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Telephone: 01255 241777
Fax: 01255 243517
Do you need mechanical repairs, servicing, MOT?

Our team of experienced mechanics will give you honest advice and discuss your options prior to completing all of the work required on your car.
We offer a range of service here at HMG Vehicle service, please see below for more details:

If your vehicle repair and/or modifcations is not mentioned on the above list, please feel free to Contact Us to discuss your request.

ANTIFREEZE

Antifreeze and engine coolant are actually the same thing and provide a dual benefit for your car, helping to regulate the temperature of your engine. Antifreeze is so called because it provides protection for your engine during the winter months from extreme cold temperatures. If the fluids in your engine were to freeze it could cause serious damage and cracking to the engine block. At the same time, when the engine is running, it becomes very hot. Therefore, the coolant properties of antifreeze prevent overheating by removing excessive heat from the engine due to its high boiling point. If your engine is not cooled efficiently the lubricant in the engine, which keeps the moving parts running smoothly, will break down leading to premature engine failure or increased exhaust emissions. We offer a free antifreeze condition check – no appointment needed, just call in.
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Brakes

Brakes are essential to safety. Failure of braking systems can impair your vehicle’s performance and may lead to MOT failure. Keeping your brakes maintained is essential and will help keep repairs to a minimum. For maximum safety and peace of mind it makes sense to have your brakes checked regularly, We offer a free, no obligation, brake check. Contact us to arrange an appointment.
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BRAKE FLUID

Brake fluid is required to transfer the force of the driving pressing the brake pedal to the wheel hub and lubricate moving parts in the braking system. Without brake fluid, your brakes will not work. Over time, brake fluid absorbs moisture. As the water content in your brake fluid increases, the effectiveness of your brakes decreases. Manufacturers recommend changing your brake fluid every two years. We offer a free brake fluid check – no appointment needed just call in.
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Engine Oil

Check your oil!
It's never been more important to check oil level regularly.
Extended service intervals, smaller capacity sumps, turbo chargers and the use of lower viscosity synthetic oils can all add up to higher oil usage.
With a smaller sump capacity, letting the oil level drop in a modern engine is more likely to increase engine wear - reduced volume means that oil will spend less 'recovery time' in the sump cooling down before circulating around the engine again. Hotter oil will breakdown and oxidise more rapidly.
FREE OF CHARGE ENGINE OIL LEVEL CHECK – no appointment needed, just call in. If your engine oil needs topping up we can do this while you wait.
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Shock Absorbers

Shock absorbers are used in conjunction with cushions and springs. An automobile shock absorber contains spring-loaded check valves and orifices to control the flow of oil through an internal piston.
External damage / corrosion / insecure mounting or negligible damping effect can all be reasons for an MOT failure
Ineffective Shock absorbers can also have other effects:
  • reduced braking efficiency results in longer braking distances
  • increased risk of skidding in the wet
  • aquaplaning occurs at lower speeds
  • reduced efficiency of ABS braking system and ESP stability control system
  • less control when cornering or caught in a cross wind
  • increased wear of tyres and other suspension components
  • uneven/oscillating headlight level causing dazzle to on-coming drivers
  • increased driver tiredness and reduced rate of response
  • increased passenger discomfort
  • increased risk of 'snaking' when towing a caravan or trailer
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Air Conditioning

Air conditioning doesn’t just provide in-car comfort during the hot summer months; it can also be used in winter to demist your windscreen. Air-con systems create dry warm air rather than the normal humid air from outside which can clear your windscreen much more quickly than your regular blowers. You may not be aware that over 10% of air-con gas permeates from the air-con system every year, which means that it may not work as well as it should. A drop in gas pressure will result in a loss of cooling efficiency as well as making your engine work harder (which, in turn, means more fuel). This is why car manufacturers recommend your air-con system is recharged with gas and lubricant every 2 years. This service is not part of routine vehicle servicing, so if your vehicle is more than 2 years old it’s probably due an air-con recharge.

The air-conditioning system needs regular attention to ensure it continues to work efficiently and effectively and we offer several services including:

BASIC AIR CONDITIONING SERVICE -- suggested carry out annually
The air conditioning service removes all the harmful bacteria that can build up within the air conditioning system. By circulating a special cleaner through all air intakes and venting systems this service removes any unpleasant smells, leaving your car smelling clean and fresh. The pollen filters in most vehicles should be replaced every 12 months, if this has not been done then we can replace it.

AIR CONDITIONG TEST & REGAS
If your air con system is not getting cold or is inefficient we will carry out a pressure test to ensure that the system has enough gas in it to operate correctly and check the operation of the pump. If the gas level is low we will regas the system and then re-check the pressure. If the pressure is still low or is dropping this would indicate a leak in which case we would recover the gas and carry out a nitrous oxide leak test to detect leaks in the system.
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Car Air Conditioning

Air conditioning not only cools it down, but also reduces the moisture content, or humidity. Over time the air-con gas gradually depletes which means your system might not work as well as it should.
Vehicle manufacturers suggest that air conditioning systems are recharged with gas and lubricant every 2 years.
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Batteries

Battery faults are the most common cause of breakdown. Batteries can die at any time of year but it's more likely in winter when the temperature gets cold. Don’t get caught out - call in for a free Battery condition check – no appointment needed. We keep a large selection of batteries in stock if required. .
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Car Collection and Delivery

Contact Us to find out if we could help with picking up your or dropping off your car for repair or servicing.

Car Exhausts

Faulty exhausts may result in reduced engine efficiency and may lead to damage of other engine components. The noise your exhaust makes can tell you a lot about its general condition, for example :
  • A loud roar could signify a hole in your exhaust pipe
  • A persistent rattle may mean part of the exhaust is loose
  • A tinkling sound could be a problem with your silencer
Contact us for a free exhaust check when our fully trained technicians will be happy to carry out a comprehensive inspection and advise of any necessary repairs. Exhausts available the same day for replacement
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Car Modifications

Do you want or are thinking about a vichile modification.
We could help select the right components to maximise you investment.
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Car Repairs

Repairs can cover everything from inside the vichile to the depths of the engine.
We are only a phone call away from being able to help.
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Car Safety Checks

Need that extra piece of mind or worried about something on your car
We can provide a range of checks to make sure your car is in the best condition as possible
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Car Servicing

In 2003, new European laws (Block Exemption Legislation) came into effect allowing independent garages to carry out servicing or repairs without invalidating a vehicle's warranty. This means that you don’t need to have your car serviced by a franchise dealer in order to retain your warranty cover. Franchise dealer services can be more expensive than the cost of an independent garage, even though in some cases they may cover fewer checklist items during the service! We have access to all manufacturers service schedules so will carry out servicing to the required specification in order to keep your warranty.

Why travel out of town? Contact us for a servicing quotation for your vehicle.
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Car Tyres

Tyres must be compatible with others on the car and generally in good physical condition. They must be correctly inflated to the vehicle manufacturer's recommended pressure Tread depth must be above the legal minimum which for passenger cars is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band in the centre 3/4 of the tread and around the entire circumference. Regular checks and maintenance help to make tyres last longer, and keep you on the right side of the law.

CALL IN FOR A FREE TYRE DEPTH AND PRESSURE CHECK/ADJUSTMENT
We also carry out puncture repairs
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Car Welding

We have a range of welding equipment.
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Classic Car Restoration

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Classic Car Servicing

Have a classic car and need help, Contact Us for advice.

Clutch

Your clutch enables you to connect and control the power of the engine to your gearbox - and then to create motion. it's essential that it is working correctly and that wear is monitored. if you notice it difficult to get into gear or slipping (when the engine speed increases but the car speed does not) when going up hills call in and we will check your clutch free of charge. We offer clutch replacement at competitive prices.
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Courtesy Car

Your car needs a service or repair, Can't afford to be without transport?
We have courtesy cars available, problem solved.
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Diesel Particulate Regeneration

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. 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 -- If you have a problem with the DPF not regenerating, then the alternative may be a forced regeneration which is carried out using a diagnostic tool.
Above around 85% soot loading means that regeneration can no longer be performed on the vehicle and the DPF will need removing to be cleaned or replaced.
We can carry out forced regeneration tasks at considerably less cost than DPF replacement.
Contact Us to see if we can help, a forced regeneration using our equipment and software could be cheaper the a replacement.

Engine Diagnostics

If you see warning lights illuminated on your dashboard, you may require an engine diagnostics check to help identify potential problems with your vehicle We use the latest vehicle diagnostic test equipment to enable our technicians to identify any faults and advise on any necessary repairs.
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Engine Management

We use the latest range of diagnostic tools and skills needed to help identify engine problems.
Helping us resolve any problem’s as quickly as possible.
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Fleet Maintenance

We subscribe to the 1-link fleet management system and are able to carry out fleet maintenance on the majority of fleet vehicles.
Although we are on the system your fleet management company may direct you out of town so let them know we are local to you and they can book in with us!
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Fuel Contamination drain off facility

Filled up with the wrong fuel?
Don’t panic -- Don’t start the vehicle or if you already have then turn off the engine and phone HMG. We will collect your vehicle and retrieve and dispose of the contaminated fuel and check for engine damage.
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Mechanical Repairs

We can deal with something minor and a niggle to a major job.
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MOT

As a certified and licensed MOT testing Centre we are able to carry out MOT test on both petrol and diesel class IV vehicles.
We offer a special price of £49 with one free retest (even if you take the vehicle for repair elsewhere) to be taken within 10 days.
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Motorhome MOT / Repairs

We all could enjoy a fun trip away but don't forget the fundamentals, A well planned trip starts with a well maintained vehicle
Not sure who to turn to for motorhome servicing / MOT and repairs
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Vehicle Recovery

We can come and recover your vehicle
Using our own breakdown recovery vehicle
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Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment could be you first step to save money.
Hitting a kerb or hitting a pothole at speed could result in wheel misalignment.
Poorly aligned tyres can:
  • Affect road holding
  • Increase fuel consumption
  • Decrease the life of your tyres
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Wheel Balancing and 4 Wheel Laser Tracking

Incorrect wheel alignment can result in rapid irregular tyre wear and can even affect the handling and safety of the vehicle. Wheel alignment problems can be caused by hitting a kerb, driving into a pothole in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components. It is important to get your wheel alignment checked annually to ensure you get the most out of your tyres. At HMG we carry out laser wheel tracking to ensure correct specification.
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