Toyota Prius Repairs

Posted on

We can now carry out repairs on Toyota Prius Hybrid cars

Call 01932 341073 for more details!

Auto Basics AC Systems Check!

Posted on

Get to know the common AC system symptoms & problems

Nobody wants to think about fixing a broken automobile air conditioning system when the weather is cold, but maybe you should. As we move into the summer, however, suddenly having a car air conditioning system that works – and works WELL – becomes a top priority. 

Having an AC system that “kind of” works may be sufficient for you, but faulty AC can cause bigger damage to your car down the road if left unattended. An AC running on low or dirty coolant, or on faulty electrical wiring, can end up ruining the entire air conditioning compressor. Car AC systems are connected to the rest of the vehicle’s electrical system. An electrical surge or an AC malfunction can cause problems with the rest of the car such as poor idling, fuel inefficiencies or drained batteries.

Generally, auto air conditioning systems are fast, easy and inexpensive to fix. Most problems are coolant-related, and may often be as simple as getting a coolant flush or refill or repairing a leak.

With that said, unless you’re a qualified mechanic,  a car’s AC system is not something you want to fix on your own at home. Most do-it-yourself instructions for fixing broken AC’s contain scary phrases, like “it is illegal to release freon gas into the atmosphere” and “be sure to wear proper hand and eye protection”; it’s best to leave this up to the professionals.

Here are a few of the problems most commonly found in auto air conditioning systems:

1) Coolant and/or Refrigerant Leaks

2) Noisy AC Compressor

3) Fluctuating Temperatures

4) Faulty Car Electrical System

5) Bacteria Buildup

So how can you tell if any of these are a problem for your car’s air conditioning unit? Here’s a basic checklist of symptoms which indicate something is wrong with your AC:


– If you do not get cold air when you turn on your AC system

dog 1-min

 

– If the fan or blower doesn’t work
– If there is noise from the fan, blower or AC when turned on
– If one of the dashboard controls malfunctions
– If the air conditioning smells funky
– If the air filter or dryer have never been replaced, or if the AC has never been serviced before

If one of these symptoms applies to your car’s air conditioning system, it’s probably time to have it inspected by a mechanic. Caught early, most auto air conditioning problems are fairly easy and inexpensive to fix.

FREE A/C system check – T&C’s

Posted on

Stay Cool All Summer Long. Book a full-service and get your A/C system checked for FREE!

Terms and Conditions

  1. This offer is available to vehicle bookings for full service before 30th May 2017
  2. The A/C check does not include any system repairs or parts.
  3. Bookings can be made online at www.wcareymotorengineers.co.uk or telephone 01932 341073
  4. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion and cannot be redeemed for cash.
  5. This offer is non-transferable
  6. Wcarey reserves the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time without prior notification.

How to avoid your vehicle failing its MOT

Posted on

Before you book your MOT check-out  Wcarey-MOT-Infographic (1) – it might save you a few pounds. In this infographic we share government statistics that show the most common MOT fails by vehicle class. Whether you are close to our garage in West Byfleet or slightly further afield get your car service or MOT at W Carey Motor Engineers. We’ve been providing quality garage services in West Byfleet for years and often the simplest measures can go a long way towards helping you avoid your vehicle failing its MOT.

And when you are ready to get your vehicle MOT tested or serviced, get in touch. W Carey Motor Engineers offer a free collect and deliver service designed for clients who are simply too busy juggling work and general day to day commitments to get to a good garage that offers the service they can trust. At W Carey we have thought of everything, we not only collect and deliver your car for free, we also provide you with clear transparent quotes to avoid nasty surprises. These are just some of the reasons why this local garage service in West Byfleet has clients returning every year, with a team that are frequently trained on servicing all types of vehicles including high end luxury cars such as Porsches, Mercedes, BMWs and more – you can be confident that you have access to a team of fully qualified mechanics trained to the same standards as major dealerships. Book an appointment today!

Service Sign MOT test tips

MOT Test ‘money saving tips’

Posted on

According to government data*, 40% of vehicles fail their initial MOT test, which leads to unnecessary expenses. And while an MOT certificate confirms that the vehicle is roadworthy at the time of testing, it does not, guarantee roadworthiness over the 12 months. To remain safe and continue to enjoy your vehicle, your best bet is to service your vehicle regularly.

To help clients remain roadworthy without breaking the budget, Richie, W Carey Motor Engineer’s chief mechanic has compiled a simple checklist:

  1. Headlights & Indicators – check and replace broken bulbs
  2. Brake lights – do they come on when you press the brake pedal? If not, get them checked.
  3. Tyres – all should have a minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm (use a 20p coin to check) Also test the pressure, and look for splits, bulges or cuts
  4. Handbrake – check the tension
  5. Seats – does the driver’s seat adjust forwards and backwards? If not, get it checked.
  6. Seat belts – check full length of driver’s seat belt for damage. All seat belts should latch and fasten securely, and lock when you give them a sharp tug.
  7. Windscreen – check for damage, particularly in the driver’s central view
  8. Windscreen wipers – check for tears or holes in the wiper rubber
  9. Suspension check– apply your weight to each corner of the car, if it bounces more than twice the shock absorbers could be faulty get it checked.
  10. Horn: blast horn. If it isn’t loud enough to attract pedestrians or fellow motorists it needs to be repaired.
  11. Exhaust: check for leaks by starting the engine in a ventilated space at normal temperature, then listen from the rear of the car for any unusual noises and look out for abnormal smoke.
  12. Fuel and engine oil: make sure your car is filled with enough fuel and engine oil

W Carey Motor Engineers makes it even easier for Woking’s vehicle owners to get an MOT test. Book your MOT test online today and schedule your vehicle at a time that’s convenient for you. We love all types of vehicles, but we are particularly passionate about BMW’s, Mercedes, Porsches and other high-end vehicles. Whether you want your car serviced or an MOT test, we offer dealer-level services at an affordable rate.

*2014-15 MOT test data for Great Britain

FREE wiper blades replacement!

Posted on

Wiper blades replacement for clearer visibility, safer trips.

Regular service maintenance is essential for driver safety particularly during the darker winter months. To help raise awareness of the importance of regular servicing we are offering free wiper blades replacement for all customers when they book a full service between now and Christmas.

“As well as reminding our customers of the importance of getting their car serviced regularly, we also wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you for choosing W. Carey Motor Engineers” said Richie Chief Mechanic

Free wiper blades

Wiper Blades Replacement Offer – Limited Slots Available

Wiper blades work hard throughout the year and we recommend they are replaced at least every year. Our offer is valid from today until 20th December 2016 and is not valid in conjunction with other offers. Limited stock available to avoid disappointment book your service today.

Maintenance Checklist

Winter Car Maintenance Checklist

Posted on

With winter coming faster than Santa falling through the chimney, W. Carey wants their customers to be safe when driving on the wintery roads. We recommend that drivers adhere to a basic car maintenance checklist before taking their vehicle out onto the road, especially if you are driving home for Christmas.

These essential checks must be done routinely to ensure that the car does not suffer any breakdowns or potentially lead to any accidents. The Owner’s Manual offers drivers specific guidelines on these checks and will inform you when the car service is due. Alternatively, you can always book your car for a service at the garage for an interim servicing.

Basic Maintenance Checklist

1. Fluids

Checking your fluids (including fuel) before you start a long journey is vital, as you don’t want to leave it until the last minute when you need to top them up at the last moment. Make sure the screenwash system is fully functional – this is the law! It must be kept topped up regularly with good screenwash, preferably one that prevents freezing and clear away greasy grime. Before winter arrives, the antifreeze should be checked and topped up (See Water for more information).

2. Lights

Checking the condition of all the exterior lights on the vehicle is a law requirement for any vehicle in order to prevent accidents. By giving them a good clean and making sure that all the bulbs are working and to guarantee there are no cracks in the light casings.

3. Oil

This should be checked every two weeks by using the dipstick. This is a simple check, which is highlighted in the cars Owner’s Manual. This should be done before long journeys so as to ensure you don’t have any problems or suffer any breakdowns on the motorway!

4. Water

This should fundamentally be checked every week. This should be done when the car is off and the engine is cold. Check the coolant level is between the MIN and MAX marks, as lack of coolant can cause the engine to overheat and can cause serious damage.

5. Electrics

These can be a bit difficult to check yourself, so you can always take your car to your local garage to check the battery level. This is one of the most common causes of breakdowns on the roads, at any time of the year.

6. Tyres

An essential check to be done every two weeks, the pressures in your tyres should be checked. Low pressure can result in an increase in tyre wear and reduced control of the car when driving. It is also important to check for any cuts or wear and to check the tread is within the legal limit.

Black Friday MOT Deal

Brake-in’ Black Friday MOT Deal!

Posted on

Get 15% off your MOT with our Black Friday Deal!

Here’s the Deal

Save a little extra cash for Xmas! Starting today, we’re offering you a 15% discount on your MOT. It’s the perfect opportunity to get your MOT test out of the way while you’re running your other errands.

W. Carey Motor Engineers has been providing car servicing and MOT testing for the residents of West Byfleet, and surrounding areas, for years. We’re always looking for new ways to make life easier for our customers, which is why we’ve recently introduced our MOT online booking system to save you valuable time.

Limited Time Offer – be quick and book today! Appointments are limited and this offer is only valid over the Black Friday weekend!

BMW 7 Series

BMW 7 Series – Innovative & Affluent

Posted on

BMW is celebrated for their style and superior engineering. With their latest 7 series, fans were not disappointed this year. Once again, BMW proved that they are the definitive masters of technology-led motor vehicle innovation. For garages that specialise in servicing BMWs, keeping up with the changes is a pleasure, not a chore. In this article, we look at what makes the BMW 7 Series so special.

Innovative Interior Technology 

BMW has innovated their engines to be more fuel efficient and they’ve improved the interior and exterior design. They are gaining praises for their technological achievements whilst maintaining the traditional comfort and values we all know and love. The new gesture control features are especially exciting–they allow the driver to control functions such as increasing the stereo volume and answering the phone with just hand gestures–super cool!!

Affluent Airline Experience

The most popular choice for the new 7 series range is the BMW 730d M Sport due to its mix of strong performance and refinement, as well as providing the traditional BMW hallmarks of  good fuel economy, handling and efficiency.  The 2016 model has been praised for it’s fantastic interior, design and technology. The new model for 2017 continues the luxury theme, taking inspiration from the aviation industry, delivering an airline-style travel experience while staying on the ground.

Engineering Excellence

Staying at the forefront of technology and design means that cars like the BMW 730d M Sport need special attention. This is why garages like W. Carey Motor Engineers put training at the top of their priorities list. Whether your BMW is new, or a few years old, you want the most knowledgeable people working on your vehicle. Using an independent garage with mechanics who are regularly trained in the nuances of technological innovation is just as good as taking your car to an approved dealership. Don’t just take our word for it–check out our mechanics’ qualifications.

BMW Car Servicing Know-how! The Top 3 Turbo Killers

Posted on

 

With more and more cars fitted with turbo engines, understanding why they fail could help uncover other issues and avoid the inconvenience of not having your car when you need it.

WCarey mechanical engineers have been servicing BMW’s, Mercedes and all other types of cars in West Byfleet and surrounding areas for decades. During this time, they’ve noted that few turbo engine failures whether they are in a BMW or other vehicle are due to manufacturer faults. This is backed up by research that shows that 95% of failures are due to other causes.

So before you think about replacing your turbo engine, get familiar with the key causes of turbo failure and it could save you pounds.

Car servicing turbo charge

The Top 3 Turbo Killers

Oil Starvation – to keep your turbo in good condition, you need a constant flow of oil, particularly when the vehicle is driven at high speed. Limited flow of oil can lead to blocked or split pipes.

Oil Contamination – dirty oil or an oil filter that has not been changed can contaminate your engine and can cause abrasive damage to the inside of your turbocharger, reducing its efficiency and causing irreparable damage over time.

Foreign Object Damage – debris and other foreign particles entering your compressor inlet, or the turbine inlet, can also cause damage.

Your driving style– aggressive driving and accelerating hard, for example–may also be a contributing factor. But we’re not kill joys. We love cars and we know you do too. Just ease off every now and again.

How to Spot Turbo Engine Issues

  • Engine warning lights – they’re not just for turbo failure, but can alert you to other issues as well
  • Boost Gauge – if it’s not going up as much as it used to, check it; it might need repair
  • Power loss – if your vehicle is accelerating slower than usual
  • Smoking Exhaust – caused by oil leaking into your exhaust system
  • Whining noise – often a signal of a failing turbocharger

There are a number of actions you can take to help reduce the risk of Turbo Engine failure including changing the oil and oil filter in your vehicle regularly and checking for loose connections or debris. But for a more thorough review, we recommend you get your air filter serviced regularly and get your car serviced annually.