You may currently be on Google looking for a local garage that can service your car.

Yet, with that said, you don’t want to go to a main dealer here in Wales, you want to find a local garage, a family run company that has many satisfied customers, and this is where our garage can help.

With many positive business reviews, as well highly experienced mechanics who can service any brand of car, this is why many car owners in Cardiff hire us to service their car.

So no matter if you have a run-around car or a high-performance prestige vehicle, we will be able to offer you a quote to service your car.  

 


Here are the main types of car servicing that we offer at our garage:

·        Full car servicing

·        Engine oil changes

·        Interim servicing


All makes and model cars welcome

 

 

When looking for a garage which offers car servicing, you may find that some garages only tend to want to service one car brand or a collection of car brands, and this is sometimes because the mechanics are well-versed with working on that brand of car.

Yet, at our garage our mechanics have carried out countless clutch changes, brake pad and disc changes, turbo replacement’s and general car repair on all makes and model of cars. Therefore we have also carried our servicing on many different makes of car.

We therefore truly welcome any car brand, we can offer you competitive prices on car servicing, plus you can also be rest assured that we never compromise on the quality of the engine oil that we use.

It’s fair to say that some garages do try to offer car servicing sometimes as part of an offer,  yet what we would say is make sure that your car is obtaining a quality synthetic oil, mineral oil, or what engine oil the manufacturer does specify to use, and do make sure that the brand of engine oil is really good quality.

Think about the hard work that every car engine does on each  journey you take your car on, those pistons under the car’s bonnet are all working hard to drive that engine, and this is why it’s never worth buying cheap oil, or having a garage use substandard oil. The quality of the engine oil is something that should never be compromised, that’s why when you hire our independent garage, we always use quality engine oil.


Oil changes

Some car owners do not want a full-service, instead they want just the engine oil emptied and drained engine, and replaced with a quality engine oil, this is exactly what our garage can offer.

We therefore offer car oil changes on a wide range of cars, ranging from high-performance cars, track day cars, through to company cars, which clock up tens of thousands of miles cruising along the highway.

Full car servicing

A lot of cars that are brought to us need a full car service, we therefore service prestige, high-performance and your more everyday cars.


Interim servicing

Another type of servicing that we offer, which is popular is what is called “interim servicing”– therefore if you are looking for a local independent family run garage, which offers interim servicing, well, why not give us a ring?


Prestige and high-performance cars welcome

We have worked on some very rare and high-value cars over the years, whether they are a track-day vehicle, a luxurious SUV, sports saloon or perhaps even a hyper-car, we have the mechanics that are able to work on such cars, we can offer car servicing as well as general car repairs.

 

Therefore you may require any of the following services, which our independent garage can offer you:

·        Brake pad and brake disc replacement

·        Interim serving

·        Full service

·        Oil changes and oil filter replacement

·        Exhaust repair and replacement

·        Car battery replacement

·        Diagnose and repair car electric faults

·        Fix and repair DPF problems

·        Car air con repair and re-gassing

·        Car suspension repair

·        Engine fault diagnostics

·        Engine repair

·        All car repairs welcome


 

Your local garage

 

It’s pretty safe to say there are many garages here in Cardiff, yet our garage is often chosen due to the wealth of experience that our mechanics have.

We also offer competitive prices on car servicing, due to us being an independent garage, we can offer very competitive prices. Many of our customers e-mail or call us for a quote, and you will see, from sports cars through to small petrol engined cars, we offer very competitive prices.

Our prices are therefore very reasonable, and this is why our garage sees much in the way of repeat business.  

 

Why not book your car in for a service?

Is your car due a service?

We would recommend that your car, regardless of make and model is serviced as per the manufacturers specification.

Leaving a car from getting a service, outside of the car manufacturers specification can mean that increased engine wear can sometimes occur.

So this is why whichever car brand you drive, whether you drive a sports car, prestige car or a more run-of-the-mill type car, its important to get the car serviced.

For a no-obligation quote, why not give us a ring or do e-mail us for a quote today?  

 

 

Our garage is an independent and family run business, we are based within Cardiff. We can service any make or model vehicle, we work on a wide range of cars made by different manufacturers every single week.

 

Within this article, we are going to explain how we can service any make or model made by Jaguar.

Jaguar has been producing impressive vehicles ever since 1935. Here at our independent garage, we proud to be able to service classic Jaguars, as well as the more modern Jaguars as well.

We very much enjoy at our independent garage working on all classic cars, yet also more modern cars as well, for example cars that may have a hybrid system.

This means our mechanics have a diverse skill-set, whereby we can work on older model cars, and your more modern engines.

So, whether you own a very rare, and may we add a much sought-after E-Type, XJ220 or perhaps you own a Jaguar E-Pace?  What unites all of these cars, like cars made by any other car brands, is that all cars require servicing.

Therefore, if your Jaguar car requires servicing, then why not call us for a quote on 07717752134?

Below we are going to explain some of the services that our independent garage offers to all car owners, plus, how our family run business can offer you great customer service.


 

Does your Jaguar require a full service?

Here at our independent garage, we are fortunate in to work on a wide range of cars made by a large range of different manufacturers. This means each week we work on a large range of cars, one moment we could be working on a city car, the next a classic vintage car such as rare Jaguar.

We can help to carry out what is known as a “full-service” on your Jaguar, to provide you with an exact quote for this work, we will need to know which model Jaguar you have, and the full registration number for that car, so that we can provide you with an accurate quote.

 

We can service any Jaguar here at Automotive Cardiff Ltd, so for example, whether you own a Jaguar F-Type, E-Type, C-Type or let’s say an Jaguar XK 5.0 V8 Coupe- we will able to offer you a quote to service your car.

 


Do your brake pads and discs need replacing on your Jaguar?

As with all vehicles, it’s absolutely imperative that you get your brakes replaced or repaired when needed, therefore at our garage we can provide you with a quote to change the brake discs and brake pads if needed on your Jaguar vehicle.

We also welcome any cars at our garage, regardless of the manufacturer or the model, to undertake a brake check at our garage. Our mechanics will then be able to tell you whether the brakes need to be replaced.


Does your Jaguar’s engine oil need changing as well as the oil filter?

It’s absolutely imperative that your car’s engine oil and oil filter is changed as per the manufacturers specification, but also that the right engine oil and the right oil filter is used.

We will therefore be able to provide you with a quote, to replace your engine oil with a quality engine oil.

Regardless of whether you drive a rather beautiful E-type Jaguar, which is a much sought-after classic car, or you drive a much more modern car such as a Jaguar F-Type which may have a 3.0 Supercharged V6 for example, we will be able to provide you with a quote to change the engine oil and oil filter on any Jaguar car.


Interim servicing

You may drive a high number of miles per year? For example, you might’s be part of the sales team for a company, and clock up ten’s of thousands of miles every year, or you may just simply travel long distances over the weekend, so you clock up a lot of miles?

Your vehicle may therefore need “interim servicing”, at our independent garage we are able to also offer you interim servicing.

We can offer interim servicing on all Jaguar cars, we also regularly service a wide range of other types of cars as well.


Why choose our family run business?

Many car owners choose our independent garage because we offer high-levels of customer service, plus we can also service any make or model car. We can therefore service any model Jaguar and also any other make car.

We take great pride in making sure that we offer high levels of customer service to every single one of our customers, and always aim for repeat business.

For example, a lot of the customers bring their car into us to get inspected prior to an MOT inspection.

At the same time some car owners, whether it be a SUV, that’s a sport utility vehicle, classic car, sports car or perhaps a family saloon ask us to service the car as well.

Sometimes the car owner will want belts changed as per the manufacturer’s specification, so for example timing belts or other serviceable parts which are fitted to the engine, and of course we can also offer this service as well.

We can also offer other services as well, for example a lot of customers prior to the hot weather do ask us to “recharge the air conditioning system” on their car. We can therefore recharge the air con system on any car, including Jaguars.


Does your car need to be serviced?

 

We would highly recommend that whichever brand of car that you drive, that it is serviced as per the manufacturer’s specification.

It’s not only important to get your car serviced, but it’s also important to pick a reputable garage, like our family run business.

For example, it imperative that quality engine oils are always used, whether they are mineral based engine oils or fully synthetic engine oils, it’s important that quality engine oil’s are always used.

Whenever you use our independent garage, that is Automotive Cardiff, you can be rest assured that we will always use quality car parts, this includes quality engine oils.

Regardless therefore if you drive a 60-year-old classic car, or you drive a relatively new hybrid-electric petrol vehicle? Our garage will be able to offer you a quote for car servicing in Cardiff, or if you would like a quote right now, then why not call our friendly team today on 07717752134?

 

 

Introduction

Whether we are using our cars to just to pop-down to the local supermarket, that’s to grab a loaf of bread or you regularly commute long distances-what’s for sure is the components underneath the bonnet of our cars will be working tremendously hard on every trip.

This is why it’s crucial that as a car owner, you keep on top of the maintenance of your car as per the manufacturer’s specification.

Regardless of brand or the model of car, whether it’s a large diesel engine, petrol or a hybrid cars will need servicing. If these service intervals are ignored, then sometimes this can cause an increase in mechanical wear, or even something much worse, such as an engine seizing due to lack of oil!

So, whether you drive a small one litre petrol car, or you drive a whopping W12 petrol sports-car capable of a 0-60 time in the blink of an eye, what’s for sure is this, our cars need to be serviced by a respected garage, and that’s where we come in.

 

Now, you may think well why is this so important? Why should I have my car serviced?

Well, let’s set the scene, that is you are driving down the road, so let’s just think quickly about all those moving components that are working hard under the bonnet to help propel the car along.

There’s the engine’s numerous pistons working hard to ignite and capture the energy from burning those fossil fuels, the air filter that is also working to filter the vast quantities of air as it gets sucked through to keep the engine’s air and fuel mixture just right for combustion.

Then there’s the oil filter that has to filter all of that engine oil whether it be synthetic or mineral oil in order to keep the engine lubricated, these are just some of the car parts working to help keep us moving along the road! There are often so many more, such as timing belts that take a great strain, our coolant, which needs to be the right mixture for winter or summer conditions.

Our engines therefore have to work very-hard, this is why it’s important we take the time to get our car serviced by trusted and qualified mechanics, at our garage you can rely upon us that’s in order to get their city car, classic car, everyday saloon, 4×4, sports car, in fact any type of car serviced.

 

What are the different types of car servicing options that a lot of garages offer?

It’s understandable that a lot of car owners simply will not know all of the various servicing options that their local garage will offer.

As its not like going shopping at the supermarket! We all know whether we need eggs, bread and milk or not, but not all of us will know that most garages offer “full servicing”, “interim servicing” and also just to drain the engine oil and replace the engines oil filter- so which one do you need?

Well, when you talk to our team, we will be able to figure out which service option your car needs. Plus, if you do have an area of the car that you would like checked as well, such as whether car’s clutch, DPF, air conditioning system, brakes, tyres, battery or any other part needs checking over, then our mechanics in Cardiff, South Wales will be able to check over your car, and be able to advise you.

 

Well, let us explain the different car service options that we offer:

Different garages offer various different car servicing options, for example with some businesses they offer set prices for servicing of a vehicle based on whether it is diesel or petrol and then the size of the engine.

So, let’s give you a brief example, let’s say that you own a small car, it has lets say a 1.3 litre petrol engine, this means that the garage may offer a quote for servicing petrol engines between say 1 L and 1.6 L at a set price, not all offer car servicing this way, but some do. Some ask you to enter your car registration number into a website, then it will offer you a quote.

This means car service costs do vary massively, and in a large capital city like Cardiff, with hundreds of independent garages, what you will find is prices can vary quite a bit.

Therefore different garages offer different prices, however what you have to make sure is that when comparing quotes, that they are compared on the basis of what is being serviced. Plus, also are quality replacement servicing parts being offered?

For example:

-Will the replacement air filter be high-quality? Will it be a manufacturers part or another brand?

-Which brand engine oil is being used? Is this a quality product?

-Which brand filters are being used, will quality oil filters,  and fuel filters for either diesel or petrol cars be used?

-What engine parts are checked by the mechanic? For example will they check the condition of the timing belt?

-Do your engine’s spart plugs, or heater plugs need replacing? If so with which brand?

For example some garages may offer more checks than others say a 80 point check, others may only check say 60 areas that they check in the quote.  

If you do not know much about the more common types of car servicing options, then why not have a quick read below?

Often car servicing will fall into three types of car servicing, which include carrying out a “full service”, “interim servicing” or just an oil change and a oil filter change. You may also see some garages carrying out “winter servicing”  or “summer servicing”- as cars should also be made ready for the different seasons we have here in the U.K, for example, carrying out if there’s sufficient coolant, and also you may have a weak battery, so some garages, will include for example, as part of the winter check, to see if the battery can be recharged, or may need replacing.

As nobody wants to walk out on a rather frosty Welsh morning, in a hurry to get to work, scrape the windscreen, then only to find the engine will not turnover, due to a weak car battery!

Below we have mentioned some more information regarding these different types of car service options.

 

Full service

A lot of customers frequently opt for the full service option with our garage, often they will come to us to have their car prepared for an MOT inspection. This means, when they are booked in to get their car checked over, before the MOT, at the same time the car owner will often say once the car is prepared for its MOT, can you please carry out a full service as well. As often the car owner will not want to go to a local garage, get their car ready for an MOT then have to book more time off work, to bring the car back for a full service, so often the car owner in Cardiff, will say to our mechanics once the car has been checked over before its MOT, can you carry out a full service? And we can, we offer very competitive prices, we also work on a wide range of cars, for example we can service VW’s that’s Volkswagen cars, Seat cars and Skoda cars, you may own a Japanese brand car, and we can service these too, such as Toyota’s or lets say a Mazda car?

 

We therefore offer full car servicing, so for a quote, why not call our independent garage?

 

Does your cars oil filter and engine oil need changing? (Fully synthetic oil, mineral oil, whichever engine oil your car’s engine requires, we can offer it).

Perhaps you do not want a full car service, perhaps you just like our mechanics to change the engine oil and oil filter?

And it doesn’t matter if you drive a car with a 5.0 twin turbo muscle car, or you drive a 1.0 petrol non turbo car, we can change the oil, we can also change the oil filter, we offer very competitive prices on oil changes, regardless of which brand car you drive.

 

Interim servicing

We can also offer interim servicing, this is perfect for car owners who may carry out a lot of mileage during the year. For example, are you a sales rep? If so you may carryout in excess of 20,000 miles a year for example, so car owners, or company car owners that carryout a lot of mileage, they will often need to get the engine oil, and engine oil filter replaced more often.

Therefore, as you can see our garage offers “interim servicing”, “full servicing” and also just to change the engine oil and also the oil filter.

 

Which engine oils can your garage supply?

Now this is important to remember, some garages offer special car servicing deals, that is offers that may seem very appealing to a car owner.

For example, for a fixed cost they may change the engine oil and the engine oil filter, or they may carry out a full service, yet what you have to be aware of is, are they using quality product, that’s to say are they using quality engine oils?

At our garage we most definitely use high-quality engine oils, our mechanics and our garage will never compromise on the quality of the oils that we use, for example in the vast majority of cars that we service at our garage here in Cardiff, we would use high-quality Castrol engine oil.

 

Why is it important to have a car service carried out as per the manufacturer’s specification?

There are many reasons why you should get your car serviced as per the manufacturer’s specification, As earlier mentioned, your car works extremely hard, that’s to say the components work very hard every time you use turnkey.

The car’s engine is therefore working very hard, that’s whether you have a hybrid electric, diesel engine or you are driving a petrol vehicle, all of the engine parts will work hard and this is why you should have your car serviced.

For example, it’s not abnormal for a car to come to us for a service, and we inform the car owner that the engine oil is running extremely low, now if that engine did not get serviced and seen by our trusted mechanics, it’s entirely possible that this might have caused catastrophic engine failure!

This is just one reason why should get your car serviced, there are many others, such as for example when you sell your vehicle a lot of car owners want to see a service logbook, that’s to see how well-maintained the car is.

That’s because a lot of people who are purchasing a used car, with no service history may think that the vehicle has not been sufficiently maintained, and this may have led to excessive engine wear, therefore this might put off some buyers of such vehicles for example.

Alternatively, if they were to look through a service log book, that has regular service stamps from a garage that they recognise as being respected, and that the car servicing has been carried out to the manufacturers specification, then they may believe that the car has been better maintained.

 

How much will it cost to get my car serviced?

This does depend on the vehicle that you drive, for example which make vehicle you drive, will depend on how much the various components for car servicing cost, for example even the price of an air filter can vary quite dramatically, that’s depending on if it’s a 1 L petrol car, or whether you are driving a hybrid, or a 6 L petrol V6 for example.

Also, different engine oils, as well as different oil filters need to be purchased, therefore because there are different costs, we will need to understand which company manufacturers your car and then we can offer you a quote.

Now, some garages do stick to servicing one type of car, made by one manufacturer, however our family run garage is quite different, we service a wide range of different cars.

For example, each week at our independent family run garage in Cardiff, our mechanics will service many different make vehicles, for example we frequently service Vauxhall cars, Audis, Porsche’s, Skoda, Seat’s, Toyota’s and also other well-known brands such as Renault and Peugeot cars, therefore many different used cars are brought to our independent garage for servcing.

So, as you can see our garage is a family run garage, we have highly experienced mechanics that work for Automotive Cardiff Ltd, yet we don’t just service one type of car, we service many, as you can see from above we service many different manufacturers, and quote depending on what work needs to be carried out, so regardless as of if you drive a petrol engine city car, or you have a high-performance V12 engine fitted within a sports car, we can service your vehicle for you.

We are planning a very long drive in our vehicle, we would like it serviced prior to this, are you able to service our car at short notice?

This will depend on our availability for that week, therefore we encourage all car owners to contact us, that’s to see when we can book you in at the earliest possible date. We will try our best to book you in as early as possible, however, if you are planning a long road trip for example you might be driving your car abroad, then we would encourage you to contact us at the earliest possible date you can, to book your car in for a service.

We have concerns over whether our car’s brakes need to be repaired or replaced also can you please advise?

A lot of car owners when they are having their car serviced, will speak to our mechanics, and say to them can you please carry out a “brake check” as well, our mechanics will then carry out a brake check for you once requested by the customer.

I’m noticing some “clutch judder”, are you able to advise whether the cars clutch needs to be replaced?

You may have been noticing a few car parts on your car which are starting to show signs of needing replacement, this could be something as simple as squeaky window blades, or it could be something more significant as your car’s clutch, which is vibrating when you are engaging it into gear?

If there are any mechanical problems with your car, we would never advise delaying getting it seen to by a qualified mechanic, as if not attended to, this could lead to much greater mechanical problems sometimes.

However, with that said, when you are having your car serviced by us, you might want to say to our mechanics, that you have noticed that your car’s clutch is juddering, and they will then be able to advise whether the clutch needs to be replaced or not.

 

How can I book a car service with your garage?

You can simply call us to book your car in for a full service.

Are your mechanics well-versed on working on a wide range of cars?

Yes, we have highly experienced mechanics which work for us, they have vast experience of servicing a wide range of different cars. For example, if you are looking for a company that can offer a car service on your car regardless of its make all the year of manufacture, we will be able to offer you a competitive and no obligation quote.

 

How our garage can assist

Our friendly team are located here in Cardiff, therefore if you would like to bring your car to our garage, we are based off the busy Newport Road, and are easily located.

Therefore, if you are looking for a company that can offer you a vast range of different servicing options, including car repairs, and also repairing air conditioning systems, then we are garage to contact.

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

If you were to talk to any independent mechanic or an independent garage, there are normally a few car brands which they really admire, and enjoy talking to the car owners about those vehicles.

Here at Automotive Cardiff Ltd we admire all Porsche vehicles, from Porsche Boxster, right through to the legendary Porsche 911.

Our family run business, which is located in Cardiff looks to offer you friendly customer service and also we have experienced mechanics that work for us. We aim with every single customer that comes to us, whether they bringing a high-value car, or a classic vehicle, we aim to offer you high levels of customer service.

We are an independent garage, and we take great pride in building relationships with our customers so that hopefully you return to us year after year for your servicing requirements and for other work that you might wish for us to carry out.

Porsche make brilliant and instantly recognisable vehicles, which are fantastic cars and are often referred to as “real drivers cars”.

We therefore hugely enjoy talking to Porsche car owners about the events they have gone to, the places where they have driven their vehicle abroad, and also just to share the experience of what it’s like to own a Porsche.

Our admiration for the brand, the iconic vehicles and also the owners that own these vehicles mean that we look forward to servicing these vehicles.

Perhaps you would like the oil changed on a 911 or perhaps you would like a brand-new set of brake pads and brake discs fitted to a Porsche Macan?

We greatly admire every single Porsche, whether it be a classic high-value and rare car or whether you own a brand-new Porsche 911, we can offer you a range of services including servicing.



The mighty and legendary 911

The Porsche 911 is such an iconic vehicle, where a lot of people just dream to drive this car, we understand that the owners of 911’s will massively appreciate the engineering that is gone in to produce these fantastic vehicles.

Producing huge brake horsepower and also offering a true driver’s car, we massively admire the 911 whether it be a brand-new automatic or a classic 911, we believe all are simply fantastic vehicles.

If you own a 911 that you would like serviced, then why not ring us today?


Do you require your Porsche to be serviced?

Whether you drive a Porsche Macan, a Porsche Cayenne or perhaps you have the mighty and impressive Taycan parked on your driveway, we can offer you car servicing.

Perhaps you would like a full service carried out of the vehicle or perhaps you are taking your vehicle to a track day event and require just the engine oil to be drained and replaced? We can offer this service to you.


Porsche Boxster’s, 911’s, GT3’s, Macan’s or Taycan’s we can take care of your cars servicing requirements

Our independent family run company, can service your vehicle, for example you may have a really rare and classic Porsche which you keep in a dedicated heat controled garage, perhaps on the other hand you own a brand-new 911 vehicle, we can take care of your car’s servicing.

Whether you use your Porsche to commute back and fore work, or you have a rare classic Porsche 911 which you only take out a few times a year? We would be eager to offer you a quote servicing and possibly any work which you may require to be carried out?

Our admiration for the brand, it’s heritage and the quality cars that are produced by this company are evident when you speak to our business owner.

Our business owner very much enjoys servicing Porsche vehicles, whether they be brand-new or whether you own a Porsche which is over 40-year’s-old, we massively enjoy working on these cars and we also enjoy meeting the owners and building a relationship, so hopefully you return to our independent and family run business each year.


Track day events

We know a lot of Porsche owners really enjoy taking their Porsche car’s out either on a long drive with a car owners club, or perhaps to track day events somewhere within the United Kingdom.

We think this is an absolutely fantastic way to spend the weekend, often discussing with other Porsche owners about their cars and where they take them to enjoy the cars performance.

If you wish to prepare your car for a track day event, for example you might want the engine oil replaced or you might want a full service carried out, or even you might want the brakes checked over by us, then we can offer this service to you.

If you own a Porsche vehicle, then we would be eager to offer you a quote for servicing, why not call our garage today to arrange for a quotation to be provided?

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Most car owners have a basic understanding about how certain components on the car works, like the car’s brakes for example. However, with that said, a lot of car owners will not know what the “DPF system” does on their car or how it can sometimes go wrong and fail to regenerate.

This is with good reason why a lot of car owners will not have the foggiest idea what a DPF system does or how it works, as it’s a part you might have not known was fitted to your car, until it goes wrong. In a nutshell the DPF system forms part of your car’s exhaust system, and it helps to reduce emissions for diesel cars.

Within this article we are going to explain what the cars diesel particulate filter is in more detail, and also how our garage can fix DPF problems which may persist with your vehicle.


What’s is a diesel particulate filter DPF?

So, first things first, a lot of car owners might think that the car’s exhaust system might just be a tubular piece of steel and its only function is to remove and direct exhaust gases away from the engine.

However, with more modern vehicles, most exhausts are fitted with a DPF, diesel particulate filters as part of the exhaust, so gone are the days where the exhaust was just a steel pipe with a back-box silencer.

In relatively simple terms, it is the DPF’s job to make the car more environmentally friendly by removing soot that is created when burning diesel fuels.

Therefore, your car may  have a relatively complex sort of filter, which helps to remove the diesel soot and diesel particulate that would otherwise just escape through the exhaust into the atmosphere.

As you can imagine with any sort of filter, it can become clogged, this is when car owners often need a qualified mechanic to rectify the DPF problem, either through cleaning the DPF or sometimes the whole DPF system will need to be replaced. That’s of course if the car fails to regenerate itself, as sometimes the car’s ECU will just send a message, and may sometime be able to just regenerate itself.

 

“Most cars will have a system in place, whereby the ECU, that the electronic control unit can kick in to start the process which is called regeneration”.

 

Regeneration is a system which is used on some cars, whereby extra fuel (diesel) is used to raise the exhaust temperature and the point of this process is to burn soot away from the exhaust which can help to lessen the build up of soot caused by burning diesel in the engine.

However, what can sometimes occur, on some vehicles is that the car “fails to regenerate”, and sometimes goes into a constant cycle of regeneration, which is obviously when a qualified mechanic is needed to rectify the problem as the regeneration is failing.

On some vehicles you may therefore see on the car’s dashboard, a warning message that “regeneration has failed” or there is a “DPF has a problem”, which is when a qualified mechanic is needed.


What should I do if my vehicle fails to regenerate?

If your vehicle fails to regenerate, then it can mean sometimes that the car enters a limp home mode, which means that you will have limited power from the engine.


What type of driving do mechanics think contributes to a DPF becoming clogged?

DPF problems can occur on any car were a DPF system is fitted, that’s to say it can even sometimes occur at any time.

However, a lot of mechanics share the view that DPF’s can sometimes become clogged faster when the driver is doing a lot of short driving at relatively low speeds.

Therefore, if you are a driver that drives relatively short commutes, and at relatively low speeds for example, for example you are regularly stuck in rush-hour traffic in Cardiff that’s to and from work, then this type of driving can sometimes mean that the DPF will become more regularly clogged.


Shouldn’t my car just be able to regenerate itself without the need of a mechanic?

It is fair to say that a car can undergo “passive regeneration” or “active regeneration”, however sometimes the DPF can become so clogged with diesel particulate that sometimes the car will fail to regenerate itself, and this is when a garage and qualified mechanics are needed.


My engine management light is lit could it be the DPF?

A lot of vehicles are brought to us with the DPF warning lights on, our mechanics will be able to quickly look at your cars fault codes and to analyse the severity of the DPF problems.

For example, sometimes it can be a problem with the cars EGR system, that’s the exhaust gas recirculation system, and this is a more complex problem, however sometimes the car will just need to be regenerated after cleaning the DPF problem, so even though a car’s dashboard just says “DPF Failure” or “DPF Problem” there might be more problems that need fixing than just to clean the DPF, for example it could be as mentioned the cars EGR system at fault also.

As each cars DPF will have a different level of being obstructed or clogged, our mechanics will need to assess the best course of action when they have looked at your car’s exhaust system and read the relative fault codes that are being presented from the cars electronic control unit (ECU).


My car has a problem with the EGR, exhaust gas recirculation system can garage help?

Some cars will also have EGR problems, that is problems with the car’s exhaust gas recirculation system, therefore it might not be a relatively straight forward to fix in terms of just clearing the cars DPF, sometimes there will be several problems that may occur and the cars EGR might be one of the problems that needs to be rectified with some vehicles.


Could my car fail its MOT because of DPF problem?

Car owners will be aware that their car can fail an MOT for a number of reasons, for example a slack handbrake or for example the car’s headlights might not be working properly, however a lot of car owners might not be aware that the car can also fail because of problems with the DPF system which means that the car may fail its emissions test.

Therefore, if your car fails its emissions test it might be a problem with the diesel particulate filter, our garage can help to rectify such problems with your vehicle, and also to prepare your car ready for its MOT or its MOT reinspection.


Is it expensive to replace the DPF system completely?

Yes, in a nutshell the cars DPF is a relatively expensive component that is fitted to your car, this will obviously vary greatly in price depending on the manufacturer and the model of your vehicle.

However when a car owner first hears that they have a DPF problem with their vehicle, they immediately think that sometimes it may be better to replace this component completely.

However, what you have to be aware of as a car owner, is that the DPF is often an expensive component, therefore it is not like say the car’s brake discs or pads, which are relatively inexpensive in comparison, instead the DPF can often be a very expensive car part, and this is often why a garage owner and mechanics will try to often clean the DPF if it is possible to do so, rather than replacing it, however sometimes you might be left with no other option but to completely replace the cars DPF system.


How motorway driving can sometimes help:

Now you may have read online, that driving your car regularly on the motorway can sometimes help to extend the life of your cars DPF sometimes, and it is the view of a lot of mechanics share, that is the car’s DPF is much more likely to become clogged if you travel shorter and slower speed commutes.

However, even if you are a regular motorway commuter it is still possible that your cars DPF becomes clogged, that’s because if the car has a DPF then it can become clogged as any time.

How our garage can help:

Our garage and mechanics are located in Cardiff, South Wales, we can help to rectify any DPF problems that your car might have.

We work on a wide range of different cars, that are made by a wide range of different car manufacturers.

For example, we can be changing or repairing the DPF on mass produced saloon car, yet we can also change the DPF on high-performance and also executive diesel cars, we therefore work on a wide range of cars while also offer very competitive prices.

We don’t just repair DPF’s, we can also offer to repair any make or model car, we can also offer car servicing and car repair such as changing your car’s brake disc, brake pads, exhaust system, car battery, cambelts can also offer many different servicing options such as full car servicing,  interim car servicing and also to change your car’s engine oil and oil filter.

To arrange for your car to be viewed by our mechanics then why not give us a ring today?

 

 

 

 

Introduction

There are some car parts that work extremely hard every single time that we drive our car’s.

For example, brake pads and brake discs incur huge amounts of friction, and therefore this generates heat. Then theres the engine itself, which has large stresses imposed upon it every time we turn the key, and therefore quality engine oils should always be used.

You also have other items within your car, which work equally as hard, such as the cars clutch, that every time you use a manual gearbox, the whole clutch system including the “friction plate” will be working hard to help you to change gear’s smoothy.

 


Does your car’s clutch need replacing?

Regardless of the car brand, or the make of the model of the car that you drive, you may start to experience the clutch becoming worn. It doesn’t matter if the car is relatively new, or an older car, a clutch may need replacing at anytime.

 

Ultimately you should get your car’s clutch checked over by a qualified mechanic

Our best advice is, if you think that your cars clutch needs to be replaced, or you simply want to get it replaced as per the manufacturer’s specification, then you should talk to a reputable garage, such as Automotive Cardiff Ltd.

As with a number of other car parts, if you leave getting the cars clutch replaced until the very last moment, then it can sometimes cause even more car parts to become damaged, this may mean because maintenance has been delayed, that more damage has been incurred, therefore the labour and parts bill may be higher.  

For example, a heavily worn clutch might go onto wear out other parts such as the cars flywheel sometimes.


Here are just some of the signs that may indicate a clutch needs to be replaced:

“Clutch judder” (juddering from the clutch peddle when you are finding the “biting point”)

One of the most common signs that a clutch is worn, is when the clutch shudders, this is often referred to as “clutch judder”.

This is often felt when you are moving through the gears, especially into first gear from a stand-still.


The clutch is slipping

Another common sign is the clutch needs replacing is when it’s actually slipping, you may experience this especially if you are starting the car on a steep gradient, if the clutch is slipping then you definitely need to get clutch replaced.


The clutch peddle biting point is much higher

You may notice that the “biting point”, that’s the point when the clutch engages with the flywheel, you may notice that the biting point becomes higher, this is another tell-tale sign that the clutch needs to be replaced.


Harder to move smoothly between gears?

Ultimately whichever car brand that you drive, the gearbox should allow you to change through the gears quite smoothly, allowing you to transition up or down the gears with minimal effort.

However, if it becomes difficult to put the vehicle into gear, or to simply change gears then this could be sometimes because of a worn clutch.


How can I extend the life of my cars clutch?

Sometimes a driver will cause huge stresses on the cars clutch through their driving style, such as “riding the clutch”, or just simply through harsh acceleration which can cause the cars clutch to become worn in a much shorter period of time as opposed to a using more gentle driving style.

Here are some recommendations for helping to extend the life of your clutch:


More gentle driving

Quite simply put, driving more gently can help to decrease the wear on the cars clutch, for example if you are changing through the gears more smoothly, and using less acceleration then this can help to prolong the life of the clutch.


Do not ride the clutch

You may see a lot of drivers “riding the clutch”, this simply means sometimes at the traffic lights, some drivers will have the clutch engaged, with the car’s accelerator revving at the same time, this causes increased strain on the friction plate, and a huge amount of stress on the rest of the clutch, which is not needed when the car is not moving-  therefore a smooth engagement of the clutch, and gentle acceleration is far better way to extend the life of your cars clutch.


Avoid harsh acceleration

Harsh acceleration can simply cause increased stress on the clutch and the engine.


Avoid using the clutch with excessive acceleration

Sometimes some drivers build up the revs excessively, while also easing the clutch in, if this is done under harsh acceleration, then this also will increase strain on the clutch.


Mechanical sympathy

A phrase we like to use a lot at our garage is “mechanical sympathy”, you may hear some mechanics use this phrase a lot, it simply means that the driver should have acknowledgement about not just how they are driving the car, but how they are using the components while they are driving.

With a little knowledge about how the car’s engines components work- often the driver will have more sympathy for how hard the car parts are working, and therefore want to extend the life of these car parts, by driving the car in a more gentle driving style.


Ensure that your garage replaces the clutch with quality car parts

One way to ensure that you get better life out of your car’s clutch, is to quite simply use a garage whereby the mechanics are using quality clutch kits and not cheap clutch kits.

Cheap or low-quality clutches will often wear out in a much shorter period of time.

Are you looking for a garage within Cardiff that can replace your car’s clutch?

If you are looking for a garage in Cardiff, which employs highly experienced mechanics, and you need your cars clutch replaced, then why not give us a ring?

 

 

Introduction

It is absolutely essential that as responsible drivers, we frequently check our cars brakes through asking a qualified mechanic to check how effective our cars brakes are.

A car’s brakes are a component that we should not ever take for granted, that’s because if our brakes become excessively worn, then this can seriously impede the effectiveness of a cars brakes, this can also cause undesirable consequences, such as the car pulling to one side under braking or the braking system simply being ineffective.

When you combine this with our country’s wet climate and driving conditions, it becomes even more imperative that we, as car owners make sure that we are driving a vehicle that is roadworthy, but also that the brakes are kept in good functioning order.

Therefore many car owners require a local mechanic, that’s who they can trust can look at the car’s brakes, on a regular basis to ensure that they are kept in good condition.


How do my car’s brakes work?

Different cars have different braking systems, for example some vehicles will have “drum brakes” fitted to the back of the car’s wheels, combined with disc brakes and brake pads fitted to the front.

However, what is more common on more modern vehicles, is to have “disc brakes” and brake pads fitted on all four wheels.

On high-performance vehicles, where it’s important to have much greater breaking performance, you might find some higher value vehicles have what are called “carbon ceramic brakes”.


Drum brakes

Drum brakes simply work by having two shoes, which then move in an outward direction causing friction onto the “brake drum” when the brake lever is applied, this then helps to slow the rotational speed of the wheel.


Brake discs

A brake disc and brake pad work on a slightly different system, in that a brake pad is made of a special compound which causes friction, this is once applied to the brake disc.

You have to think of the brake calliper as a kind of clamp- which when the brake fluid is applied to close the clamp, this applies pressure of forcing the brake pad onto disc, which in turn slows the rotational speed of that wheel.

Now, when you think about the forces that are being exerted onto the cars brakes, and the amount of friction and heat that is being caused as a by-product of slowing the wheel, you can begin to see that these parts can become worn.


Checking how effective your brakes are does need to be carried out by a qualified mechanic

For example, checking the reservoir on your car to see how full the window washer fluid is relatively simple task that most people can do, you simply lift the bonnet and you can see the window washer levels, however, it’s much more difficult to see how worn a brake pad is, that’s unless you are experienced in carrying this task out, this is why you should go to your local mechanic, that’s to get your car brakes checked on a regular basis, and if you are unsure whether you need your car brakes replaced or repaired, then you should check a qualified mechanic.


All car brands welcome

At our garage we welcome all car brands, it’s also fair to say that regardless of the make or model of the vehicle, it’s imperative that you get your car brakes checked on a regular basis.

For example, you might purchase a car which has relatively low mileage, but you cannot take for granted that the brakes are in good working order, that’s unless they have been checked by a qualified mechanic.

This is because brake pads, brake discs and other brake parts wear depending on the drivers driving style, for example a brake disc and brake pad may last sometimes longer for some drivers if they do not carry out harsh breaking, however, when compared with a driver which is used to fast acceleration and harsh breaking, well, this will wear a set of brake pads and brake discs out relatively quickly.

Therefore, even if you purchase a used car, that has hardly any mileage, you cannot ever take for granted that the brake pads or brake discs are in good working order, that’s unless they have been checked by your garage and a qualified mechanic.


Disc brakes, drum brakes and carbon ceramic brakes we can replace them all

Different cars have different braking systems, some have much more complex computerised systems which allow for the wheels to more effectively brake under emergency braking conditions, yet most braking systems fall into three categories, and they are “carbon ceramic brakes”, disc brakes and also drum brakes.


We are able to service and repair every different type of brake system

Brake pad replacement

Sometimes the car owner will put off attending their garage to get their brakes checked, however this can sometimes lead to you incurring a more expensive bill when you do take your car to the garage sometimes. That’s because sometimes the brake discs and brake pads will need to be replaced together, however, if you had attended your local garage for a brake check earlier, then it might be the case, sometimes, that only the brake pads need to be changed.

 

“Now, some car owners, which are having their brakes checked more regularly, it might sometimes be the case that just a brake pads need replacing, which would mean that it is less expensive to carry out this work that having brake discs and brakes changed”.

 

However, because some car owners leave it too long to get their car’s brakes checked, the metal discs can sometimes become heavily worn, pitted and sometimes heavily rusted, so therefore these need to be replaced as well, which would mean more labour and more parts costs.


Brake pad and brake disc replacement

At our garage we are able to replace the brake pads, and brake discs on any make or model vehicle, therefore we can change the brakes on VW’s, Seat’s, Skoda’s, BMW’s, Aud’si, TVR’s, Aston Martins, and many more cars we can change the brake pads, and brakes discs.


Are you able to repair braking systems?

Sometimes a more complicated problem can occur with some braking systems, for example, the metal lines which contain the brake fluid may become corroded sometimes, this may mean you have a problem with the entire braking system, which means that our mechanics need to spend more time rectifying the problem.

 

What you can be rest assured of is that we will offer competitive prices to repair any vehicle.


Are you able to perform a brake check?

It often takes our mechanics a relatively short period of time to check your car’s brakes, we can therefore offer this brake checking service at our garage within Cardiff.

 

Why you should think of your car’s brakes in the same way as you think of your car’s tyres

Sometimes, some car drivers only consider their tyres on the vehicle as the main part which wears and gets worn down as they drive the vehicle.

However, this is not the case, in order to ensure that your car is properly serviced, and roadworthy, you have to consider your cars brake pads, brake discs, the whole braking system, as well as also other car parts which can become worn and need to be replaced.

 

There are also other components which wear and will need to be replaced also, as per the manufacturer’s specification.


We can repair hydraulic leaks in the braking system

Some cars they may incur a “hydraulic leak”, to the brake system, we are able to repair this at our garage.


We can repair drum brakes

Some cars have “drum brakes” all the way around the vehicle, however more typically drum brakes are used on back of a vehicle, and disc brakes at the front, we are able to repair drum brakes.


We can repair disc brakes

The most common type of braking system is to have “brake callipers”, “brake pads” and “brake discs” we are able to repair this system on any make or model car.


We can repair ceramic braking systems

Fitted to some higher performance cars, such as sports cars, you may have a “carbon ceramic braking system”. We are able to repair or replace this system.


We can also repair A.B.S, (Anti-lock Braking Systems)

A lot of cars are equipped with “anti-lock braking systems”, however sometimes the systems can incur problems, and therefore need diagnostic equipment to analyse what the fault code is, therefore allowing us to repair the problem.


Wide range of manufacturers

We work on a wide variety of vehicles each and every week, this can range from very large 4×4 vehicles, right through to sport utility vehicles and small city cars.


High-performance braking systems

Sometimes a braking system on a car will be working perfectly well, yet with that said, the car owner may want to replace the cars discs and callipers and brake pads to a much higher performance braking system, and we can help you to achieve this.

A local garage in Cardiff

If you are looking for a reliable garage within Cardiff, that has highly skilled mechanics, which can repair your car’s brakes, then why not give our business a call today?


 

 

Introduction

There are many different items that we own, that will require regular servicing, so for example this can range from central heating boilers that heat our home’s, right through to our bicycles for example that may need the brakes adjusted from time to time.

And where many of us lead very busy lifestyles, that’s to say often we work full-time, these tasks might get put off to carry out another day.

However, we would strongly advise that you do not delay or put off getting your car regularly serviced when your car needs servicing. Whether your car requires a full service, engine oil changed or an interim service carried out, this should not be delayed.


Make sure your car is serviced as per the manufacturer’s specification

The reason for this is without a regular service carried out on your car, that’s to the manufacturer’s specification, you could be causing your car’s engine and other components on your car to become excessively worn, which could sometimes be prevented sometimes by carrying out a service.

Each engine will have different service intervals, so if you are unsure how regular to get your car serviced, we would highly recommend speaking to a local and reputable mechanic.

For example, you may purchase a used car, yet then not get the car serviced for quite a while, it is therefore possible that the engine oil could be running low, or the engine oil used is not suitable for that model car, so it causes engine damage.

For example, the previous car owner may have changed the oil themselves, using the wrong specification oil, which sometimes can do considerable damage to an engine. So, if you are also unsure as to the service history of a used car you have bought, for example how long ago the engine was serviced and the engine oil changed, then we would highly recommend talking to a mechanic.

Equally, you might delay getting your car serviced for quite a long period of time, which might cause the air filter to become obstructed, the engine oil to run excessively low, and also the coolant might also be running low on the vehicle. So, getting your car serviced at the regular intervals, is important.

As everybody knows, these components, such as the engine oil, air filter, engine oil filter, all need to work perfectly, that’s if you are to correctly help maintain the engine.

Engine coolant running low, or engine oil running low could cause a total engine failure for the engine, so this is why regular engine servicing is so important.


Which types of car servicing does your garage offer?

The main types of servicing that we offer at our garage are “interim servicing”, “oil changes and oil filter changes” and also to carry out “full servicing” for any make or model vehicle.

For example, somebody who carries out large amount of mileage may want us to carry out an “interim service” on their vehicle.

On the whole, most vehicle owners ask us to carry out a “full service” on their car, sometimes some customers ask us to carry this out, when they visit us for getting their car prepared for an M.O.T inspection.

This way when the car is on our ramp, at our garage, our mechanics can carry out a full service after they have carried out an inspection of the vehicle to prepare the car for its M.O.T. This means when you having car repairs carried out to your car, we can straightaway then start to carry out a full service, an oil change or an interim service.

Having your car serviced, also allows our mechanics to check other areas of your car, if you instruct us to do so.

Often cars are in daily use, so often the car owner does not want to be left without a vehicle for any great length of time.

Therefore, when you are having your car serviced by us, it also provides an opportunity for you to ask our mechanics to check other areas of the car that you may be concerned about.

For example, you may have noticed that the clutch on your vehicle feels different, you may ask our mechanics to check the clutch on your car.

Alternatively, you may have heard a strange sound from the car’s exhaust, that’s whilst driving in the lower gears, you may therefore wish to ask our mechanics to check your car’s exhaust.

Alternatively, your car’s brakes may not feel that responsive, so you may ask our mechanics to check the brake discs, the brake pads, and also other components that relate to the correct function of the brakes.

Therefore, when you are having your car serviced, you can discuss with your mechanic other areas of the car that you may want repaired.

However, it is worth emphasising the point that if you have any queries relating to the performance of your car, or any repair work that needs to be undertaken, you should not delay having your car inspected straightaway by an experienced mechanic. This means if any repair work needs to be undertaken to your car, then you should consult with a mechanic straightaway.

Yet having your car serviced also allows your mechanic, if you instruct them to do so, to check other components while working on your car. If you have any doubt as to if any parts need repairing or replacing, then you should immediately contact a mechanic, that can help you with this work.


Would you like to get your car serviced by us?

We can carry out servicing on a wide range of different vehicles, for example, we can carry out a full service on high-performance vehicles such as TVR cars, we can also carry out servicing on many other makes and models of cars.

 

 

 

 

Introduction

When certain components on a car become worn or damaged, sometimes it is obvious to the driver of the vehicle that repair work is needed straight away.

For example, a car’s exhaust that has become damaged, perhaps because of a hole in the back-box of the exhaust, can sometimes be clearly heard by the driver while they drive along the road.

Also, if the engine oil is running low on a vehicle, the driver might sometimes immediately be informed via a light that appears on the dashboard of the car on certain vehicles.

However, if a car’s clutch becomes worn, well, this can sometimes be less obvious sometimes, for example it might sometimes start with a slight juddering as you drive off in first gear in some cases.

In other instances, it might be clear that the clutch does not work, as the car will not engage into gear. Yet often the wearing of a clutch can sometimes be less obvious for some drivers.

However, it’s crucial that if your clutch is showing signs of fatigue and needs to be replaced that you consult with your local mechanic in order to get this work carried out.

If you are unsure whether the clutch needs to be replaced, why not call our garage, this is so we can carry out an inspection to see if the clutch needs to be repaired, replaced or simply adjusted.


How long does a car’s clutch last?

A car’s clutch needs to be considered differently from other components within your car. For example, you may have got into a form of routine of getting your car serviced at regular intervals as per the manufacturer’s specification.

So, for example after so many thousand miles, you may have your car’s engine oil changed, and also the oil filter changed for example or you may want a full service carried out on your car after so many miles.

However, with the car’s clutch, how long the car’s clutch lasts is very much dependent on driving style of the owner of the vehicle. If somebody has a driving style where they gently use the accelerator and clutch when driving off, then this driving style is likely to increase the lifespan of the clutch.

However, if the driver is instead used to harsh acceleration, and also revving the car excessively while also rising the clutch especially say at traffic lights, then this can cause more stress on the clutch which can mean that it will last less longer. Also, carrying trailers, caravans or just heavy loads within the car can also place greater strain on the clutch.


 

“If a car is rapidly accelerated from a standstill on a regular basis, this type of driving style can increase the stress that is placed on the clutch as well”.

 

Therefore, how long the clutch lasts is very much dependent on the driving style of the particular drivers and owners of that vehicle.

If you have therefore just purchased a used car and you want to have the car looked over by our mechanics, then you may wish to ask them to look at your car’s clutch as well.

For example, you may ask your garage for a brake check, you may also ask them to check the car’s clutch at the same time? A good mechanic will be able to tell you whether the clutch will soon need replacing or not.

It is the “friction disc”, that’s the part that takes the stress of the clutch being regularly engaged and disengaged, if you have had a driver that has placed great stress on the clutch, then it may need to be replaced in a relatively short period of time.

Therefore, sometimes if a used car has a really low mileage, let’s say the car has only covered say 20,000 miles, this does not necessarily mean that the clutch will be fine, because it is entirely possible that the clutch sometimes becomes excessively worn even after a few thousand miles of use, and that’s sometimes because a previous driver might have caused excessive wear due to their driving style.

Therefore, it is important to contact a reputable mechanic, such as the mechanics at our garage at Automotive Cardiff Ltd to see if your cars clutch needs to be adjusted, repaired or completely replaced.

Our garage has experience of working on a wide variety of clutches that are fitted a wide range of car brands. This means, we have fitted new clutches to VW’s, Audi’s, Mercedes BMWs, we have also fitted new clutches to Skoda’s, TVR’s, classic cars and also many other brands such as Nissan’s, Toyota’s and also many other vehicles for example. We can change the clutch or repair the clutch on any make or model car, as we employ highly experienced mechanics.


“Therefore, whichever brand or model vehicle that you drive, we will be able to replace your car’s clutch and we will aim to do this in the most cost-effective manner”

If your car’s clutch therefore needs to be replaced or repaired, or perhaps adjusted then why not contact our business today?

 

 

Introduction

There are certain parts of a car’s engine that unless replaced when required, or replaced to meet the car manufacturer’ specifications, the owner of the vehicle will run an increased chance of incurring serious mechanical failure.

Now, your window screen wash running low, well, that’s just a mere inconvenience in terms of needing to be topped up when it runs low.

That’s to say on the way home from work, you may notice that you see a rather bright warning light on your car’s dashboard to tell you that the “screen wash” need’s to top up.

Therefore, it may only take a few seconds to top up the screen wash reservoir- so this is a simple fix for the car owner to rectify.

That’s to say, a simple lift of the car’s bonnet, add the screen wash to the reservoir and its done.  

However, there are other components relating to the engine that if ignored or not replaced, then this means that when they do go wrong they can sometimes cause catastrophic engine failure. Your timing belt is such an item, and one that should not be ignored if it needs replacing.

That’s to say when a timing belt or it “cambelt” as it is sometimes referred, does go wrong, this can sometimes lead to very high bills for the car owner.

This can be caused because of the large amounts of labour that are sometimes needed when a cambelt fails, and causes damage to the cars engine.

 

Therefore if the cambelt needs replacing, then this should not be ignored. You should talk to your mechanic to gain a recommendation as to when the cambelt should be changed.

 

What is the cambelt?

Quite simply put on a lot of modern engines will have a cambelt, which is simply like a very large rubber band, it’s construction is very basic and once removed from the engine can look like a relatively low value car part.

However, it’s function is very important indeed, it is therefore a very hard-working item, that is fitted to your car’s engine.

If the item is not regularly replaced at the designated intervals, or replaced once it becomes damaged then a car owner could incur a high bill from some garages when it does fail.

Most cambelts are made mostly from rubber, so it is possible that the cambelt becomes worn.

For example, bearings in the pulleys fail causing excessive tension on the belt, or simply a misaligned pulley may cause extra tension on the belt which causes it to snap.

When you think of freezing temperatures, and at the opposite end of the spectrum boiling hot summer days, you can see the extreme weather conditions also this engine component has to operate within, so if worn it can easily snap.

Have your timing belt / cambelt replaced today

 

High bills that can sometimes be incurred because a timing belt snaps and other components within the engine can also become damaged at the same time. This is why it’s absolutely crucial that the cambelt is replaced at regular intervals. If you are unsure when you last had your timing belt replaced, or you have simply purchased a used car, and are unsure when it was last serviced, then why not talk to our mechanics to see if they recommend the timing belt is replaced?

We can take care all your cars servicing requirements

It doesn’t matter if you drive a rather expensive sports car or an everyday city car, most engines are now driven by a “cambelt” that will need replacing at designated intervals.

This does depend on the make and model of your vehicle, so if you are unsure you should consult with your mechanic who can look at the cambelt and recommended it needs replacing. Thats to say most cars have a cambelt, so it doesnt matter if you drive a Skoda, VW, Seat a BMW or any other make of car, if the engine uses a cambelt also known as a timing belt, then this needs to be replaced as per the manufacturers specification.

The garage may also ask you to bring in your cars service records, this is just to gain an idea of when the cambelt was actually last replaced on the vehicle.

We don’t just replace cambelts, which are sometimes referred to as “timing belts”, we can also take care of your cars servicing, for example we can offer engine oil and engine oil filter changes, as well as full servicing and also interim servicing as well.

 

High-quality car parts are always supplied

It has been known for car owners to purchase a used car, then not to gain an understanding of when the cambelt was last replaced, for it then subsequently fail a few days or weeks later.

Therefore, if it is unknown when the cambelt has last been replaced, we would recommend consulting with a mechanic, so they can recommend if the belt needs replacing.

If, however you have owned your car quite a while, and you know when belt was last replaced, you can tell this to the mechanic, and he will be able to consult with the recommendations made by the manufacturer to specify when the cambelt should next be replaced. For example, the manufacturer may say that the timing belt should be replaced after however many miles for that model car.

Obviously if you are travelling and clocking up more miles, then a timing belt will need to be replaced at more regular intervals.

 

Why should I get my cambelt or timing belt replaced as a priority, and why this should not be delayed?

A cambelt and a timing belt can be relatively inexpensive to replace when operational and working as it should, however if this component was to fail, then the labour charge on repairing the engine can sometimes be very considerable, as often multiple other car faults will occur when the cambelt fails.

This is why it’s always better to prevent the belt from failing, your mechanic can also examine the engines pulleys to make sure that the belt can move freely.

Does your car need to be serviced?

If you would like your car to be serviced within Cardiff, then our mechanics, and our garage can offer all manner of car servicing, to book your car in for service, why not give us a ring?