Working brakes are arguably the most important safety feature in your car, so it is essential that they are working efficiently and to the best of their ability. Some brake noise is normal, and driving in different conditions can affect how they sound. However, if the car is making unusually loud or strange noises under breaking, we recommend bringing the car in to get your brakes and wheels checked for any abnormalities. You may find you need your brake pads or rotors replaced.
There are numerous issues that could cause your car to vibrate or shake when driving. It is a good idea to check your wheels and tyres for a potential puncture as the first port of call. If they appear fine, we suggesting taking your car to a mechanic to get checked as the tires may be misaligned, there could be a lose lug nut, worn engine mounts, failing suspension or another issue. We are happy to help with any unusual car noises of vibrations that are worrying you.
The engine warning light on your dashboard appears as an outline of an engine, and may come on for a variety of different reasons. These issues range in severity so we recommend bringing your car in for a check at the first convenient time. We have up-to-date diagnostic equipment that can identify what is wrong with the car, and then we can suggest the best course of action to take.
If you spot fluid puddles under your car it is vital that the engine fluids are checked. Whether it be brake fluid, transmission fluid, oil or coolant, all fluids are essential in the running of your car so any spills or leaks are cause for concern. If your car smells strange when you drive it, this could also be an indicator of a fluid leak. Bring your car in and we can help identify where the fluids are originating from and help get your car back to working as it should.
Engine oil is what lubricates all the moving parts within your cars engine to prevent extreme wear and damage due to friction. Without it, your engine will seize up and a new engine is on the cards. You can never check your engine oil too often and we suggest regular checks on long car trips. In between oil changes, you can check the oil level by locating the dipstick in the engine bay. The oil level will be indicated on the dipstick and should sit above the minimum level.
Don’t be alarmed if the oil seems to be changing towards a black colour, as this indicates it is working. To keep your car in tip top condition, always comply with the recommendations and service schedule outlined in your owners’ manual.
Checking your tyre pressure should be done about once a week, ideally when the tyres are relatively cold. Tyre pressure can affect your fuel economy, safety and increase wear from your tyres. Refer to your owner’s manual for the optimum tyre pressure required for your car. Also inspect for any damage such as tatters and tears, punctures, uneven wear, foreign objects and any other unusual wear. If you detect uneven wear, a wheel alignment may be required. Regular wheel alignments reduce unnecessary wear on your tyres, saving you money in the long term.
If your windscreen wipers smear, jitter or squeak, it’s time to change them. Ineffective wipers can affect your ability to see the road ahead and impact on your ability to drive safety. We suggest that wiper blades should be replaced every six months. We have a wide range of wiper blades available for all Ford and Mazda models, and can fit them for you. Select wiper blade replacement on your service booking form to see clearly on your next trip.
Coolant or ‘antifreeze’ is needed to help prevent overheating and seizure of the engine. Coolants should be replaced at recommended intervals as specified in your owners’ manual. In between, you should do regular checks on the coolant level to detect any leakages or defects. Make sure you do this when the engine is cold. To top it up, simply locate the coolant in the engine bay, unscrew the top, add coolant until it reaches the ‘full’ mark, then replace the cap tightly.
Your owners manual is the best source of information on your vehicle maintenance. Check this for vehicle specific details and information.