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Different driving conditions confront us all in the autumn

Different driving conditions confront us all in the autumn I must admit that autumn is one of the times of year that I have grown to love. It is almost magical how the weather changes as autumn approaches. One day we have warm sunshine and then the next day we have gales from the west and heavy rain. You know that this is the end of summer and that winter [...]

Shock Absorbers- Nissan Micra – MOT Test-Failure if they are Leaking

Leaking shock absorbers are an MOT test fail The most frustrating thing about shock absorbers and struts, (which are basically the same thing) is that they are sealed units and although they are classed as maintenance free, they will very often start to leak. In some countries shock absorbers are known as dampers, because that is exactly what they do they damp down and level out the bumps that your [...]

Starter Motor on my Jeep made a loud Clunking Noise

Suspected starter motor A few week ago now, a guy came into my garage and asked us to fit him a new battery. We always test the old battery, unless the customer tells us the old one is completely dead. This guy had a Jeep and we said that the battery had been slow to start the car for about a month now and he thought that it was going [...]

Turbocharger-What Does It Do?

First turbocharger I am sadly old enough to remember when the mention of the word “turbo”it was something special. The first production cars to be fitted with turbos (as I am going to abbreviate them) was in the USA, back in 1962, when the Oldsmobile Jet-fire and the Chevrolet Corvair cars were fitted out with the first production car exhaust turbo. These cars did have a few teething problems such [...]

Flexi Exhaust Pipe-Astra VXR can it be Repaired?

The death of the mild steel exhaust pipe Over the past 15 years we have seen a massive change in the way that car manufacturers have changed the way that exhaust systems have changed. In the early days we used to keep huge stocks of exhaust parts in stock to service our customer’s cars. There were many different exhaust manufacturers around at the time supply the aftermarket with mild steel [...]

Michelin Zero Pressure Run-Flat tyres will get you out of Trouble

For high standard of equipment and In all fairness Michelin are not the only company to make a run-flat product. Most tyre companies including some budget tyre brands make a run-flat tyre. Michelins call their tyre the ZP or Zero Pressure tyre. This of course refers to the fact that when the run-flat tyre deflates, it will carry on running with zero air in the tyre. This is exactly what [...]

Am I getting soft on Part Worn Tyres? 22% of British Drivers Now Using Them

 These are very alarming figures 22%, almost a quarter of the driving public are buying these part worn tyres But I am now thinking differently about the problem. In my opinion the part worn tyre market has increased due to the financial crisis and a lot of young families are having to make huge economic changes in their household budgets, but they regard their car as sanctity, a necessity, they [...]

Rover Street Wise- with a Timing Belt Problem.

I must admit that when I heard about a Rover Street Wise car in to us with an engine problem, I could not remember what one looked like? The car is a beefed up version of the Rover 25, but in my opinion the car is far better looking and I think that it made the car more appealing to younger drivers. The owner of this car is only in [...]

Vauxhall Corsa- Fails MOT Test- Because of Worn Out Front Suspension.

New Lambda sensor fitted after the emissions test failure. The Vauxhall Corsa is indeed a very popular little car, Especially with female drivers. The little car also makes a good city car, with very little problem when getting around town and parking. The Corsais well known for its light steering; Vauxhall Corsa for Mot repairs (power steering) which makes the little car easy to maneuver and along with its good [...]

Winter Tyres-Could Affect Your Car Insurance?

I always find it strange to hear my customers say “will my car be insured if I fit winter tyres”. I used to think that they were joking at first, but for some reason, they were very serious, apparently it was something that they had read in a national newspaper. When I checked this out, it said that if you modify or change your car from the original specs, then [...]