Monthly Archives: May 2015

Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are simply insulated plugs that are screwed into the engine’s cylinder head to deliver the spark that ignites the mixture of air and fuel in the combustion chamber which in turn helps to start your vehicle. Spark plugs also transfer heat away from the combustion chamber. The spark plug sits at the top of the cylinder head. The piston first travels down the cylinder, drawing in a mixture of fuel and air. The piston then goes back up toward the spark plug, compressing the mixture. At the very last second, when the piston is at its fullest reach or top dead centre (TDC), the spark plug sparks and ignites the mixture. The piston is forced back down to create power for the vehicle, then pushed back up again to clear out the exhaust. At that point, the process starts all over again. A four-cylinder car will have four spark plugs; a six-cylinder car will have six and so on.  A spark plug provides the spark that burns the fuel, its secondary role is to disperse heat. A spark plug’s ability to transfer heat to the cars cooling system is based on the length of the insulator nose and the materials used for the centre electrode and the insulator. Standard spark plugs in modern engines have a copper centre electrode core surrounded by a nickel alloy, which you can see at the tip of the plug. Inside the plug, the centre electrode is encased in porcelain, which helps transfer heat from the engine to the cooling system. Premium spark plugs make use of precious metals, like platinum or iridium, in place of the nickel alloy. These metals have higher melting points and will be more expensive! Here at AE Services in Sutton our service and MOT deal is very competitive and the spark plugs will be changed as part of this package. For more information go to: www.autoexpressservices.com.

AE Services Sutton

Here at AE Services in Sutton we strive to provide the very best service not only to the vehicles that we carry out work on but also the driver of that car, you! It is important that all of our customers are fully informed of exactly what is happening to their vehicle at all times when it is in our garage and that they have peace of mind knowing that no work is carried out unless the customer has been made fully aware of what will need replacing or repairing and how much it will cost. AE Services has a close working relationship with the RAC as we are one of their recommended repair centres here in Sutton. The RAC has teamed up with the UK’s automotive consumer champion Motor Codes to help you find a reputable garage that will treat you fairly. Motor Codes has a nationwide network of trustworthy garages that have committed to The Motor Industry code of Practice for Service and Repair. AE Services in Sutton is one of those garages. We promise to deliver honest and fair services to all of our customers, open and clear pricing, work completed as agreed, invoices that match quoted prices, competent and conscientious staff who will help make your experience here at AE Services a pleasant one. The Motor Codes organisation is backed by government and industry as well as consumer groups including Trading Standards, Consumer Direct and Consumer Focus. When you bring your vehicle to us here at AE Services in Sutton you can be sure that whatever repair work is needed it will be carried out quickly and efficiently and with no hidden extras.

 

Car Battery

All vehicles need a car battery to start its engine. It is also used in giving the power for the ignition, electrical lighting, and other car accessories. The car battery is an important part of the car that is why, during the winter months a battery check-up is necessary. You may encounter car problems and engine stoppage when the battery is in bad shape. Well-maintained batteries can last for years. There are a few options when it comes to car batteries and there is no difference in what they do but the cost will vary depending on the make you buy. The three main brands used are Exide which come with a 3 yr guarantee, Lion again with a 3 yr guarantee and then the Bosch model which comes with a 4 yr guarantee and as it is a make more commonly heard of today it will be slightly higher in price compared to the other makes on the market. Prices will vary depending on the make and model of the vehicle ranging from around £40+vat up to £80+vat. Here at AE Services in Sutton we can supply and fit a new battery if needed, while you wait. A battery test is carried out before and after a new battery is fitted and a printout given to the customer for their records. If you find yourself unable to start your car due to a flat battery you can usually jump start it with the help of a friend, their car and some jump leads! So if you have concerns about any mechanical problems with your vehicle call us here at AE Services in Sutton and we will help get things sorted.