Ensure Your Car Is Roadworthy And Safe To Drive

On the occasion of Road Safety Week, we recently conducted a survey of over 800 motorists which revealed that 7 in 10 car owners delay going to a mechanic when car problems arise – which could potentially be dangerous not only for drivers and passengers but may put fellow road users at risk as well.

Combined with a 31.7% MOT failure rate in the UK, it could mean that millions of cars on UK roads have potentially safety-related critical issues. Putting off fixing issues on your vehicle, whether flagged on an MOT or something that comes up when you drive, could lead to further damage over time.

Here’s a few common issues that should be addressed as soon as possible, to help ensure your car is in tip-top condition:

Abnormal squeaks, squeals and vibrations

If you notice any unusual high pitch squeaks or squeals coming from the car while driving it could mean that something has become loose or become faulty. It could mean there is a problem with your brakes, suspension or steering and it’s definitely something you should get checked by a mechanic as soon as possible.

Dashboard warning lights

Dashboard warning lights

This is the most obvious sign a driver can be given that something is wrong with the car while on the road. There are a huge number of different dashboard lights which can appear on modern-day cars, so refer to the vehicles manual book to ensure you’re familiar with what they mean.

As a general rule of thumb, orange/amber warnings need checking urgently, but the red warning may require you to pull over and stop driving immediately. It’s always worth getting warning lights on your dashboard diagnosed at the earliest opportunity.

Brakes and suspension

If you find that the car “pulls” to one side while braking, that could mean damaged brake linings, fluid contamination, failing wheel cylinder, seized brake caliper or even a failed suspension component. It’s important to get an inspection as soon as possible to identify and fix the problem.

If the brake light on your dashboard turns on, always get a professional to check your brakes and recommend next steps. This helpful post gives more details on signs that your brakes need attention.

Tyre Safety

Tyre safety

The easiest way to check tread depth to ensure it meets the minimum legal standards of 1.6mm is by placing a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when it is inserted, then your tread is above the legal limit. If the outer band of the coin is visible, then your tyres may be illegal and unsafe and should be checked immediately by a mechanic.

Over or under-inflated tyres can also pose a risk to vehicle safety. Check your tyre pressures as incorrect pressure will cause damage to the tyre and may even render the tyre dangerous.

Be a Road Safety Hero by ensuring you service your car periodically and get your car checked if you notice something is amiss or isn’t working as it should.

Alternatively, a Vehicle Health Check is a great way to help check if your vehicle is in good condition. Head to our website and a vetted mechanic can carry out a health check at your choice of time and date.

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What Car Repairs Can Mobile Mechanics Do?

Have you been in a situation where you needed to go to a garage to have your car repaired but didn’t have the time? Or maybe you were unable to drive the car at all? Mobile mechanics are extremely convenient since they come straight to you and are trained to fix a variety of car problems mobile.

Although certain car repairs require the vehicle to be on a ramp, most repairs can be done mobile as long as the vehicle is in a safe position and on solid ground.

Here are some popular repairs that can be carried out by mechanics right on your driveway:

Braking

Brakes

Most brake-related repairs can be done mobile including brake pads and discs, brake shoes, brake caliper replacement and brake hydraulic fluid change.

Servicing

Servicing

Mobile mechanics can also perform routine maintenance such as an oil change, an interim service, a full service or even a full-fledged major service.

Electrics

Electrics

Some jobs relating to the electrics of the car can also be done without the need of going into a workshop. Common repairs include battery replacement, alternator replacement and starter motor replacement.

Engine

Engine

Even engine related jobs can be carried out mobile like timing belt replacements or fan belt replacements. Jobs such as head gasket replacements and draining and replacing of the coolant or antifreeze can also be done on your driveway.

Steering & Suspension

Suspension

Some common steering and suspension mobile repairs include coil spring replacement,
power steering pump replacement and the replacing the steering rack.

So the next time you need your car fixed, you could actually have it repaired right outside your door with the help of ClickMechanic’s vast network of highly skilled mobile mechanics. And don’t worry, if the repair cannot be done mobile, we also offer free collection and delivery if the vehicle is driveable.

Simply enter your postcode and vehicle details to get an instant price for the service. A vetted mechanic can carry out the work at a location convenient to you and at a date and time of your choice.

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Top 3 Car Repair Questions That People Ask Our Mechanics

With the many moving parts of a vehicle, come the numerous questions about car parts and repair. Our free consultation service allows customers to ask our team of expert mechanics for help diagnosing what is wrong with their vehicles.

Here are the most common enquiries our in-house mechanic team receives with a brief explanation of the problem:

‘I am losing water from the cooling system”

Coolant

The engine cooling system circulates coolant around the engine to keep the temperature down and circulates coolant through the car’s heating system. Over time leaks can develop in the system, which ought to be fixed as soon as possible.

What next? A major leak can generally be detected easily, however, if there is a gradual leak it will not be easily noticeable. In order to find the leak, the cooling system is topped up and then pressurised to force the coolant out of the failure point so it can be seen by the mechanic.

“I have an oil leak”

Oil leak

Oil leaks are very common on all engines as they get older. Seals become brittle, gaskets fail and parts crack, so it is almost inevitable that there will be a leak at some point over the lifetime of the vehicle.

What next? Locating the source of an oil leak is not always easy. Mechanics will need to clean down as much as possible before looking visually and using diagnostic cameras to see into hard-to-reach places. It is rare to find a problem with the actual head gasket, however, the rocker cover gasket and the sump gasket are the two most likely places to present a defect.

“My engine is over-revving when I accelerate”

Foot on pedal

Both manual and semi-automatic gearboxes have a clutch which together with the flywheel transfers the engine’s power into momentum. When the clutch doesn’t make solid contact with the flywheel, though, the engine speed increases but your speed will not, hence the over-revving effect you get when accelerating!

What next? The clutch will need to be replaced sooner rather than later. A worn clutch can damage the expensive dual mass flywheel (DMF), as fitted to most modern cars.

Do you have a problem with your car but are not sure where to start? Our excellent in-house mechanic trio Nigel, Stew, and Jack can help. Fill out and submit our technical assistance form.

Alternatively, you can also try our FREE diagnostics tool to identify what repairs might be needed for your vehicle.