Longmynd Service Station Blog

  • top 10 reasons for car breakdowns

    Although car breakdowns are generally more common during the cold winter months, they may occur at any time of the year for a number of reasons. Generally speaking, a breakdown can be expected at some point during the natural life cycle of any vehicle.

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  • top causes of mot failure

    Back in 1960, MOT tests were introduced, now every car has to pass its MOT before it is deemed ‘road legal’, making the test crucial to anybody who owns a car and plans on taking it on the road. The test can help to avoid potential car crashes and help to strengthen the safety of all road users...

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  • does your timing belt need replacing

    The timing belt, also known as the cambelt, is one of the most important components of the car, controlling the timing of the vehicle’s engine – it controls the internal combustion by ensuring that the camshaft (which controls the valves) rotates in synchronisation with the crankshaft (which...

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  • how often should you service your car?

    As a general rule of thumb, a car should be serviced once every 12 months or every 12,000 miles – whichever comes first. Older vehicles or cars doing high mileage should have more frequent services, approximately every 6000 miles. How Will I Know When to Service My Car? Newer vehicles will...

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  • is your car ready for winter?

    Winter is a challenging time of year for everybody and cars are no exception, breakdowns increase considerably during the cold months as freezing temperatures wreak havoc with car engines. It is also the most dangerous time of the year to drive in, ice, fog, heavy rain/sleet and snow can all...

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  • squeaky car brakes blog

    One of the most common complaints involving car brakes are unusual noises – namely a squeaking noise. Brakes are arguably the most important safety feature in any moving vehicle. Nobody is comfortable driving a car with faulty brakes, it is therefore important to keep braking systems in optimum...

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  • how poor wheel alignment can affect your car

    Wheel alignment, or tracking as it is also referred to, dictates the angle in which your wheels come into contact with the road. It involves checking both the angle and the direction of the wheel, to ensure they are set to their correct position as outlined in the vehicle’s manufacturer...

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  • general car maintenance tips

    Many of us lead busy lives and with so many things to do on a daily basis, general car maintenance often sinks to the bottom of the to do list. Its importance is underestimated – looking after your vehicle will help you save money in the long run.

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  • uneven tyre wear

    Abnormal or uneven tyre wear is usually the result of a number of issues which may compromise the handling of your vehicle, as well as the life and performance of the tyres, and ultimately safety. The tyres are the only part of the car to come into contact with the road when driving and play a...

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  • car servicing

    The regular servicing of your car is essential for many reasons – primarily to maintain the car’s longevity, safety and value for as long as possible.

    Many minor issues which are not immediately visible, develop slowly over time, therefore going unnoticed until it is too late and costly...

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