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Servicing

Servicing

Family Cars NI offer a full range of services:

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MOT

MOT Check - £24.00

The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:

  • the third anniversary of its registration
  • the anniversary of its last MOT, if it's over 3 years old 

*Please note, you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

Thanks to our experienced staff & cutting edge workshop equipment you can be assured your car is in great hands during the inspection.

We offer a service that Class 4 (Cars) and Class 7 (vans) can now be checked at our garage. These come at a price of £24.00.

For more information regarding the MOT test scheme visit nidirect.gov.uk

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Servicing

Many of us use our cars daily but can be guilty of stretching our service intervals. However having it serviced could be the difference between a minor repair job and a serious and expensive fault down the road.

It's recommended that you have a professional service every 5,000 kilometers or every 3,000 miles, which may consist of a simple oil change or could involve a full service check of the vehicle including safety checks.

The most vital part of a car service is to have your oil changed. If you don't regularly change your oil, sludge may build up which will prevent the engine being correctly lubricated. This could result in engine failure and an expensive repair. Having a regular service will help you avoid this problem and save you money in the long run.

Regular servicing:

  • Help reduce engine wear
  • Improve fuel economy
  • Prolong the life of your engine.
  • Increase vehicle safety
  • Highlight any outstanding safety issues
  • Highlight excessive wear & tear on suspension, steering and braking systems.

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Brakes

A vehicle's brakes are arguably one of the more important components and as such, it is essential that they are maintained and working at their optimized performance.

There are tell tale signs that something may be off with your brakes;

  • Brake juddering when applied
  • A grinding noise when brakes applied
  • A high, hard brake pedal
  • Rear wheels locking upon braking
  • A squealing or grinding noise when braking
  • If the vehicle pulls to one side when braking
  • A loss of efficiency during heavy braking or on a long descent
  • A general grinding noise when driving

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Diagnostics

Of all the technological advances in the automotive sector over the decades, one of the most beneficial to consumers and auto technicians alike has been the computerization of the car's components. Using specialized software, car diagnostic tools quickly and accurately point to problem areas in a car's engine or elsewhere, thanks to built-in processors, microchips and sensors.

Diagnostic tests can reveal problems within a car's engine, transmission, exhaust system, brakes, and other major components, as well as performance issues with the fuel injector, air flow and coolant, ignition coils, and throttle.

Before the emergence of car diagnostic tests, identifying problems was time-consuming and expensive, especially considering car owners only brought their cars to mechanics after a breakdown or other severe malfunction. Now, computerized car components can detect problems long before they cause a breakdown. Diagnostic tools can also check a car's computer system for manufacturer notifications and stored information about the car's history, giving technicians a complete picture in order to perform the best repair possible.

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Tyres

Your tyres are essential for safe driving; they are the only link between your vehicle and the road - a critical contact area no bigger than the palm of your hand.

Tyres have 4 vital functions:

  • Provide grip for braking and acceleration
  • Maintain steering and directional control
  • Support the weight of the vehicle
  • Act as a shock absorber for vibrations from the road

Damaged tyres are dangerous and can be illegal, inspect your tyres for signs of excessive wear inner/outer and the middle of the tread. Cuts, cracks & bulges can all be signs of damage to tyres caused by violent impact or kerbing.

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Air Conditioning

Your vehicle's Air Conditioning is often overlooked and many people do not realise this needs to be serviced & maintained.

While you may have your vehicle serviced regularly an air con recharge is not part of a routine service and if your vehicle is more than 2 years old, it is probably due for a recharge.

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Suspension

Your car's suspension system is responsible for smoothing out the ride and keeping the car in control. Specifically, the suspension system maximizes the friction between the tires and the road to provide steering stability and good handling. The suspension system also provides comfort for passengers to limiting the impact of particular road conditions to not only the car, but the passengers riding inside.

The suspension system is made up of several components, including the chassis, which holds the cab of the car. The springs support the vehicle weight and absorb and reduce excess energy from road shocks, along with the shock absorbers and struts. Finally, the anti-sway bar shifts the movement of the wheels and stabilizes the car.

Your car's suspension system must be in good condition. Worn suspension components may reduce the stability of the vehicle and reduce driver control, as well as accelerate wear on other suspension system components. Replacing worn or inadequate shocks and struts will help maintain good ride control, as they:

  • Control spring and suspension movement
  • Provide consistent handling and braking
  • Prevent premature tire wear
  • Help keep the tires in contact with the road
  • Maintain dynamic wheel alignment
  • Control vehicle bounce, roll, sway, drive, and acceleration squat
  • Reduce wear on other vehicle systems
  • Promote even and balanced tire and brake wear

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Batteries

Your car battery is the central power hub of your vehicle for all things electrical. It stores electricity and then sends out jolts to every single electrical component in your vehicle. Not only does it power the electrical components, but it also keeps the electrical current in your car steady, which means it makes sure your car starts and has enough electricity to stay running.

Your battery, like I said before, serves two purposes: it stores electricity to start and keep your car running and also powers the electrical components. How it works is actually quite simple: the battery converts chemical energy into electrical energy, which is required to power your car.

A car battery will typically last anywhere between three to five years. But, that doesn't mean it will be optimal in that time frame. After three years, it's considered an old timer. However, it can last well beyond three years if you keep it healthy. But, the life expectancy of your battery depends on much more than just keeping it healthy; it's also determined by other factors. Your own driving habits and weather conditions can shorten the life of a battery.

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