Monthly Archives: April 2015

Starter Motor

Before the invention of the starter motor, engines were started by various methods including wind-up springs and human-powered techniques such as a removable crank handle which engaged the front of the crankshaft or pulling a cord that was wound around an open-face pulley. Originally, a  hand crank was used to start engines, but it was inconvenient, difficult, and dangerous to crank-start an engine. Thank god for the continuous improvements in technology and the invention of the starter motor along with many other parts that have been manufactured to make getting about a lot easier. The electric starter motor or starting motor is the most common type used on petrol engines and diesel engines. The modern starter motor is either a permanent-magnet or a series-parallel wound direct current electric motor with a starter solenoid (similar to a relay) mounted on it. When current from the starting battery is applied to the solenoid, usually through a key-operated switch, it sends an electrical charge to the starter solenoid, the solenoid engages a lever that pushes out the drive pinion on the starter drive shaft and meshes the pinion with the starter ring gear on the flywheel of the engine. This is one of the most common parts of a vehicle that will need replacing at some point or other and averages at around £200, depending on the make and model of vehicle, to repair (A Class Mercedes cost around £400 due to the location of the starter motor). If you are experiencing starting issues with your car then call us here at AE Services in Sutton to book an appointment for a full diagnostic report and estimate for repair work needed to get your car starting every time!

Engine Oil Part 2

An engine flush can clear out those deposits to open narrow oil passages clogged by gunk that’s been floating around in the oil. Releasing those deposits and allowing the oil to flow freely saves wear and tear on the engine and keeps parts moving as they should. While most cars that are driven and maintained regularly don’t need an engine flush, there are a few cases where doing an engine flush may help. If you just bought an older used car for a great price but it didn’t come with any maintenance records; an engine flush followed by an oil service might save you a headache later. If your car had any engine work done, an engine flush could wash away leftover particulates before adding new oil. Cars with a long interval between oil changes or you know the service record of this car, and you know the owner rarely changed the oil if ever, then there’s almost certainly going to be a build-up in the engine, since dirty oil only gets dirtier. An engine flush could give the car a longer life. That’s why these services are often performed together: First the flush to get rid of old oil deposits, then the new oil to keep the engine in tip-top shape. Without the engine flush, the new oil will just pick up the old deposits and sludge and keep them circulating through the engine. Soon enough, the new oil is just as dirty as the old oil. An engine flush can help you go longer between oil changes, especially if the maintenance on the car hasn’t been perfect. Most oil filters remove most dirt particles but some will always get through the system. And even tiny little bits like that can cause wear over time. They can also band together to create sludge and deposits. If these particles become excessive, clean oil alone can’t flush them out, but the chemicals used in an engine flush can, stopping any further wear and giving the new oil a chance to do its job properly. So if in any doubt, book your vehicle in now at AE Services in Sutton.

For further details go to www.autoexpressservices.com

Engine Oil Part 1

Oil is an essential lubricant in your engine. There is a number of moving metal components in the engine of a car and the engine oil lets metal press against metal without damage. Without oil, the metal-on-metal friction creates so much heat that eventually the surfaces weld themselves together and the engine seizes. Regular engine oil changes are needed to maintain a clean engine, if you do not maintain your vehicle dirt will accumulate in the oil. The filter will remove the dirt for a while, but eventually the filter will clog and the dirty oil will automatically bypass the filter through a relief valve. Dirty oil is thick and abrasive, so it causes more wear. Additives in the oil like detergents, dispersants, rust-fighters and friction reducers will wear out, so the oil won’t lubricate as well as it should. Over time as the oil gets dirtier and dirtier, it will stop lubricating and the engine will quickly wear and fail. All vehicles have a recommended service and maintenance schedule which should be followed if you wish to keep the vehicle in a roadworthy condition. The same oil will run through the engine for many thousands of miles, before it caused catastrophic failure. Here at AE Services in Sutton we also recommend an engine flush, which is exactly what it sounds like. It flushes the rubbish out of your engine. Chemicals are poured into the engine, which is then gently idled for a few minutes to make sure the cleaning agent reaches everyplace oil would normally go. Then the chemicals are drained, just like the oil would be for an oil change. As a matter of fact, an engine flush is often performed after the old oil is taken out and before the new, clean oil is poured in. Sometimes, the way we drive keeps engine oil from being able to do the job it was made to do. Short trips of only a few miles and lots of stop-and-go driving can cause particles in the oil to become deposits in the engine, which can build up over time. These deposits restrict the flow of oil. Tune in tomorrow for part 2 on Engine Oil.

Commercial Vehicle Servicing & Maintenance

Here at AE Services in Sutton we don’t just carry out work on the smaller vehicles such as  Renault Clio, Vauxhall Astra, Nissan Primera etc, we also carry out service and maintenance work on all vans, e.g Renault Master, Vauxhall Vivaro, Nissan Primastar, Ford Transit and all other makes of commercial vehicle. All of our engineers are experienced in carrying out all types of repair work including brake disc and or brake pad replacement, fitting a new clutch, timing belt or if needed timing chain replacement. No job is too big for us here at AE Services in Sutton and more often than not repair work can be completed for same day collection as we know that your van is your work and the quicker any repair work needed is completed, the quicker you can get back to earning! We can source whole engines if a replacement is needed and at a competitive price with main dealer! Our Package MOT & Service deal is on going and full details of all of our offers can be found at www.autoexpressservice.co.uk 

Don’t Ask the Family! Ask Us!

Running a car, any car, is not cheap. These days cars are fairly complex too, so the days of ‘do it yourself’ car repairs have perhaps lost the appeal they once had. There are still some car enthusiasts who will have a go at pretty much any job but most of us shy away at the prospect. Nevertheless, if you have some mechanical know how it can save you money so maybe it is worth a shot, or you could ask the family, but is this a good idea? Many of us will have a family member or friend who thinks that they know a thing or two about cars. The danger is, no matter how good their intentions are their ‘help’ could end up costing you more. Motorists  pay out an estimated three hundred million pounds a year after being forced to enlist the services of a professional to put things right. The maintenance blunders, made by well-meaning amateurs, range from simple mistakes involving car batteries, to more serious errors such as using the wrong oil or messing with the electrics or engine parts. Even if all goes well there’s another problem. Many of us will feel obliged to return the favour or at least feel indebted to the person who helped them. This means that we have to return that kindness. Who knows where that could lead? When it comes to car maintenance, it is best to get it right. If you cannot do it yourself or feel that the job is beyond you then leave it to the professionals. It will cost more but what price do you put on peace of mind and the knowledge that your vehicle is safe for you and other drivers around you. Here at AE Services in Sutton we pride ourselves in offering honest, affordable servicing and repairs on all makes and models of vehicle. Go to www.autoexpressservices.co.uk for more details.

What is a Pollen Filter?

Pollen filters and cabin filters are practically the same thing; however they do have a different function. When people refer to pollen filters they normally mean a filter that cleans air coming into the car. A cabin filter is the filter that treats the incoming air and the recirculated air. Cars will generally have a pollen filter or a cabin filter, rather than both. Originally fitted to protect the air conditioning systems from dust accumulation and the resulting smells and loss of efficiency that the dust can cause, the benefits that pollen filters gave to car occupants was soon realised. Pollen filters were then fitted to cars and vans with and without air conditioning. Pollen filters are quite straightforward, many originals ones used heat bonded non-woven synthetic fibres and were cased in moulded plastic frames. The media was usually pleated in order to maximise the area of media available to the airflow, which prolongs pollen filter performance and its life. Most modern pollen filters have dispensed with the plastic frame and use instead a ‘melt blown’ synthetic card frame, and melt blown synthetic media. These types of filters rely much more on the filter housing when installed, for their structural integrity, compared to the old plastic framed variants, which were very strong in their own right. Some of the prestigious brand new cars have pollen filters with activated carbon, enabling them to capture smells, nuisance and toxic gases, as well as the particles. Most car manufacturers recommend changing pollen filters at each service interval or every second interval if it is a particularly short distance between services. We at AE Services recommend that the pollen filter gets changed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommended guide lines. For further details go to www.autoexpressservices.com

Do You Need a Clutch Replacement?

Replacing a clutch can be a daunting experience for some people and quite a costly part to replace. It is, unfortunately, like most parts of your car, a wear and tear item. All cars will need a clutch replacement at some point and maintaining your car is a must as a car gets older to keep it on the road for as long as possible. No car clutch will last forever and it is a vital mechanical component which is necessary for the car to stop, accelerate and decelerate so without it you would not be able to drive. A few common signs of clutch failure are; not being able to get the car into gear, the clutch pedal drops to the floor, the biting point is very high on the pedal and possible noises coming from the clutch which disappear when you press the clutch pedal. Most clutches come as a three piece kit, clutch baring, clutch plate and clutch slave cylinder. In some cases if a clutch kit comes in two pieces then there is an external clutch slave cylinder which can solve the issue of loss of clutch pedal use. If you are experiencing any issues with your clutch then it is advisable to bring your car in to us at AE Services in Sutton where one of our fully trained engineers will check to see if the clutch needs replacing. We will diagnose the issue and give you the best price available for the replacement of parts needed to get you back on the road.

Vehicle Wheel Alignment or Tracking.

Does your steering pull to the left or right when driving? Do the tyres have uneven wear? This could mean that the wheels need realigning also known as ‘tracking’. This is a simple process, which may require slight adjustment of front and/or rear suspension components. It is recommended that you have your wheels realigned if, your vehicle has hit something  – kerb, pothole etc you notice that your tyres are wearing abnormally or unevenly, when you replace suspension or steering components, if you experience steering or handling problems, if your vehicle pulls or drifts to one side, your steering wheel does not return to centre easily after a turn and when your steering wheel remains at an angle when driving in a straight line, Why is wheel alignment important? Wheel alignment can affect the amount of wear and tear that tyres endure. The normal alignment on most vehicles is designed to minimise wear and tear and maximise driver and passenger comfort. Correct four wheel alignment will reduce wear on your tyres, help increase their life and performance, and improve fuel economy.  It will also improve handling and driving safety by reducing steering and stability problems. How are wheels aligned? Correcting wheel alignment involves adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they turn smoothly and in a straight line.

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Why Is It Important To Service My Vehicle Regularly?

All vehicles come with a recommended service and maintenance schedule which should be carried out yearly or every 6 months depending on vehicle usage. We know that it is easily overlooked but it is vital that you keep this service record up to date to maintain the continued running of your vehicle and to prevent damage being caused by lack of maintenance. When inquiring about a service at any garage you should always make sure you know exactly what items are being replaced for the price you are given. Most garages do not include all of the items that we here at AE Services include. During a service at AE Services the following items will be replaced: engine oil, oil filter, fuel filter, air filter, pollen filter, sump washer, if your vehicle runs on petrol then spark plugs will also be replaced. The vehicle will get a full body and engine inspection this includes a brake inspection which is a very important safety issue. Top ups on the screen wash, anti-freeze, gearbox oil (additional charge), power steering fluid (additional charge) and greasing of door hinges, locks and bonnet catches are also done during the service. Another important inspection carried out during the service is on the tyres to make sure the condition, tread and tyre pressure is correct. Here at AE Services we strive to offer the very best service not only on your vehicle but to you as a customer, so call us at AE Services in Sutton to book your vehicle in now!