Do you need a full service?

Some people have their car serviced religiously every year. A full service can cost upwards of around two hundred pounds and often is not needed every year. Many manufacturers and makes and models of cars have different service schedules. Sometimes you may only need a minor service where as other times a major service may be required. Often you can find the service schedule in the owners handbook or by looking it up on the manufacturers website. All garages that carry out services should be able to tell you what components will need changing when. For example, on some services on petrol cars, you may need to have the spark plugs replaced, but this does not need to be done every year. If you have hardly done any miles since...
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Is your car due it’s MOT during lockdown?

With England entering its second lockdown this week, many people are wondered what the rules and regulations are regarding MOT’s. During the first lockdown, MOT’s were extended by 6 months giving people plenty of time to get them done at a later stage. This is because many of the car garages were shut or running with a very limited number of staff. This lockdown is slightly different as although there may still be some staff shortages, car garages are open and still doing MOT’s. The government have not allowed for a second extension on the MOT’s this time so it is imperative that it is carried out on time. Ideally you want to try and get your MOT done early rather than later. MOT’s can be done one month in...
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Finding new wheel trims for your vehicle

If your car or van only has steel wheels and not alloys then you may wish to add a set of wheel trims. Steel wheels can look a little unsightly, especially if the wheels are corroded. You can often pick up a set of wheel trims for around £20. Wheel trims are plastic covers that fit over the top of the steel wheels. They are usually fairly straight forward to fit although you may need to apply some pressure to get them to click in to place. Wheel trims do have a habit of coming off from time to time so if possibly, it is best to cable tie them on to the steel wheel in a few different places. IF you want something a little more permanent then why...
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Do you have a coolant leak?

Coolant is very much needed in your car and without it the engine will very quickly overheat often causing irreversible damage. You may not realise that you have a coolant leak until a warning light comes up on your dash, you notice a puddle on the floor under your car or your car goes in for repair work or an MOT and it is picked up there. Another tell tale sign that your coolant is running low is your temperature gauge shotting up and down. You may also notice that your heaters in the car begin to blow hot then cold air, this can be a warning to top up your coolant. Occasionally coolant will need to be topped up anyway but if you are having to do it every...
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How do I know if my brakes need replacing?

Brakes are a particularly important part of your vehicle. It is important to check your brakes are working before any journey, especially if you have not used the car in a while or you are going on a long journey. Brakes wear down as the car is driven more often but they can also need attention if the car has been sat standing for several months as this can cause them to seize. People often are not aware that their brakes need replacing until it comes to their MOT. This means they may have been driving around for months without realising that their brakes were not operating as efficiently as they should have been. If you hear a squealing or griding noise when you apply the brakes then you will...
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