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Excellent service will use again and can recommend.
good job well done.. Nice approachable guy.. will deal with again
Excellent service!! friendly and efficient and a good price Thank you for fixing the Mazda 6 DPF.
effecient and timely repair to my vehicle.No hidden surprises and carried out the work that was only quoted on.Friendly and confident owner and staff.
Great garage, quickly diagnosed the problem with the car and a few additional parts were required due to the previous garage bodging the car, but Auto master quickly solved the problems and I was kept fully informed of all the additional parts and the fitted cost before they went ahead and they even delivered the car back when they had finished. They will definitely be maintaining all my cars in the future.
Friendly and professional staff, good price, job was completed within time and to a very good standard
Excellent service friendly staff. A* will recommend
Better than Concorde
Yes very impressed there was other work that needed attention on my car but was also priced fairly and completely with the time frame, I found the guys at the centre very helpful and even helped out with getting me back to the garage to collect as I couldn’t get there
Very good, car was collected on time, kept up to date on extra work and agreed oil change. Car returned to home on time. Have used before, will use again, everything excellent.
Brilliant, quick service. Great price. Would recommend this garage to anyone thinking of changing garage. Will be back very soon for a Major Service! Thanks Lads!
Great guy, great service, great price, and ere indoors sends apologies.
Cheapest quote by far and fast repair. Fitted new clutch 2 days after the quote was given. Excellent service, friendly and always answers messages promptly. Already got my next job sorted out with them. Brilliant service
Andris was super helpful, really knowledgable and got the work done for the fraction of the price from else where. Did my break caliper & pads at the same time. Will definitly use again!
Had work done at formula 1 very happy! Regards Graham
Went for aircon regass but the pump was dead. Garage was very helpful and explained how it happened and how much it would cost.
They were really good, everything went well
Fantastic service from both Alan and the rest of the team. I dropped my car at AB Motors at 8.30 in the morning and walked into town to do a bit of shopping. Alan called me at 11.30 to advise my car was ready for me to collect i did advise my breaks felt a bit strange but Alan said they were fine but he advised me to get them checked again in a couple of months. The total ammout was £135.00. I have already booked my car back in to have the brakes checked in a couple of months. Thank you to Alan and the rest of the team for compleating the service on my car. See you in a couple of months for the break check
Although this wasn't the cheapest quote it was the easiest for me to get to. Price quoted was all I paid as the car needed no extra items. Alan in the office was lovely to deal with and chatted to me while I waited. I didn't have much to do with the workshop guys but they seemed nice too.
Very impressed with the price and service received. Alan and the team were very professional and were even able to accommodate a change in plans and bring the service forward. Would definitely recommend AB Motors to any one who asks and will definitely use this garage again for all our Family cars.
prompt service, happy with price. quoted 130 on website final price was 136.02 due to a faulty fog light. never received a phone call to get consent to carry out the additional work even though it was only a fog light, a phone call would have been appreciated. reccomended garage though.
Great service, lovely cups of tea. Made to feel very welcome and will be returning for sure. Would urge people to try this honest and fair garage. Many thanks.
Replaced all brake pads. Collected and Returned all in one Saturday afternoon. Rang and confirmed before any extra work was needed. 5* Service and will be using again !!!!!
Great service - would definitely recommend! Saved us a lot of money, as didn't need to change gearbox.
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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