How often do I need to have my car serviced?

Modern cars will usually have a service light on the display panel, which will come on when a service is due. This will use pre-determined factors programmed into an onboard computer, which includes the mileage and number of times the ignition key is turned. If your car doesn’t have a service light, you should follow the manufacturer’s recommendation which can be found in the handbook. This will usually advise a service at approximately 9000 miles, or each year, whichever comes sooner. Even if you have a low mileage car, a regular service is essential to ensure safety and maintain the car’s performance and reliability.

Why does my cambelt have to be changed?

The cambelt, or timing belt, is made of rubber and is wrapped around several engine components in your car. These components include the camshaft, crank shaft and water pump. The cambelt controls the timing of the engine valves and pistons, making sure they don’t collide with each other. If the cambelt is allowed to fray, snap or simply work its way off the rollers, the pistons can collide with the valves, resulting in an expensive repair bill. It is crucial that you take heed of manufacturer’s recommendations, and have the cambelt changed when necessary, usually around 50,000 miles. This is especially important for diesel engines. Give us a call to check whether the cambelt on your car needs changing, and we will give you a free no obligation quote.