FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Must I get air conditioning serviced?

Regular servicing is important for health and to maintain the system working effectively. Up to 15% of the refrigerant gas will be lost annually.

What are the advantages of synthetic oils?

Synthetics and semi-synthetics give improved performance at high temperatures and support extended standard drain intervals. They are the preferred choice for high perfomance cars or for drivers who value long life/durability.

How long should a catalytic converter last?

Catalysts often last 10 years, but actual life depends on mileage and engine tune. 50,000 miles is a more reasonable benchmark, and you can generally expect to replace the catalytic converter once during the life of a vehicle.

If failure occurs early, it’s important to find and fix the cause of the problem before fitting a new CAT otherwise the replacement can be expected to fail prematurely too.

When should the cambelt be renewed?

There’s not a standard change interval for cambelts.

  • Depending on the model and the manufacturer, the recommended interval can be anywhere between 30,000 miles and 100,000 miles. There will often be a time-based interval specified too e.g. 60,000 miles or five years, whichever is the sooner.
  • Sometimes the manufacturer will revise the recommended interval during the life of the vehicle so it’s best to check with a franchise dealer as they will have the most up-to-date information. They will need to know the make, model, engine number and model year.
  • In most cases cambelt failure results in serious damage to many other components in the engine – a major rebuild or even replacement engine will be required!

Do I have to get my car serviced by a main dealer?

  • You are not obliged (since October 2003) to get the car serviced by a franchise dealer during the warranty period.
  • You must though get it serviced according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule and criteria using only manufacturer approved parts.

What does that light mean and what should you do?

  • As cars have become more complex, the number of different dashboard warning lights has grown significantly.  Modern electronic systems like airbags or stability control are constantly self-testing and it’s important for you to know whether a warning light requires immediate attention or whether you can continue your journey and get a garage to investigate later.
  • If a warning light comes on (or fails to extinguish after you’ve started the engine) you should stop as soon as possible in a safe place.
  • Many warning lights are specific to the car make or even the model – the vehicle handbook should give you a detailed explanation of their meaning and the action to take.

What Causes Flat Batteries?

A flat battery is most commonly caused by;

  • A lack of use or vehicle only used for short journeys
  • Something has been left on (lights) or a faulty component is draining the battery
  • A fault with the vehicle’s charging system
  • A fault with the battery itself

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