The Airflow Meter is an air flow sensor, also known as a MAF sensor, and is an integral component of the electronically controlled engine system found on most modern cars. Generally located in the plastic housing between the engine and the air filter, the MAF sensor measures the volume and density of air entering the engine.
You would probably not realise when your MAF sensor would need to be replaced so it may be advisable to book in to one of our garages to carry out an inspection.
The alternator is an essential component in a car engine's electrical system. In essence a car's alternator charges the battery and powers the car's electrical system when its engine is running. It is a component that can sometimes fail and your engine may appear dead if it does.
Antifreeze (or coolant) is pumped through all the heat producing components of the engine, picking up heat as it flows through to the radiator. Components in modern engines are made from several different types of metals which corrode at different rates. Those different metals together in an electrolytic solution lead to galvanic corrosion. Therefore special care has to be taken to prevent the build-up of rust and other materials; Antifreeze (or Coolant) acts as a Rust inhibiter and lubricant on internal engine parts and seals.
It is recommended that Antifreeze (or Coolant) is replaced every 2-3 years.
An anti-roll bar does what it says on the tin - their job is to help balance side to side movement when cornering and prevents your car from leaning so far over that it rolls. Also referred to as torsion bar, stabilizer bar, anti-sway bar, anti-roll bars are an important component of the suspension system and the Links are what connects them to your front suspension by way of ball joints.
The brake disc sits on the wheel hub and slows the vehicle down when the brakes are applied through the use of friction. Your vehicle's brake pads are pushed onto either side of the brake discs through the application of a hydraulic Caliper. This reduces the speed of the vehicle and allows it to come to a safe stop.
Although made of high tensile steel, brake discs become worn, pitted or distorted over time, and will eventually need replacing. Worn brake discs can produce inefficient braking results, so it is important to check your brake discs regularly and should ALWAYS replace your brake pads at the same time.
Brake fluid has hygroscopic properties, meaning that it absorbs moisture in your car through the pipes, hoses and joints that it lubricates. As the water content in the brake fluid increases, the temperature the brake fluid boils at decreases, the more you use your brakes the hotter the fluid gets and then the water in the fluid evaporates leaving you with NO brakes, for this reason it is recommended to change your brake fluid every 2 years.
Brake pads form a vital part of the disc brake system. The friction material is applied onto the brake disc surface by the Caliper to generate the friction to stop the wheels turning. Grinding, squeaking or squealing brakes are a sign that your brakes are not working efficiently. If your pads are worn, they need to be replaced for your own safety.
Note: It may be necessary to replace your brake pad sensors and/or brake Pad fitting kit at time of fitment, in which case an extra charge may apply, the garage will always contact you first before replacing any additional component.
Brake shoes are the friction component within the drum brake system. Commonly applied to both main rear foot brake and also to the handbrake. They are used within drum braking systems, brake shoes sit inside the brake drums on each wheel. When the brake pedal is applied by the driver, hydraulic cylinders apply pressure on the brake shoes and cause them to expand within the drum, creating friction and stopping power.
Brake shoes generally need replacing every 50k miles or so, when friction material is excessively worn or when contaminated by oils or brake fluids.
Note: It may be necessary to replace your brake shoe fitting kit/adjusters at time of fitment, in which case an extra charge may apply, the garage will always contact you first before replacing any additional component.
The main function of a standard wet cell car battery is to supply electricity to various car systems. It powers the starting system through the starter motor and the ignition system. It also provides energy for the lights. In older cars, leaving car lights on was a sure way to run down the energy in car battery, but in modern cars an alarm system prevents you from doing this.
If you keep your car long enough, you will probably have to replace the battery at some point. Your car requires more power from the battery in the cold winter months. Not to be confused with AGM/EFB batteries which are fitted to Hybrid vehicles with stop/start capabilities. Change it now to prevent an early morning breakdown.
The main function of an AGM car battery is to supply electricity to various car systems. It powers the starting system through the starter motor and the ignition system. It also provides energy for the lights. In older cars, leaving car lights on was a sure way to run down the energy in car battery, but in modern cars an alarm system prevents you from doing this.
If you keep your car long enough, you will probably have to replace the battery at some point. Your car requires more power from the battery in the cold winter months. These batteries are mainly for Hybrid vehicles with stop/start capabilities. Change it now to prevent an early morning breakdown.
The catalytic converter is one of the most important part of a car's emission control system. It uses a combination of heat and precious metals to promote a chemical reaction to convert harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions before they leave the exhaust system.
The operating temperature of a cat is between 350 to 400 degrees Celsius. Once the cat has reached this temperature a chemical reaction occurs as the exhaust gases flow through the coated monolith. The harmful gases are oxidised and converted in less harmful gases and passed out through the exhaust system.
Catalytic converters often fail due to problems up stream; other parts may be required to prevent the catalyst failing again.
Note: If any other items are required at time of fitting the garage will inform you before carrying out any additional repairs. It is always advised that a fitting kit is changed along with the Catalyst, an additional charge may apply.
Coil Springs play a major role in your car's suspension system. Coil springs are the metal coils, which compress to the pressure or absorb shocks as the car is driven. The way coil spring is built allows it to ensure the smoothest ride even on good roads. If your coil spring is snapped or fractured it would fail your cars MOT.
CV gaiters are designed to cover all the important constant velocity joints (CV joints) that attach to each end of a drive shaft, also protects the CV Joint by preventing water ingress and stops loss of grease. CVs act to transfer a constant speed torque to the wheels as well as support up and down suspension motion if you manage to identify a damaged CV gaiter in time, replacing it may avert expensive CV damage, or even in the worst cases the need to replace a whole drive shaft.
A glow plug looks similar to a spark plug. Instead of spark plugs, glow plugs are used to heat and start diesel engines. It takes only two or three seconds for glow plugs, once activated, to generate sufficient heat to warm the engine block so that it's safe to start the vehicle. Glow plugs get the engine going when it is cold or ambient temperatures are low.
Within an automobile's ignition system, an ignition coil plays an essential role in transforming the battery's 12 volts to the 20 or 30 thousand volts or more needed to spark the spark plugs.
If your Engine is running lumpy or Misfiring it may be that you need to have your Ignition coil replaced, For a small price we can have your engine running smooth again,
Ignition leads connect the distributor or ignition coil to the spark plugs and therefore form an important part of the overall car engine ignition system. Ignition leads carry the High Tension Voltage from the ignition coil that is required for the spark plugs to ignite the air/fuel mixture. It's important that the HT Voltage is not allowed to escape before reaching the spark plugs. Faulty ignition leads, due to perished, torn or chaffed cable insulation and dirty cable connectors are common causes of rough running, misfires, high fuel consumption and MOT emissions failures.
Keeping your car comfortable and ventilated is easy if you make a point of regularly changing your pollen filter. Heater fans rely on a clean air flow so be aware too that any restriction caused by leaves, bugs and debris blocking or clogging pollen filters can shorten their life-span.
Benefits of renewing your Pollen Filter is your Health, a high concentration of pollutants in the air can lead to fatigue, giddiness, headaches, nausea and allergic reactions. Pollen filters provide improved protection against pollens, dirt particles and offer additional protection against traffic-related and industrial fumes.
The shock absorber is a vital part of the vehicle suspension, its prime function is to keep your wheels in contact with the ground at all times by absorbing the energy from the coil spring.
If your car is too tight, too stiff and too bouncy even or if you find that your car isn't handling as well as it should, hugging the road or taking corners easily then you could have a shock absorber problem.
It is always recommended to fit shock absorbers in axle sets, i.e. front or rear.
If any additional parts on the suspension are required at time of fitment the garage will always contact you to advise.
The starter motor is a powerful electric motor that provides the initial impulse to turn over the engine to start it. It requires a very high current to crank the engine, which is why it is attached to the battery with large cables. When you turn the ignition key to the start position the battery voltage goes through a circuit to energise the starter motor.
When the starter motor doesn't turn fast enough it is either a problem with the motor itself or the battery has run down.
Track rods are fitted to each end of the steering rack, and are adjusted to set the wheel alignment. A critical component of your steering system.
Loose track rods will cause excessive play, bad wheel alignment and poor control. If you start to notice your car weaving it is time to get your track rods replaced.
Note: It is always recommended that your wheels are realigned when replace your track rod ends. A small charge may apply.
A turbocharger is a kind of supercharger for car engines. It is in essence a gas compressor that increases the density of air entering the engine to create more power. The turbocharger is a clever design innovation in that it is driven by the engine's own exhaust gases. The turbocharger usually sits on the front of the main engine block and has its own chamber in which the gasses are compressed. Because of the immense pressures and strains placed on turbochargers it is imperative that your oil is replaced on a regular basis.
Included in our quote we will replace the oil and oil filter, and carry out a check list to ensure longevity of the components around the turbo.
Over time, wheel bearings suffer the effects of wear and tear.
Wheel bearings allow your wheels to turn smoothly and also support the weight of the vehicle.
If you're noticing alignment problems, your wheels are making a rumbling sound or the steering seems to have too much 'play' then you may have a wheel bearing problem and they may not be doing their job correctly.