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Pads, Discs and Calipers… What are they and what do they all do?

Today, one of our jobs is replacing the pads and discs on a car. Fairly standard. However, age led to the caliper failing which in turn meant that the pads didn’t release properly. This made the wear on these pads was so extensive that the pads and discs we going metal to metal!

When Joe (one of our mechanics) showed me what the bits were, I thought, “I know they’re important but I wonder how many people actually know what all these bits really do and what they look like”. Hence, blog post!

There are 3 main components to your brakes, they are your pads, discs and the calipers.

In simple terms, the caliper is like a vice. It squeezes the pads, which sit on either side (front and back) of the disc. When the pads squeeze together they put pressure on the disc which slows it turning. That is how your car brakes!


In this case, the pads wore very unevenly. You can see the pad at the bottom is maybe, 1mm thick. The other is not as worn BUT is has worn more at the top than at the bottom. This means the disc was getting damaged. One pad scraping at the top, on pad wearing the whole way around. Here is the poor disc!

The front side of the disc with lots of metal to metal wear all the way around. 
Here you can see on the rear side of the disc, a ring of wear and damage around the outside of the disc. This is because of the uneven wear of the pad.

When your discs are low, they can’t put enough pressure on the disc, meaning you get inefficient braking. When your brakes don’t work properly, you end up braking harder. This puts a strain on the caliper, and the whole braking system.

So next time your service brings back to replace the pads and discs, you know why… and how important they are!

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Do you know how to check your tread?

Feeling Autumnal?

It’s a good time of year to check your tyres. With the weather getting wetter checking your tyres have the correct tread depth left is always sensible. It’s advisable to do it monthly, especially during autumn and winter.

Unsure? have a great little test to try and all you need is a 20p coin! 20p_check_comparison_opt

Insert the coin into the main part of the tread. If you can’t see the rim of the coin, your tread depth is above the maximum of 3mm. Great! You’re good to go. See the rim? Get it changed!

The legal minimum tread depth is 3mm, anything below could get you a fine of up to £2500 AND 3 points on your license… per tyre. So keeping on top of your tyres is a good idea.

We fit tyres for £12.50 (+VAT), that includes fitting, balancing and disposing of the old tyres. Give us a call with your tyre size and we can get you a price for the tyres too.

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Wheel Arch Repair

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Wheel arch repairs are one of our most frequent bodywork repairs. Last week, Joe did a nice repair on this wheel arch that needed some TLC. Here’s how he did it!


The car arrived in the morning with this nasty damage along one of the wheel arches. Aside from the scratches in the paint there were dents along the damaged section meaning that we needed to do some filling and shape work before we started painting.


The first thing we do before we start any bodywork job is check the paint code. You’d be surprised just how many paint colours there are! To give you an idea, one of our old paint  books has 477 pages of paint codes, each page has around 100 code on it :-0… That’s a LOT! And there’s plenty more now. Each colour also has variants and tints depending on the model it is on.

We always make sure we match the paint code on the vehicle to ensure we have all the paints (tints, pearls, metallics) needed for the specific colour and variation for the car we are painting. That way, once the body work is done, we can mix the paint to an exact match for the car.



Here’s a picture of the damaged section once it had the worst of the dent pushed out and had been sanded back. Whenever there is a dent in a panel (where possible) we push as much of the damage out as we can and sand any high points back with a heavy sand paper.


Next job is shape. We use filler to fill in any gaps and once the filler has dried we sand it back to get the correct shape. On a wheel arch we have to be cautious to get the swage line, above the arch, correctly shaped otherwise the repair won’t blend in to the rest of the paint work!

It usually takes 2 or 3 times of filling and flatting to get the shape just right.IMG-20180821-WA0010

The next stage is primer and paint. We scratch back the area with tough sandpaper and add primer. The primer acts both as a final filler to give a smooth finish and as a base coat for the paint.

Once the primer is dry we add 2 or 3 coats of paint (with drying time in between).

After paint, we lacquer to protect the paint and give it a lovely shine! Here is the finished article!

If you need a paint repair doing, when not get in touch and we can give you a free, no obligation estimate.

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Did you know we offer free collection and delivery in S8 too?*

To make life a little easier, if you are in the S8 area we can collect your car the morning of your booking, complete the work and deliver it back at the end of the day!

So you can sit back, and not have to worry about it.

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*Collection and delivery are subject to availability… it usually is though!

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A little bumper scrape repair

Recently, we did a small repair on a bumper that had a small dent and some paint damage.

It might not look like much but the customer wanted it gone.


So, we started by sanding back the paint over the damaged and surrounding area. Then used some filler to fill the dent.

Here it is with the filler added, waiting to dry.

Once dry, it’s sanded back to smooth.


After filler, comes the primer then paint. We mix the specific colour that matches the paint code for the vehicle and start adding coats. The new paint is blended into the existing paintwork to ensure the new repair doesn’t stand out.

Here it is after the first coat. Once dried, the next coat was added.



After the paint, we add lacquer. This protects the paint from the elements and gives it a lovely shine.

The last job is a buff and polish to make it look as good as new!

Here is the finished product, ready to go home to the customer.

If you have some paintwork that needs some attention, it doesn’t matter how big or small, we can take a look and give you a free estimate. Just drop by, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm and we’d be happy to help!