Car Service Ilford

Getting stuck with your broken down car on the side of the road is a major inconvenience, even if it is for an hour or less. That is why when it comes to vehicle maintenance, prevention is always better than cure. Preventative car maintenance will ensure that your car is safe to drive and is less likely to break down.

Chigwell Motor Works provides dealership-level car service for all models and makes, as well as affordable repairs so you don’t have to dig deep into your wallet.

Cars are built to last, but they are built in a way that they demand regular upkeep. Neglecting basic maintenance leads to major repairs, which will be 10 times more expensive. To avoid the dent in your savings, make sure you get your car serviced every 6000 miles or 1 year – whichever is earlier.

All you have to do is spare 1 day out of 365 days. And if you love your car and want it to last, there’s no way you can’t do that.

With that said, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of car servicing:

Common Questions
How it’s done, when it should be done and what all is covered
#1 Engine Oil Change

The engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. While petrol and diesel power the vehicle, the engine oil lubricates the internal engine components to prevent overheating. Over time, the engine oil loses its viscosity and thus lubrication properties. To avoid friction, between moving engine parts, make sure you change the engine oil regularly – as mentioned in the user manual.

Chigwell Motor Works understands that every vehicle is built differently and requires a different grade of engine oil. That is why we always refer to your vehicle’s user manual to find out which engine oil grade suits your particular model and make.

After we change the engine oil, we also change the oil filter and filter seal to prevent oil leakage down the road.

#2 Tyres

With a troublesome engine, you can only go so far. But with a flat tyre, you can’t move at all. A car is as good as its tyres. Therefore, it is important to check your tyres’ health periodically to avoid breakdowns. At Chigwell Motor Works, we provide a complete tyre check-up service where we assess the tread to make sure the tyres are wearing out evenly.

For the sake of your safety, consider replacing the tyres if they are no longer able to grip the road or have visible cracks on the sidewall.

On the other hand, abnormal tread wear is a clear indication of poor wheel alignment or issues with your suspension system. In either case, a quick diagnosis can reveal the issue and can be fixed in our workshop.

Plus, the significance of correct tyre pressure cannot be overstated. Inflating your tyres to the correct pressure saves fuel and increases tyres’ life. That is why we always ensure your tyres are inflated to the recommended PSI.

#3 Battery

Under normal conditions, car batteries can last 4-5 years. But we have seen some of them dying within 30 months. Whatever may be the reason, this is the last thing you will want to fail because without a functional battery, your car won’t start, especially if you drive an Automatic.

During the routine service, our experts will check your battery’s health using a multimetre. The reading will tell us how long the battery can hold the charge. If the voltage/current rating indicates poor health, consider replacing your battery or else be prepared to get stranded in the middle of nowhere.

#4 Wipers

When was the last time you had your windscreen wipers changed? If it’s been more than a year, it’s about time.

You will realise the importance of wipers only when it’s raining, but it’ll be too late by then. But we care for you and make sure your wipers are in good shape.

As the rubber on the wiper blades wear out, not only your visibility during the rain gets compromised but you will also notice a permanent streak on the windscreen left by the exposed metal on the blades. Our service expert will inspect your wipers and recommend replacement if necessary. With new, quality wipers, you will notice the difference in how they work.

#5 Air Filter

The air filter is located in the air-intake assembly to keep dust and debris from entering the engine. Since the air filter traps dirt particles, it gets clogged up over time. As a result, the engine doesn’t get sufficient air for combustion and burns more fuel. The solution is to either clean or replace the filter. The commonly used paper-based filters cannot be cleaned and therefore need to be replaced during the logbook service.

If you drive in areas with a lot of dust and pollutants in the air, the air filter will need more frequent replacing.

#6 Other Essential Fluids

This includes brake oil, coolant, transmission oil and battery water. During the routine checks, our technicians will top off these fluids if the level has dropped, or replace altogether if the fluid has changed colour or viscosity.

Driving Mistakes You Should Avoid to Make Your Car Last Longer

Riding the clutch
This is one of the most common rookie mistakes. While it’s tempting to rest your foot on the clutch pedal while driving, this causes your clutch plates to wear out at an exponential rate; say if your clutch plates were to last 70k miles, you’d end up wearing them out within 15k miles by riding the clutch.

Pressure washing your engine

A classic car detailing mistake. The powerful squirts of water are a bit too harsh for all those sensors and sensitive components in the engine compartment. Use a piece of cloth and engine cleaning solutions for effective results without inflicting any harm on your engine.

Parking with your transmission engaged
Your car’s transmission is not designed to hold your car steady when parked on a slope; use your parking brake instead to spare your transmission the strain.

Using water instead of coolant mix
For effective cooling, use a 50-50 mix of coolant and water. Using water only as a cooling agent will lead to rust build-up inside the radiator, which means a heavy repair bill is coming your way. If you want to get your car serviced in Ilford at the best price, contact Chigwell Motor Works to book an appointment.


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    Steve Harris
    Steve Harris
    Excellent. Friendly. Knowledgeable. Will use again.
    Lima Beanz
    Lima Beanz
    100% service from the guys here. They explained perfectly what needed doing and didn't add on any things I didn't need. Plus they were priced very inexpensively, courteous and quick! Can't ask for more!!!
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    Eunice McDonaldKnight
    Great service. Efficient, knowledgeable staff.
    Barbara Commons
    Barbara Commons
    Excellent service reasonably priced
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    Amanda Sepahzad
    Efficient mechanics. Perfect service always.
    Jan Willingale
    Jan Willingale
    I had to use the services of chigwell motors when someone's car rolled into mine! I am absolutely delighted with the job they did! Fitting me in when they were really busy! A very special thank you to Danny who went above and beyond for me! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them, or use them myself again!
    Jed Thomas Film
    Jed Thomas Film
    Cannot say a bad word about these guys. Honest, reliable and very fairly priced. The whole team are great! No bulls**t involved unlike many a garage I have been to before. Will be using them again 100%. Thanks chaps!

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