Air Con Re Gas Charge Climate Control

Air conditioning or climate control performance is not checked on a regular car service.
If you are having any problems with your cooling system give us a call.
It is recommended that you should check and recharge your air-con system every 2 to 3 years with gas and lube in order to keep it running efficiently.  If your car is more than a couple of years old it maybe worth a check.

We ensures that your air-con is working efficiently by testing the gas pressure, a drop in gas pressure will result in a loss of cooling efficiency which will make your engine work harder and in turn use more fuel.

We can recharge air-con systems and find faults such as leaks or worn components, repairs or replace and adjust cooling belts, pulleys and valves.

Vehicle diagnostics

Vehicle diagnostics can reveal a number of problems associated with the gearbox, fuel tank, exhaust system and other components of the vehicle.
Modern vehicles designed with computer processors, microchips and sensors can be linked to a car diagnostic computer scan to pinpoint exactly where the problem exists.

Garage Services have the latest diagnostic equipment for the vast majority of cars and vans.

By carrying out a diagnostic test with the appropriate equipment, we can identify the fault with your vehicle and if required we can carry out the necessary repairs.
If we are unable to diagnose the fault we will not charge you for this service.

If you’re experiencing any warning light problems, or think you may have a diagnostic issue, contact us to Get a Quote today to book a diagnostics test.

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MOT Oxted

You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has expired. You could be prosecuted if caught.

The only exception is if you’ve already booked an MOT and are driving your vehicle to the test centre.

Source: DVSA

Having your car serviced just before an MOT should pick up any faults that might cause it to fail.
A well serviced engine will also help it pass the emissions test.

MOT Checklist

1. Lights

Nearly twenty percent of all MOT failures are due to a blown bulb. Use the checklist below to ensure you’ve checked all your bulbs.
Park up close to a wall or garage door if you don’t have anyone to help you check them.

Headlights    Main beam & dipped
Sidelights    Front & rear
Indicators    Front, rear and side repeaters
Brake lights
Number plate    Lights only on rear number plate
Reverse light    Not part of MOT but worth checking!
Rear fog light    Front fog light not checked
Hazards    Check circuit separately from indicators

Some indicator and brake light bulbs have a colour coating which starts to peel as they get old. When the colour flakes off, the bulb shines white and is cause enough for a test failure. Check the colours are correct at the same time as making sure they all work. All light fittings should be secure without cracks or damage.

2. Wheels & Tyres

All the tyres should be above the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across ¾ of the tyre’s width.  There should be no damage on the tyres. Check for splits in the tread, bulges or cuts to the sidewalls. Check the tyre sizes – the front tyres must be the same size and the rear tyres must be the same size. Make sure there are no missing wheels nuts or any heavy damage to the wheels themselves. A spare wheel is not a requirement for the MOT and is not checked unless it is being used as a road wheel at the time. A ‘space saver’ spare fitted as a road wheel will NOT pass the MOT.

3. Windscreen

Check the windscreen for chips and cracks. The car will fail the MOT for chips over 10mm in the driver’s line of sight (A) (use the width of the steering wheel as a guide) and over 40mm in the area swept by the wipers (B). Any scratching that limits the drivers vision will also be a reason for a failed test. Get small stone chips repaired as soon as possible to stop them spreading any further and costing you the price of a new windscreen.

4. Wipers

The wiper blades should be secure and clear the screen effectively for their entire length. Lift them up and check the rubber is not split or perished and that they are safely attached to the wiper arm.

 5. Washer jets

Top up your screen wash before taking the car for it’s MOT and test the jets to make sure they operate correctly.

Blocked nozzles can be easily cleared with a pin.

6. Steering

The steering system isn’t something you’ll be able to check easily apart from making sure the wheels can turn freely from lock to lock and the power steering is working correctly if you have it.

7. Fuel

The fuel cap needs to lock securely in place and the seal inside the cap shouldn’t be split or perished. Also, make sure you have enough fuel in the car to make it through the test!

8. Exhaust

The exhaust needs to be held on securely and not have any holes (apart from the obvious one at the end!). If your car exhaust is sounding louder than normal there’s a good chance it has a hole in it. You might be able to tell by getting your ear low to the ground on the driver’s side and listening carefully as you blip the accelerator (when the car is parked). If you go over a bump and the exhaust clunks on the underside of the car, the rubber mounts may be worn and in need of replacement.

9. Horn

The horn needs to work and be loud enough to attract the attention of pedestrians or other motorists. Musical air horns are a guaranteed fail!

10. Mirrors

The mirrors need to be in place and secure, i.e. not held to the car with sticky tape and string. The glass shouldn’t be cracked or smashed.

11. Body

The car’s bodywork must be free from heavy corrosion, not be badly damaged or have sharp edges sticking out. The front doors should work from inside and outside and the rear doors will need to work so other parts of the test can be completed such as seat belt checks. The boot and bonnet need to close securely.

12. Brakes

Most checks on the braking system require specialist knowledge but there are some easy things you can test. Make sure the rubber on all the pedals isn’t worn away and if your car has ABS, the warning light should go out after the car is started. The hand brake should hold the car on a hill.

 13. Number plates

Front and back plates need to be secured properly to the car and not cracked, faded or hidden by dirt.

The letters and numbers should be standard and evenly spaced.

14. Seat belts

All the seat belt buckles should latch and fasten securely and lock when you give them a sharp tug. The belts need to be in good condition, not cut or badly frayed. The seats must be firmly bolted down; grab the base of each seat and try rocking it.

15. Emissions

The best way to ensure your car passes the emissions test with ease is to have the car serviced prior to its MOT. On top of this, if your car hasn’t been run in a while or is mainly used for short town journeys, take it on a longer motorway type journey where a higher engine speed is sustained for a greater length of time. This helps to clean out sooty deposits from the engine prior to the emissions test.

Exhausts OxtedExhausts

We can supply with free fitting OE (Original Equipment) exhausts or pattern parts like Timax, Bosal and Walker.

All our exhausts are covered by a 2 year no quibble guarantee meaning if part of your exhaust (that we have fitted) becomes defective, we will replace the part free of charge.

We can fit stainless steel exhausts full systems and back boxes too, so if you have purchased a big bore for your car off eBay, call in with it, we will get your car on one of our ramps and see if it will fit.

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Car & Van BatteriesBatteries Oxted

A flat battery can be troublesome at the best of times. Not only do we supply batteries for your car key remote, we supply and fit batteries to fit your car or motorcycle, we can also supply leisure batteries for caravans, golf trollies and buggies.
We are offering a free battery check over the Winter period and will test your cars alternator to make sure it is charging the battery with the correct charge.
All our batteries are fully charged ready to fit.

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Full Service Checklist

A Full Service is just that. As standard we will replace the appropriate oil, oil filter, air filter, pollen filter, fuel filter and spark plugs (petrol engines). However, there are circumstances where a service item may not require replacement. For example; long life fuel filters or iridium or platinum spark plugs that do not warrant changing given the vehicle mileage and interval since they were last replaced.

In these circumstances we will advise the customer and give them the option to decline this item at the time of undertaking the Service. This saving will then be itemised and refunded to you in branch.

Stage 1: Check vehicle history, mileage, service schedule requirements
To identify what is required according to the manufacturer’s service schedule taking into account previous work/history.
Stage 2: Road Test
To test overall performance and handling of the vehicle – paying particular attention to any noises or issues associated with steering, suspension, brakes, clutch, bearings and exhaust (e.g. knocking, juddering, pulling etc).
Stage 3: Vehicle on floor
Check all apertures including fuel caps and seal Check interior warning lamps/gauges Check horn
Check wipers Check, adjust and top up windscreen washers Check windscreen and mirrors
Check exterior light bulbs Check seat belts and seat security Check condition/tension of auxiliary drive belt
Check engine compartment for noises on tick-over Check and top up power steering fluid Check, test and top up anti-freeze
Check, test and top up brake fluid Check, test battery condition and security Check coolant, hoses, radiator and rad fan operation
Stage 4: Vehicle on Ramp
RENEW ENGINE OIL AND FILTER RENEW AIR FILTER RENEW POLLEN FILTER
RENEW FUEL FILTER (if long life fuel filter not required, item will be deducted from invoice) RENEW SPARK PLUGS (if long life platinum/iridium plugs are not required, item will be deducted from invoice) Check tyres: tread, pressures, condition, sizes, fitment, including spare
Check wheels and valves Check complete brake system. Includes callipers, pipes, hoses, cables, pads and discs. Clean and adjust where applicable Check suspension condition, wear, movement, dust covers/gaiters. Includes shocks, springs, ball joints, arms, links
Check steering condition, wear, movement, dust covers. Includes rack, arms, rods, joints, hoses, pump Check drive shafts/ prop shafts, cv joints, gaiters Check wheel bearings
Check exhaust system, mountings, rubbers Check transmission condition/gear box fluid Check engine for oil leaks
Check fuel system for petrol/diesel leaks Check chassis for rust/corrosion on sills and prescribed areas  
Stage 5: Final Checks
Clean engine covers Lubricate door hinges and bonnet catch Check and advise timing belt replacement interval
Stamp service book Reset service lights Road test

Interim Service Checklist

Stage 1: Check vehicle history, mileage, service schedule requirements
To identify what is required according to the manufacturer’s service schedule taking into account previous work/history.
Stage 2: Road Test
To test overall performance and handling of the vehicle – paying particular attention to any noises or issues associated with steering, suspension, brakes, clutch, bearings and exhaust (e.g. knocking, juddering, pulling etc).
Stage 3: Vehicle on floor
Check interior warning lamps/gauges Check horn Check wipers
Check, adjust and top up windscreen washers Check windscreen and mirrors Check exterior lightbulbs
Check and top up power steering fluid Check, test and top up anti-freeze Check, test and top up brake fluid
Stage 4: Vehicle on Ramp
RENEW ENGINE OIL AND FILTER Check tyres Check front brakes
Check front suspension Check steering Check front wheel bearings
  Check exhaust  
Stage 5: Final Checks
Check and advise timing belt replacement interval Stamp service book Reset service lights
  Road test  

Useful Information

Regular servicing extends the life of your car, improves fuel economy, reduces the risk of avoidable repair bills and the inconvenience of mechanical breakdown.

Most manufacturers recommend that their vehicles are serviced every 12 months or 12,000 miles.

Sevenoaks Tyres Oxted

For a quote on your tyre size or use our online quote and proceed to book your tyres on-line.
Payment is taken when the work is done so no need to enter your credit card details on-line.

We offer the full range of tyres and have hundreds of tyres in stock for car, van, 4×4 (four wheel drive) and light commercial. All brands are available including Michelin, Firestone and Bridgestone, Goodyear and Dunlop plus a vast range of budget and economy tyres.Dunlop Tyres Oxted

When buying economy or cheap tyres remember that they will not last as long as most brand named tyres; the reason for this is cheap tyres do not have as much silica in the rubber compound, it is the silica that enables the rubber to grip, the molecular

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structure strengthens the tyre as well, resulting in less treadwear. Michelin tyres use the most silica in their rubber compounds and that is why Michelin generally last longer than other brands, they do cost a little more but in the long run they are worth it.

Most tyre tests are done with brand new tyres, it is fair to say that a new tyre with 8mm of tread will work better in wet conditions than a tyre which has only 3mm tread remaining. Goodyear tyres

Goodyear OptiGrip is a tyre that reveals a new tread pattern as it wears down. This is called Smartwear technology.The Goodyear OptiGrip tyre reveals new grooves and compound over time,Goodyear Oxted Tyres ensuring high levels of performance throughout its entire life. Even after 20,000 miles it can give a 20% shorter braking distance in the wet than other leading brand named tyres.
If your tyre size is not listed at our tyre-quote.com website.

All tyres are fitted with new valves and balanced using the latest technology.

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