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Belt-Up! Don’t let your car get caught with its trousers down

Submitted by sndesign on 18 November 2019 - 10:04am

Your car’s timing belt, sometimes called a cam belt, tells the valves in the engine when to open and close. It keeps everything moving in exactly the right order and at the right time. And, just like the belt that holds your trousers up – if it snaps or comes apart, you’re exposing yourself to a whole load of trouble.

Despite doing a vital job, a timing belt is basically a metal or rubber band with grooves in it. So, it’s a cheap part, sometimes costing as little as £30. 

The Dos and Don’ts of an MOT

Submitted by sndesign on 11 October 2019 - 2:57pm


Can you imagine a time when an MOT was only needed when a car was a decade old?!
That’s how it was in the old days!
The MOT (Ministry of Transport) test has come a long way since it was first introduced in 1960. Back then, the test simply covered brakes, lights and steering and unbelievably, was not compulsory until a vehicle was ten years old – something that makes us at Orchard Garage shudder!

Summer Motoring

Submitted by sndesign on 26 July 2019 - 2:17pm

Road trips into Europe, extra driving on family days out – it’s best to make sure your car is ready for the summer, because no-one wants to be broken down waiting for recovery!

Here are our top tips for safe driving this summer – pop by one of our garages to have a check or repair to get you on your way!

Cords Exposed

Submitted by sndesign on 19 June 2019 - 2:01pm

We had a car in at the weekend for a vibration when driving along the A2, all down to the o/s/f tyre having cords exposed....  blow out waiting to happen!

Remember to please check your tyres regularly for your safety.  We can do it for you at either branch, or for a comprehensive check over of your car, why not book in for a Summer Health Check and we can check them for you whilst we also check the rest of the vehicle!? Only £10 at our Heath Lane site - 01322271000, opt 2.