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8 of March, International Woman's Day!

Happy woman's day to our lady drives!
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How to drive in snow.

​It is well known that grip decreases greatly when driving on roads covered with snow or ice. According to some studies, in such conditions adherence is reduced by up to 70% compared to when driving on dry road.The use of winter tires is also a good idea and in some countries, mandatory. In addition, a shovel and a bag of sand are welcome if the ve...
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​​SPECIAL OFFER ! Winter Service only £15.00! Don't get caught out this winter! Book our 20 point Winter Check and avoid some of the most common winter car troubles. Follow the link for more details and online booking.…/winter-serviceFor online-booking please use code in notes: FACEBOOK15Winter Check Lis...
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We have a new apprentice!

​We would like to introduce our 8 weeks old apprentice, Esmeralda!Today is her first day at work and she is doing good so far! I wanted to take some photos of her while she is clean because it will not be long until she will roll all over the garage floor! Ezi Ezi Ezi
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Air Con Service offer!

​Is time to get ready for summer! Even though is hard to believe, is just around the corner :) To help you out,we created a Special Offer just for you!Book your Air Con service on line, here or call us on 0115 9666189. Please mention Special Offer in order to get the discount!Click here for more information about Air conditioning systems and w...
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We've been selected as one of the best garages in Nottingham!

​Is just wonderful to be recognised as one of the best three garages in Nottingham and we are so happy that we've been featured in this article. What is even better, is the fact that we didn't even know about it! Somebody sent me the link to the article!  "Handpicked Top 3 Car Garages in Nottingham. Our 50-Point Inspection includes ev...
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New cars and motorcycles could no longer require mot for the first four years on the road!

New cars and motorcycles could no longer require mot for the first four years on the road!
The Department for Transport (DFT), in their wisdom, have thought about extending the first MOT test from three years to four years! The transport minister, Andrew Jones said "We have some of the safest roadsin the world and MOT tests play an important role in ensuring the standard ofvehicles on our roads. New vehicles are much safer than they ...
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Merry Christmas !!!

Happy Holidays from everyone at Arnold Service Centre. 

We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year.

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SPECIAL OFFER Winter Service

SPECIAL OFFER ! Winter Service only £15.00! 
Don't get caught out this Winter! Book our 20 point Winter Check and avoid some of the most common Winter car problems!               





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Car Service - what should you expect?





Car Service - what should you expect?

When organising a car service, it's important that you establish what the service includes.
Some garages will change only your oil filter, others will carry out a full service. A good garage will follow a service checklist and give you a copy of that completed checklist as a confirmation of a job well done. Good Garage Scheme members carry out your service incorporating the Industry Standard Service Checklist.

To see a copy of the checklist you will receive from a Good Garage Scheme member garage, please click here.

Does your car need a service?

Most modern cars only needs a service once a year, but older cars require a service once every six months. The manufacturer's service handbook will set what is best for your car. The type of service you need will also be affected by how you use your car. For example, lots of short journeys where the engine does not have a chance to warm up properly will probably mean more frequent oil and filter changes.

Running faults and repairs

Ask to speak to a mechanic or a technician about the problem. Explain the problem in as much detail as you can. If you can, include when the problem occurs, for example only when the engine is cold, or after the vehicle has been left standing.

Do I need to take my car to a main dealer for its service?

European Commission rules on car block exemption came into full effect in October 2003. This new ruling allows independent garages the same access to technical information on your car from the manufacturer, and more importantly, it means you do not need to go back to a franchise dealer to retain warranty cover.

Collecting your car

Ask to view the old replaced parts and check that:

•    The bill is for the amount agreed, or is not significantly more than any estimate you were given.

•    The work and parts are fully itemised (this will be proof of purchase if a problem occurs as a result of work or replaced part fails).

•    The service record book has been stamped with the garage stamp.


Rather than replacing parts that are fully not worn out, a good garage will advise you when they will probably need replacing, based on the way you use your car.

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Diesel particulate filters

Diesel particulate filters

DPFs reduce diesel soot emissions by 80% but they're not suitable for everyone

The exhaust emissions standards for new cars have effectively required fitment of a DPF in the exhaust of diesel cars since 2009 when the 'Euro 5' standard came into force. In fact, many cars registered before 2009 will have had one fitted too in anticipation of the change in standards.Standards aim to deliver an 80% reduction in diesel particulate (soot) emissions but the technology's not without problems – AA patrols are regularly called to cars with the particulate filter warning light on indicating a partial blockage of the filter.Even if your driving isn't mainly urban/stop-start, changes to driving style may be required to keep these systems working properly.

If you're buying a new car and plan to use it mainly for town-based, stop/start driving it would be wise to avoid a diesel car fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) because of the possible hassle of incomplete 'DPF regeneration'.

dpf warning light

dpf warning light

How do they work?

Diesel Particulate filters (DPF) or 'traps' do just that, they catch bits of soot in the exhaust.

As with any filter they have to be emptied regularly to maintain performance. For a DPF this process is called 'regeneration' – the collected soot is burnt off at high temperature to leave only a tiny ash residue.

Regeneration is either passive or active

Passive regeneration

Passive regeneration takes place automatically on motorway or fast A-road runs when the exhaust temperature is high. Because many cars don't get this sort of use vehicle manufacturers have had to design-in 'active' regeneration where the engine management computer (ECU) takes control of the process.

Active regeneration

When the soot loading in the filter reaches a set limit (about 45%) the vehicle's ECU will initiate post combustion fuel injection to increase the exhaust temperature and trigger regeneration. If the journey is too short while the regeneration is in progress, it  may not complete and the warning light will come on to show that the filter is partially blocked.

It should be possible to complete a regeneration cycle and clear the warning light by driving for 10 minutes or so at speeds greater than 40mph.

Symptoms of active regeneration

During active regeneration you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Cooling fans running
  • Increased idle speed
  • Deactivation of automatic Stop/Start
  • A slight increase in fuel consumption
  • A hot, acrid smell from the exhaust.
  • Engine note change

If the regeneration is unsuccessful due to an insufficient driving cycle the extra fuel injected into the cylinders will not burn and will drain into the sump.  As a result, oil quality will deteriorate and the level will rise.  Most DPF equipped engines will have an oil quality/viscosity sensor but it is important that you check that the oil level does not increase above the maximum level on the dipstick as diesel engines can run on their own oil if the level is excessive – often to the point of destruction.

If you ignore the DPF warning light and keep driving in a relatively slow, stop/start pattern, soot loading will continue to build up until around 75% when you can expect to see other dashboard warning lights come on too. At this point driving at speed alone will not be enough and you will need to take the car to a dealer for 'forced' regeneration.

Forced regeneration

Forced regeneration  is required where `Active` regeneration criteria have not been  met or where soot levels have increased within the DPF to a point where normal regeneration cannot be performed: typically around 70% soot loading.  At this point the vehicle will enter a 'restricted performance' mode to prevent further damage.  If left the soot loading will keep rising. 

At this level of soot loading a diagnostic tool must be used to force regeneration. Above around 85% soot loading regeneration can no longer be performed on the vehicle and the DPF will need removing to be cleaned or replaced.

What can prevent normal regeneration taking place?

  • Frequent short journeys where the engine does not reach normal operating temperature
  • Wrong oil type - DPF equipped cars require low ash, low sulphur engine oils
  • A problem with the inlet, fuel or Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system causing incomplete combustion will increase soot loading.
  • A warning light on or diagnostic trouble code logged in the engine management system may prevent active or catalyst regeneration
  • Low fuel level will prevent active regeneration taking place. As a general rule ¼ tank is required
  • Oil counter/service interval - exceeding the service interval may prevent regeneration
  • Additive tank low or empty - if the vehicle uses Eolys™ additive a low level may prevent regeneration.

Expensive repairs

If you continue to ignore warnings and soot loading keeps increasing then the car won’t run properly and the most likely outcome will be that you will have to get a new DPF costing at least £1000 plus labour and diagnostic time.

The ash residue which remains after successful regeneration cannot be removed and will eventually fill the filter.  DPFs are designed to last in excess of 100,000 miles but, if the vehicle is operated correctly, many will far exceed this mileage.

DPF additives

The most commonly fitted type of DPF has an integrated oxidising catalytic converter and is located very close to the engine where exhaust gases will still be hot. This heat means that passive regeneration is more likely to be successful.

Some models, across a wide range of manufacturers, use a different type of DPF which relies on a fuel additive (Eolys™ fluid) containing Cerium (III) Oxide. Cerium ignites at a lower temperature and adheres to the soot particles meaning regeneration can occur at a lower temperature.

The additive is stored in a separate tank next to the fuel tank and is automatically mixed with the fuel whenever you fill up. Only very small quantities are used so a litre of additive should treat around 2800 litres of fuel – enough to cover 25,000 miles at 40mpg.  It lasts about 70000 miles and is replenished during a service – at extra cost.

You will have to pay to get the additive tank refilled at some time in the car's life – expect to pay between £150 and £200 including fluid and labour

Don't be tempted to ignore a warning light showing that the additive tanks need refilling.  It's absolutely essential this tank is refilled as without it regeneration is unlikely to be successful and a new DPF may be needed – at significant cost.  Fuel consumption can increase as a result of failed regenerations too.

Check the handbook

If you buy a car with a DPF it’s important to read the relevant section of the vehicle handbook so that you understand exactly what actions to take if the warning light illuminates and how, if at all, your driving style may need to be adjusted to ensure maximum DPF efficiency and life.

In most cases there is only a relatively short time between the dpf being partially blocked and becoming so blocked that it requires manual regeneration.

AA experience

We're seeing some evidence of DPF systems failing to regenerate even on cars used mainly on motorways.

On cars with a very high sixth gear the engine revs may be too low to generate sufficient exhaust temperature for regeneration. Occasional driving in a lower gear to maintain around 2,000rpm should be sufficient to burn off the soot in such cases (refer to the vehicle handbook).

DPF regeneration will be initiated by the ECU every 300 miles or so depending on vehicle use and will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. You may notice other symptoms and a puff of blue smoke from the exhaust, similar to an engine burning oil, when the process is complete.

There's no evidence in AA breakdown data that the problem's going away – newer car models seem just as likely to suffer DPF problems if not driven 'correctly' as those built when DPF's were introduced.

Removal is not a legal option

It is suggested from time to time that the answer to failed DPF regeneration is get the DPF removed from the exhaust system rather than pay to get it repaired/renewed.  Indeed there are companies advertising just such a service including reprogramming of the engine management software, but is it legal?

DPFs are fitted to meet European emissions regulations designed to reduce vehicle emissions of particulate matter (soot) associated with respiratory disease and cancer.

According to the Department for Transport, it is an offence under theRoad vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations (Regulation 61a(3)) to use a vehicle which has been modified in such a way that it no longer complies with the air pollutant emissions standards it was designed to meet. Removal of a DPF will almost invariably contravene these requirements, making the vehicle illegal for road use.


You must notify your insurer if the vehicle is modified but such a modification could in turn invalidate any insurance cover because it makes the vehicle illegal for road use.


From February 2014 the inspection of the exhaust system carried out during the MOT test will include a check for the presence of a DPF. A missing DPF, where one was fitted when the vehicle was built, will result in an MOT failure.

With an original equipment DPF removed from the exhaust the car may or may not pass an MOT smoke test - a Euro V (September 2009 diesel) is more likely to fail than one designed to comply with earlier emissions standards.



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Air Con Service - Special Offer.


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Free Full Service!

     Hello folks,


Here, at Arnold Service Centre we are getting ready to give away on Facebook, a FREE FULL SERVICE to one lucky customer!

To enter, search on Facebook for Arnold Service Centre, like our page and share the post with the offer.

We will pick a winner on 26/1/16.

Good luck!


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Thank you for all your support during 2015!


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Car Service Plan


Spread the cost of your MOT and Servicing

We want to help make servicing your vehicle as simple and convenient as possible and understand that these costs can be expensive and that getting value for money is vital.

The Good Garage Scheme Service Plan is a simple, flexible way to budget for your service and MOT requirements by spreading the cost throughout the year in interest-free monthly instalments - just like you would for any other household bill.

Good Garage Scheme Service Plans are inflation-proof and ensure the price of parts, labour and oil are fixed for up to three years.

Plans are available to suit your needs for interim and standard servicing with or without an MOT. All plans cover the cost of parts, labour and VAT according to the Terms and Conditions.

A rigorous Industry Standard Service will be carried out on your vehicle with a copy for your records adding to the resale value of your vehicle and your peace of mind. 

 You can sign up here . Just enter our postcode to bring our garage up and after that, follow the easy steps to sign up. Before you do that, you may want to check our feedback with The Good Garage Scheme here .


All the best,



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The importance of the car service!


   So, you take your car for an MOT test to one of these big testing stations and the tester is refusing to carry on with the test because the oil is just pouring on the floor… What really gets me is that he didn’t even mentioned to the customer where it was leaking from although is dead obvious if you just look for a second.



The customer brought it to our garage and within minutes I told her is leaking from the filter. When asked when had the car last serviced, the customer couldn’t even remember! By the state of that oil filter, it must be few years!

The engine was very noisy but after servicing it, it improved quite a bit. The state of the oil was nearly solid! So we advised the customer to bring it back for another oil change ASAP. We also carried out an MOT test and surprisingly, only failed on few minor things such as wiper blades and front anti roll bar D bushes!

This time she was lucky but the consequences of not having your oil changed every year could be catastrophic for your engine!

With the risk of sounding like a broken record, a car service is money well spent and in the long run, it can save you a lot of money and it gives you a good idea of the state of the car and also it gives you the opportunity to budget your money towards future repairs!


Click here to see what checks we carry out as part of our car service and click here to see our range of prices.

All the best,


from Arnold Service Centre


Ps, please excuse my grammar, english in not my native language as you probably noticed!

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So, when winter is fast approaching, it makes sense to treat your car with a Winter Service, especially when the car service is on offer! £25% off is no joke! Good value for money!

Here, at Arnold Service Centre we will offer a 20 point check to make sure that your car is ready for winter, minimising any nasty surprises that will cause you inconvenience. The last thing that you need around Christmas is a car that fails to perform properly.

Have a look below to see what the service offers and click on this link to book  asap :)click here to book online !

For peace of mind you may want to see what other drivers think about us. click here to rear our reviews!


WINTER SERVICE CHECK LIST                                                                                                                   


1.  Check for damage to bodywork, lamps and trims.
2.  Fit protective covers.
3.  Check condition and operation of all seat belts.
4.  Check operation of interior and exterior lights.
5.  Check operation of ABS and/or air bag warning lights.
6.  Check windscreen washers and wipers.
7.  Check horn.
8.  Check operation of suspension dampers.


9.  Check/ top up engine oil.
10.  Check and record brake fluid condition.
11.  Check all auxiliary drive belts (not timing belt).
12.  Check Power steering operation and fluid condition.
13.  Check battery level.
14.  Check and top up all under bonnet fluid levels.
15.  Check and record Antifreeze protection.
16.  Check cooling system for leaks, cooling fan operation and heater output.
17.  Check the condition and security of the exhaust.
18.  Carry out tyre report.


19.  Road test vehicle and report any findings.
20.  Ensure upholstery, gear lever, steering wheel, etc. are clean.

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Car’s A/C


How does the A/C system work?

We all want the ultimate chill blasting out of our vents; especially when it comes to surviving the hot concrete jungle. When the A/C system kicks in on those hot, sweaty days, that’s something we all relish. But, believe it or not, there’s no ice machine inside (but at one time ice was used to cool people’s rides down). In fact, the cold air generated by your A/C system is actually hot air with hot gases removed during a multi-step process.

 It really is thermodynamics but we’re not gonna go there. The Cliff’s note version is simply about changes in pressure causing changes in temperature. Turn the A/C on and the compressor compresses the system’s refrigerant (Freon) raising its temperature. It loses heat as it flows through the condenser (that second radiator looking thing in front of the radiator). It passes through the receiver/dryer where contaminants and moisture are removed, and then on to the expansion valve/accumulator where the refrigerant is slowed down further, causing it to lose pressure and temperature before it gets to the evaporator. The evaporator is like a mini radiator (not to be confused with the heater core — they are two separate things) inside the dash of your ride that gets cold as it further lowers the refrigerants temperature and, additionally, removes moisture from the air. The ventilation system’s blower motor blows air over the cold evaporator and pushes cool air into the passenger compartment. Complicated, but aaaaaaaaah is it refreshing!


 Now that you know what being cool is all about, if you have problems being cool, book your car with Arnold Service Centre  0115 9666189 for an A/C Performance Check.



How often should my A/C be inspected?

You tell us. How’s the air feeling in your ride? Are you refreshed and cooled with full air flow when your A/C is pumping? Well, if you answered “Yes, I am as cool as a cucumber,” you can cross A/C inspection off your list.

 For all the “No” respondents: do you fall into the “my A/C is not cold enough” or the “it’s taking way too long to cool down,” side of the spectrum? Don’t sweat, stop by and have an A/C Check and we’ll have you back rolling down those hot summer streets cooler than ever. So chill, your A/C is only an inspection away from cooler days.



How often do I need my A/C system “recharged”?

Only when the cool breeze no longer feels as chilly as you remember. Simple enough. Now, it is true that a well maintained A/C system can go its entire life without needing a recharge. But, that’s if you’re extremely lucky.

 If you start noticing your A/C isn’t reaching those refreshingly cool temperatures, have your system inspected. In this situation, most cars will be low on Freon. And since the A/C is a sealed system, low Freon is a big sign that something is not right. It could be a small leak that needs attention or possibly part of the A/C is failing – bring it in and we’ll perform an A/C Performance Check and get to the root of the problem. We’ll get you back out there cruising with a nice, cool breeze again.



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Regas your Air Conditioning System!

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We are getting more Turbo faults coming in to the garage and most of them are due to lack of maintenance, more specifically, OIL CHANGE.

It doesn't cost the world to have your car Serviced or if you don't have the money for a Full Service, at least have an oil change.





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What is remapping?

What is remapping?



What is ECU Remapping?

When a manufacturer develops a new car they have to take into consideration all of the conditions it may be subjected to in all of the regions in which they intend to sell this model. This means instead of just optimising the ECU's program or 'map' to deliver the best performance or the most fuel efficiency they have to make compromises to the map to take into account these potential differing operating conditions. These could include sub-standard fuels, extremes in temperature and altitude, differing emission laws and even the possibility that vehicle may not be serviced on a regular basis and in accordance with the manufacturers recommended instructions.

ECU remapping is taking a read from the ECU's processing chip of the vehicles standard compromised map and adjusting various parameters within the map such as fuel pressure, boost pressure (on turbocharged applications) ignition advance and throttle pedal control amongst others to release the true performance from the engine. It is a completely safe process as it is just giving the engine the performance it should have had in the first place before all the compromises were applied to the original programming. Every engine will have its own unique map and by adjusting this we can fine tune the characteristics of the engine; unleashing more power and in many cases reduce fuel consumption too.


All modern cars and vans on the road today have an ECU(ENGINE CONTROL UNIT). This Engine Control Unit can almost be described as the vehicles 'brain' and contains a processor that takes information from various sensors throughout the engine. It analyses information such as the engine temperature, accelerator pedal angle, oxygen content in the burnt exhaust gases as well as many more parameters. Using the information from these sensors it can then add the right quantity of fuel, at just the right time to provide a good mix of fuel economy, performance and emission control when pulling away, overtaking, pottering down the road or zooming down the motorway.

Benefits of ECU remapping

ECU remapping will not only improve the engines power and torque figures, it will also sharpen the throttle response and widen the power-band. This will make the power delivery a lot more linear, which in turn will make the vehicle feel a lot livelier to drive and the engine more flexible. Frequently, the vehicles power output is restricted by the manufacturer for no other reason than to ensure that the vehicle fits into a class to suit fleet buyers. As a driving enthusiast, you do not need or want such restrictions placed upon your vehicles ECU and its performance therefore you can benefit from the hidden power and torque locked away within your engine management system.


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How an engine works.

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What to check when you buy a used car.



When you’re looking to buy a previously-owned car, the appearance of the vehicle can be a great indicator as to what’s happened to that car during its lifetime. We always encourage our customers to book their car in for a check before they buy it or even after is a very good idea because we will be able to give you a full report regarding your car.

Arnold Service Centre is always available to assist you through the phone if you have any questions while you are buying your car.


Here’s a list of areas and features to check when you visit your potential new car:


Make sure the car is located on flat ground and check that the vehicle is level to the ground.



Inspect the vehicle’s exterior for rust, paint chips, rough spots, cracks and sections of paint that don’t match.

 Look for panel gaps: Watch for large or small gaps between the door panels, the trunk and hood panels as this could mean a panel has been replaced or repositioned.



 Examine the glass for any chips, cracks or scratches.



 Is the boot large enough to suit your needs?

 If you’re frequently lugging around a stroller or oversized sports equipment, bring these measurements along to ensure these items will fit.


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No matter what car you drive, tyres play a very important role in a car’s safety and performance. During a car’s lifetime the grip that the tyres have on the road surface will have saved you from being in a collision many times.

The problem is that people don’t always remember to take care of their tyres – apart from when the car goes in for a service. The best solution is to make a tyre check a regular part of your car maintenance routine – just as you check the oil and water on a regular basis.     b2ap3_thumbnail_tire_wear_pattern.jpg



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Happy New Year!


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Waiting for Santa with winter offers


I just finished decorating our small Christmas tree :) and in I will need to go shopping for lots of sweets for our lovely customers who are choosing to trust Arnold Service Centre year after year! We are feeling grateful and blessed. Thank you!

This Christmas, we would like to give some love back by offering you a Winter Service for only £35.00.

Pick up the phone and give us a call :)




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Proper care for your car ensures solid long term reliability.





Tyre Pressure



Under-inflation or over-inflation of tyres can: Cause uneven tread wear Weaken your tyres Reduce traction Impact fuel consumption Increase wear

Eventually, you could have an inconvenient flat tyre or even a dangerous blowout. Over-inflation means the weight of your car is not distributed evenly across the entire tread but is instead concentrated on a thin strip in the centre. Under-inflation means the tyre is soft and the outside edges work harder than the softer centre. The extra rolling resistance makes your car work harder to move and increases fuel consumption.

Be sure to check your tyre pressures regularly, and maintain the recommended pressure listed in your owner's manual. Also, you can usually find this recommended pressure on a sticker posted on the door pillar or in the glovebox.

Tyre Wear



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Treat your car to a Winter Service !!!


Just as we prepare for winter with extra layers to protect ourselves from the cold, your car needs extra preparation to make it through the winter as well. Snow,ice and low temperature need to be taken seriously and prepared for.

This winter, make sure your car is as prepared as you are. Going the extra mile by getting your vehicle ready for winter could save your life.

Here, at Arnold Service Centre we have everything you need to get through the winter safely without any surprises.Just call us or email us for more details.



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Win Back the Cost of Your Service


For a chance to win your service cost back, simply let us know how we did on your service.

Enter the Free Prize draw by sending your feedback with comments in one of the following ways:


By Freepost™ using a Good Garage Scheme feedback card 

Online at 

Via the Good Garage Scheme's Free App


* Up to the value of £200.00 including V.A.T. Terms & Conditions apply.

Entries must be received by 19 December 2014.   

Terms & Conditions can be obtained from all Good Garage Scheme members.  

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How to Check Your Oil in 5 Easy Steps



 Checking your oil is an easy job. Don't wait for the oil light to come on.


Step 1






With your car parked on level ground, warm your engine up to operating temperature, then stop the engine long enough for the oil level to settle.


Step 2






Lift the bonnet and pull out the dipstick

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I can't even begin to explain how important is to have your car serviced in time!  I know I brag about it all the time but is sooooo worth it! It will save money in the long run!

We have this Diesel car in our garage on a 09 plate. The customer was complaining of lack of power so, like any good mechanic will do, we started with checking the basics. check oil, no sign of oil on the deep stick, check air filter, well, if you look above at the picture you will see that is blocked...Now this is one very, very, very dirty air filter. We don't see many of them as bad as this.

Because the air filter is blocked , is restricting the engine air intake making the car run uneconomical and underpowered. Let me put it this way, how would it feel to run with a sock stuck in your mouth all the time? 

So, we called the customer to ask him when did he had the car serviced last and he said about 18 months ago... that air filter looks like is been there for a much longer period of time, and not to mention that the remaining oil was nearly solid! Whatever the previous garage did on his car I can say without a doubt that it was not a service!

So we flushed the engine, changed the oil, air and oil filter and fuel filter, and put a diesel treatment in his tank.

All well until he called us in the morning that the car was driving  better but it was smoking like hell. It pulled in our car park and I could hardly see the car through the smoke. 

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How to improve your car’s fuel economy


Supermarkets across the country gave motorists a helping hand last week, slashing fuel prices to as little as 120.7p per litre. And it seems pump prices could be on the way down further still, as the RAC has also called for a cap on motorway service station fuel costs, revealing drivers could pay up to 16p per litre more to fill up. With further cuts on the horizon, check out these top tips on how to save even more money at the pumps by maximising your mpg.

 Remapp it

ECU remapping will not only improve the engines power and torque figures, it will also sharpen the throttle response and widen the power-band. This will make the power delivery a lot more linear, which in turn will make the vehicle feel a lot livelier to drive and the engine more flexible. Frequently, the vehicles power output is restricted by the manufacturer for no other reason than to ensure that the vehicle fits into a class to suit fleet buyers. As a driving enthusiast, you do not need or want such restrictions placed upon your vehicles ECU and its performance therefore you can benefit from the hidden power and torque locked away within your engine management system.

The other main benefit of remapping will be a reduction in fuel consumption. With the extra torque especially at the bottom of the rev range you will see a fuel saving, as it will require less throttle input to maintain motorway speeds, you can drive in a higher gear at a slower speed as well as helping significantly when fully laden, towing or on gradients and even in start stop traffic.

Service your car 

These days, car manufacturers have to go to great lengths to develop modern engines that are reliable and meet tough environmental regulations, all the while offering more power and lower emissions. Because of this it’s essential that a regular maintenance routine is followed. If you have been following the service schedule as specified by the manufacturer, then you'll already be in a good position. During these services you car's oil and other lubricants will be replaced, allowing the engine to run efficiently.


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How to find a good mechanic.


Laila Benfaida is a Trading Standards Officer for Hampshire County Council. We asked her how to find a good mechanic and what to do if you get stung by a rogue one.

Laila Benfaida's advice (Trading Standards Officer):

Do your homework - There are many forum sites and owners' clubs online that'll give an idea of the likely cause of faults if you search the symptoms. Having an idea of possible faults and the relevant terminology might deter someone from taking advantage and will also enable you to get a realistic gauge on potential costs.

Get quotes - Prices vary dramatically. If you know what the fault is it's important to get several estimates. Weigh up parts costs against labour.

VAT - is it included? - You should be told by law, but it can get overlooked and makes quite a difference with larger jobs.

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Wheel cylinders going wrong!

This is what happens when you don't have your car serviced in time!

This client purchased the car last January and she's been told that the car has been serviced and since then, half of time this 04 Corsa has been sitting on the drive. Cut story short, she booked her car for a  full service with us and this is one of the many faults we found...

The wheel cylinders were leaking on to the brake shoes contaminating them with brake fluid. These W.C. take a long time to reach the stage seen below in the pics and is obvious to me that the car hasn't been serviced in a very long time especially with the oil filter crumbling to pieces when I went to change it.

She had to have new rear wheel bearings because they were seized, wheel cylinders, shoes and drums... 

I always advise customers to book their cars for a full service as soon as they buy a new car regardless of what the seller is saying. It will save you a lot of money and heart ache .





A wheel cylinder is a component in a drum brake system. It is located in each wheel and is usually positioned at the top of the wheel, above the shoes. Its function is to exert force onto the shoes so as to bring them into contact with the drum and stop the vehicle with friction.

The wheel cylinders are usually connected to the shoes with small bird-beak shaped rods. It is very similar to a master cylinder and functions in much the same way, internally consisting of only a simple plunger. 

The wheel cylinder consists of a cylinder that has two pistons, one on each side. Each piston has a rubber seal and a shaft that connects the piston with a brake shoe. When brake pressure is applied, the pistons are forced out pushing the shoes into contact with the drum. Wheel cylinders must be rebuilt or replaced if they show signs of leaking.

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