Introduction

For some car owners, we may take our cars for granted- that’s to say whether it’s nice and warm outside, or anything is frozen, we often expect our cars to start, every time and to work as we would expect.

However, for that to happen all of the cars different engine parts and other components need to work correctly, and for that to happen garages, like ours need to carryout regular maintenance of many different types of cars, in order to protect the car from increased wear, and also to help improve efficiency.


So, why is engine oil so important in particular?

Well, if we could see on the dashboard of our car, on the LCD panel how our cars engines work  each time we drive, we would be rather impressed, as they sure work very hard.  

For example, within our engines we would see pistons moving, turbos circulating and the engine rotating to produce power.

Now, as you would expect, with all that power, and rotation of the pistons, these causes friction, and as a by-product heat- so to help keep an engine lubricated, we need engine oil.

This is why engine oil, whether its in a 1 litre petrol car, on in a 3.1 V-6 engine, our cars engines, whether diesel or petrol need oil. And not just any oil, a cars engine needs a quality oil. This is why its important you use the right garage, like ours, which will offer quality car parts, such as oil filters, and which always use the right quality engine oils.


So, is all engine oil the same?

The simple answer is no, there are many different types, for example there’s synthetic, mineral oil, just to name a few, then there’s the additives that are added to some oils as well, this is to help with preventing the oil from breaking down as fast. Then there’s the all-important viscosity of the oil.

So, no not all engine oils are the same, the engine oil used in say a modern BMW engine, with start / stop technology, is going to need a totally different type of oil for say a classic car that what built in the 60’s.

The price of engine oil, well that can differ massively as well, from your cheaper options which may cost say £10.00 a litre, to highly engineered oils, which are designed for say a high-performance racing cars and can be very expensive. But as any good garage will tell you, ours included, its always worth buying top quality oil, as its absolutely crucial in helping your engine to run correctly.

Then there’s engine oils designed for certain engines, so, this might be for diesel engines, petrol engines, engines with start / stop technology and also hybrid engines. Yet, sometimes oils are designed for certain car brands as well, and this is important too, as some car manufacturers will only recommend a certain brand of oil.


Why should I regularly check my cars oil level?

Its so important to stay on top of your car maintenance, that’s to say, whether your car needs a full service, interim service, or lets say just an oil change, its crucial that this work is carried out when its needed. Yet, even if your car is not due a service, you should still be checking fluid levels, such as the engine oil level, as if this runs too low for example, well, the engine could simply overheat, seize and the resulting damage can sometimes be so large, that some garages, in some instances might say that the car is uneconomical to repair- so this is why engine oil, and servicing of a car is so important.


Should I be asking the garage which engine oils they use?

We would say yes, most definitely, for some car owners, they might think, well, it’s a garage, they can take care of changing the engine oil, but we think you should still be checking a quality brand of oil is used on your car.

Cheap engine oils we think are a false economy, instead what you want is a quality oil, the exact oil that your car manufacturer specifies.


Make sure you check your cars service history

It’s a good idea to check your cars service history, and make sure you know when the next service interval is, that’s whether the car needs an interim service, full service, or just the engine oil filter and oil replaced, we can help.  

So if your looking for garages in Cardiff that offer car servicing, why not book your car in with us?

 

 

Engine oil is an essential component in most cars, and it needs to be replaced regularly, that’s as per the manufacturers specification, thats in order to keep your vehicle running smoothly. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of why its important to change the oil in your car.

The first step in changing your oil is determining when an oil change is needed.

Many vehicles have a “maintenance records”  or a “service history” that this may tell you when it’s time for an oil change, typically this is based on mileage or time elapsed since your last oil change.

Yet with that said, there’s loads of other reasons why the engine oil might need changing, such as repair work has been carried out, and the mechanic needs to change the oil.

Once you know that you need to replace your cars oil, you should give us a ring and get your car booked in.

We will start by positioning your oil drain pan under the oil drain plug on your car, which is typically located on the bottom of the engine. Then, we use a socket set or spanner to remove the oil drain plug and allow the engine oil to drain into the pan. We can dispose of the oil correctly for you.

Once all of the engine oil has drained from your cars engine, we will the put back the oil drain plug, which is a bolt and we will tighten it securely. Next, our mechanics will locate your oil filter and remove it using a tool designed for taking off oil filters.  

Finally, we will add new quality engine oil (synthetic oil, part synthetic oil, mineral oil, to your car until the full line is reached on your dipstick.

Once your car has enough oil, we will replace the oil dip-stick and start your car to check for any oil leaks.  


What does oil viscosity mean?

Oil viscosity is a measure of how easily the engine oil flows. The lower the viscosity, the more easily it flows. The higher the viscosity, the more slowly it flows.

You can find the viscosity of your oil by looking at the label on the oil container. A lower number means a lower viscosity and a higher number means a higher viscosity.  

So if you want to keep your engine running smoothly, it’s important to choose the right viscosity of oil for your vehicle. Whether you’re looking for high performance or long-lasting protection, there is an oil out there that will suit your cars engine, and only use what a mechanic or the car manufacturer has recommended.  

Oil is very important  

Oil is one of the most essential components of your car, it has a vital role in ensuring that your engine runs smoothly and efficiently.

Oil lubricates moving parts in your engine, and helps to reduce wear and tear over time.

Additionally, oil helps to keep your engine cool by removing heat from the internal components, which is critical as without it the engine would seize.

To maintain optimal performance of your vehicle, it is important to regularly change your oil and perform other routine maintenance tasks like checking tire pressure or replacing worn-out parts. Its important to get your car serviced, when required.


Old oil  

Old oil can even affect the efficiency of your car. This means that over time, oil breaks down and becomes less effective at lubricating your whole engine. This can lead to increased wear and tear on your engine, which can decrease fuel efficiency as well.  


What is fully synthetic Oil?

Fully synthetic oil is a type of oil that is designed to meet the specific needs of a lot of modern engines.

Unlike traditional oils, which are a blend of different base oils and additives, fully synthetic oil is made from a single chemical compound, making it highly efficient and ideal for use in high-performance engines, this doesn’t mean that any fully synthetic oil can be used, you still need to use the right oil for your car.

Synthetic oil can help improve engine performance by reducing friction and wear between engine parts. It also helps to protect an engine against overheating.


Part Synthetic Oil

There are different types of oil, including conventional oil, synthetic oil, and part synthetic oil.

So, what’s the difference between these types of oils?

Synthetic oil is made from chemicals that have been artificially created in a lab. Part synthetic oil is a mixture of both conventional and synthetic oils.

Do you change the oil on high performance cars? 

Engine oils are designed to withstand high temperatures,  they are also formulated to protect against wear, corrosion, and deposits.  High performance oils typically have a higher viscosity than conventional motor oils, we can change the oil on any type of car.

 

Every single time that we start the ignition on our cars, there are a large number of car parts than are all working hard to enable the vehicle to function and drive the way we want it to.

For example, if you own a car that has a combustion engine, then there are a large number of parts, such as pistons, cylinder heads and turbos which are all working to help propel the vehicle forwards.

However, cars require regular maintenance, and if this does not occur, then it’s possible that in a worst-case scenario that engine failure occurs.

This sometimes means, for example, if an engine runs how on oil, and seizes, that the car becomes uneconomical to repair, if it has incurred, then this means sometimes major damage has been incurred to the car.

For example, without engine oil, the car parts can become so hot, they actually seize, which can mean that the engine might be written off.

This is why it’s crucial that you service your car, as per the manufacturer’s specification.

You should therefore ensure that your engine oil is correctly topped up, and changed as per the manufacturers recommendation.


Does your car have an engine oil leak?

You should never ignore an engine oil leak on your car.

If you were to delay getting your car looked at by a mechanic, then this delay could mean that your engine loses so much engine oil, that it runs so low, then this could cause a large amount of engine damage.

So many car owners within the city of Cardiff come to our garage, simply because they know we offer competitive prices, on car servicing. This includes changing engine oils.

We always use quality car parts, and we aim to offer high levels of customer service

Therefore, a lot of people come to us because they know that if they want their engine oil changed, that we will always use good quality oils and car parts.

 

It’s important to use really good quality oils,  and that the oil is the right type for your engine.

 

Using the wrong engine oil, can also cause large amounts of damage to your car also, so if you are unsure which oil to use, make sure that you talk to your mechanics at your garage, to ensure that you use only the right engine oil.

For example, some engines might need a fully synthetic oil, where with some other engines the manufacturer might actually recommend a mineral oil is used for example. There are many different types of oil.

Another common oil type is semi-synthetic oils.

Each car will therefore require its own type of engine oil, and you should talk to your mechanic about which oil you should use in your car.



All cars are welcome

 

At our garage, we see many different brands of car come to us every single week for a service. For example the cars that we work on can range from large SUVs, right through to rare Italian classic cars that are high-value.


Leaving engine oil in your car for too long can cause increased engine wear

 

As any mechanic will tell you, if you leave all engine oil in your car for too long, it loses its ability to protect the engine as well.

The oil can pick up deposits from the engine, which mean that it is less effective in helping to protect the engine. Therefore, this is why it’s so important to get the engine oil changed as per the manufacturer’s specification.

Leaving the oil within the vehicle too long, can also cause the oil to break down, and this means that the engine will incur more wear.

It’s also important that you make sure that the engine oil is topped up to the correct level.

If your engine oil runs to low, is entirely possible that the engine will incur major damage, it could also seize.

Free quotes

We offer free quotes.

Introduction

It’s really important that whichever car brand you drive, you get your vehicle serviced as per the manufacturer’s specification. Whether it’s a classic car, or a modern petrol hybrid engine, it will require a service.

 

We offer servicing on all car brands.

For example, from high-value classic cars, right through to sport’s utility vehicles (SUV’s), we can offer to service your car at a competitive price. Plus, we also offer the full range of car servicing options, therefore you might want to bring your car to us for an interim service, oil change or a full service? All car servicing options are offered at a very competitive price, for a no obligation quote, why not call us?

 

About us

We are a local garage here within Cardiff, we have serviced many diesel cars, petrol and also hybrid vehicles of all brands. We offer competitive prices, that’s regardless of which car brand you drive, you can also rest assured that we only ever fit quality car parts, plus we have very experienced mechanics, so why not book a service with us today?

This article will also explain the we offer other services as well, which a lot of car owners have carried out at the same time when their car is being serviced with us.

 

Is your car due a service?

If your car is due service, then why not bring it to our garage? We offer high levels of customer service as well as excellent prices.  

 

Why not call us for a no obligation quote?

Whether you drive a small petrol engine car, or you own a SUV, we can service any type of vehicle.

 

Do you know that we also re-gas and repair air conditioning systems as well?

A lot of our customers come to us for car servicing, and at the same time the ask us to re-gas or sometimes repair an air conditioning fault. This means just before the hot weather finally arrives here in Wales, we can offer to fix your car’s air-conditioning.

 

Do you want to get your car serviced before your summer holidays?

If you’re planning on going on a holiday while also taking your car, then you might be planning on doing a lot of driving? If so, a lot of people bring their car to us to get a car service prior to taking the car on a holiday.

Of course, it’s really important that you get your car serviced as per the manufacturer’s specification, so whether you’re going away on holiday or not, you can also be rest assured, that here at Automotive Cardiff, we can offer you great prices on car servicing, as well as any repair you that you might need?

 

Here’s just a same of some of the other services our garage can offer:

–        Car repair on any brand of car

–        Diesel, petrol and hybrid cars welcome

–        Fully electric car repairs

–        Servicing

–        Brake repair

–        Brake replacement

–        Brake upgrades

–        Exhaust replacement

–        DPF repair and replacement

–        And much more.

 

Do you own a classic car?

Perhaps you own the classic car, it might be a very high value vehicle, such as a TVR or a classic Maserati, we can offer to service your car at a competitive price.

So, whether you own a rare Italian classic car, or a British vintage car, whichever car you drive, we can offer to service it for you. We have a large amount of experience repairing, restoring and servicing classic cars. Our mechanics can therefore help to fix any brand of classic car.

So, if you own a classic car, and it’s been gathering dust in your garage for some time, and now needs extensive work, then we can help. Equally you may have a vehicle that’s in brilliant show room condition, and just passed its MOT, all you need is for the car to be serviced, and we can offer that too.  

 

Top quality service

We offer a top-quality service, that’s whether you’re coming to us for a full nut and bolt restoration of a classic car, or just an engine oil and filter change, we offer high levels of customer service.

Plus, from the engine oils we use, through to the car parts, such as fitting a brand new clutch, we always use good quality parts.

 

So why not book your car in for a service with us?

Therefore, whether you drive a classic car, an executive saloon, or a hybrid vehicle, why not book your car in for a service with one of our mechanics?

 

 

The Maserati Levante

 


It’s clear to see why the Maserati Levante’s is such a popular model. As soon as you sit inside, you can see by the impressive interior, comfortable seats and the great design, why this is a car which has received so much praise.

Is also a great car to drive, with fantastic handling and performance, that’s whether you own a diesel or petrol engine fitted to your Levante.

We very much like the combination of infusing Maserati’s strong styling, into a new and impressive design of Maserati.

We are now going to explain how our independent and also family run business can help you if you need your Levante serviced.

We don’t just run offer car servicing, if your Levante needs any type of work, for example you might want the cars brakes replaced then we can offer to do this work for you. We can even collect the vehicle from you, and offer a quote to do this.

From the very point which you call us, you will see that we are committed to offering our customers very high levels of customer service. We have very friendly team members who can book your car in, we combine this with highly knowledgeable mechanics, and also offering competitive prices.

The high levels of service that we offer at our independent garage, we hope will mean that you return to us for any servicing work you might need on your Maserati in the future.


We can offer car servicing, for Maserati Levante and also other models.

 

Whether you are a own much loved classic Maserati, which you only choose to drive on the weekends, or you own an ultramodern diesel Maserati, that use on a daily basis for long drives on the motorway- we will be able to offer you servicing at a very competitive price.

We are an independent business, we do work on all makes and model cars, however we have experience of servicing many Maserati Levante’s and other models of Maserati as well.


Oil changes

Perhaps you just need the engine oil and filter replaced on your Lavante? If so we can help.  


 

Interim servicing

A lot of the Maserati Levante’s that are brought to us, sometimes do the huge amount of mileage per year, simply because they may well be company ownerd vehicles that may be drived by say the companies director.

Therefore, it’s important that you get your Maserati Levante, serviced as per the manufacturer’s specification. We can offer interim servicing, oil changes, and to carry out a full service on your Lavante.


 

Both diesel and petrol engines welcome

One of the reasons that the Maserati Levante is so popular is because it offers the option of a petrol or a diesel engine. A lot of our customers tell us how powerful these engines are, and great performance that they get from their car.


 

Do you need the brakes replaced on your Maserati Levante?

You may need to get your brake pads and also discs replaced? If so, we can offer you a competitive quote.

Perhaps you are unsure whether you need your cars brake pads or discs replaced? If so, our mechanics can offer to check this for you, and recommend whether the work is required or not.


 

High levels of customer service

We have received a huge amount of positive feedback from our many customers. We are pleased to say that a lot of the Maserati owners that come to our independent garage, often then return on a repeat basis.

That’s because we aim to offer friendly customer service, we use quality car parts, and we are an independent garage.

 

Why not call us for a quote today?

Do you own a Maserati Levante? If so, if you require your car to be serviced, whether that’s just to change the engine oil, or to carry out a full service, or even an interim service, then we can help you.

Introduction

Maserati’s are true driver’s cars, offering impressive performance, however like with all combustion engine vehicles, the car should be serviced as per the manufacturers specification.

We can therefore offer to service your Maserati Ghibli, we offer very competitive prices, regardless of which engine type you own.

We are an independent garage, we are based in South Wales

We are established, independent garage here in South Wales, we can offer car servicing across all car manufacturers.

We also can also offer car servicing, for any Maserati model, irrespective of whether it’s a modern or classic car. Therefore if you require a basic service, such as only having the engine oil and filter replaced, then we can offer this- right through to offering a full service.

 

We can even collect from you

We can even collect the car directly from you, sometimes the Maserati owner, will prefer to have the car collected from their home or a place of business. We can arrange for one of our team, to come and collect the Maserati from you, and bring the Maserati to our independent garage for a service or a repair.

 

We can service any Maserati model

We see a wide range of Maserati’s that are brought to our garage for servicing, ranging from very rare, and also high-value classic cars, right through to your ultra-modern cars which are on a 2021 registration plate.

We therefore have experience of working on a wide range of different Maserati vehicles, which includes petrol diesel models.

 

We can service your Maserati Ghibli

The Maserati Ghibli is a very popular model, that offers great performance, we can offer to service your car for you.

Whether you own a Maserati, and you are driving tens of thousands of miles every single year, and might need say an interim service, or your car is simply due for a full service, we will be able to help you, and offer competitive prices as well.

Our customers often comment, how great our service is,, how competitively priced we are, and how we go the extra mile to make sure that we offer our customers the best possible customer experience that we can.

We are therefore independent garage which is located in Wales, however we find that we have customers coming to us from further afield.

For example, a Maserati owner in Bristol, in The South-West of England, might bring their car to us, because of the fantastic service that our business offers, and the competitive prices, so we do see car owners, sometimes travel distances to use our garage.

We can also offer other services, such as brake pad and disc replacement

Are your brake pads due to be replaced?

Do you need to brake pads and discs replaced?

Whichever Maserati model you drive, we can offer to replace the brake pads, and discs at a competitive price.

 

Competitive prices

We offer very competitive prices- whether that’s to service your car, to replace the brakes, or to repair your vehicle.

Why not call our garage today? We can offer you a free estimate?

 

 

 

 

 

Here at Automotive Cardiff, over the years we have serviced many Maserati’s, from Levante’s right through to Qyattroporte’s.

At our garage we also see a lot of repeat business- that’s simply because we make sure that we work hard to offer good customer service at our independent, and family run company.

Our customers often therefore return to us, for car servicing or any car repair work that they might need- that’s because, here at Automotive Cardiff, we aim with every customer to offer the best service we possibly can.

So, whether you just need the oil changed, as your planning on taking your Maserati on a long drive during your holidays, or you would like extra work, such as having the brake pads replaced, we can help.

All Maserati cars are welcome at our garage

 

Sometimes rare classic Maserati’s are brought to us at our garage, and also, at the same time, our mechanics might be working on a Masterati that are very modern.

This means that our mechanics, such as James, has a lot of experience servicing these high-performance sports cars at our garage, whether its a classic Maserati, or a very modern Maserati, such as the MC20, we welcome all models to our garage.

So, if you own a Maserati, why not call us? And we will aim to get you booked in with one of our mechanics as soon as possible.

Is it just car servicing that your garage offers?

 

We can also offer car repair services, such as brake pad and disc replacement, why not call our garage to see if we can assist?

 

Why should I bring my Maserati to you?

 

We see a lot of repeat business from Maserati owners, not just local car owners, that live in say South Wales, but also Maserati owners from much further a field.

We also use quality car parts, as well as offering very competitive prices.

So whether your a Maserati owner here in Cardiff, or you live a bit further away, such as in Bristol, why not call us for a quote?

We can even collect the car from you.

 

Rare Maserati’s are welcome

Here at Automotive Cardiff, we can service any Maserati, this means, whether own an ultra-modern MC20, or any other model of Maserati, we can offer you a competitive price.

 

My Maserati’s brake pads and discs need replacing, is this something that you can help with?

 

Yes, we don’t just offer car servicing, if you would like us to, we can also offer to replace your cars brakes.

For a quote, we would just need to know which model Maserati you have, so why not give us a call, for replacing your Maserati’s brake disc and pads?

 

How much will a full service cost?

 

Servicing costs vary, it depends on which model Maserati you drive, and the type of service you want.

 

Why not give us a quick call?

 

Do you carry out interim servicing on Maserati’s?

 

Yes we do, for a quote, why not call us?

 

I just need the oil and engine oil filter replaced on my Maserati, is this something you can help with?

 

Yes, we most certainly can, we can replace the oil, and filter on any model Maserati.

 

My exhaust needs replacing can you help?

 

We also offer exhaust repair or replacement, so if there’s a problem with your Maserati’s exhaust, why not call us?

 

My car will need collecting, is this something you can help with?

 

We can collect your Maserati from you, this is another reason why a lot of people use our garage, as we can collect the car from your home or place of work.

 

 

Introduction

 

Here at Automotive Cardiff  Ltd, we have experienced car mechanics which have worked on a wide variety of TVR cars. We have therefore repaired and serviced TVR Tuscan’s, through to working on many Chimaera’s and also Tamora’s.

Our mechanics have worked on most TVR cars, and have a huge knowledge of both classic TVR cars, and the more modern vehicles.

We also offer very competitive prices, for servicing, and also car repair work, such as brake pad and disc changes, exhaust or clutch replacements.

 

Servicing

 

Whether you just require the engine oil and filter to be replaced on a TVR, or you need a full service carried out, our garage will be able to assist, as well as offering competitive prices.

 

Brake disc and pad, drum brakes, brake repair

 

Often our customers come to us, as they know, James and the team here at Automotive Cardiff have an intricate knowledge of all TVR models, from fixing brake issues, right through to more complex work, such as diagnosing and fixing gearbox issues that may have occurred.

Therefore, here at this garage, we don’t just offer car servicing, we can also fix more complex problems that may have occurred with your car.

So, whether your planning a drive around the South of France, and therefore need a full service on your classic TVR, or perhaps, you would like us to do other mechanical work, such as replacing the cars clutch? We can help.

You can be rest assured that we offer very competitive prices, this is why so many TVR car owners travel from far and wide, for our mechanics to work on their car, as they know our garage, here at Automotive Cardiff Ltd, has a huge amount of experience repairing and servicing TVR cars.

You do have some garages which specialise in just servicing and repairing classic TVR’s, yet, at our garage, we work on all models, from the very rare TVR Grantura’s through to Tuscans, we have experience of working on all models of TVR.

 

 Customer service

 

Here at Automotive Cardiff, we see a lot of TVR owners return to our garage every year, thats because, we have a strong reputation for offering good customer service, and charging competitive prices.

We also offer a service, where we can collect your TVR from you, we understand, that for some customers there might be a fault, which means the car cant be driven to our garage. This is why, at our garage, we can collect the car from you.

 

Cardiff

Our garage is situated in the city of Cardiff, yet, we find that sometimes our owners travel great distances to bring their TVR to us, from The South West of England, to much further afield. That’s because, after a conversation with us, you will know, that here at Automotive Cardiff, we have very good knowledge on how to repair to service any model of TVR, whether its a Tamora, Tuscan or Sagaris.

 

TVR car repair

 

Whether you need the clutch replaced, a new set or brakes, or the exhaust needs completely replacing, we can offer you a competitive price to repair or to service your TVR.

Here’s just some of the car repair services that our garage can offer:

 

  • Car servicing
  • Oil changes
  • Full service
  • Interim service

 

 

TVR Tuscan

We have experience of servicing, as well as repairing many TVR Tuscans here at Automotive Cardiff. You can be rest assured, that whether your bringing your car in to us for a service, or car repairs, we always use good quality car parts.

 

TVR Chimaera

Another popular TVR is the TVR Chimaera, with its great design, and high-performance engines, this is a true drivers car. If you own a TVR Chimaera, and you are looking for a garage which offers servicing, and also repairs TVR’S, then, why not write us an e-mail, or call our garage today?

 

All TVR cars welcome, both classic and modern

Whichever TVR you drive, we are an independent garage which can help you, whether you need the clutch replaced on a Tamora, or you want a full service on a TVR Grantura, we can offer you high levels of customer service, we always use quality car parts, plus, we offer very fair prices, so why not call us today?

 

 

 

Introduction

At our independent family run garage, we have experience of working on many Maserati cars, both modern and classic cars.

Here at Automotive Cardiff, we also aim to offer very high-levels of customer service, this is why here at our garage, we have many repeat customers, that return to us routinely for their car servicing, and for other work such as brake pad and disc replacement.

Therefore, whether you own a Ghibli, Quattroporte or a Grancabrio, we can help you at our garage.

Are you due brake pad or disc replacement on your Maserati?

We have worked on many different models of Maserati’s, we can therefore change the brake pads, or the discs on any Maserati car.

For brake pad and disc replacement, we offer very competitive prices, after a quick chat with you, we will get back to you in a short period of time with an itemised quote.

 

Cardiff

As a capital city, here at Automotive Cardiff, we are based just off the very busy Newport Road, we are therefore in a great central location, for you to drop your car off to us.

Sometimes, some of our customers will have a classic car, or a car that’s been off the road for quite a while now. Therefore, if you would prefer, we can even collect your car from you, or your place of work.

We can therefore arrange a suitable time, for us to come and collect your Maserati, and we can bring it back to our garage for any work it may require.

 

Experienced mechanics

At our garage, we pride ourselves on the fact that we have very experienced mechanics, which are highly knowledgeable on many different car brands and models.

 

Brake discs, pads or drum brakes

No matter if you have a classic car, that you only use for just a few drives per year, or you have a car that you clock up a lot of millage with every year, that might be used as your company car for example, we can help with car servicing for your car or your company car. We can also, help with routine maintenance, such as car brakes, exhausts, and also clutch replacements.

 

No obligation quotes

We don’t just repair and replace brakes, we can also offer all manner of car repair and servicing.

So, whichever Maserati you drive, whether you own a MC20 or a Ghibli, why not call us? We offer free and no obligation quotes.

We can even collect your car from you, so why not call our independent, family run company in Cardiff?

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

It’s a part that’s fitted onto our cars, which a lot of drivers will simply know nothing about, that’s to say, a lot of drivers will know its crucial that the car has an adequate amount of engine oil, brake fluid and power steering fluid for example- yet may not know what the timing belt fitted to the cars engine does.

Yet the timing belt, or as some people call it the cambelt is absolutely crucial to an engine running correctly.

The reason being is if the timing belt was to fail, which in most cases results in the belt coming completely detached off the pulleys, well, this can sometimes cause a huge amount of damage to the engine.

Cambelts can fail for all manner of reasons, for example, the rubber can become perished or the pulley may not be rotating smoothly, sometimes because of bearing problems, and then the next thing a broken cambelt can occur.

A cambelt failure is not something that can result in a quick fix, sometimes the resulting damage can be so great, that sometimes considerable labour by a mechanic, as well as car parts are sometimes needed, and that’s if the engine can be salvaged at all.

 

 

What are some of the main reasons a cambelt / timing belt can fail?

A failure can be caused for all manner of different reasons, for example sometimes its due to a pulley, say attached to an air-conditioning pump not rotating smoothly. The excess stress placed on the cambelt ultimately causes friction, which leads to the belt tearing off the rollers.

Other reasons can be due to no fault of the driver, but due to items being picked along the road finding there way into the engine, for example a sharp strip of metal can cause the cambelt to shear and come off.

 

 

I simply don’t know when the timing belt was last replaced, so how will I know if its due to be replaced?

Sometimes, not always, the work will be stamped into your cars service records, yet sometimes a garage will not stamp the service book. So, its better to have it replaced by a reputable garage if you are unsure.

As mentioned, the timing belt is absolutely crucial to the running of an engine, so if it needs to be replaced, due to the next replacement interval coming up, or for any other reason, you should not delay for a second getting this work completed.

The reason being is, sometimes, with some engines, the amount of damage caused by a faulty timing belt can mean the whole engine is sometimes written-off, if the cambelt was to fail, so we cant stress that point enough.

I need to get my timing belt checked out, which car manufacturers does your garage work on?

Here at Automotive Cardiff Ltd, we work on many different car brands, we therefore can service and repair any make and model of car.

 

 

I have just purchased a used car, should I get the timing belt checked over?

Yes, when you have just purchased a used car, its so important to get the car checked over by a qualified mechanic for peace of mind, but also so that any major problems are flagged as soon as possible.

For example, someone may have forked out a lot of money on their dream car, and okay, the body work might look in perfect condition, as well as the interior. However, a problem such as a major oil leak, a timing belt that’s worn or lets say a gear box running low on transmission oil, might mean that the new unlucky owner may well be incurring large garage bills.

Therefore, its best to get your car checked over by us, and to get it repaired or serviced as soon as possible.

If you’ve bought a used car, regardless of which brand it is, or the year the car was made, we can offer you competitively priced car repair and servicing.

Don’t delay

Sometimes a car owner will suspect that a pulley has faulty bearings, or that the timing belt itself looks worn, yet sometimes choose to delay getting the problem fixed, this is never recommend.

So, why not call us today?

Maserati cars are not just great to drive, we think there also a thing of beauty, of style and great design.

This is why at our independent family run garage; we appreciate that Maserati are a true drivers’ cars.

We like nothing more than sharing our passion and admiration for the brand with our valued customers here in Wales. We also like hearing how many of the cars which come to us for a service are often then bound for long road trip, perhaps the owners for example are off for an enjoyable drive through the South of France.

 

We also like hearing from our customers that say how great Maserati’s are to drive, how these vehicles, whether diesel or petrol powered offer such effortless performance, and are fun to drive.

Therefore, here at Automotive Cardiff Limited, we have serviced many Maserati cars for our customers, and have built long standing repeat business with many of these customers, so if you own a Grancabrio, or perhaps even the mighty MC20, we would love to hear from you.


Do you require your Maserati to be serviced?

 

No matter which Maserati you own, here at our independent, family run garage we enjoy meeting all owners of Maserati cars. We have therefore serviced many Ghibli’s, Levante’s and also many Quattroporte’s.

We find that the owners of Maserati’s truly care about keeping their cars well serviced and maintained. Here at our independent garage we are on hand to help you, to keep your car serviced.


 

Our mechanics

Our mechanics carryout work on a wide range of different car brands.

We don’t therefore just work exclusively on just Maserati cars, yet with that said, due to our valued customers recognising that we aim to offer such good customer service to every single customer that we have at Automotive Cardiff, many customers choose to come back to us for many years to come.

Automotive Cardiff Limited is therefore an independent garage, one which is owner James, is passionate about delivering an excellent service, so that you want to return to our garage as and when needed.

 


Brake changes

Maserati’s are true drivers’ cars, therefore if you own a Maserati in Cardiff, you might want us to change the brake pads and discs for you?

We offer competitive prices for brake pad changes, or to change the discs as well if needed. We see a lot of repeat business from our customers, which are based all over South Wales.

 


Full Service

Having a car regularly serviced and looked after, as per the car manufacturers specification is important whichever car brand you drive.

This is no different for Maserati’s, our customers we find are very diligent at getting their car serviced with us, as they often cherish their Maserati so muchthat they want to get it serviced when required.

Here at Automotive Cardiff, we can offer you a competitive price to service your car, plus, our mechanics can talk you through exactly what’s included in the service price.

 


All Maserati models welcome

Maserati have produced a wide variety of great sports cars, from the stunning MC20, through to the powerful Quattroporte, there have been so many impressive models produced by this great car manufacturer over the years.

Therefore, regardless of which model you own, diesel or petrol, we can offer to service, or repair any model for you.

 

South Wales

The vast majority of our customers live in South Wales, as our garage is located near central Cardiff, yet, with that said, from recommendations our customer base is growing.

We are an independent garage, that doesn’t just see customers travel to us from within Cardiff, but also from much further afield as well, for example we are increasing amount of customers come to us from The South West also.

Why not book your Maserati in with us?

As an independent family run business, here at Automotive Cardiff, we know its not just about offering competitive prices. We understand that offering a friendly and professional service is vital, this is why we aim to offer the best possible customer service that we possibly can.

Whether its our friendly garage manager Emma who answers the phone, through to talking to James about what services you need, we aim to offer the best possible customer service we can at our family run business.

Whether your car is in need of any repair work, or just a service, why not talk to our friendly team today, and we will aim to get you booked in as quick as we can.

 

 

 


As you might expect, there are a lot of different fluids that work as part of car to help protect certain components. The list of fluids within a car is often more than a lot of people think, as a lot of drivers will be familiar with checking say the engines oil dip-stick, and screen wash reservoir, yet may not be familiar with say checking the power-steering levels.

This is why its important that you have fluid levels checked over by a qualified mechanic, as something as simple as topping up the power-steering reservoir could help protect against a seized power steering pump from occurring.    

Now, as you would expect, each car design might well be different, so for exact list of the fluids that need checking on your car at what intervals, you will need to call us, and book your car in for an inspection.

The reason for that, is the oils used on say a city car that might not even have power steering will be quite different from say a large powerful saloon car with a V6 under the bonnet, the oils used will be different, and therefore our mechanics will need to check different car parts.

So, if you’re unsure as to whether your cars oil needs replacing, or any other fluids, we would recommend that you bring to us to check for you. The reason for that is some areas of some engines are not that accessible, for example, the power steering reservoir which we mentioned earlier might sometimes be under the battery box, and air intake. So, not every driver will know how to check this, yet we can help.  

However, to give you some idea, of just some of the fluids that might be within your car, we thought we would write this article, to point out just some of the lubricants and fluids that our mechanics sometimes check when a customer requests.

 


Engine oil

Sounds an obvious one to check right, yet you would be surprised as to how many cars we see with the engine oil right on the minimum mark, or even below. Leaving the engine oil run low is not a good idea, it can sometimes mean the engine becomes so damaged, it’s a write-off. The reason for this is an engine incurs huge stresses on each drive, causing friction, which causes heat, if the engine is not correctly lubricated, it runs a very high chance of seizing and major damage being incurred.

Low oil, or oil that hasn’t been changed at regular intervals as specified by the manufacturer can mean that a lot of microscopic deposits build up in the oil its self, making it less effective at protecting the engine.

So, sure all fluid levels on your car should be kept within the levels specified by the cars manufacturer, but one that definitely needs an eye kept on, is the engine oil levels.

Engine oil running too low, or even sometimes too high, can cause engine damage. If the engine oil is too low, this can cause more friction to occur, generating heat, which can mean that sometimes the engine even seizes, which means that sometimes, depending on how much damage is caused, the engine can even be a write-off on some cars, purely due to the fact engine oil was run too low.

 


Engine coolant

It’s also crucial that engine coolant levels are kept to the right level, and changed as per the cars manufacturer specification.

Sometimes, on some cars its quick and simple to check the coolant levels, as the reservoir is transparent and as soon as you lift the bonnet, you can see the coolant level against the markers.

However, on some vehicles sometimes the engine coolant level is less visible, or the tank has become discoloured making it hard to see the true level of the coolant fluids inside. What’s for sure, is you don’t want this fluid to run too low, as again, if it does, it could cause major engine damage. 

 


Power steering oil

Now, this might be a fluid that some drivers don’t check all that regularly, however you most definitely should.

On some engines, the power steering oil reservoir is not in an easily accessible location, sometimes it’s even underneath the battery box, or air filter, meaning that sometimes multiple bolts needs to be removed, before the dip-stick can even be used.

Yet, it’s definitely a fluid that either you or your mechanic should check,  the reason being is that like for most parts fitted to your car, if the correct fluid is not flowing through, or not lubricating the part, well, it might seize.

Now, on some cars the power steering pump is no exception, in that if the power steering fluid runs too low, this could seize the pump.

 

 


Windscreen wash

Now this might sound rather basic one, yet say you’re driving down the road, a muddy puddle gets sprayed over your cars window, and the wipers just seem to be smearing this mud into the window more, this is potentially a dangerous situation.

Therefore, you need to make sure that your cars windscreen washers are working, and that the reservoir is topped up, plus we would recommend using a good quality windscreen wash as well.

 


Gearbox oil

Now, we would say, that a lot of drivers forget about this fluid, as its one that’s much less known about.

That is the “gearbox oil”, now when this is running low, on some cars you might not even notice this, yet it’s absolutely essential to protecting the gearbox.

Without the right level of gearbox oil, then it’s possible for the parts within the gearbox to wear very quickly. 

 


Make sure you know what’s included in your cars service

It’s all well and good taking a car to get serviced, yet, different garages will include different checks and work. Its important to follow the car manufacturers specification as to when parts should be changed, and when services should occur.

For example, a full service, often includes major filter change, such as replacing the air filter, oil filter, and an engine oil change, yet you should still check that what your getting for the fee is what the car manufacturer recommends should be serviced at that interval. For example, a car manufacturer may specify the timing belt is changed after so many thousand miles, so make sure you get a quote for this.

Equally, if your purchasing a full service from your garage, make sure that when you discuss with them what’s included, that your getting the oils, and parts that the manufacturer recommends. For example, if a car brand such as Renault, Citroen or Peugeot recommend a type of engine oil, then you should ask is this the oil that your chosen garage intends to use as part of the service.

We would therefore recommend that you get a breakdown of what’s included in the service price, so you know which fluids are being topped-up or replaced. And also you should change parts and fluids when required and as per the car manufacturers specification, your cars maintenance book may tell you more about this.

 

 


Can our garage help?

If you need your brake fluids checked, engine oil checked over, or you simply have a problem with the power steering which you suspect could be down to fluid levels, why not give us a ring?

Our independent and family run garage has highly experienced car mechanics working for us in Cardiff, South Wales. We can offer you very competitive rates to service your car. We service all major car brands, including Renault, Citroen, Peugeot.

 

 

Introduction

Let’s say at home you notice that the water is not draining away as quick as you would like from the sink. This means you know you have a partial blockage in the pipe-work, and its best to try and remove that blockage prior to the flow of waste water stopping altogether.

This is exactly the same when it comes to your car, obviously not in terms of draining away water, but in terms of how diesel exhaust emissions are emitted from the exhaust.

That’s because as part of the cars exhaust, on most diesel cars will be a “DPF Filter” fitted to the car.

The DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) is a complex filter, yet the principle of it clogging up, just like the pipework say in a kitchen can mean that a DFP can sometimes become totally clogged.

Therefore it’s entirely possible for the DPF fitted to your cars exhaust to become blocked, and for soot to build up, caused by the combustion of diesel in the engine.

Some cars, depending on the cars make and model can sometimes even go into “limb mode”, meaning the power from the engine is reduced greatly, that’s until the issue is fixed by a mechanic.

This might mean a deep clean of the DPF, or sometimes, the DPF will beyond economical repair, and the cars DPF might need to be replaced.

Its also worth bearing in mind, that at some garages based here in Cardiff, the mechanics and the business itself will sometimes only service and repair a select few car brands, or sometimes just one make of car.

However, we are proud to say, our friendly and highly skilled mechanics work on servicing and repairing many different car brands. So, whether you drive a large German diesel saloon, a petrol Japanese city car or you have an Italian hyper car that has a hybrid engine, which is parked in your garage, we can offer all manner of repairs and servicing.

Due to our mechanics wealth of experience, this is why we are such a popular and respected garage in central Cardiff.


What’s the purpose of a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter)?

Diesel cars emit different pollutants, and carbon, which most people simply call soot, so its rather like burning coal within a fireplace, just as these deposits can build up in your chimney, they can as well in your cars exhaust, or to be more exact the DPF.

Therefore, your cars DPF has important job to do, that’s to capture some of that soot while your driving, in the filter, so that it doesn’t all come out of the cars tail-pipe.

Now, as you can imagine, most motorists will use a lot of diesel every year, and therefore a lot of carbon can build up in the exhaust system, which is why its important not to leave it till the point where the filter is completely blocked.

That’s because for some drivers, the only time they know theres a problem with the DPF, is when there’s fault codes on your dashboard, and quite possibly, the cars gone into “limb mode” meaning the speed and engine power is hugely reduced- just imagine if this happened on a summer vacation, it may ruin the whole holiday.

This is why, you may want to get your cars DPF filter deep cleaned by our mechanics.


Is your car displaying a fault code which relates to the cars DPF?

It is possible that sometimes a deep clean of the cars DPF may solve the problem, however, sometimes the DPF can get so clogged, its sometimes beyond economical repair. If your cars DPF needs replacing, we can also to undertake this work for you.

How we can help:

Our garage and highly skilled mechanics are based in the city of Cardiff, our mechanics are used to fixing and cleaning DPF’s.

We don’t just fix DPF problems, we can also offer the full range of car repair services, ranging from replacing a cars brakes, through to changing the clutch.

A lot of our customers come to us for car servicing, so for example, they may want a full service of their car.

While the car is with us, at our garage, we can also offer you many other services. For example, sometimes some of our valued customers may ask for a “brake check” and our mechanics can do this for you, once requested.

If on the other hand, not sure if yours DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) needs a deep clean, or replacing, then why not talk to one of our friendly mechanics.

Our mechanics are on hand to help, so whether you need a full service, car repair work, such as changing the brakes, or just a deep clean of the DPF, we can help.

To book your car in to be repaired, why not call us?

 

As a lot of drivers will already know, under the bonnet of our cars, if we drive a modern vehicle that is, will be a mass of electrical sensors.

Depending on which car you drive, will depend on how complex the sensors within your car are. Yet, the ECU combined with each sensor play an important role in helping to detect problems with our cars, and sometimes let us know via the car’s dashboard when somethings is not functioning correctly.

The warning lights on some cars can therefore be displayed for a wide range of different reasons, ranging from the coolant running too low, through to a problem with the cars exhaust causing emission issues or DPF problems. Each time we therefore turn on the ignition, our cars ECU starts work on monitoring various sensors which often are checking critical parts of our cars, to check if things are running as they should.

So, this could range from the oxygen sensor, making sure the air mix is right, through to checking the emissions are within tolerance.

What’s important is not to ignore any fault code or error warning message, as if not checked the fault could get worse, sometimes leading to catastrophic engine failure. Let’s give you an example, an error code may appear on the LCD panel, or let’s say the dashboard on some cars, it may just simply state “error” and a code on some cars, yet it could, depending on the make and model of the car, relate to somethings that’s critical for the efficient running of the engine.

Other problems that our cars ECU can notify us about problems with other car parts such as fuel injector issues, problems with the fuel and even if the cars miss-fires, what your car’s ECU is monitoring depends on the make and model of your car, yet, most modern cars have a lot of sensors.


My cars displaying that it has an “ECU Error” and won’t turn-over at all, what does this mean?

 

A cars ECU is like the brain of the car, so just like an onboard computer, it will therefore be carrying out a lot of calculations as you drive down the road to improve the running of the car.

The ECU may sometimes makes adjustments for you, for example if the fuels running too lean, it may, depending on the make of the car, change this to improve the efficiency of the engine.

However, if it’s the actual ECU that’s incurred a fault, and is not allowing the car to start, you may wish to call us, so that we can collect the car for you.


Will the ECU need to be replaced?

 

If a fault code is being displayed, then it could be to do with an individual sensor that’s detected a problem with lets say for example, a DPF problem, so even though the dashboard may say there’s a fault, it might not be the ECU itself.

It could just be a car part that’s relaying the fault or sometimes a problem with the sensor itself.

Errors can be displayed on a dashboard for a wide range of reasons, for example it could be something as simple as a clogged air filter, or something as complex as the engine severely overheating, so what’s needed is for our mechanics to use diagnostic equipment which communicates with the ECU directly.

The ECU if working correctly then should flag fault code(s), then our car diagnostics will be able to tell what the issues are exactly, so that they can be fixed by one of our mechanics in Cardiff. If it’s the actual ECU unit that wont communicate, as is essentially shut-down and wont communicate with diagnostic equipment, then it might be a case that the ECU is at fault.


What if we just clear the fault codes, will this fix the problem?

 

The simple answer is no, its like papering over the cracks when decorating, what should really happen is a good quality car diagnostic equipment should be used, no clearing of fault codes should occur until a mechanic has a good understanding of the faults, and what’s causing them, and how to prevent them recurring.

For example, just ignoring a fault code, by simply deleting it, could mean that a major fault is missed, then this could lead to major engine problems later on quite possibly.


Is your car displaying a fault code?

With some cars the fault code will appear on the cars central LCD screen, with some other cars it may simply be on the car’s dashboard, however, whichever car brand that you drive, you most definitely shouldn’t ignore any warning lights or error codes on your car.

If you’re looking for a local mechanic who can repair a problem with your cars ECU, or electrical sensors, then why not give us a ring today?

Introduction

Brembo is a very well-known manufacturer of quality brake components, these brakes can be seen fitted to many different types of cars, from high-value race cars, through to many roadgoing vehicles.

Theis brand of brakes are therefore fitted to many cars all over the world, here at Automotive Cardiff Limited, we can supply, and also our mechanics can fit new Brembo brakes for you.

The brand “Brembo” is therefore synonymous with high-quality car parts, therefore if you are looking to upgrade your car’s brakes here in Cardiff, have you considered having Brembo brake pads and discs fitted? We recommend Brembo to a lot of our customers that want to upgrade their brakes, we therefore fit Brembo brakes to everything from powerful diesel estates,  through to cars used just on the race track.

If you own a high-performance sports car, you might even want “carbon ceramic brakes” fitted, which allow a superior braking force. We can fit these brakes to your car here in Wales.

You may have noticed therefore on many car brands, that on the brake callipers are possibly a bright red colour? They may have “Brembo” written, and underneath the wording “Carbon Ceramic”- this innovation is therefore also fitted to many different cars that need high-performance brakes fitted.

Therefore, if you are looking for a local garage, which can help you to upgrade your car’s brakes why not give us a ring today?


So, what exactly are Brembo brakes?

All petrol heads will have heard of the brand “Brembo”, it’s an Italian brand which is well-known for supplying quality brake parts and you have seen the brand fitted to many race cars?  

Here at our independent garage, we fit disc brakes, as well as carbon ceramic to a wide range of different vehicles.

This is therefore a brand of car brakes which needs no introduction at all, so if you’re looking for a garage in South Wales which can fit this make of brakes, then why not call our garage?


What are the advantages to choosing Brembo brakes?

Brembo simply offers high-quality brakes, the company is also committed to innovation, this is shown by their range of carbon ceramic brakes. Followers of the company may have also heard of the “brake by wire” system as well.


My car already comes factory fitted with Brembo brakes, so are you just able to just replace the brake pads?

There are a lot of well-known car brands which send their cars rolling off of the factory line already fitted with Brembo brakes, therefore the owner of that car might now be looking for a local garage which is located in the city of Cardiff, which can just change the brake pads and discs using genuine Brembo car parts.

Our mechanics therefore work on a wide range of cars every week, we can change the brake pads on many cars, such as Alfa’s and Maserati’s and all other car brands. We are a very popular garage, so if your thinking of using our garage, to have your brakes upgraded we would ask you to book in with us as soon as possible.

All car brands are welcome at our garage, we also offer other services as well, such as car repairs, or car servicing. Therefore, while your car is with us, to have say new brake pads fitted, why not have your car serviced by us at the same time?

How our garage can help:

We don’t just install brakes, we can offer you the full range of car repairs as well, this can range from car diagnostics, right through to clearing out the DPF on an exhaust system on any car.

If you would like a quote for car repairs or servicing, then why not send us an e-mail or call us today?

 

Introduction

A clutch is essential part of the car that helps us to change gears smoothly, however with that said, it’s a part that is also subject to huge stresses and strains as we drive along the road. For example, every time we change gear, the clutch will engage and disengage the pressure plates, this part of the cars clutch therefore takes a lot of strain.

So, just as the brake pads and discs on our car is deemed a wearable part, and so are so many other car parts, our cars clutch is the same, meaning that over time the clutch plate and other components will become worn.

This means that wear can occur sometimes causing potential faults.

Here at our garage every week we work on a wide range of cars which need their clutches repaired or completely replaced. The clutches we replace can therefore be fitted to say a 1.3 litre petrol car, through to much more powerful cars, such as a high-performance vehicle with a V6 engine under the bonnet. Therefore, our highly skilled mechanics have a huge amount of experience, working on replacing car clutches on a huge range of different car brands.


Driving style

Individual driving style will have a large effect on the wear of a cars clutch, for example, if you’re a driver that launches off from a standstill, then this can put a large strain on the clutch. However, regardless of driving style, you should get your cars clutch looked at by a mechanic at regular intervals, for them to tell you whether it needs replacing or not. As even if you are a very careful driver, the clutch will still need replacing at some point.


Smooth gear changes

So, if you are looking at improving your driving style, to help look after your car, you should aim for smooth gear changes. Rapid acceleration and engaging the clutch when there’s no need, such as when the car is at a standstill at the traffic lights, and also simply over revving the engine between gear changes, well, you guessed it, will cause excess stress on the clutch, such as the clutch plate.


Looking for a garage which can replace your cars clutch?

So, you may have already noticed that some garages make it clear on their websites that they only work on a handful of car brands, for example they may specialise in repairing and servicing say Italian cars for example. However, our garage is a bit different from some garages, simply because we work on all car brands and all models.

So, whether you have a classic car, that you’ve been storing in the garage for most of the year, that you know has a worn clutch, or instead you have a mass-produced diesel saloon car, that is suffering from “clutch judder” when you engage into first gear, we will be able to help you. We offer affordable prices on replacing clutches.


Don’t leave it until it gets worse

Your cars clutch may cause juddering as you engage first gear? So, at first, you might think not much of it, but the clutch plate is like the cars brake discs, they will wear out, and become less effective at doing their job.

This is why its important to get your car checked over by a mechanic as soon as possible, they can then recommend whether the cars clutch is okay for a while, or whether it should be booked in straightaway for a clutch replacement.


Clutch judder

You may notice a problem with your cars clutch is many different ways, for some car owners, a digital “fault code” might be produced on the car’s dashboard for example, for some others, it might be noticeable through the clutch peddle itself, in terms of the clutch being a lot higher than usual, yet sometimes you might experience what is called “clutch judder”.

This is when the driver feels the clutch actually juddering, it can even sometimes causes the whole car to judder. For example, you may notice this more when trying to engage first gear, or when theres extra load on the clutch, for example, when starting the car on a steep gradient, this means you should seek the advice of a mechanic as soon as possible.


Buying a used car?

Used car prices at the moment are particularly high, so you may have forked out a lot on your used car?

Therefore, the last thing you want is for any large mechanical problems to occur just after you’ve made the purchase, so prior to purchase, if the seller agrees with you, why not have us check the car over for you?

Sure, the car might be gleaming, and the interior might be to a show room quality, yet under the bonnet could be potentially a lot of problems, so why not let our mechanics give the car a check over before you buy it?


How our garage can help:

We can repair any make or model of car, so whether you have a large diesel saloon car, which has DPF exhaust problems, or you have a 4×4 car which won’t engage into first gear, as the clutch is not working, then we are your local garage which can help you. We offer affordable rates, whether its car servicing, such as changing your cars engine oil, or whether it’s a job where more labour required, such as a total gearbox failure, we have a team that can help get your car back on the road.

 

 

 

Introduction

Jack frost is already glazing everything as far as the eye can see- this means that often our cars have to work even harder for us.

Whether it’s the freezing temperatures of a winter morning, where we need our cars in order to take us to work, or its simply the cold-air of a long motorway journey, our cars have to work through these harsh weather conditions.

This is why its so important that we service our cars, and have a respected garage, such as ours, to carry out any servicing or repairs that might be needed.

So, if you’re looking for a local mechanic that can service your car, why look any further than us?

We have many 5-star reviews and our customers regularly comment how friendly our garage is, how efficient we are, plus, we have highly experienced mechanics which work for us.

 


Every car brand welcome at our garage

When scrolling through the various garages that appear on Google, you may find that some Cardiff based garages may specialise in certain makes of cars, yet at our garage every brand of car is welcome.

Our mechanics can therefore work on a wide range of different make cars at our garage, for example, in any one day, we could be servicing a classic car, a diesel saloon belonging to a local business, and also say a city car. Therefore, at our garage all car brands are welcome.



We can offer you the full range of car servicing options

You may only require your car’s engine oil and filter to be changed, we can offer this at an affordable price.

Alternatively, you might be looking for a garage that offers “full car servicing” we can also offer this.

 

We offer the full range of servicing options.

When a lot of cars come into us, to have a service prior to winter, some customers also ask us to check the cars battery sometimes.

That’s because at this time of year, as the weathers so cold, this can put an extra strain on our cars batteries.


Does your car need to be serviced this winter?

If you’re looking for a local garage in order to have your car serviced, then why not give us a quick call?

We offer affordable prices

It’s fair to say that some quotes for getting your car serviced, well, they can sometimes vary quite a bit between the different garages.

However, at our garage, we see a large amount of repeat business, simply because, we keep our prices competitive, and our levels of customer service very high.


Highly-experienced mechanics

We don’t just offer car servicing, which means that our mechanics could be busy changing a car’s clutch, it’s brakes or even the exhaust on anyone day.

This means that our mechanics don’t just service cars, we offer car repairs, as well as many other services, such as air-conditioning recharges as well.


 

Classic through to electric vehicles are all welcome

At some garages, they may specialise in just one brand of car, or more than one make, but brands which are also owned by the same car manufacturer.

Therefore, that garage may only offer to service, or repair that make, or a few brands of vehicle.

However, we can service classic cars, such as rare British vehicles, right through to your much more ultra-modern electric cars, we therefore dont just service one brand, we can offer to service any brand and model car.


 

Battery becoming drained?

Don’t forget, if you have your car booked in with us for a service this winter, why not ask us at the same time to check your cars battery?

As its all well and good to have the vehicle serviced, yet on an ultra-cold day, you may find that your batteries completely drained, and doesn’t have the power to turn the engine over- which may mean, your late for work.

So, why not, while your car is with us, for say a full service, ask our mechanics to check the battery, and make sure it’s not too drained?


 

Why not book your car in for a service this winter?

Whether you have a large diesel saloon, a petrol 4×4 or even a city car, these will all need servicing, so if you’re looking for a local garage why not call us?

 

What types of car repairs can your garage offer?

Sometimes, while a car is with us, for say a car repair, the owner will also ask us to service the car as well, we therefore offer all manner of car repairs, here’s just an example, of the services that our mechanics in Cardiff can offer:

 

–        Clutch replacement

–        Brake repair, drum brakes, disc brakes and carbon ceramic brake discs can all be repaired by us

–        Gearbox issues

–        Electrical repairs

–        Suspension repairs

–        Exhaust repairs

–        Battery and alternator changes

 

 

 

Introduction

Whether your car has a faulty electric handbrake or your car just needs new brake pads, we can help.   

Each week we replace the brake pads and discs on a wide range of different cars, this includes rectifying handbrake issues if they exist.

As brakes are a wearable part fitted to our cars, that are subject to huge amounts of friction, which of course produces heat, this is a part of your car that will wear out. So, whether you need the brakes repaired on an everyday diesel saloon, or a high-value track day car, our garage will be able to help you.

Our experienced mechanics are used to working on all manner of cars, from replacing or repairing older drum brakes on say a classic car, right through to working on real high-performance cars, which may even have very advanced braking systems, such as using a “carbon ceramic” brakes, which you may find on say a hyper car.


Experienced Mechanics

Our mechanics have a huge amount of experience on working on a wide range of car brands. This experience ranges from your everyday type of brake repair, such as checking over and replacing brake pads, right through to more complicated fixes, such as sorting out braking issues caused by electrical faults.

Our mechanics therefore switch between working on many different car brands every day. For example, at our garage we repair and service hybrid cars, fully electric vehicles and your more common diesel and petrol engine cars.

There are now complex braking systems, such as cars fitted with “regenerative braking systems” right through to simpler brake systems such as having drum brakes on the back of a car, and discs and brake pads on the front.

Therefore, whichever type of brake system option you have, whether it be an electrical issue, mechanical issue or simply a matter of the car being stood idle for too long, so the discs have now become heavily corroded through rust, our mechanics can start to repair your car for you.

For electrical problems, such as a issue being caused by an intermittent fault, such as having a defective electric handbrake, our advanced car diagnostic equipment will be able to quickly work out the problem, by obtaining a “fault code” so our mechanics will then know which part needs replacing or repairing.


Brake pads

One of the most frequent tasks our mechanics carryout is to replace worn brake pads, we can then replace them with a new pads.  


Brake pad and disc replacement

Sometimes the actual brake disc will be work down as well, or uneven wear may mean it needs replacing as well. Our mechanics will be able to tell you after a brake check, whether you just need the pads replacing, or whether we recommend the brake discs are replaced at the same time.


Rusted / Pitted Brake Discs

Let’s say you have a car and it’s your absolute pride and joy, so much so you’ve had it many years, yet it’s been stored in a garage that’s rather damp, or lets say its been left on your driveway for a long while, so that the brakes are exposed to the elements.

Through all of that frost, wet and sometimes salty sea air, if you live close to the coast, this can mean that sometimes the brakes become so rusted that extensive work is needed to repair the car. For example, brake discs can corrode, which can start as just surface rust, and then end up pitting and ruining the brakes so they cannot be used.


Carbon Ceramic Brakes

Some cars produce so much brake horse power that traditional brake pads and discs wont be as effective at helping to bring the car to a safe stop.

This means on some cars, especially those producing high amounts of BHP under the bonnet, the cars manufacturer may have fitted what is called “carbon ceramic” brakes, these are normally a lot more expensive to replace.


Drum brakes

Some cars have “brake drums” on the back of the car, that’s to help the stopping force of the back-wheels, and then on the front sometimes brake discs and pads are used.

We also repair brake drums, some cars, for example an old classic car may sometimes have these fitted to the vehicle.


Handbrake issues

You may have a handbrake issue, which has caused an MOT failure?

Alternatively you may simply have a handbrake that has too much “travel” in the lever, meaning, that the handbrake cable may need adjusting or fully replacing.

If you have handbrake issues, we can help to repair them.


Electric handbrake repair

More modern cars have electric handbrakes, meaning the lever, which is normally between the two front seats, that’s the drivers and passenger chairs may be replaced by a simple push button in order to switch the handbrake on or off.

However, sometimes faults can occur, our mechanics can help to repair these issues.

Faults with the car’s brakes, such anti-lock brake (ABS) issues

There may well be a fault with the cars electrics, which when connected to our cars diagnostic machine we can start to fix.

Is the car unsafe to drive?

If the car is unsafe to drive, we can collect the car from you, we have our own recovery truck.

 

 

 

Introduction

It’s that time of year again, the clocks have gone back, the leaves are falling off the trees at a rather rapid pace, and is nearly time to scrape frost off our car’s windows in the mornings.

Yet, its at this time of year, a lot of us forget how hard our cars work for us every single day, that’s to say, during the sub-zero temperatures our engines are expected to be switched on in a flash, and we expect everything to be working perfectly.

However, it’s so important to keep our cars serviced and in good working order all year around, this is where our garage can help you.

For example, engine oil running low, or the engine oil being used for too long, this can increase engine wear.

This is why it’s so important to use a reputable garage, such as Automotive Cardiff, and to have your car serviced or repaired by our experienced mechanics.

So, whether its something relatively simple, such as changing a cars battery or you may require a full service of your car, we can help.

Why not talk to our team in Cardiff, we can then book you in for car repairs or servicing that you may require?

 

Full service

Just think our hard our engines work especially during our cold winters; this is why its important that items like the engine oil is replaced to the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Whether your car needs a fully-synthetic oil, a semi-synthetic oil or mineral oil, we will be able to tell which oil your car needs and we use quality oils.

It’s so important that the right oil is used, this is why many high-performance car owners in Wales come to us, as they know, when it comes to the engine oils we use, we only ever use quality oil.

 

Oil change

 

Its important to change your car’s engine oil when required, yet some car owners leave their engine oil run too low or don’t change it at regular service intervals, as recommend by a mechanic, and this can sometimes cause engine damage.

Engine oil is what helps lubricant the engine, without it, sometimes even catastrophic engine damage can occur. This can sometimes cause major mechanical damage, that the engine components become damaged, and the engine sometimes becomes seized.

This is why its so important to get your car serviced when required.

 

Interim servicing

Some of us clock up a huge number of miles every year, whether that’s motorway cruising within a company car, or someone that simply works a long distance away from home, so the car is simply traveling further, and on a regular basis, therefore we also offer “interim servicing” at our garage.

No matter which brand car you drive, whether it’s a luxury SUV or simply a diesel estate, we can service your car, as well as offering interim servicing.

Companies within Cardiff know how efficient our business is, this is why if they own a fleet of company cars, they may get those vehicles serviced by us. We can therefore offer you a time slot, where we will get your car serviced.

This means that all company cars are also welcome at our garage, so whether your company owns 10 cars or a thousand cars, we can offer company car servicing as well.

 

Battery replacement

Its at this time of year our cars batteries are put under increased strain, that’s because our main beam lights are often on a lot more, as daylight time is reduced, plus starting a cold engine, that often takes more effort from the cars battery.

Sure, a cars alternator should help charge the battery as the engine is running, yet if we are only doing very short drives in Cardiff on a regular basis, well, the demand on starting the car, having the heaters on, headlights on, well that may drain the battery, and not give it enough of a long drive to recharge the battery.

Yet, the batteries in our cars are the same as other types of batteries, that’s to say, the battery can lose its strength.

This is why if your battery is running low, and seems sluggish when starting the car, well, it’s definitely worth coming to our garage, so we can carry out a battery check to see if it needs replacing.

 

Why not ask our mechanics to also check your cars brakes?

Having your brakes in good condition all year around is absolutely crucial, yet at winter time, when the roads are frosted over, its so important that your car is in absolutely perfect working order.

No matter if you have the most common type of brakes, that’s discs and brake pads, a more rarer option that’s “carbon ceramic brakes”, which are normally fitted to real high-performance cars, or drum-brakes, sometimes fitted to the back of some cars, we can help you.

Why not call us for a brake check?

 

Does your handbrake need to be repaired?

Don’t neglect a faulty handbrake, you may have noticed for example that there’s more travel in the handbrake than normal? Or that the electric handbrake doesn’t seem to be working every time? This shouldn’t be ignored; a qualified and experienced mechanic is needed, this is where our mechanics can help.

 

Would you like us to add coolant / anti-freeze to your vehicle?

Our winters can be fiercely cold, this is why its crucial that the right anti-freeze is used, call us if you need your cars coolant to be replaced.

 

Is your vehicle displaying any sort of fault code?

Fault codes shouldn’t be ignored at any time of year, they could be flagging a problem that could result in a much larger repair bill if ignored. If your car is displaying a warning light, or a fault code, then this shouldn’t be ignored, why not call us?

 

Get your car ready for winter with us

No matter if you own a rugged 4×4 vehicle or simply a small petrol engine car, you should get your car serviced.

Many car owners in Wales call us, we have many happy customers, a lot of which have left reviews on our Google My Business account, so why not check our garages many positive reviews, and call to book your car in with us.

 

 

Often, we just use our cars without thinking about how hard the engine is working for us.

That’s to say, on a cold winter’s day, we may just turn the key, without thinking much in the way of all the strains which are imposed on an engine, that’s whether your cars a hybrid, diesel or a petrol internal combustion engine.

This is why routine maintenance is so important, whether that’s carrying out a full-service, or perhaps just an oil filter and oil change or an interim service. You should therefore have your car serviced as per the manufacturers specification or when required.


Right engine oil

Some car owners make the mistake of topping up their car with the wrong engine oil, or simply replacing it with the wrong oil, this can cause engine damage.

Instead, its important to use the right oil, that’s recommended by the manufacturer of that car.

Without an engine oil change, the oil can actually start to break-down and be less effective at protecting the engine

If the engine oil is not replaced when it should be, then it can start to break-down, causing it to be less effective. Therefore, it’s important that contact a reputable mechanic to change the engine oil when required.


Why not book you can in for an oil change?

If your cars due to have its engine oil changed, then why not call us? Alternatively, you may want a full service, which our mechanics can also offer, we offer the full range of car servicing options.

Our garage also welcomes any model and make of car, so why not call our team, and book your car in for a full service, oil change or even an interim service?

 

 

Introduction

A noisy car exhaust may well start off as a rather minor iteration, that’s of a slight whistling sound as you drive along, however, left as is, bigger problems could occur.

That’s because, despite a lot of people thinking that a cars exhaust is a relatively simple bit of pipe work, often they are not that simple.

Instead, our cars exhausts often will have “catalytic convertors”, sometimes multiple sensors as well as a silencer. Its these sensors that are built into the exhaust system on some model cars which can trigger fault codes, in some instances the car could even go into “limb home mode” because the cars onboard computer, that’s the ECU has detected a fault with the exhaust system.

The main purpose of an exhaust is to as efficiently as possible take exhaust gases from the manifold, right to end of the car as smoothly as possible.

Yet, as you can imagine, running an engine will leave a build-up of soot residue, this is especially so in diesel cars, so this means that some exhausts, can become damaged or even clogged. If the car cant emit its exhaust gases correctly, then this can compromise the whole performance of the car.

On some cars there can be other problems, for example on the “back-box” of an exhaust, or indeed on any part, because the underneath of the car is subject to salt, and the elements, these parts can rust. This can cause holes to occur in the cars exhaust, meaning gases are not flowing through the pipe work, and instead being emitted in rust holes in the exhaust.

This again is something that will need urgent attention from a qualified mechanic.

The issues with a car’s exhausts can therefore sometimes be wide ranging, for example, ranging from a sensor not communicating correctly with the car’s onboard computer, right through to a clogged DPF which has put the car into a limb mode.

This can also occur with any brand car, however some cars may have “stainless steel” exhausts, which are made so they do typically last longer.

Therefore, a cars exhaust is something that may need to be repaired or replaced regardless of brand.

So if you own a car that has faulty exhaust, DPF or catalytic convertor, they why not give us a ring?

Let’s now quickly run through some of the common faults that can occur with a cars exhaust system.

 


Does your car sound different from normal?

As you drive down the road, you might well hear a slightly louder sound coming from your cars exhaust? This could range from a hole in the pipe or the silencer that has developed a fault. Rust may have deteriorated the exhaust to the point where exhaust gases are now escaping from a part of the exhaust rather than at the end of the back-box or silencer.

Sometimes a “fault code reader” will be needed for electrical faults, however sometimes when the car is put on our ramps, sometimes its just obvious to the mechanics eye that the exhaust is rusted, or maybe come away from the rubber clamps which sometimes hold some exhausts in place.


DPF Problems

On your cars dashboard there may well be an error code being displayed which relates to your cars DPF?

This means that the DPF may need replacing or cleaning, there may well be other fault codes, therefore the car will need bringing to our garage, so that we can put your car on our diagnostics machine, so we can read the cars fault code.


Rust

As the cars exhaust is on the underneath of the car, and leads directly to the engine, it is subject to huge amounts of heat, plus also the weather conditions under the car can cause the metal to rust. For example, wet roads, and also salt when it is spread over the roads during the winter, all can accelerate rust setting into the cars exhaust.

This is why a car’s back-box can sometimes rust sometimes to the point that holes occur in the steel, which can make some cars exhaust to sound abnormal.

This should not be ignored, our garage will be able to help you, we can also offer different types of exhausts.

For example, you may wish to opt for a longer life exhaust, one that is made of stainless steel for example?


Exhaust check

You may want one of our mechanics to check over your cars exhaust, even if the sound difference with the cars exhaust is only slight right now, this doesn’t mean that the problem won’t get worse.

What can occur, is if the exhaust is rattling, the whole exhaust may fall off, any problems with a cars exhaust should be seen by a qualified mechanic.

If your car is undrivable or our mechanics have discussed with you over the phone, that the car shouldn’t be driven, then we can collect the car from you using our recovery truck.


Manifold issues

Our garage can also fix and repair manifold issues that may persist with your cars exhaust.


Why not call our garage today?

Whether you drive a hyper car or you drive an everyday run-around our garage will be able to help.

We can repair your cars exhaust, DPF or manifold, yet our services extend to far beyond exhaust repair.

We also offer battery replacement, car servicing, brake replacement, clutch replacement or car diagnostic, air conditioning recharges, fixing electrical faults and much more.

If you would like your car repaired or to be serviced, then why not call us today?

 

 

Introduction

At our garage we are frequently carry out servicing on a very large range of different vehicles. With that said, some car owners might not know what they need to bring with them on the day of the service.

This article has therefore been written to help you, when you are booking your car in for a service with us.


Car Service Records

A lot of car owners like to have their car service book stamped by us, when they have a service carried out.

Therefore, with this book, the car owner can simply flip open the book, and they will know exactly when the car was last serviced.

Also, when you sell your used car, sometimes the person or company that’s purchasing the vehicle will like to see the service records, that’s to show that the car has been correctly serviced at the correct intervals.

This makes a lot of sense, as if a car has jumped service intervals by a lot of miles, with no record of a service, well this might be a sign that the can hasn’t been maintained. Engine oils can therefore deteriorate for example over time, for example, lets take mineral oils as an example, they can build up deposits and become less effective at protecting the engine.

For example, if there are large leaps in-between servicing, for example a large amount of mileage with no stamp to show a service was carried out, well this can sometimes be an indicator that the car hasn’t been looked after.

Everybody normally has a bit of a horror story of going to see a used car that looks great, that’s in terms of the body work, but then on closer inspection they may notice discoloration on the engine oil cap and excess smoke being emitted from the exhaust! This is not a good sign when buying a used car!

This is often why when someone is looking for a used car, they like to see regular service intervals.


Locking wheel nuts

This is definitely something you don’t want to lose on your car, it’s often a very small piece of metal, which will be formed into a unique shape, this will fit exactly into than your alloy wheel locking nuts.

Without this our mechanics will not be able to easily remove the wheels.

The purpose of the locking wheel nut is so that there’s an extra security measure in place so that the alloy wheels on your car are better protected.

With that said, the locking wheel nut is often something that some car owners can easily lose in say the boot of their car, however when you go to the garage and you ask the mechanic to check your brakes over for instance, sometimes they need to take the alloy wheels off to do the check, so this part is required.

If you have lost the what locking wheel nut, then sometimes it can be quite expensive to replace this car part, so this is definitely something that you should put in a safe place.

Although the locking wheel nut might not be needed when we service some cars, its just good practice to keep it handy anytime you go to a local garage.


Do you have the password for your stereo on your vehicle?

It’s worth checking with us at the booking stage, prior to any work being carried out, or servicing work that we might carry out, if we need to remove the car’s battery or not?

As you can imagine on some vehicles depending on the make and the model of the car, it can be extremely restricted in terms of access under the bonnet of a car.

On some cars therefore the cars battery may need to be removed to allow for access, while working on the car. However, on some cars, not all, there will be a password that protects the radio, so do make sure that you have kept your password.


Various servicing options

When customers call us, occasionally they will say “they want to book their car in for a service”, however there are various types of servicing options to choose from.

For instance, your car might be due a “full service” an “interim service” or maybe just a routine oil change.

It is therefore dependent on the manufacturers specification as to when servicing should be carried out, and also when you’ve covered a certain amount of mileage. Sometimes on some cars, not all, it will occasionally tell you exactly when a service is required. We can offer advice over the phone if you are unsure which servicing option that you require, and when it is due for your vehicle.


Other car repair work

There are some garages situated here within Cardiff that only specialise in servicing of cars.

Now, that is all well and good, if you only require your car to be serviced, however, often a customer may ask for additional work, such as asking one of our mechanics to check over the car’s brakes, or let’s say if the exhaust on the car sounds a bit unusual?

That’s to say the exhaust may sound a bit louder than normal, then you may wish for our garage to check this over for you, so when some cars are dropped off for a service, sometimes the owner will wish to discuss another problem with the car that they may have.

So often when a car is brought into us for routine service, the car owner will ask our mechanics about something else they would like looked at.

This is worth bearing in mind when choosing a garage to service your car, as some garages, when the customer asks for say a “brake check”, the garage may well be unable to offer this, as some garages only specialise in the servicing of cars.

However, when requested, we can also offer car repair services, such as fixing faulty exhausts, brakes, batteries, electrical faults, DPF issues and much more, when asked to do so.


Book well in advance

We are a very popular garage; we regularly have a huge amount of repeat business, and a lot of customers come to us for our garage for servicing of their car.

Therefore, we recommend booking your car in with us for a service as far as possible in advance, then you can ensure that your car will have an allocated time and date your car to be serviced.