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Excellent service and quick response to resolve issues will come back again
Patrick was great, he's a genuine guy and I would highly recommend him for all car works. Picked up my car the very next day first thing in the morning, my car was repaired very quickly and for a great price.
Got this job just before Christmas, Very satisfied with all the work done, front n back pads and disks on a Range Rover.
Excellent service, quoted me 200 less than other garage and fitted me in straight away..all work done in 1.5hrs while i waited. Highly recommended, i will definitely be using them again.
Happy With the service overal
Very good service replace my brake pads in 1.5 hours. Very nice guy and a highly competitive price. Definitely worth using this garage. Thanks
Great garage. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Communication was really good and we were fitted straight in on the day we called. Car is a Mercedes GLA Needed a diagnostic check, which showed that I needed a new starter motor. Was given a very reasonable quote and was told that it could be done that afternoon. Work carried it was all good and car is working fine. Much better than going to Mercedes garage where it would probably have cost double the price. Thank you Inderjit and team for your prompt, reliable, friendly service.
This garage has some very talented mechanics, the job was finished in a very timely manner with zero faults. Definitely will come back there for future repairs
Good price and service. Highly recommended
This garage was brilliant. They saw me the next day as I was in a rush and had the work completed within an hour. They have competitive prices and are thoroughly professional. I'd highly recommend this garage.
Good quick service on Christmas eve. Labour charge slightly higher than expected but satisfied overall. Would recommend.
Quick and friendly service
Sorted any issues while highlighting anything else that needed. Took time and helped out and done a real good chop and cost effective
Very good service, tbh I wasn't sure what to expect, small garage in chingford absolutely no complaints good price will use again.
Daniel is an absolute gent. He’s sorted out my new car, full service and now a number of other things, all of which he’s sorted immediately for me. Will be my go to guy now for all work to be done and I can highly recommend him to anyone looking for a reliable and knowledgeable mechanic.
Car Technic were very professional in answering all of my questions, Fitted genuine Audi parts at a price that was a great saving over the main dealer price, and I have a two year guarantee. Will definitely recommend.
It was a great job, thank you Daniel
Good. Prompt & pleasant service.
Fantastic from start to finish, Daniel was so helpful and professional. I HIGHLY recommend him, went above and beyond what he needed to do. It's easy to see why he has so many 5 start reviews. Thanks again Daniel.
Needed my van for work, the dpf emmisions needed repairing. His efficiancy was invaluable. Mike contacted me after an enquiry online. Efficient service and reliable. My van now back on the road so I can work for my buisness . Mike accommodated the times I requested to book my van in so I could get the van back on the road . Highly recommend this garage
As expected, it was not a regs issue. The heater motor had blown and needed to be replaced. Mike is incredibly busy, but was very efficient and good at communicating and setting expectations. He stuck to timelines and have us prompt updates and did not force us to make decisions. He switched the motor and got the car back to working order in less than a day. Thank you for your help, it was much appreciated.
Mike was polite very customer focused and has a lot of pride in his work and I would recommend Sphinx vehicle repairs to everyone I’ll definitely be recommending them to my friends and family
The service was just as advertised. A price including car pickup cost was agreed over the phone. Mike picked the car up from the house on the Thursday night, leaving his car, as agreed. He performed the MOT on Friday morning and called me to discuss the advisory points. He dropped the car off on Friday afternoon. The one improvement I would recommend is that the communication could be better between the job being accepted and the appointment date to give the customer peace of mind that they haven't been forgotten. That said, this appointment went well and I would definitely recommend and use his services again in future.
Great service, very knowledgeable personel. Would definitely go back if needed. Thank you Mike
This was the first time I used "whocanfixmycar.com" and Todaton Garage. I only selected Todaton as they were close by. Once my BMW X4 was dropped off, I was given regular updates on the progress, and also had the opportunity to speak directly to the knowledgeable technician . I was assured no parts or repairs would take place without my approval. The fault issue was identified (EGR value was malfunctioning) and new EGR value installed. Car was returned back to normal. Highly recommend Costa, Majid and the team!
Done all they could, friendly service. Thanks guys !
Good customer service
Very professional, knew what they were doing, would use again
Honest guys, no issues
From start till finish what a great service provided by this garage. I was in an emergency situation and no one else called but Todaton service garage. highly recommended. excellent mechanic Ilko, great person in general. Thank you Todaton, i will proudly recommend your services to local individuals in need.
Cant speak highly enough of Patrick. My daughter is a student in North London and was stuck when the rear brakes developed problems. Patrick collected the car the day following contact and repaired it the same day and retuned it to her accommodation. His customer service and reliability was fantastic and I would have no hesitation recommending his services. The cost of his services are very reasonable also. Will certainly use again in the future.
I needed my car mot'd as well as new brakes and some repair work. Patrick not only collected and delivered my car back to me (saving me a days annual leave) but also provided first class customer service throughout the whole process. As im new to the area, im really pleased to have found a mechanic i can trust. His advice about the car was spot on, and I will definitely be putting my business Patrick's way in the future. I will also recommend him to my friends and family.
The braking system in a car is responsible for bringing your vehicle to a stop while you’re driving.
Modern cars have brakes on all four wheels which are operated by a hydraulic system and are made up of several components all of which are subject to stress which could result in breakage.
The front brakes in a car are typically the ones which play the greater part in bringing a car to stop as the weight of the car is thrown forward every time the vehicle comes to a stop.
There are different systems used for braking from one car to the next which suits the needs of the vehicle size and function.
The common hydraulic system uses fluid to apply pressure to pistons in the car close to its wheels to bring the car to a halt.
Some cars also have power brake assistance which helps to reduce the amount of effort required to apply stopping power.
If you need to have your brakes repaired there are several issues that could have caused the problem and several things that could be affected.
If you suspect you need your brakes repaired but your car is still drivable, there are some symptoms which could give you clues as to what the problem is.
The brakes are often the noisiest part of a car if there is an issue which means you should be able to hear a problem which cannot be said of many other broken car parts.
Here are the tell-tale sounds and signs to look out for if your cars brakes have an issue.
This may be caused by worn out brake pads. If they are so worn down, metal will be clutching metal to stop, so the noise will not be pleasant!
This is caused if there is friction being created from the linings of the brakes which will lead to further damage being caused to the brake pads, brake linings, brake drums and rotors.
If you have squeaking brakes you could even have a stone or debris stuck in between the brake caliper and the brake pad, though this is rare.
If you would like to know more about why my brakes are squeaking, we have written a full guide for you to understand what do do and how much the repair would be to fix squeaking brakes.
All you have to do to find out why your brakes are squeaking is clicking here
This can be caused by three issues, leakage in the system, air getting into the brake linings or there is a need to adjust the brake.
You will know if there is a problem if you need to pump the brakes to just stop the car, alternatively if the pedal sinks all the way to the floor when the car is stopped the problems listed above are the most likely to be causing issue.
This happens when you have a damaged brake line, have worn the brake linings down or have uneven linings.
If you can feel brakes dragging, this is likely to be caused by contaminated fluid being in the system or the brakes not being adjusted properly.
If the brake pedal feels mushy, spongy or is slow to sink to the floor, there is a good chance that the master cylinder is to blame. The cylinder is the part responsible for applying pressure to the brakes so when that pressure is not there, there is a high chance that the master cylinder is the problem.
If the rubber seals on a master cylinder break down over time, the debris and lack of effectiveness of the part will result in the contamination of brake fluid, which turns dark brown or black in the eventuality of seal degradation.
If the engine warning light switches on, there are a huge variety of problems which could be the cause including the master cylinder. Modern cars carry a huge number of pressure sensors to detect issues within the engine. If there is a pressure change, it could be the result of the master cylinder breaking.
As soon as you notice any of these problems, it is vital that you address the issue.
A mechanic is best qualified to carry out checks due to the variety of components, fluids and materials used to make up a braking system.
If you choose to ignore a drop in performance, you are putting your vehicle and everybody inside at risk.
When you have your brakes repaired, it is also important to ensure that you and your mechanic keep the following points in mind.
When you are having your brake pads replaced, you should also have your discs replaced and ensure each axle has its own new set.
During the first 200km the performance of your new brakes may not be tip top as they need to ‘bed in’ you should therefore avoid heavy braking if it can be helped during this time.
After the installation you should also pump the brake pedal until it becomes stiff to break the new equipment in however you should also ensure the wheels freely rotate when the pedal is not pushed down.
By following this advice you will ensure your brakes serve your vehicle in the best possible way.
Brake pads and discs are the most common form of brake repair. The brake discs spin with your car's wheels and the brake pads are pushed against the discs when you apply the brake pedal in order to bring your car to a halt.
For more information visit our brake pads and discs page.
Brake calipers hold the brake pads against the discs when the brakes are applied so a car cannot come to a stop without them being fully operational.
The brake caliper acts like a clamp when bringing the car to a stop and it needs to be able to grip the disc properly and apply enough pressure to work properly.
Brake caliper repair can consist of fixing the existing part, however, there is a high chance that the brake caliper will be replaced if there is a major problem as refurbishing a brake caliper or attempting to apply a fix may not completely repair the part.
Brake fluid is critical for the brake system and brake fluid problems are common when it comes to brake repairs. If the brake fluid drops below a certain level, a drivers ability to bring a car to a halt will drop rapidly. This often happens due to a leak as a result of rust.
Brake fluid will always be checked during a full service or an MOT and if the level is too low, a mechanic will check for a leak as this is the most common cause of low brake fluid.
If you have not had a full service and you are not due an MOT for a good while, it is always good practice to check your own car fluid levels, including brake fluid levels. The brake fluid container is located beneath the hood of the car and close to the bottom of the windshield. Check the brake fluid level by unscrewing the lid and peering into the container. Our fluid levels guide gives more information on checking your brake fluid.
An anti-lock braking system is used by many modern cars. This method of braking has been implemented as a safety measure as it allows a car to maintain tractive contact with the road as the brakes are applied and a car comes to a stop.
If you are wandering how do you use ABS brakes, then don’t worry, the ABS braking system is automatically applied to a car when the brakes are pressed, you don’t need to do anything different.
Cars with an ABS system will also be subject to the ABS light coming on at one time or another and if this happens, you need to take the car to a garage to have the issue looked at as the system may no longer be fully operational. If the ABS light AND brake light switch are on at the same time, it is critically important that you get to a local garage as soon as possible.
Brake rotors is another name for brake discs and if you would like more information on this subject, we have an entire page dedicated to brake pads and discs.
The master cylinder is a vital part of the braking system as it serves as the main valve through which brake fluid is channelled to the brake lines and onto the brake calipers which in turn, grip the brake pads which clamp onto the brake disc to bring a car to a halt.
A master cylinder controls the flow of brake fluid and so if there is a fault, the car will not be able to stop properly.
Brake lines carry brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brake calipers. Brake lines are subject to deterioration from the result of rust damage and brake fluid leakage. If the brake lines break, then fluid cannot be carried to the brake calipers and you will not be able to stop your car. That is why it is so important to keep an eye on a drop in performance of your braking power as a reduction may highlight a problem with the brake lines.
Backing plates hold brake discs in place and are what they are mounted upon. There is not a huge amount of problems when it comes to backing plates as the part is simply there to hold another part in place. The biggest issue could be that the part becomes dislodged from the result of an impact.
The most common form of handbrake problems is when the handbrake cable snaps and a new one needs to be fitted. A new handbrake cable is not expensive and fitting the part is not a complex job so you should not have to pay a lot in labour.
If you think your handbrake is close to snapping, it is critical that you take your car to a garages as soon as possible. If you leave your car parked on an incline and the handbrake cable snaps while you are away from the vehicle, it could suddenly start rolling down a hill and pose a serious risk to pedestrians and other drivers.
The handbrake cable is made of metal and so, being exposed to the elements, will deteriorate over time. Rust may be a cause of the handbrake cable to weaken and snap.
One of the most obvious signs that your handbrake cable is close to snapping, is that the handbrake itself will pull up higher than usual.
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