A Full Service

vehicle-servicingDriving a Volkswagen-Audi-Seat-Skoda, you will have a car that’s renowned for reliability and strength. So when it comes to servicing it, why settle for second best? At Westside Motors we will be ready to help you every step of the way. Our technicians are fully experienced in every aspect of servicing and more. Ensuring you with a clear piece of mind that the job has been done well!

For the modern VW-AUDI-SEAT-SKODA their are two types of service available depending on your driving methods.

Below are the recommendations from the VW-AUDI-SEAT AND SKODA dealer outlets

Time and Distance Service

We recommend this service if you are likely to drive less than 10,000* miles in a year, and if you tend to drive in the following way:

✔ Mainly city centre driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts

✔ High engine loading activities, e.g. frequent hill climbs, driving with your vehicle fully loaded and towing

✔ Uneconomical driving using high rpms with heavy acceleration and heavy braking.

LongLife Service Regime

We recommend this service if you are likely to drive more than 25 miles a day, and if you tend to drive in the following way:

✔ Regular long distance driving

✔ Driving at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, and minimal towing

✔ Economical driving

This LongLife regime has been made possible due to the development of new Volkswagen engines with the latest technically advanced longlife oil. These engines use built-in sensors that continually monitor the oil quality, making it possible to enjoy reliable and confident motoring for up to a maximum of 18,000* miles or 24 months (whichever occurs first).

*Please note that all mileages are approximate


M.O.T. Test

motEveryone who uses a vehicle on the road must keep it in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that vehicles meet road safety and environmental standards. The first MOT test for a vehicle is required when it’s three years old. There are different rules if it’s used as a taxi.

What happens if I don’t have an MOT test?

You can be fined.

Obtain points on your license. Which could increase your insurance premium.

You also run the risk to other road users and yourself.

If you had an accident, your insurance policy for the car could be void.

How often do I need an MOT test?

Every year, once your car is 3 years old.


Batteries

At Westside Motors we use VARTA, BOSCH or VAG branded batteries – We can supply budget qualities if needed.

Why does my battery need to be changed?

A fully charged battery supplies around 12.6 volts. If this falls to 12.0 volts, the power supplied drops from around 100% to around 25%. Conductivity is reduced by low temperatures, so if your battery is not holding its charge your car may not start in cold weather.

What happens if it’s not changed?

If not replaced the battery will fail, and one day your car will fail to start.

What do we do?

We check the battery’s ability to hold its charge.

How often does it need to be checked?

At every service.


Brakes and Brake Pads

brake-repair-and-servicingWhy Should I check and change my Brake discs and pads?

When you brake, the brake discs are gripped by brake pads, slowing the car down. Brake discs and pads can become worn and corroded, so it’s important that they are checked regularly for everyones safety.

What happens if they are not changed?

If the brakes on your car are not maintained regularly braking will become less efficient. As well as reduced stopping power, your car could start to vibrate and develop a grinding noise.

What do we do?

We remove the wheels to visually check all the brake parts. If the pads or discs are found to be worn, corroded or warped we will advise you so you can arrange with us a time to replace them.

How often do they need to be checked?

At least once a year.

Brake fluid is vital to your safety (and the safety of others) as is any other component in your braking system. But just as brake pads, for example, don’t last forever; brake fluid too has a finite life. Over time it absorbs moisture, which lowers its boiling point and leads to inefficiencies in the braking system.


Cambelt Check and Change

cambelt-replacementWhy does the cambelt need to be changed?

The cambelt is one of the hardest working parts in your engine, driving major parts of the engine and keeping everything synchronised. Changing it prevents snaps, cracks and tears which in turn minimises the risk of major engine damage.

What happens if it’s not changed?

The belt can go slack, making it snap or jump. This can cause severe damage to the engine. Your car will break down and could be very expensive to repair.

What do we do?

We remove the relevant parts of the engine and water pump,we renew the cambelt and cambelt tensioner along with the water pump. Then we reassemble the engine, install coolant and road test your car.

How often does it need to be changed?

About every 4 years or sooner for high mileage


Tyres

Why is it important to check your pressures regularly?

Correct tyre pressure is vital to your safety on the road. Under-inflated tyres affect handling and grip, potentially causing irregular or unpredictable vehicle behaviour. They are also much more likely to suffer from a dangerous blowout, especially on high-speed motorway journeys.

By keeping your tyres at their optimum pressure, your running costs are also reduced. Under-inflated tyres require a bigger force to make them turn, so your car uses more fuel. Additionally, tyres which are not set to their correct pressure wear out more quickly.

So, to benefit from lower fuel bills, longer tyre life, increased safety and reduced CO2 emissions, make sure you check your tyre pressures at least once a month and before a long journey.

Did you know that Westside Motors offer a comprehensive tyre service?

Which means we should always have the right tyre or tyres for your model . We source tyres directly from top manufacturers. That means you can be sure not only of the best choice of tyres for your particular model, but also that our prices are extremely competitive. So when you need replacement tyres, call Westside Motors.

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Car Maintenance Tips

Check your belts.

There will be a series of rubber drive belts that loop around various pulleys, driving everything from the water pump, alternator and the a/c compressor. Rubber perishes, more so in extreme conditions like those found in an operating engine bay. Get your timing belt and accessory drive belt checked at regular intervals.

Checking your oil level.

A simple process on most cars, but if you are unsure just pop in and one of the Westside Motors Staff will gladly check it for you – free of charge.

Checking your coolant level.

The coolant is the other thing your engine cannot go without. Every engine is different but if you check your handbook you should find where the coolant reservoir is. It will normally be placed to one side of the engine bay. It maybe a white semi-transparent bottle. Wait until your engine is cool and take a look at it – the outside should have ‘low’ and ‘high’ markings on it and the level of coolant inside should be between the two.

Once again if in any doubt please call in to Westside Motors and we will check it free of charge.

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