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Category: Car Servicing

How to Ensure Your Car is Roadworthy Following Lockdown

Posted on 27th May 2020 by Tyres Northampton

Post-lockdown Car Checklist: If you, like so many of us, haven’t been out in your car in a long while, it’s time to start thinking about how you can get your vehicle ready for the post-lockdown world. Cars like to be running and can run into issues when they’re off the road for long periods of time, so it’s important for your checks to be thorough. Check the battery Your car will still be running down the battery even when it’s not in use thanks to passive mechanisms like security cameras, so the first thing you will want to do is…

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Why Are Local Garages Better Than Dealerships For Vehicle Servicing?

Posted on 4th May 2020 by Tyres Northampton

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Chances are, your car is one of your most valuable assets. Ensuring it receives the best possible care and maintenance should be a top priority. For some people, that equates to making a potentially long trip to the dealership for, what most people assume to be, a superior service. But is it really?  In this article, we explore the question of local garages vs dealerships, and why visiting your local autocentre can give you a better and more personalised service to benefit you and your vehicle alike.  Why should you visit a local garage over a dealership? Personal service Operating on…

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How to Lower Your Carbon Footprint Whilst Driving

Posted on 18th January 2019 by Tyres Northampton

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Despite our best efforts, global carbon pollution still reached unprecedented levels in 2018, quickly dashing the hopes that the world had already reached peak emissions. With energy demands still growing and many nations still unwilling to give up coal and oil, it looks like the battle to lower carbon emissions isn’t getting any easier. If you haven’t joined the battle yet, why not start now? In this article, the Tyres Northampton team will be detailing some ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint whilst driving. Maybe this year will be the year we see change – who knows? Can…

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15 most common driving mistakes you’re probably guilty of

Posted on 5th April 2018 by Tyres Northampton

Every driver is guilty of common driving mistakes and all of the below faux pas impact either your wallet, driving licence or someone’s safety. Have a read through the top 15 driving mistakes. If you recognise any in your own driving style, think about why it’s a bad idea and correct the mistake next time you’re behind the wheel. 1. Stopping without warning In a busy city it’s surprisingly common to come across drivers who stop in all sorts of strange places. On one way streets, pedestrian crossings, taxi ranks – you name it, drivers will stop there without warning. Often…

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Our essential MOT Checklist

Posted on 25th February 2017 by Tyres Northampton

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You should view your approaching MOT as somewhat of an exam; if you don’t prepare, you might fail. But it doesn’t have to be a stressful event. Just a few simple checks could make the difference between an MOT- ready vehicle and a car that’s sure to fail. That’s why we’ve put together this essential MOT checklist, giving you the tools to accurately assess your car’s health before the big day. Exterior Make sure that your tyres are at the correct pressure and that they possess a tread depth of no less than 1.6 mm across 75% of the tyre surface….

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Why Do I Need Wheel Alignment?

Posted on 22nd September 2016 by Tyres Northampton

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Wheel alignment is very important to a vehicle, but for the uninitiated, it can be unclear as to why it’s so important. It can also be difficult to know when you need to have your tyres re-aligned, so we’re going to run through the important points to keep in mind when it comes to re-aligning your wheels. Firstly, you need to know what wheel alignment is. It is the adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension, which connects the vehicle to the wheels. The wheels themselves are not touched in this process, the only part they play is having the tyres angled correctly,…

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Top Driving Habits that Slowly Destroy Your Car

Posted on 14th September 2016 by Tyres Northampton

We all have different habits when driving, whether you consider yourself a good or bad driver. However, certain habits that you may have been doing for years may actually be harming your vehicle, and this article is going to look at what they are and why they are harmful to your car.   Delaying maintenance Sometimes, taking your car to the garage can be an inconvenience, and it can be very easy to ignore it to do something else. However, delaying or avoiding regular maintenance can be very damaging to your vehicle, as minor issues can go unchecked and develop into…

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How to Diagnose a Clutch Problem

Posted on 31st May 2016 by Tyres Northampton

  If your vehicle develops a fault, it can be difficult to recognise until it makes itself known, by which point it may be too late, and you could be faced with costly repairs, and lengthy periods off the road for your vehicle. If you are aware of the symptoms of a clutch problem, you will be able to identify it before it becomes worse. Clutch performance As your clutch is used more over time, its performance will diminish, and at a certain point, this will become easy to notice. There are several symptoms that you should look out for: Something…

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How Does Winter Affect Your Car?

Posted on 31st March 2016 by Tyres Northampton

Updated on October, 25th 2019 Thankfully, the cold winter months are fading away as we enter Spring, but in the UK, even the ‘warmer’ seasons can be dotted with freezing days and nights, and these freezing temperatures can cause issues for your vehicle. But what are those issues and how can they be prevented? This article will look into some of the most common winter issues and provide you with some solutions. Batteries Loose Charge In the colder months, the low temperatures can severely affect the voltage of the battery, meaning that it can be slow to start, or it may…

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How to Jump Start a Car

Posted on 23rd December 2015 by Tyres Northampton

  Getting into your car ready to start a journey, only to be greeted by a spluttering, lifeless engine can be infuriating, especially if you have somewhere important to be or you’re on a tight schedule. If you do find your car unable to start, then jump starting it may be the best method of getting going again, and this article will look at how to go about sparking your car back to life again. Jumper cables The first thing you need to do is make sure you have a set of jumper cables in your car in case the situation…

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