Why do we change the engine oil?
How often should the oil be changed?
What grade of oil should I use?
How do we change the fluid and filter?
What is Brake Fluid?
Why change the brake fluid?
Brake fluid is a hygroscopic fluid, meaning that it attracts moisture. Moisture is created from the heating/cooling effects of normal brake use, also humidity from the atmosphere. This moisture causes rusting and pitting of internal parts, which leads to unnecessary replacement costs. Under severe braking, excess moisture can cause the fluid to boil, leading to brake failure.
When is it necessary to change the brake fluid?
Will I notice any difference in my brakes?
Why do vehicles have coolant/antifreeze in the engine?
What happens if there is no coolant/antifreeze in the system?
How do I know if my coolant/antifreeze needs renewing?
How often should the coolant/antifreeze be changed?
- When there is visible rust in the coolant system.
- When the cooling system test is low on antifreeze/inhibitor or anti corrosive.
How do you change the fluid?
Brake Discs / Rotors
Why do we machine the disc rotors when replacing disc pads?
All rotors are measured before machining. If they are under minimum thickness we recommend replacement.
Hint: Don't wash your wheels just after driving your car as the cold water hitting the hot brake parts causes disc rotor distortion, again leading to shudders and pulsing.
Timing Belt / Cam Belt
What is a timing belt?
Do all engines have a timing belt?
How can I tell if my vehicle’s engine has a timing belt?
Why should the belt be replaced before it fails?
Would there be any warning before the belt breaks?
So how can I tell when the belt should be replaced on my engine?
How much does it cost to replace the timing belt?
Testimonial - Timing Chain Replacement Honda CRV
- "My car misfires sometimes."
- "The engine won't start at times."
- "The engine surges, but only first thing in the morning."
- "It runs fine until it is hot."
- "It only misfires going up a really steep hill."
Can we plug that tool into the car?
That is where you are pleased to have your car back (fast!) and we look like car magicians – an ideal scenario. But, what about the nasty problem? That only happens approximately once a week and doesn't leave a fault code to be scanned. What then? That is where the other two questions arise.
How much will it cost and how long will you need my car?
We use appropriate electronic diagnostic tools with recording capabilities which we can replay and we will use the diagnostic skills we have gained through experience and training. However, we cannot monitor all the components and wiring at once.
What does it sound like to you?
As for the time it takes, once again there is unfortunately no easy answer – it will take until we have traced the fault.
Dashboard Warning Lights
Why do we have them and why won’t they go out sometimes?
As a repairer, how do you know what fault code has been set?
The usual procedure after we have repaired the fault is to erase the code, road test the vehicle and recheck the ECU for codes. (We will record the code for future reference.)
What should I do if a light on my dashboard comes on and remains on?
Any warning light appearing on your dashboard, whether it remains on or comes on intermittently should never be ignored. Under most circumstances it will leave a fault code which we can scan to start our diagnosis.
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Saturday: 8am - 12pm (By Appointment)
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