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I used this garage last year & was pleased with the service I recieved, I used them again this year & again had great service from the person who collected my car & speaking to someone at the garage. They informed me beforehand of the work I needed doing, the price quoted for the extra work was reasonable. As a woman who has bad experiences with some garages trying to rip me off, I find this garage respectful, honest & trustworthy which makes all the difference. I highly recommend this garage & will always use them in the future.
This is a highly experienced and knowledgeable business willing to listen to their customers needs. I will go back to Barnside without a shadow of a doubt. Paul stayed in touch via messaging even whilst on holiday and a member of staff rang me to confirm dates and times. A true hidden gem.
Job went as expected. Friendly service and we're happy to give me advice on another issue I had. Will be using them again. Thank you
Work was done quickly and staff were polite
Barnside Motors was excellent throughout booking my service to up-dating me on the day. Their pick up and delivery service was a bonus. I would definitely recommend them.
Did MOT + service with Simon at the same time. Brilliant service, definitely recommend.
Excellent service highly recommended
Really really good service.. on time, price as expected.. good quality work and even checked other parts of my brakes to make sure they were all safe.. thanks
Very professional service, work was carried out in good time and to a high standard.
Simon was efficient and absolutely brilliant fixing my car. He responded quickly to my request, and did the work right there and then at my office. I would not hesitate in using him again and recommending him to others.
A1 service. Very helpful staff.
Did not use garage.
No nonsense. Dropped my car for an MOT, picked it up an hour later with no issues. The lads that work there were friendly and helpful, would highly recommend.
Awesome service, really friendly and helpful, professional staff. Highly recommended.
Great service, would recommend
Formula One garage were the ONLY garage to quote me & call me with a booking. My air con was fixed & sorted all within 24 hours. Their staff were exceptionally friendly & professional. They even gave me tips & advice for future. I am recommending formula one to everyone I know. I will, without a doubt, use Formula One Garage now for servicing, MOT, tyres etc in future. Thank you F1. L.Rainer (24/7/19)
Good Value and Professional
Good work and speed as advertised
Nice guy great communication did the job with no problems and fit me in to suit my schedule. Would definitely recommend
Amazing service for an even better price. Took a last minute booking and did a great job.
Really nice guy would use again
Justin is a friendly, helpful, really nice guy. Re gassed my Merc, as agreed, but then also ran a full scan for any faults, cleared old ones and left me with air con working - and took no extra money for this. Would definitely recommend and will for sure use again.
They are so amazing and very nice and handle my bae well
Fantastic honest workmen, found a faulty suspension arm which would stop them from adjusting alignment into place. Told me, spoke to my Porsche specialist and sent me away with nothing to pay. I will definitely return once suspension arm is fixed :-)
Car: Range Rover Sport (4 Wheel Alignment) After some new parts were put on my car from service, i was told as a result of the change the camber and alignment will need to be done. I went to Protyre in Slough, they quickly put my car on the ramp while i waited inside, they set it all up, when i left i noticed it drove so much better, however my steering was still not quite straight, so i called up and told them i will bring it back, i was able to for a good 4 weeks. I eventually took it back when i had time, and the gentleman instantly told me to sit down took my keys and they worked on the car almost immediately at no extra charge. The nice gentleman who made the adjustments on my car, tested it on the road and confirm it was ok, he even went through my old settings on the sheet, and confirm where they made the changes which was actually quite cool explaining to that detail. they had a white wrap on my sit to protect it while working on the car. i have to say they were all very polite, thank you, have a nice day etc. So I will highly recommend and will go there from now on when i have any tyre or tracking issues with any of my cars. Thanks, CN
Excellent customer service and great value for money
The job was completed in the same day and James completed additional checks outside of the scope, even small things like pumping up the tyres. It wasn't clear which parts I needed so he made sure both were in stock. When the price of the parts came in over the estimate, he provided a discount to try and bring this price back down. James is very friendly, professional and knows what he's talking about!
They picked up my car and returned it cleaned inside and out. Nice, friendly. Everything you could wish for and more
Barnside are superb! They didna great job on my audi a3 brake servo replacement. They called me with updates and did a great job. Highly reccomended. I will be having my service done by barnside and anybother repairs in future. Paul and steve are both very knowledgable. 10/10
Good and fast service. Fixed my problem. Also provided a courtesy car which is a nice touch. However, lost one of the wheel bolt caps and scratched my rear alloy wheels.
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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