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Hastings Car Crash Damage: Body & Paint Repairs

Metamorism can be a problem with matching custom paintwork: The paint may look an identical match in daylight but completely different in artificial light

Minor surface damage including key scratches to the Car laquer or paint finish and Car bumper scuffs may be repaired quite easily

If your Car has been involved in a minor collision then some body panels may need to be repaired or replaced depending upon the severity and location of the impact

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Most Car replacement body panels can be refinished to match the original Car paint colour and avoid a full respray

Many minor surface dents can be removed without needing to paint the affected panel unless the paint surface is damaged or starts to delaminate from the substrate

When a Car has been custom painted and needs a paint touch up or partial respray then it's important to use the original paint or it may be necessary to carry out a more extensive respray than seems necessary due to differences in surface colour under different light sources or time of day

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Car Collision Damage Repairs Hastings Replacement Bumpers & Panels Painted to Match

Car Exhausts
Car Engine manifolds, Front box, Back box, catalytic converter and exhaust pipes for Car Exhausts fitted & welded

Car Engines
Car Engine repairs, cylinder head skimming, valves & pistons

Car Clutches
Car clutch repairs Hastings - Checking for leaks and repairing-replacing the clutch master-slave cylinder and fitting a new Car Clutch kit

Car Cooling System
Replacement Car radiators fitted, cooling system pipework inspected for leaks and cooling fluid replaced to keep your Car engine at its optimal operating temperature

Car Starter Motors
Replacement Car Starter motors installed

Car Gearboxes
Car Manual & Automatic gearbox servicing & repair - Fitting a new or reconditioned Car gearbox

Car Oil Change & Filters Replaced
Car Air filters, pollen filters; oil filter & fuel filter replaced, engine oil changed - Multigrade or Synthetic oils

Car Tyres
Steel wheels, alloy wheels and tyres repaired and replaced with cheap tyres, run-flat tyres or low profile & performance tyres depending upon your budget and driving requirements. Part-Worn tyres may be available for your Car model

Car Paint Resprays
Paint resprays for minor scratch damage to the Car paint surface or coating; Custom paintwork to make your Car different using metallic paints, pearlescent pigments or company colours.

Car Alternators
Replacement Car alternators fitted

Car EGR Valves
Replacement Car EGR valves - ensure the exhaust gas recirculation system is functioning correctly on your Car - The EGR valve helps your Car burn fuel more efficiently by recirculating a portion the exhaust gas through combustion chamber and helps reduce Car engine emissions; a broke or sticking EGR valve can be the cause of an MOT failure due to excessive emissions

Car Fuel Pumps
Often replaced at a milestone service if the fuel pump is operated by the Timing belt

Car Autoelectrics
Car electrical faults diagnosed - OBD fault finding - Car engine fault codes checked & service lights reset - ECU problems, key coding and CANBUS systems checked

Car Electrical Components
Car electrical faults repaired using Car OEM components - Car sensors checked e.g. Lambda sensors, air flow meters etc

Car Timing Belt - Car Cambelt
Car Timing Belts replaced as part of a planned Car service or if the Timing Belt on your Car has snapped then a full engine inspection for valve & piston damage

Car Suspension System
Car replacement shock absorbers & springs fitted for front or rear suspension problems, broken springs. Custom suspension systems installed, lowering springs fitted

Car Performance Spares
OEM Car parts fitted or replaced with alternative performance parts

Car Body Panels
Replacement Car panels fitted & sprayed to match - Light Car Panel damage repairs

Car Brakes
Routine Car servicing, replacement Car brake pads & discs fitted, Car hydraulic pipework and joints inspected, repaired or replaced for a complete braking system overhaul

Hastings Brake Fitting - New Disc Brakes & Pads

Car brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc

Modern Car braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle

The brake pedal controls the Master Cylinder (a fluid filled hydraulic piston) that transfers stopping power to the brakes

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

Car Hydraulic Disc Brake and Drum Brake Systems

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

Car disc brakes have a pair of high friction brake pads mounted either side of a brake disc

Drum Brakes are an older system than Car disc brakes and use two half moon shaped brake shoes that move outwards during use to apply a frictional stopping force against the inside of a brake drum

Drum Brakes, if fitted, are usually found on Car rear wheels

Hydraulic braking pressure forces a brake calliper to press the brake pads against the disc to apply the necessary stopping force

Car Brake Servicing - Car Brake Discs and Pads

Car brake discs will wear and need replacing eventually and should be inspected for pitting

The brake pads on your Car should wear first

If the Car brake discs warp then they should be replaced immediately

Car Brakes will safely function correctly without the need for replacement for many thousands of miles

if the Car brakes overheat and are allowed to cool with pressure still applied for m the brake pads/shoes then it is possible for the disc to warp.

Car Brake Servicing & Inspection Hastings

Wheel cylinder condition

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

And carry out the following maintenance of your Car braking system:-

General brake disc condition

Brake calliper operation

ABS warning light operation

Handbrake function and travel

Brake pipe Condition

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Hand brake linkage condition

Clean and remove brake dust and loose corrosion and dirt from drums

Adjust handbrake

Brake drum condition

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

Car Steering - Steering System Inspection

One of the first signs of a potential problem with your Car steering system is uneven tyre wear

The tyres will need to be replaced much sooner than necessary until the steering rack is adjusted to bring your wheels into correct alignment

Common symptoms of Car steering alignment problems include:-
Vehicle Drift - Your Car tends to pull left or right when travelling in a straight line
Modern Power steering and Drive by Wire Systems do not have the same mechanical linkages between the steering column and drive wheels making it difficult to 'feel' how the steering is performing.

The tyre tread is rapidly removed from the inner or outer tyre edge of your front tyres

Your Car steering inspection can include:-

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Steering Condition

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Car Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Car Services Braking System Servicing and Repair

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc.

The brake pedal is attached the Master Cylinder; a fluid filled hydraulic piston.

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle.

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

Brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service.

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

Replacement Car Cambelt - Timing Belt

Since Car Timing Belts are hidden inside the engine they tend to be forgotten when purchasing a used Car

The Timing Belt synchronizes the camshaft to the crankshaft position ensuring the valves open and close at the correct time in relation to the piston. Some vehicles use a cam chain in place of the belt or a timing gear system instead

The toothed belt connecting the engine crankshaft to the camshaft is known as the Cambelt or Timing belt

If the timing belt snaps it will most probably cause serious engine damage. The camshaft stops turning with some of the valves left in the open position. In a Free Running Engine there is enough clearance between a fully open valve and the piston head to avoid serious damage. In an Interference Engine there is no clearance and the engine relies upon accurate timing to keep the valves and piston head separated. With a broken timing belt; the inertia helps the crankshaft to rotate freely forcing the pistons to strike the open valves resulting in damaged valves, pistons, and possibly even damage to the cylinder head

Timing belts must be replaced at a specified manufacturer's interval. The timing belt should also be inspected regularly and replaced immediately if there is any evidence of cracking or fraying cuts or excessive wear

Generally Car belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or less. So, if you have just bought a secondhand Car that has 40,000 to 80,000 miles then it is important to know if the timing belt has been replaced or needs replacing. Check the Car Owner's manual for your model for the recommended changing frequency

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

Often it is prudent to replace a combination of items associated with the timing system. Most of the needed Car parts can be obtained as timing kits containing the appropriate timing components; such as: Car timing belt
timing belt tensioners
timing belt tensioner idler roller
front lower crank shaft seal
water pump gasket

Hastings:- Car Replacement Clutch

The Car clutch disc is, not surprisingly, a disc with each side covered in a high friction material. It is designed to engage with the high-friction surfaces of the pressure plate and flywheel. It is also designed to transmit power to theCar transmission system

When the clutch is dis-engaged the clamping force is removed so the clutch disc spins with the flywheel and no power is transmitted

Engaging the clutch forces the clutch against the flywheel transmitting power from the crankshaft to the transmission shaft

The pressure plate comprises heavy-duty release springs, a metal pressure ring acting as a high friction surface to interact with the clutch disc, a thrust ring (or thrust fingers) for the release bearing, and release levers

Car Clutch failure often occurs when one or more of the high friction surface materials wears out on the disc. Even when the pressure plate is engaged and a clamping force is applied, there is no longer sufficient friction to transmit power without the clutch slipping. Normally the Car clutch disc and pressure plate are replaced. Replacing the Car Clutch is a major operation and it is sometimes advisable to replace a number of items, often supplied as a Car Clutch kit:-
Car clutch disc
pressure plate
release bearing
pilot bearing - bushing (when required)
internal Car clutch slave cylinder

Disengaging the clutch acts on heavy-duty release springs to isolate the pressure plate so that the disc is no longer pressed against the flywheel

The centre of the clutch disc has a spline pattern that matches splines on the power input shaft of the transmission system

Car Fuel Injectors - Fuel Injection

Car Re-Mapping Hastings
The Car ECU can be replaced with a programmable ECU or re-mapped to electronically alter the engine performance characteristics

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The Car fuel injection system is controlled by a mini-computer or Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that assimilates data from a series of temperature sensors and oxygen or lambda sensors providing feedback to help optimise fuel efficiency and power under a variety of conditions

Car Engine Mapping
The Car ECU controlling engine performance is pre-programmed with software containing embedded data on engine performance for different combinations of engine speed and acceleration

LPG Petrol or Diesel Metering
Fuel Injection systems have replaced carburetors for the accurate mixing and delivering of petrol, lpg or diesel fuel in modern Car vehicles

Car Fuel Injection
Fuel injection systems mix fuel with just the right amount of air for optimal combustion & energy release in an internal combustion engine

Car Engine Oil Change

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your Car motor is the job of sacrificial anti-oxidants present in the lubricating oil; Anti oxidants are sacrificed to protect your engine and will eventually be depleted making it necessary to change your oil regularly

Synthetic Oil Change - Hastings
Modern synthetic oils can last longer than old petroleum based multigrades because they are more inert with a laboratory designed molecular structure and fewer natural catalytic impurities that increase oil breakdown compared to the cheaper engine oils

Oil & Filter Change
A new Car oil filter and oil change shouldn't need a specialist Car engineer and is minimal compared to the cost of an Engine Rebuild; with regular maintenance and routine servicing working out cheaper than disaster recover when your Car engine fails

Oil Composition
Engine Lubricating Oil is composed of hundreds of chemicals; some can interact chemically, polymerise, oxidise and break down with the extreme conditions of temperature & shear forces pulling the oil molecules apart in your Car engine thus, changing the lubrication properties.

Oil Change Masterclass
Keep a small amount of the engine oil used in your next oil change in a sealed container; then when you check your oil level with the dipstick you can compare the lubricity or lubricating properties of the oil against your fresh oil:- If the oil on the dipstick seems thin compared to your reference oil sample; it may be time to get an oil change to keep your Car running smoothly

Moisture Scavengers - Detergents - Acidity Regulators
Moisture scavengers, detergents and acidity regulators prevent all kinds of contaminants degrading and abrading the internal moving surfaces of your Car engine minimising the effects that water, particles, and fuel combustion residus can have on Car performance
Once they have absorbed the maximum amount of water and other contaminants; the risk of corrosion and failure in your in your Car engine increases

Oil Change Frequency
The mechanics rule of thumb with traditional multigrade engine oils used to be "change the oil every 3000 miles" but many vehicle manufacturers indicate 5000 to 7000 miles. Initially, follow the Car recommended oil change guidelines to ensure you validate your warranty.

Car Replacement Exhausts Hastings

The Car exhaust system allows poisonous gases from the fuel combustionto vent into the atmoshpere away from the driver and cabin

Explosions from the instantaneous ignition of the compressed fuel and air igniting in the combustion chamber creat a lot of noise that needs to be silenced in the urban environment

Corroded exhaust pipes allow fumes and noise to escape; increasing the risk of poisonous carbon monoxide entering the cabin and significantly increasing noise making detection an easy task

The exhaust pipework helps muffle and deaden the noise from the fuel combustion process

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Car ABS - Anti-lock Brakes

  • ABS Pump
  • ABS Pump Modulator Combined
  • ABS Sensor
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Car Aircon (Air Conditioning)

  • Car AC Evaporator
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  • Car AC Fluid Top Up
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Car Fuel, Oil & Air Filters

  • Car Air Filter
  • Car Fuel Filter
  • Car Oil Filter
  • Car Transmission Filter Kit
  • Car Cabin Air and Pollen Filter

Car Electronic Sensors

  • Car Oxygen Sensor
  • Car Air Flow Mass Meter
  • Car Temperature Sensor

Car Electrical Components

  • Car Spark Plugs
  • Car Fuel Pump
  • Car Tail Lights
  • Car Headlights
  • Car Eibach Pro Kit
  • Car Antenna
  • Car Spark Plug HT Leads
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  • Car Ignition Coil
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  • Car ECU Mapping Remap
  • Car Heater Blower Motor
  • Car Cooling Fan
  • Car Alternator
  • Car Water Pump
  • Car Electronic Control Unit
  • Car Window Motors

Car Wheel Components

  • Car CV Joint Boot Kit
  • Car Alloy Wheel Repairs
  • Car Control Arm
  • Car Ball Joints
  • Car Tyres
  • Car Axle Assembly

Car Brake Servicing

  • Car Brake Pads
  • Car Brake Compensator Valve
  • Car Brake Slave Cylinder
  • Car Brake Calipers
  • Car Brake Drums
  • Car Brake Discs
  • Car Brake Rotor
  • Car Brake Servo
  • Car Brake Master Cylinder

Car Clutch Fitting

  • Car Dual Mass Flywheel
  • Car Flywheel
  • Car Clutch Cable
  • Car Clutch Master Cylinder
  • Car Clutch Pressure Plate
  • Car Clutch Pedal
  • Car Clutch Kit
  • Car Clutch Slave Cylinder

Car Exhaust Systems

  • Car Silencer
  • Car Muffler
  • Car Exhaust Box
  • Car Tailpipe
  • Car Exhaust Pipes
  • Car Catalytic Converter (Catalyst)
  • Car Oxygen Sensor
  • Car Exhaust System Complete
  • Car Exhaust
  • Car Lambda Sensor
  • Car Exhaust Manifold
  • Car EGR Valve

Car Engine Components

  • Car Ignition Coil
  • Car Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Car Timing Chain Kits
  • Car Engine Mounts
  • Car Distributor Cap & Rotor
  • Car Pistons and Cylinder
  • Car Fuel Injector
  • Car Timing Belt Kits

Hastings Gasket Fitting

  • Car Valve Cover Gasket
  • Car Cylinder Head Gasket

Car Lubrication System

  • Car Oil and Hydraulic Fluid
  • Car Oil Pump
  • Car Fuel Cap
  • Car Oil Cap
  • Car Oil Filter
  • Car Oil Sump and Plate

Car Parts

  • Car Serpentine and V Belt
  • Car Tie Rods
  • Car Radiator Pipes
  • Car Throttle Body & Cable
  • Car Struts
  • Car Shock Absorbers
  • Car Power Steering Pump
  • Car Steering Rack
  • Car Bonnet Latch and Strut
  • Car Radiator
  • Car Windscreen Wipers
  • Car Hood Emblems
  • Car Wiper Blades
  • Car Power Steering Hoses

Car Suspension

  • Shock absorbers operation, evidence of Car bush wear
  • Ball Joints
  • Suspension Struts
  • Rubber Bushes
  • Inner and Outer Tie Rod ends
  • Car Additional Suspension Components
  • Suspension Strut Pivots
  • Spring Condition
  • Shock Absorber performance
  • Pitman arm - Rear Wheel Drive Suspension
  • Car Timing Belt or Cambelt
  • Sway Bar
  • Control Arms or Blades
  • Tie Rods
  • Rubber Grommets
  • Idler arm
  • Struts

My Car Won't Start

  • No Power When Accelerating
  • Window stuck
  • Engine Oil Warning Light On
  • Knocking sound
  • Car Check Engine Light On
  • Fails Emissions Test
  • Flywheel Vibrating
  • Poor Fuel Economy
  • No pick up for first gear
  • Timing Belt Loose
  • Battery Keeps going flat
  • Engine Temperature Warning Light On
  • Tyre outside edge wears quickly
  • Dim headlights on engine idle
  • Excessive oil consumption
  • Front Tyres wearing quickly
  • Coolant Leaking
  • Engine Stalls
  • Car Immobiliser
  • Automatic Locks Not Working
  • Clutch slips at high revs
  • Car check engine light on
  • Tyres vibrate
  • Corroded Brake Pipes
  • Seatbelt Locked
  • Injection System Warning Light
  • Clutch pedal on floor
  • Car Headlights not working
  • Low Brake Pedal
  • Noisy Brakes
  • Judder when braking
  • Car Lights not working
  • Brakes Pull To One Side When Braking
  • Fuse keeps blowing
  • Spongy Brakes
  • Slipping when cold
  • slave cylinder leaking
  • Steering Pulls To One Side
  • Thrust bearing worn
  • Cylinder head leaking
  • master cylinder leaking
  • Heater Not Working
  • Air Conditioning Not Working
  • Warning Lights On
  • Car keeps stalling
  • Blocked Fuel injectors
  • Car Radiator fan not working
  • Engine Won't Start
  • Clutch juddering
  • Engine Idles Rough
  • Vacuum Leak
  • Engine Overheating
  • Engine Misfires
  • My Car Won't Start
  • Power steering feels stiff
  • Tyre inside edge wears quickly
  • Loud Engine Noise
  • Blue Smoke From Exhaust
  • White Smoke From Exhaust
  • Clogged Car air filter
  • Engine Idle Surge
  • My Car Does Not drive Straight
  • Leak in coolant system
  • Clutch Won't work
  • Can't get into gear
  • Engine Pings or Knocks
  • Clutch slips if revved hard
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