Services & Maintenance
HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY CAR BE SERVICED?
To keep your vehicle in the best possible condition it should typically be serviced every year. Manufacturers recommend every 12 months or 10,000 miles- whichever is sooner. However, there are some age and mileage milestones you need to be aware of. These will be shown in the cars manual, along with the tasks needing to be completed. Most modern cars now have dashboard warning messages about a wide range of topics, including issues with the braking system, engine, oil and coolant levels, and tyre pressures. Your car owner’s manual will explain what each warning message means and what you need to do. If you are at all concerned give us a call and we'll arrange for you to bring your vehicle up to us.
A timing belt, timing chain or 'cambelt' is an integral part of an internal combustion engine that synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft(s) so that the engine's valves open and close at the proper times.
Different manufacturers fit different vehicle with a timing chain or timing belt. A timing chain is designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle while manufacturers recommend a timing belt is changed at regular intervals. This varies from car to car, but is often needed at around 70,000 to 80,000 miles. Check your service manual to find out when your car is next due to have its cambelt/ timing belt replaced. If you are unsure of your vehicles history it is recommended that you get the cambelt changed as soon as possible. Cambelt replacement can seem expensive but if it fails while you’re driving, you could face serious engine damage.
Vehicle maintenance bills can add up depending on the age, mileage and engine size of the vehicle but regular maintenance can prevent bigger repair bills in the future.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost of a service is far less than the cost of having to replace parts later because of damage through poor maintenance.
Radiator - £430
Water pump - £240
Engine exchange – £2,575 upwards
Cylinder head gasket – £620
(Source: Motor Codes website, June 2014)
We offer three different levels of servicing. These are based on
vehicle manufacturer recommendations, mileage and age of vehicle
We change the engine oil, filter, and give the engine a flush to clear
it of sludge and debris From £70*
This is recommended at 2 year intervals or also known as a low
mileage service this consists of an oil change as above, air filter
change, tyre pressures, level check and a visual check over the
vehicle- From £120*
Everything covered in an intermediate service as well as fuel filter change, spark plugs (if necessary), full in-depth check over the vehicle- From £250 - £300*
WE ALSO OFFER A FREE SUMMER/ WINTER CHECK!
We'll check your tyre pressures, bulbs, wipers and levels for free and only charge you for the parts you need!
*Prices based on a small car and are not including VAT
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
As a vehicle MOT and maintenance centre we can also offer a selection of other services to keep your car on the road. Our qualified technicians have a wide experience on working on all makes and models of vehicle. Click on the links below to find out more
BRAKES EXHAUSTS HYBRID AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Regular servicing is highly recommended as the the best way to ensure everything in your vehicle is working as it should be. While an MOT is compulsory by law, there are several parts of the vehicle that the MOT does not cover including the engine, clutch and gearbox. Without regular servicing you may find that your performance starts to deteriorate. Servicing can increase fuel efficiency, improve braking and help maintain market value.
If you don’t have an oil change or continue to use the car with low fluid levels, then you can do some serious damage to the engine. Our services start as little as £120 and can save you a larger repair bill in the future.