Vehicle Problems - Frequently Asked Questions

Having worked in the vehicle repair industry for over 20 years, Barry has noticed that the same questions crop up time and again. To help you to understand what might be causing your vehicle to have problems, we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers.

This list is for information purposes only and is not to be used as a diagnostic tool. To discuss your car’s problem and for a free quotation, please drop in or give us a call.

Q. Why are my brakes squeaking or grinding?

A. The most common cause of brake problems is general wear and tear. Often, new brake pads are required to resolve the issue. Driving with faulty or ineffective brakes is dangerous, please contact us to arrange an assessment.

Q. There is a knocking noise coming from the front of my car, what is causing this?

A. This could be down to any number of different things, but a knocking noise is often the result of a wheel bearing failure. To determine the specific issue and prevent further damage to your car, please book your vehicle in for an assessment.

Q. Why doesn’t my heater work?

A. This could be problem with the fan. Don’t leave it too late to get it sorted, you never know when you’re going to need it, plus, it could put you in a dangerous position if you are unable to clear your windscreen.

Q. Why is my fan only working on level 4?

A. This could be an issue with the resistor, or with the blower motor. Give us a call and we’ll arrange for one of the team to take a look.

Q. Why has my window stopped working?

A. This could be a fault with the fuse, or with the motor/window regulator. Don’t wait to get it sorted – it’s an easy fix! Give us a call and we’ll book you in.

Q. What could be causing a wiper fault?

A. This could be a number of things, including: fuse problems, wiring issues, or a faulty motor. It’s usually not a big job – give us a call and we’ll arrange a time for you to call in.

Q. Why isn’t my air con working?

A. It sounds like you might need to come in for an air conditioning re-gas or service. One of the team will be able to take a look and let you know – give us a call and we’ll book you in.

Q. Why does my engine keep cutting out?

A. This could be a power issue, but it’s difficult to say without looking. Our team of experts will be happy to help – contact us to arrange an appointment.

Q. Why is a dashboard light / engine management light on?

A. If you’ve got a red light showing, please stop driving your vehicle and give us a ring. A red light indicates a serious fault and driving your car could be dangerous. If you have an orange light showing, the issue isn’t as serious but still needs attention – please call us for advice. It could be something as simple as resetting the ECU, but until we take a look we can’t say for sure.

Q. My oil light has come on, what should I do?

A. It’s probably time that you had your vehicle serviced. Every vehicle requires regular servicing so if you’ve not had yours serviced for a while, give us a call and we’ll book you in.

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This list of questions is not extensive and should not be used as a diagnostic tool. To determine the exact cause of your vehicle’s fault, we’ll need to see it.

As a Bosch Car Service Centre, we are audited every year to ensure that our technicians are up to date with new technologies. Bosch also insist that our staff attend training on a regular basis. Our status as a Bosch Service Centre is your guarantee of consistent high standards across the board.

Please give us a call or drop us an email to arrange free quotation or to book an appointment. Alternatively, you can call in to see us on Pottington Business Park in Barnstaple.