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Our essential MOT Checklist

Posted on 25th February 2017 by Tyres Northampton

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

wheel alignment illustration - wheel alignment being carried out at Tyres Northampton

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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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 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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Vehicle Excise Duty Revamp for New Cars

Posted on 22nd August 2015 by Tyres Northampton

The chancellor has announced that there will be changes to New Vehicle Excise Duty from 2017 in order to raise money for a new Roads Fund. Cars that are registered after 1st April 2017 will now be subject to three bands of Vehicle Excise Duty – zero, standard and premium. The standard charge is £140 and George Osborne said it will cover 95% of all cars, with revenues from the VED being paid into the Roads Fund from 2020-21.   Vehicle Excise Duty is applicable for most types of vehicles that are used or parked on public roads in the UK….

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Top Tips for Buying a Used Car

Posted on 14th August 2015 by Tyres Northampton

  Used cars are bought all over the world on a daily basis – from family saloons to first cars for new drivers and even supercars for the super rich, all kinds of cars are available to buy second hand, no matter what your budget and requirements happen to be. However, buying a used car isn’t as simple as turning up at the car dealership or owner’s home and exchanging cash for keys – there are a number of things you should remember and be wary of when buying your (sort of) new transport. MOT Check Ensuring that the vehicle you…

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Top Tips for Passing Your MOT Every Time

Posted on 31st July 2015 by Tyres Northampton

  When you hand your car over to the garage for your MOT, everything is then out of your hands – your car could look brand new and be working seemingly as normal, but you could still get a call from the mechanic, telling you that it has failed the test owing to a previously unseen issue. By checking your car for faults every so often, you can help avoid the nasty surprise of a failed MOT. Check your lights Faulty lights are one of the most common causes of MOT failure, which is particularly bad when you consider that it…

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Car Servicing: Interim vs Full

Posted on 17th September 2014 by Tyres Northampton

Like most things in life, a car will not stay pristine for long, and over time the parts that make up a car will start to degrade, malfunction and eventually need replacing. However, you can maintain the health of your car by having it serviced regularly. Which services you choose and how often your car needs them will depend on factors such as mileage and general usage. Therefore, to help you make an informed decision, this article will go over what is involved for the different services and which is best to prolong the life of your car. Firstly, there are…

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Music and Driving

Posted on 30th July 2014 by Tyres Northampton

While it may be one of the most useful skills you can possess, driving is not always the most exciting thing to do. There are certain types of drives, such as ones that take you along twisting, turning country roads that can be fun and interesting, but for the long, straight motorway journeys, you need something that can brighten up your trip. Music is the perfect solution for this issue, as it can bring enjoyment to those long, tedious drives. But what are the other things to consider when listening to music behind the wheel?   It may help to listen…

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Top 8 Reasons For Breakdowns

Posted on 20th June 2014 by Tyres Northampton

  There is quite simply never a convenient time for your car to experience a fault, so whether you’re just popping into town to pick up a few things for tea, or on your way to an important business meeting, you can guarantee you’ll feel the stress of a car breakdown! Here are our top ten breakdowns causes – being aware of them is one of the best ways to save you the time, stress and money of a breakdown. 1.Flat Battery Your car battery can go flat for a number of reasons, such as sudden cold weather, old age and…

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