Why is it important to have your car’s air conditioning system serviced regularly?

Many new cars are now equipped with air conditioning. Most people rely heavily on this feature every day during the hot summer months, though of late you may not have needed it as much as you would’ve liked. Generally air conditioning units are reliable and are subject to few problems. However, that doesn’t mean that there will never be problems, or that there won’t come a time when your automobile’s air condition system requires some sort of service. It’s no different in that respect to the car engine: it will need to be serviced periodically in just the same way. Continue reading

Car Servicing: making sure your vehicle is safe for those summer holiday trips

It’s the time of year many of us dread. Yes, that’s right, it’s summer holiday time and the kids have been let off the leash for the next 6 weeks. Most of us will have turned our attentions to holidays as we prepare for our two weeks in the sun. Unfortunately, the economy’s not doing too well at the moment and we’re all having to cut back. Sadly the same can’t be said for travel companies: they’ve continued to do what they always do and increased the prices for the holiday periods. So, many of us are choosing to stay at home this year. That’s good news for our home seaside resorts and hotels, but it’s still going to cost us in the short term. Holidays at home mean just one thing: no, not rain, though that’s probably a given anyway, but more motoring, and that means more wear and tear on your vehicle. This may not be the news you want to hear, but isn’t it time you got your car serviced? Don’t you want the piece of mind of knowing that when you set off for the coast, your vehicle will be prepared and up to the job? Continue reading

Why is it necessary to change engine oil and oil filters?

People rarely pay too much attention to engine oil. Unfortunately it tends to be either ignored or forgotten unless it drips on to your driveway or smokes heavily from your car exhaust. However, this is a mistake and could actually prove to be a costly one. All engine oil and oil filters should be replaced regularly for the benefit of your vehicles’ engine life. Manufacturers recommend oil changes at an interval somewhere between 3,000 and 10,000 miles. The fact of the matter is there is no hard or fast rule about when your engine oil or your filter should be replaced: it depends upon a number of factors like engine age and mileage, but the one thing for certain is that it needs to be done. Continue reading

What’s the difference between wheel balancing and wheel alignment?

Most people, if we’re being honest, don’t really know the difference between wheel balancing and wheel alignment. In fact, the majority of customers believe they are actually the same thing. The fact of the matter is they are two completely separate things, and mixing them up could result in expensive and unnecessary repair costs. Fortunately Bakestone Motors are here to help you. Hopefully this short blog will explain some of the basic differences. But don’t worry, if you’d rather let the experts deal with matters, then bring your car to us and our time-served mechanics will check out your vehicle and rectify any balance or alignment problems for you with a minimum of fuss. Continue reading

MOTs – exhaust emissions testing requirements

Every domestic vehicle over 3 year’s old, is required by law to pass an MOT that has been carried out at a Government-certified testing station. The purpose of this test is not to ensure that your vehicle meets the minimum standards that the law dictates on the day of the test, but also to ensure the safety of other road users and the environment. An essential part of the MOT test is now vehicle exhaust gas emissions testing. This is carried out to ensure that the exhaust gases emitted by any vehicle are within the permitted levels stipulated by both national and European laws. Continue reading

Look after your tyres, and your tyres will look after you

It might sound obvious to say this, but car tyre maintenance is essential for the smooth and efficient running of your vehicle. What’s more, your own safety and well-being might actually depend on it. Car tyres are a fundamental part of any vehicle, but they’re also one of the most vulnerable. For some unfathomable reason even the most attentive drivers neglect to give their car tyres the attention they truly deserve. Continue reading

Why is it important to have your car serviced regularly?

Are you thinking of putting off your next car service? Well, in today’s financial climate you’d probably be forgiven. When money’s tight and petrol prices are as high as they are, it pays to look after the pennies:  the pounds can then look after themselves. Let’s be honest about this, you wouldn’t be alone: we’re all looking to save money and tighten our belts at the moment. Yet, the truth of the matter is, postponing that interim or full car service might be more costly than you think. Minor faults that would’ve been picked up during a regular service have a nasty habit of turning into major, costly problems down the line. It’s much better to bite the bullet and have your car serviced regularly. We all know deep down that it makes sense. Continue reading

Why is there a legal requirement to have an MOT?

That’s the question most people ask. It’s not surprising really, and I suspect most drivers might see it as another stealth tax on the much-maligned motorist, on top of insurance, road tax and petrol. However, MOTs do serve a purpose, and it’s actually quite a laudable one: they’re there to ensure that every car on the road over 3 years old conforms to certain minimum standards. It’s for your protection as well as every one else’s, so we can all take some comfort from that. Owners of older vehicles should also remember that if you don’t hold a valid MOT, you won’t be able to tax or insure your car, and you could be liable for a fine of up to £1000. Continue reading