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Always helpful, and always do the work quickly. Will be going back for the next service.
Excellent service from start to finish, very friendly with great communication and knowledge. Got a few more jobs done at the same time as the exhaust fitting and going back next week for another job to be done. I live 15 miles from Pool Street Garage but will now use all the time, very impressed with Mark,Emma and all the team.
Very cooperative receptionist and all staff
Excellent garage. Happy to recommend
Great friendly service from start to finish would highly recommend to family and friends was cheapest quote by far will definitely be using again in the future thankyou so much for the grey service
Punctual, honest and a true specialist in the field. Gareth was able to swiftly and professionally replace the cambelt and waterpump. He also cleaned the egr valve and managed to fix my car's starting issue. I would definitely hire him again in the future. The price was quite reasonable and directly competes with local garages.
Gaz arrived in perfect time, got straight on with doing the cambelt kit and water pump on my car- Completed in 2 hours. polite and professional fella
Out standing Job Gaz did it was a pleasure ..Proper top Job he did thank you definitely would recommend
Final price was the quoted price, which was very competitive and fair. Gareth turned up on time, on a saturday, and did the work on my drive. His manner was laid back an confident, which was welcome. He didn't make ay demands and just carried out the work efficiently, finishing well within the 4 hours quoted. I would highly recommend his services and have already booked him for additional work for me. 5 stars
Thank you Gav for a great job turned up on time clean and quick sevice on a new cam belt and water pump and also blead the water system and filled up the tank with new fluid. I would recommend Gavin to anyone top man good job thank you regards Noel Wash Stafford
Great service! Highly recommend
Work done in the time that I was quoted Explained all work that was carried out Repairs were expertly carried out
Good garage - I was advised by the VW main dealers I had a certain issue, tried to get this work carried out cheaper at DR motive and I was advised that it wasn't the issue. DR motive sorted it all out - car now running brilliantly. Good garage and good guys working there! thank you
Five stars. Everything was superb. Very friendly staff, perfect communication, great courtesy car and I got my car nice and clean. Now my car drives like it should be. Ace work! Definitely will back.
Excellent garage very happy with the service i received. The cost was well below the rest i checked. Highly recommend.
Brilliant team nothing is any trouble
Picked my car up as requested. Excellent service
Picked my car up as requested. Excellent service
Came to pick up the car, repaired and dropped it off. Can’t fault the service really. I’ll be sure to use them in the future for all my servicing, MOT and repair needs. Thanks to the guys there
Very good service.
Brilliant service at highly competitive price which included picking car up and even dropping it off. Work was done next day. Fantastic garage would seriously highly recommend.
Good flexible service. Checked the car and no faults found. Thanks.
First class service, was ready as Promised, Will Definitely use again and would not Hesitate in recommending this garage to all friends and family.
Easy to deal with, and reasonably priced.
Brilliant service. Deffinetely worthy of the 5 stars
Excellent team working on a terrible day fixed my car and got me a battery for life for Mrs car as well
Great service, even better valet! Didn’t know my car was that colour!
Yes I would recommend this garage, they were friendly helpful and completed their task well
Highly recommend these guys, communication was quick and easy, they came and collected my car with no fuss and dropped off later in the afternoon. Only problem was I didn't realise they were cash only so had to pop to the cash point when they brought the car back! Standard of work and price was excellent though.
Excellent customer service, such friendly staff. I had my brake pads and discs done, and a part worn tyre. Best price around, and definitely good quality. My car drives like a dream. I'll be back at the end of the month for my MOT and couple of minor things I need. Highly recommended :)
Fantastic service from Ian Cotton, very friendly and polite. Price was the most competitive and he even washed my car, which I wasn't expecting. Thank you Ian
Would really recommend! After speaking to the mechanic that came out to me. He recommened I upgrade my pads and discs to performance ones, really notice the difference from my old brakes. Their knowledge is great, will definitely use again and would highly recommend to everyone thinking of avoid high street garage costs!
Great service received from Pool Street Garage. Job completed perfectly with a fantastic price!!! Very happy! Thanks very much.
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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