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Belts & Hoses

Belts & Hoses: Many experts and manufacturers recommend replacing belts, radiator & heater hoses at specific intervals to prevent your car from breaking down. Ultimately replacing belts and hose is the customers choice, whether or not to change these regularly to prevent unexpected break downs. Losing a belt today can mean big trouble for the engine, because serpentine belts are used on most engines to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering and air conditioning compressor. If the serpentine belt fails or breaks, the engine will fail to run and you may be stranded. Older cars have V-belts for various accessories and failure of this belt could also strand you. A blown hose could result in an overheated engine & can cause additional engine damage. Its not easy to know the true condition of a belt or a hose by … Continue reading

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Whats the difference between a MOT Test and a Car Service ?

Whats the difference between a MOT Test and a Car Service? I am amazed how many times each month I hear the words. ” I don’t know why my car has a fault its only just had its MOT test”. Now I am not saying this applies to all car drivers, however, we still come across many people who don’t understand the importance of regular car servicing, or the difference between a service and MOT. An MOT Test: The most basic way to explain the difference is that the MOT Test is a limited visual check mandated by the government, the test is design to check whether the vehicle is  roadworthy. The full inspection list for MOT test can be found on the gov.uk website . An MOT is a mandatory annual visual inspection and is no where near as … 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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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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Diesel Particulate Filter Removal finally being policed

Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Removal finally being policed by the DVSA. Nearly a year ago we wrote about changes that were due to be introduced regarding MOT tests and the removal of Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs). We also discussed the penalties to car owners for driving a non compliant vehicle. The DVSA are finally cracking down on Garages and MOT Testers who offer a DPF(Diesel Particulate Filter) Removal Service. The DVSA have given Two Sheffield Testers, a 2 year ban after being found to be selling DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) Removal Services, see link below to read the full story. To Read about the MOT Testing ban for Mechanics carrying out DPF Removal please click here.   We have always advised customers that this is not a service we will provide and explained to them the impact that removal would have … Continue reading

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