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As you are well aware, there are a number of different warning lights on the dashboard of your vehicle and over time the number has increased as technology has improved.

However, at Prestige Vehicle Repairs we understand that remembering what each of these lights mean is not as simple as it sounds and so here we have provided a few with some definitions for you:

Brake System Warning Light Warning Light

This light should appear when you apply your handbrake. If it appears when the handbrake is off, then it is possible that the fluid level is running low in your car.

If the fluid level isn’t the problem then it is possible that you have a faulty sensor, which can be easily fixed by one of our experienced technicians. If the light shows and the travel of the brake pedal seems longer than normal, it could be a problem with the [...]

On modern day cars, everything is operated by computer, which is great… until it goes wrong!

However, there’s no need to panic because here at Prestige Vehicle Repairs we have the specialist skills and equipment to ensure that this is not an issue.

All vehicles vary in the way they work and some are more complex than others.

The more complex vehicles have more computer operated systems that control a variety of different components in your car, such as:

  • Radio/CD player digital displays
  • Cruise control
  • Air bags
  • Advanced temperature control
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Automatic transmission
  • Alarm system
  • Traction control
  • Gauges

However, most cars have at least one computer and this monitors the engine emissions, working to keep them as low as possible.

This process works by the computer receiving information from a number of various sensors on your vehicle.

The computer then uses this information to make other parts perform better while [...]

Nobody likes discovering that their car is refusing to start, but wouldn’t you like to know how to deal with it if this does occur?

Rest assured, here we have provided a small guide to help you jump start your car safely and correctly.

If you are unsure that it is your battery that has failed, there are a couple of things you can check:

  • If the headlights appear dim then it is most likely your battery is at fault
  • When trying to start the car, if it doesn’t crank or cranks slowly then you more than likely have a dead battery

Jump starting your vehicle can be dangerous if not done properly so if you do believe that the battery is the problem, here are a few hazards you should be aware of before you begin:

  • Damaged Jump Leads – these can easily overheat, which could lead to a fire.
  • Metal [...]

Prestige Vehicle Repairs – Now Offering FREE Brake Checks!

We all know how vital the brakes are on a vehicle so here at Prestige Vehicle Repairs, we are now offering to check the brakes on your car FREE of charge!

As a driver, we all want to feel safe when driving right? Therefore, like every other essential part in your car, the brakes need sufficient maintenance to ensure that your car is as reliable as it should be.

So why not let us provide you with peace of mind knowing that your brakes are safe, reliable and that they are in perfect working condition?

Book in with us today, all you have to do is call 01708 868864 and quote this special offer!

Offer ends 10/06/14

We hope to see you soon.

Prestige Tips On Flat Tyres And Punctures

Flat tyres occur for a number of different reasons but with Prestige Vehicle Repair’s tips, we can help make the situation easier to manage.

Flat tyres and punctures can be caused by potholes, various leaks within the wheels and tyres, speeding over speed bumps and jumping curbs but the most common cause of flat tyres are punctures.

Punctures are usually caused by a sharp object piercing through the wall of the tyre. This then enables the air in the tyre to escape, causing it to deflate.

When you have a puncture it’s not often that you will notice it straight away, in fact, it can remain unnoticed for quite a while.

However, there are some signs to look out for; the most common sign being that you can feel your car pulling to one side whilst driving.

If you do notice a puncture whilst driving, you should indicate [...]

Signs Of A Failed Fuel Injector

At Prestige Vehicle Repairs, we have dealt with many cars with fuel injector problems.

In your car the fuel injector is located in the intake manifold or the cylinder head. Fuel injectors take fuel supplied by the fuel pump and turn this into pressurised fuel. It is then sprayed into the cylinders, creating an air fuel mixture, which enables the engine to burn the fuel easier.

Here we have provided some signs to look out for, which will indicate that you may need to have the fuel injectors removed.

Firstly, a term that is often used:
Your car is ‘misfiring’. This is when your car isn’t running how it should and you can feel that it is lacking power. When an injector gets clogged up it may stop supplying the engine with the fuel at the time it’s needed and this is what can cause the engine to [...]

Preventing a Breakdown

At Prestige Vehicle Repairs we like to help you as much as we can and so here we have provided some information we hope will lower your chances of breaking down on the roadside.

In your car there are a number of components that all work together to get you from A to B. However, when just one of these parts fail, it can cause problems with a number of others so it is best to get them checked out before you get caught out.

There are different belts and a cooling system, which help to ensure your car’s engine works correctly. If these were to fail in your car, you could be left at the roadside.

The cooling system is made up of several components which include a number of different hoses. These hoses are designed to withstand heat, pressure, vibration and the chemicals found within the cooling system. They connect [...]

Now that the weather is getting warmer, it would be the perfect time to pay a visit to Prestige Vehicle Repairs to get your cooling system checked over.

The cooling system plays an essential role in keeping your vehicle running as it should and so it is vital to ensure that it is functioning correctly.

Bring your car to Prestige Vehicle Repairs and we will check that there is a sufficient level of water and anti-freeze in your vehicle and top them up if necessary.

The anti-freeze is a chemical that combines with the water to create a much lower freezing point and much higher boiling point, helping to prevent any overheating or damage to vital car components. It also protects the engine and radiator from corroding or becoming rusty.

Checking the level of anti-freeze is essential for your car. If it is running low you could be running the risk of your vehicle overheating. [...]

At Prestige Vehicle Repairs, a question we are often asked is “what is the difference between the interim service and the full service?” Here we have provided information as to what each service involves and why you should ensure to book your car in for them.

Interim service includes:

  • Oil check and oil filter replacement
  • Fluid level condition check and top up – brake fluid, anti-freeze coolant, windscreen wash and power steering fluid
  • All lights checked, including headlight flasher and hazard warning system
  • Check horn
  • Windscreen wipers checked
  • Check battery and charge if necessary
  • Check condition of exhaust
  • Check heater blower
  • Check all tyres, including spare – tread depth, wear pattern, external condition and inflation pressure
  • Initialising Run Flat Indicator (if applicable)
  • All brakes checked for leaks, damage and correct position, including handbrake travel (adjust if necessary)
  • Steering check for play, leaks, damage and wear (and if fitted, check steering oil reservoir and oil [...]

Book in your vehicle to be checked by a Prestige Vehicle Repairs mechanic as soon as possible if

• you feel or hear knocking or rattling from the steering or suspension
• there is a lot of ‘play’ in the steering wheel (i.e. you can move the steering wheel from side to side without the wheels moving from side to side)
• the steering begins to feel heavy (i.e. it needs a lot of effort to turn the wheel)
• the brakes feel spongy or slack.

Check your brakes, including your parking brake, are working whenever you set out on a journey.

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