOT Test, I’m surprised that its broken down!”.  When ask when they last … Continue reading

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Mercedes – None Start – Diagnostics

Mercedes – Non Start – Diagnostics This Mercedes was a non start, we love nothing better than an interesting job to get our heads around. Diagnostics is one of our specialty’s. This Mercedes was a non start, we traced the fault to a Snapped pin on Mercedes Engine Control Unit with water ingress.  

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