Archives for September 2, 2019

You should always be sure to inspect your vehicle regularly, to pick up any faults before they become bigger problems. PARC Motors Pontypool are here to give you the top three vehicle checks we believe everyone should be doing weekly to keep the quality of their motor. Read on or call us for more information.

Vehicle Oil Checks Pontypool

A simple weekly dipstick test will make sure your engine oils are at the right height, so nothing suddenly stops working. Oil is important for your vehicle because it keeps everything running smoothly (literally).

For those who don’t know, when you pull the dipstick out, the oil should be between the lines indicated. We recommend doing the dipstick test a few times (wiping the rod after each attempt) to be sure the reading was correct.

Look at the shade and texture of the oil too as the very dark pasty kind doesn’t necessarily mean it must be changed. It’s best to go to your local garage or us at PARC Ltd for help as this is commonly misunderstood. 

Windscreen Wiper Maintenance Pontypool

People don’t often think to check their windscreen wipers but if they aren’t kept clean and new, they could cause streaks or even scratches on your windscreen. This is bad as it can obstruct your view when driving, especially in bad conditions.

Windscreen fluid should be topped up often and faults should be fixed when immediately possible, just like anything else to do with your vehicle. We at PARC Ltd can do this for you for a great price so call us today and book an appointment.

Pontypool Tyre Checks

Tyres legally must have the correct tread and pressure else they put you at risk on the road. The 20p test shows you if your tread is correct, as well as the indicators on your tyres. You should be able to tell if your tyres are in serious need of changing but it shouldn’t get to that point.

For the correct tyre pressure, you can check your vehicles handbook or go online and search your vehicle if your handbook isn’t with you. While checking your tyre pressure and tread, be sure to look for any tears or bumps on or around the tyres. These should be looked at my a professional if found. Our team at PARC Ltd would be happy to help you out, call us today.

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We hope you have a better understanding on the weekly checks and tasks you should be carrying out on your own vehicles. If you encounter a problem that you don’t know how to fix, call us at PARC Ltd to speak to an experienced mechanic and book an appointment at our garage.

Brakes are simply hydraulic pressure going through a friction-causing mechanism to bring the car to a halt. It accomplishes this by pressurising brake fluid as it travels through pipes and hoses to either a disc brake or a drum brake. Did you know that the front wheels absorb 80% of the braking force?

Brakes are critical components of any car or machine. It’s also useful to know what kinds of differences there are and how they function. PARC Ltd has put together some material to help you understand things a little better. If you have any questions about car brakes after reading this post, don’t hesitate to call us.

Disc Brakes Pontypool

Disc brakes contain three main parts, these being: brake pads, calliper and the disk. You normally see them on the back wheels of high performance or large vehicles such as lorries or trucks, as opposed to the front wheels on normal vehicles such as cars.

How they work:

• The disk is squeezed by the brake pads
• Hydraulically force is transmitted
• Friction causes the disk to slow down
• The vehicle slows down or stops

Drum Brakes Pontypool

The disc and the drum are the most significant differences between disc and drum brakes. Drum brakes operate in the same way as disc brakes do, which makes them much easier to comprehend.

When you step on the brake pedal, hydraulic wheel cylinders press the curved brake shoes against the brake drum. As a result of the friction, the wheels slow down or come to a halt. The rear wheels of several vehicles have drum brakes, while the front wheels have disc brakes. Drum brakes, on the other hand, are more difficult to service than disc brakes because they have more components. However, since emergency braking systems are simpler to implement, they are less costly to produce.

If you need any sort of brakes repairing, replacing or servicing, PARC Ltd is the place to come to for quality work and value for money. Call us today.

ABS Brakes Pontypool

Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are designed to prevent car wheels from locking during hard braking, which can cause skidding and loss of power.

When a vehicle brakes rapidly or harshly, the anti-lock braking mechanism prevents the wheels from locking up. They ensure that the driver maintains vehicle control and does not skid across the lane, which is obviously very dangerous.

The machine controls the rotation speed of the wheels and, if it senses one spinning at an incorrect speed, it adjusts the brake pad pressure. This restores the wheel’s rotation to that of the other wheels. Anti-lock brakes do this repeatedly when driving, so you can feel a tug or a jerk.

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Hopefully your knowledge on brakes has somewhat improved now and you feel confident with the technology that is saving your life every time you step on that pedal!

For trustworthy advice on brakes or generally maintenance of your vehicle, PARC is only a phone call away. Or if you are in the Pontypool area, visit our garage to see an experienced mechanic.

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