End of the Road!

Unfortunately in some cases when a vehicle fails its MOT and the cost of repairing it out ways the value of the car the only option is to scrap it! Excess corrosion that cannot be repaired, too many parts need replacing,  this can be the case with vehicles that are 10 years old or more and for most of us it is just not worth spending hundreds of pounds especially if there is going to be more problems later on! One of the reasons we stress on the importance of regular servicing and maintenance is so that we can in some cases stop a problem from getting too serious so as to prevent it from becoming either too costly or beyond repair. It is vital that you stick to the manufactures guidelines when it comes to the maintenance of any vehicle as these are there to follow and not just look at! You put fuel into your car so you can get around, without it your car isn’t going anywhere, it’s the same for all parts in the car, engine oil, needed for the lubrication of the engine. The engine contains multiple moving components made from metal which require lubricating to maintain smooth motion. Suspension, with the current road surfaces as bad as they are damage is caused to the various suspension parts and these do need replacing possibly more than once during the lifetime of the vehicle. If the vehicle is neglected then it is not going to preform properly and damage to one part can lead to damage to others. If you find yourself with no other alternative than to scrap your vehicle as sad as it might be it is not a difficult thing to do, there are various companies online that will come and take your car for you and usually you will get scrap value for it.

Reconditioned Engine

Are you are experiencing trouble with your vehicle’s engine? Have you been told the only solution available is to have your engine replaced with a new engine? To most people this sounds like the worst possible news you could receive. You may not be able to afford to replace the car engine with a brand new one, so what options are available to you? Have you heard the term ‘reconditioned engine’? This is the cheapest option if you need a ‘new’ engine. Here at AE Services in Sutton we can source a re-con engine for a fraction of the price of a new engine and the re-con engine also comes with a 1 year warranty (subject to warranty terms and conditions). Some reconditioned engines can easily outlast some of the newer models out there. Maybe you can attribute it to the whole “they do not make as they used to” argument, but the proof is out there. For people on a budget, this method is the best option. Why pay full price for a car engine if you can get the same performance from a second hand engine? Just because it is a used engine does not make it worthless, in some cases the engine supplied can have lower mileage than your current engine. The engine will be of the same quality as if new, the parts used will be in full working order taken from other engines and tested fully. That’s why it is called a reconditioned engine. The benefits of buying a reconditioned engine greatly outweigh the negative. Why spend a couple hundred extra pounds for a new engine if the cheaper second hand engine will offer the solution you need. Here at AE Services in Sutton we will give our customers the option to have a reconditioned engine if needed which will make the whole process of an engine replacement a little less daunting and a little easier on the pocket.

When Do I Need To Replace My Brakes?

As we are all quite aware that one of the most  important safety feature of any vehicle is the braking system. The braking system can vary from car to car, brake disks and brake pads and brake drums and shoes. Most new vehicles will have a brake indicator light (which is a wear wire attached to the brake pads) on the dash to warn you that the brakes are getting low. Vehicles without this feature will need to rely on their repair centre for this. Brakes on all vehicles regardless of the set up basically do the same thing, push down on the brake pedal and the car slows to a stop. On a brake disk and break pad system if the brake pad is severely worn down, it can leave deep, circular-shaped marks and grooves in the brake disk. Those marks, called scores, they look a lot like the grooves on a record. If the scoring on the disk is particularly deep, from lack of regular maintenance, the disc itself may need to be replaced. The drum brake has two brake shoes and a piston, an adjuster mechanism, an emergency brake mechanism and springs. When you hit the brake pedal, the piston pushes the brake shoes against the drum, causing the car to slow down to a stop. Other components that can cause braking issues to a car are the  brake lines, these can crack and holes can start to appear through corrosion. If there is a fault, or leak in any of the brake lines, you could experience a loss in pressure and your brakes won’t work properly, they may even completely fail. You shouldn’t see a drop of brake fluid anywhere near the wheel, if you do find a leak it is advisable to get the vehicle inspected as soon as possible, either way, a repair or replacement will be needed as even a small leak in a hydraulic brake system can be very dangerous. Above all else, remember this, it’s dangerous to wait too long to change your brake pads. As the brakes are applied repeatedly over thousands of miles, the brake pads gradually wear down, reducing their ability to stop the car. Here at AE Services in Sutton safety is our top priority so if you are experiencing any braking issues give us a call to book your car in now!


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.

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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.