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The Big Three Warning Lights You Mustn’t Ignore

Seeing red? If your dashboard lights up with these, you shouldn’t ignore them- you might be sorry!
If you’ve only recently passed your test, or have been driving for a few years, we hate to say it, there may be gaps in your car knowledge. Theory & driving tests are harder than ever, but we can’t be expected to know everything, all the time. So to help out, here are three lights you never want to ignore- don’t say we didn’t warn you!

  1. Oil Pressure

One little light couldn’t be that bad, could it? Well, ignoring this warning sign could lead to serious engine damage. Oil lubricates the engine parts, and without it your engine would overheat from the friction of components rubbing together. This light is shaped like an oil can (or genie’s lamp?) and will light up when you first turn on the engine, but should turn off immediately afterwards. If it stays lit- or comes on mid-drive- it means your oil pressure has dropped. You should immediately stop & check the oil pressure using the dipstick (give your engine a minute to cool down first). If the dipstick shows the oil pressure is correct, contact a mechanic before driving anywhere.

  1. Brakes

A circle containing an exclamation mark (“!”), this could be really serious if it comes on mid-drive. Low brake fluid can be a real risk to safety and requires a visit to a mechanic. If this light appears, pull over and switch off your engine- you’ll need to call roadside assistance immediately. This is sometimes accompanied by a yellow ABS light. If this light appears and you feel a change in the way your brakes are performing, it’s definitely time to stop & contact a mechanic.

  1. Battery

This is a rectangle with “+” and “–”- basically a car battery. Like the oil it will light and then dim when the engine is first started. If you see it any other time it could mean the engine is not charging the battery- possibly because the drive belt could be broken. In any case, serious engine trouble could result if it isn’t checked out- you may need roadside assistance and definitely consider calling a mechanic.
Warmsworth Service Centre provides high-quality service for all makes of car, specialising in German engineering. If you drive a BMW, VW, Mercedes or Audi, our specially-trained staff can offer expert service, as well as the best value on parts compared to a dealership or chain garage.

The Mercedes Standard

Whether you need a German car specialist or a regular car garage, whether for repairs or an MOT, our team of expert car mechanics are ready to provide the highest standard of service.
Ever wondered what sets a Mercedes-standard service apart? Discover for yourself with the team at Warmsworth service centre. A friendly, proudly local and professional service, we’re confident our team will meet all your car repair expectations- and choosing Warmsworth Service Centre Doncaster could save you money too.

VW, Audi, BMW, Mercedes…or anything else! Our German car specialism means we can turn our hand to everything with scientific precision- so give your car the Mercedes treatment by going straight to the experts at Warmsworth Service Centre. If you usually go to the branded showrooms for your car care, you might be pleasantly surprised to discover we similarly have the state of the art testing & repair equipment, as well as lower prices on spares and replacement parts- a discount of up to 40% over some other Doncaster services.

At Warmsworth Service Centre, our team is our strength. As the top German car specialist in Doncaster, we are exclusively well places to provide unsurpassed specialist car care to your Audi, VW, BMW, or Mercedes. We know these cars are a joy to own- so take the best care of your vehicle with an experienced mechanic, trained tested and qualified by the brains behind Germany’s engineering. Servicing, repairs and diagnostics are our team’s specialty, but they’re also expert auto electricians, air conditioning servicing specialists, car body repair professionals & MOT testers. Experienced with all makes of car, from Volkswagen and the German makes to Land Rover, Seat and Ford, our staff live & breathe cars of all types- call them today!

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Know your car’s safety features: Airbags

ABS At Warmsworth Service Centre we deliver expert care to airbags & ABS systems for all types of cars. It’s important that your cars’ safety features remain in top working order- crucially you’ll never know when you might need them. Your car’s automatic warning system will tell you if you need to visit a mechanic- if you see a yellow or red airbag warning light, take the advice! It could save your life.

The Airbag
The first airbag patent was issued to in the early 1950s, with subsequent designs patented by inventors in Germany and Japan, yet it would be many years before airbags became common additions to most cars. Contrary to popular belief, the very first airbags appeared many years before wearing full seatbelts became compulsory in the UK, or every US state and they were originally offered as the primary safety device, but questions over their effectiveness & safety meant neither consumers nor manufacturers were very keen on adding them, preferring to belt up instead. It would be the early 1990’s before airbags were fitted as standard to most cars.

ABS
In the late 1920’s concerns over safety in the burgeoning air industry led designers to try and improve safeguards on the infamously flimsy early planes. By the 1950s the Maxaret Automatic Control was making landing a far safer process by preventing wheel lock on bumpy landings that might otherwise lead to crashes- while making landings safer and reducing skidding- also meaning icy conditions and short runways no longer prevented safe landings. ABS didn’t make the jump to cars until the 1960s, after it proved effective in reducing motorcycle accidents. Since the 1980’s, cars have carried ABS as standard, and studies have shown it can substantially improve safety, as well as reducing wear on tyres, saving fuel, and increasing passenger comfort.

If your cars’ airbag or ABS needs a service, get in touch with Warmsworth Service Centre- Doncaster’s top car diagnostic & car repairs service. Speak to our friendly experts today, and discover how we can help keep you on the move.


Best estate cars of 2016

You can forget about an estate being a “boring family car”, the days of a lifeless and excessively long driving experience are gone. Manufacturers have upped their game with the latest estates on the market:

Mercedes E-Class
This sees the strengths of previous models in new and improved was, even if you didn’t think that was possible. The price range is around £38,000-£40k. It’s also a sure fire winner thanks to a fuel economy that’ll rack up 70mpg. As ever with Mercedes as well, this E-Class doesn’t compromise when I comes to an interior.

BMW 3 Series Touring
Sister to BMW’s saloon offering, this estate is again, sure to please. This is a prime example of how driving experience can meet practicality with a boot space of 500 litres. The good news doesn’t end there, if you were to fold the back seats down then you’d be treated to 1500 litres of luggage space.

Audi A4 Avant
With prices ranging from around £28,00 to almost £41,000, it’s certain you’ll be able to find the right spec for your needs. Not only this, the A4 also boasts an impressive engine range, with its cost economical diesel engine providing 70mpg. Audi also have the edge here over BMW with 5 litres more boot space…

Volvo V90 Estate
Volvo’s are synonymous with a hefty and reliable estates, in fact they’re probably the staple. There’s ample boot space with 560 litres on offer, this V90 will no doubt

More miles for your money: tips to save fuel costs

Going further for less is a constant uphill struggle for car owners. Few of us relish the heavy costs of visiting the pumps, and any money we can save is a welcome surprise. So we’ve assembled some of the top tips for saving fuel and keeping value for money in the tank:

Get your car fuel efficiency-ready
Your car’s a faithful character- it’s your responsibility to make her life a bit easier! Unload those golf clubs, ditch the roof rack, wind up the window and scrap off any thick dirt- these all cause unnecessary weight and drag over long distances. At over 30 miles an hour, drag is more of a factor in fuel use than weight, so you should consider anything you can do to reduce it.

Drive safer, drive better, drive cheaper!
Polite, nice driving isn’t just good for your karma- you will feel the benefit to your wallet, too. More aware driving will lead to better decisions that in turn allow you to save fuel. Check out what’s ahead in good time, slow it down, keep in the right gear and cut the revs- you’ll make better time and get more miles out of the tank. Even a bit of planning prior to your trip could save you money- take care to avoid queues or rush hour traffic if you can.
Keeping your speed in mind is a great way to save money too- keeping at 70 miles an hour on the motorway saves you up to 20% more fuel than going at 80- plus you won’t risk a ticket! Smooth driving without rushing or radically changing your speed will save you money and you’ll get there just as fast.

Don’t be a battery chicken
Your battery will burn fuel too- so beware anything that eats electricity. Air con as well as any other gadgets will drain your battery, especially if on a high setting- air conditioning alone can add 10% to your fuel bill.

Keep your car maintained
Most importantly, faults in your engine will drive down your fuel efficiency. A faulty spark plug, a slightly mis-aligned or under inflated tyre, and you can be hit with a higher than necessary fuel bill. Changing your oil with a high quality product, ideally one recommended by the manufacturer, can go a long way to helping your engine run more efficiently.
Having a car that’s well looked after will lead to lower fuel costs as well as a safer and more pleasant driving experience. Warmsworth Service Centre are a friendly team of experts ready to help you get your car running to its full potential. From regular car servicing & MOTs, to diagnostics and repairs, you can trust Warmsworth to keep your car on the road and running at its best. German car specialists, nevertheless with their top of the range workshop & they remain Doncaster’s top car service centre for all car makes. Contact the team here to arrange a visit.

Is your car battery dead?

Driving habits, not battery problems, often cause battery failure. Warmsworth Service Centre in Doncaster deliver professional, affordable auto electrical services.
Wondering why your battery is suddenly out of juice? This is a common complaint by drivers, and the truth is there are a lot of factors that can drain your battery. Hard to test and detect except with the latest technology, battery faults lie at the heart of many breakdowns.

Background use
Cars today use a wide range of computers, sensors and other features that are draining the battery even when the engine isn’t running. Make sure these are switched off when leaving your car, and try to reduce their use to only when it’s necessary. An ECU remap can sometimes make them more effective or otherwise improve function without wasting energy.

Stratification
The process of battery stratification can cause impromptu power failure in your car, as the electrolytes can begin to settle at the bottom of the battery. Low-speed, low-gear, stop-start drives can cause this, and you will need to take steps to ensure your battery remains well charged through long, smooth journeys. Large, older cars are more prone to this problem, and though it can be an easy fix it is important to contact a professional auto electrician who can safely redress the balance. You may also need to recharge or replace your battery.

Stop-start technology
Features like these can place your battery under increased stress as the idling engine, used in earlier models to recharge the battery, might switch itself off. This decreases the overall time your car battery is being charged by the engine, and can increase the rate of draining.

The weather
Of course, the effort your car must expend hits the battery, and naturally environmental factors are a part of this. Poor weather and difficult driving conditions can place extra stress on your battery. As the extra functions such as heating work overtime, winter can be a nightmare for older cars. Take extra steps to keep your battery charged in winter.

Low quality wiring
With the prevalence of upgrades to radios, light and other features, there is a risk your battery will find itself under unexpected strain- especially if the wiring is done by an amateur or to a low standard. Always take care to ensure your car is wired to a professional standard, and consider taking care when buying second hand cars you suspect have been ‘upgraded’ at home or by a mechanic who doesn’t have experience with the parts.

For all your auto electrician needs in Doncaster you should contact Warmsworth Service Centre and speak to our team.

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Warmsworth’s in car safety checklist

Planning a long journey? Tick these car care boxes to drive with peace of mind:

  1. Check the manual- each make of car might come with its own advice from the manufacturer themselves about regular maintenance checks. This is by far the best place to start when checking your car is ready for a long trip.
  2. Check the tyres- there’s a lot riding on these four patches of rubber, so check for tears, bulges or punctures. You can also check for wear using a depth gauge placed in the tread of the tyre- you should have 1.6mm depth minimum. Any less and you could be putting lives at risk- and you can be fined. Of course this includes all tyres, not just those on your car- a trailer or caravan will also need checking, as well as the spare! Wheel alignment is another factor that can affect tyre wear and lead to unexpected damage on long journeys. If your steering feels unusual or you think wheels might out of line you should get them checked by a mechanic before setting of.
  3. Check the fluids- fuel, brakes, wipers and oil. Without enough of any of these you could run into trouble- so before you set off get them checked and topped up if needed. Remember when checking to ensure your car is on a flat, even surface and the engine is cool. If in any doubt, check the manual.
  4. Do your research- most people rely on a satnav these days, and a paper map might even seem a bit old fashioned! But keeping an up to date road map including your route in the car is a good safeguard against disaster- unlike a satnav, a road atlas won’t break, and if you end up going round the houses, it’s nobody’s fault but your own! Equally important is stuff like knowing about likely delays, weather conditions and, if you’re visiting another country- any different driving laws and requirements you might need to adhere to.
  5. Check the brakes and lights using the manufacturers’ handbook. It’s important to make sure these are all working fine before you set off. If they aren’t you could face trouble on the road that could spoil your trip.
  6. Dig out your paperwork. Is your breakdown cover up to date? Is all your documentation in order in case you need it? Don’t get caught out when it’s already too late.
  7. Consider a service: Getting a regular check-up should be every car owner’s goal anyway, but if you’ve got a long drive planned, it should definitely be on your to-do list. The last thing you need is a breakdown a long way from home- so make sure your car is in top shape and ready to get you there & back without any hassle!

 

Warmsworth Service Centre provides high-quality service for all makes of car, specialising in German engineering. If you drive a BMW, VW, Mercedes or Audi, our specially-trained staff can offer expert service, as well as the best value on parts compared to a dealership or chain garage.

Audi, Mercedes, VW & BMW among manufacturers wading into Brexit debate

The UK car industry could face serious consequences if Theresa May pursues a ‘hard Brexit’ strategy, reports Reuters. The President of the German VDA auto industry association threatened that German manufacturers would look at moving work abroad in the event of an UK exit from the single market.
Tariffs and protectionism might endanger a stable future for hundreds of German auto sites in the UK for up to seven years, experts warned. With up to 10% potentially added to car exports, business leaders fear severe repercussions of a total break with the trading block- and sites in Eastern Europe are already being scouted as cheap, safe alternatives to UK operations. Whether ‘soft Brexit’ would totally secure the future of UK car part manufacturing from outsourcing is unclear.

With British car exports to Europe passing 500,000, the threat of instability to the market represents powerful leverage over UK business & political leaders. Yet with 800,000 German cars imported into the UK in 2016, while the combined clout of German engineering giants such as Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Volkswagen might make ministers tremble, it seems likely any rise in tariffs would likewise hit the UK’s car imports- making ‘hard Brexit’ a threat to their trade also.

This isn’t the first time German car manufacturers have thrown their economic weight into the Brexit debate- in June similar announcements were made by the VDA.