MOT

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Lochrin Autos (Edinburgh) Ltd is approved by the Government appointed Vehicle Operator Services Agency(VOSA) and all MOT tests are completed by MOT testers nominated by VOSA.

If your vehicle is 3 years or older you are required by law to have an MOT Test. The purpose of the test is to ensure the vehicle meets the minimum roadworthiness, and safety levels required by law.

During the MOT test the nominated tester, a person authorised by the government body called VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) will conduct an inspection and a comprehensive series of checks around the vehicle.  The result of each check is recorded- if the vehicle passes a VT20 ‘pass’ certificate is issued. If the vehicle fails to meet the required standard a VT30 ‘failure’ document is issued.

It is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is examined every 12 months. Without a current MOT certificate, you will be unable to drive your vehicle lawfully or renew your road fund license. Recent computerisation of the MOT testing system by VOSA means police and mobile camera units can now check remotely to see if your vehicle has a current MOT.

You can arrange an appointment online and have an MOT test completed up to one month before the expiry of your current MOT

Vehicles should receive their first MOT when they reach 3 years of age.

If a car is registered with no prior use on the road, the MOT will be required three years after the date of registration. For example, a car registered “from new” on 25th April 2003 will require its MOT no later than 25th April 2009. If a car is used prior to registration, as would be the case with an import, the MOT will be required three years from the end of the year of manufacture. For example a car manufactured at any time in 2006 will require an MOT no later than 31st December 2009. There is no grace period given after these dates.

Interior Checks

  • Front/rear seat belts, seat security
  • Rear fog tell tales, ABS warning light
  • Switches (position lamps, headlamp)
  • Indicator, hazard switches
  • View to front wipers & washers
  • Brake pedal servo operation
  • Handbrake steering wheel  & column
  • Front doors, mirrors, horn
  • Front/rear registration plate (class V N/A)
  • Front lamps, including indicators
  • Headlamps and headlamp aim
  • Mirrors, front & rear shock absorbers
  • Front/rear wheels, tyres
  • Rear lights, rear fogs, number plate lamps
  • Number plate, stop lamps
  • Fuel tank cap
  • Indicators, hazards
  • Rear doors & boot lid
  • Wiper blades
  • General condition of vehicles

Under Bonnet

  • Vehicle structure
  • Braking systems
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel system
  • Steering & suspension
  • Power steering components

Under Vehicle Inspection

  • Steering including power steering
  • Drive shafts (if applicable)
  • Front suspension, shock absorbers
  • Front & rear wheel bearings
  • Wheels & tyres
  • Service brake control
  • Mechanical brake components
  • Parking brake system, exhaust system
  • Fuel tank & fuel system
  • Rear suspension including shock absorbers
  • Structure, general vehicle condition

Emissions

Brake Performance

An MOT can be carried out at any time.

If the vehicle is presented for test within the calendar month prior to the date that the MOT is due, the test certificate will run from the date of the test to one year after the expiry date of the current certificate (e.g. if the current certificate was due to expire on 1/4/09, and the vehicle was presented on or after 2/3/09, the certificate would run from the test date until 1/4/10). To have this extension, the vehicle owner should present their old certificate to the Test Station to verify that the extra time is applicable. The tester would then write the serial number of the old certificate in the appropriate section of the new certificate.      The same rule would also apply if the vehicle was taken in within a calendar month of its first MOT. In this case, the vehicle owner would need to present their registration document and the serial number from this document will be entered in the “last certificate serial number” box on the MOT.

£10 off when you book your MOT
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Some vehicles are equipped with turbo-charged engines, which are especially prone to sludge-forming deposits.

In the past the only known solution was to take the engine apart to clean out the sludge that had accumulated in as little as 20,000 miles.

The Turbo Service utilises an Engine Cleaner, and a new service tool with special adaptors and filters. Often sludge is a mixture of moisture that has been trapped inside the engine with oxidized oil that shoulld have been changed more frequently.

It would be simple if we could just remove the sludge in chunk form, but the engine would be totally plugged. The objective of the Turbo Service is to dissolve the sludge so that is suspended in the cleaning solution and then removed by the special filters.

The goal is to return the car to the street for a normal life, a fully restored vehicle that would likely not have any more sludge problems.   Of course a good maintenance program with Turbo Service will help ensure a trouble-free future for these vehicles.

We are able to diagnose Turbo errors using our new up to date Dealer Level Autologic Diagnostics equipment.

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Block Exemption – No more Dealer Prices

Thanks to recent changes in European Union (Block Exemption) legislation, you can get maximum value-for-money car servicing from a top quality local garage, without the fear of invalidating your vehicle warranty.

As a member of the Motor Industry Code of Practice we offer genuine replacement parts, the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment and our staff are trained to high technical standards.

We carry out all types of servicing on all types of vehicles at competitive prices.

Annual Servicing from *£104 + parts

Engine Servicing from *£65.00 + parts

Oil Service from *£45.00+ parts

(Cost Can Vary Depending on Vehicle & Engine types)

 

At Lochrin Autos we carry out a fully comprehensive annual service, not just an inspection. This service takes approximately 3 hours and exceeds all standard requirements, providing you with a complete report on your vehicle. Please refer to our service schedule to see what the annual service consists of. (Items serviced vary depending on mileage and Manufacturers recommended Service Schedule.)

You can find our full Annual Service schedule here

We recommend that your vehicle is serviced annually, keeping running costs to a minimum. Depending on mileage, it may be advisable to carry out an engine service at six monthly intervals.

Please contact us for any further information.

* Prices quoted are subject to VAT at the appropriate rate.



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The Timing Belt is a toothed rubber belt that keeps the Crankshaft, Aux shaft, and Camshaft(s) in time with one another. The Timing Belt is critical if your engine is going to run, as an engine out of synchronization will lack compression, and the ignition will not fire on time, which usually results in serious engine damage being caused.

Timing Belts and Timing Belt kits are fitted to Manufacturers’ Specifications.

The replacement intervals for vehicles with a Timing Belt range from 3 years / 36,000 miles to 10 years / 100,000 miles.

As Timing Belts can fail without warning we strongly recommend you change the Belt at the recommended intervals. Some vehicles have timing chains which usually last the lifetime of the vehicle without replacement. Please contact us with your vehicle details for clarification on whether your vehicle is a Belt or Chain driven Engine, Replacement intervals and costs to replace the Timing Belt or Timing Belt kit on your vehicle.

 

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When was the last time your vehicle’s power steering system was serviced?

The power steering pump produces high pressure between 800 – 2000 pounds, with high heat.  This leads to fluid breakdown and failure.  The problem leads firstly to less responsive, noisy steering and ultimately to expensive breakdown.

Symptoms include groaning and whinning noises, erratic steering and pump leaks.

Solution: A powerful cleaner suspends and dissolves varnish and gums in the power steering system and then all of the old fluid is replaced with new high-tech power steering fluid for both conventional sector and rack and pinion. The benefit will be a quieter-operating, longer lasting power-steering system.

Using specialised equipment our technicians will use a powerful cleaner to dissolve the varnish and gums in your vehicles power steering unit.

We then flush the entire unit of all old fluid and contaminants and install new high tech fluid containing conditioners and anti wear additives enhancing smoothness of the steering operation. This service will:

  • Alleviate steering squeal caused by sticking valves
  • Correct the jerky feeling on the steering wheel
  • Help prevent fluid leaks
  • Reduce wear
  • Enhance operational life

The benefits will be a quieter operating, longer lasting power-steering system.

To avoid costly repairs, we would recommend servicing your power steering every 2 years or 30,000 miles.

*Prices quoted are subject to VAT at the appropriate rate

 


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When was the last time you had your vehicle’s automatic transmission serviced?

Transmissions are subject to severe stress and high operating temperatures. High temperatures speed up fluid deterioration causing residue to form.

A conventional transmission service drains only a small portion of the old oxidised fluid, large amounts remain causing deposits to form on the components.

These deposits can cause erratic shifting, malfunction or even failure.

Are you experiencing slipping, hard shifting, chattering?

The Transmission flush installs and circulates a flushing compound to completely remove oxidised and contaminated fluids in the transmission, valve body, torque converter, pan, filter element, transmission lines and transmission cooler… New transmission fluid containing conditioners and anti wear additives is circulated enhancing the smoothness of gear changing resulting in:

  • Smoother operation
  • Easier gear change
  • Improved MPG
  • Enhanced operational life
  • Conditions seals

This service should be performed every 2 years or 30,000 miles for long, trouble free transmission life.

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When did you last Service your vehicle’s Fuel and Air Induction system?

Modern emission control systems utilise re-circulated exhaust gases back into the engine.
These gases leave heavy deposits on the air intake tract, fuel injectors, EGR and intake valves, restricting the air and fuel flow. If left to build up, these deposits will reduce the economy, performance and increase emissions.
Furthermore the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) will eventually become restricted, further reducing power and economy.
This service includes an Oil and Oil Filter service.

 

Common drivability problems associated with deposits in the fuel and air induction system:
• Decreased Mileage
• Loss of Power
• Rough Idle
• Hard Starting
• Hesitation
• Misfire
• Increased Emissions
To keep your fuel and air systems clean and your vehicle running like new, we recommend this service every 30,000 miles:
Using specialised tools our skilled technician will clean fuel injectors, the plenum & air intake system, intake valves and ports and remove combustion chamber deposits leading to:-
• Improved Drivability
• Alleviated surge, hesitation, hard starting
• Reduced emissions
• Restored horsepower
• Clean fuel injectors

We provide a complete range of tyres at very competitive prices with free Valve, Balance and Fitting.(Thats right, No hidden extras!)

Check out our prices, we’re confident you won’t get better value!!

Please note that the legal limit for tyre tread is 1.6mm.  If tyre tread is below the legal limit you could incur 3 points on your licence per tyre and/or a fine of up to £1,000. Any tread depth that is below 3mm will seriously effect your stopping distance and traction on the road when wet let alone when Icey !

We offer a FREE Winter Check to existing clients including tyre check.

Our Winter Check over is a Full Visual Safety Inspection Including Lights & Fluid Level Check, Windscreen wiper check, Auxiliary Drive Belt Check and of course a Tyre check.

Efficient air-conditioning contributes to road safety and provides a pleasant environment for drivers and their passengers.

If neglected, the air-conditioning will become less efficient and there is the risk of damaging components. Also the system can become contaminated with micro-organisms which are blown into the passenger compartment and can cause;
• Unpleasant smells
• Bacterial infections
• Irritation to the eyes and bronchial tubes
• Allergic reactions

Humidity levels can also be affected, misting up windows, causing driver fatigue and reducing visibility.
To help combat these problems and ensure healthy, fuel efficient and effective air-conditioning, regular servicing is essential.

Many vehicle manufactures recommend servicing the air-conditioning system as follow;
Every 12 months
• Clean and disinfect the system.
Every 24 months
• Full service of the system including drain and recharge and checking the system components
• Replace the pollen filter
Does your air-conditioning need cleaning?

Please take a minute to complete the following quick analysis of your air-conditioning usage!
• Have your used your air-conditioning for more than a year without cleaning?
• Is your vehicle normally parked outdoors?
• Do you often drive short distances?
• Does your passenger compartment sometimes smell unpleasant?
• Do you regularly switch off your air-conditioning?
• Do you sometimes suffer from sneezing or irritation of your eyes in the car?
If you answered at least two questions with “yes”, it’s time to have your air-conditioning system cleaned.

Your Air Conditioning Service will be carried out by our ATA qualified Technician.


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Why do cars need alignment?

The geometry can move out of alignment on all vehicles.  There are several reasons for this:

  • Everyday driving.  Factors such as hitting a pothole, kerbing etc. can alter the alignment dramatically.
  • Worn suspension parts.
  • Replacement of suspension parts.

What are the benefits?

  • Reduced Tyre Wear

A properly aligned car can add thousands of miles to tyre life.

  • Improved Fuel Consumption

Fuel consumption reduces as the drag on the tyres decreases.

  • Saves Money & Environment

With increased fuel economy/CO2 emissions and improved tyre life expectancy you save money.

  • Improved Handling

A better and enjoyable driving experience.

  • Safer Driving

Better stability when taking emergency or evasive action.

 

Are my wheels out of alignment?

  • Uneven Tyre Wear

This is not always visible.  Rub your hands over the tyre and you will feel where the rubber has worn excessively on the inside or outside edges.

  • The car pulls to the left or right

The car drifts to the right or left when braking.

You need to compensate through the steering when driving in a straight line.

 

  • A crooked Steering Wheel

The steering wheel is not aligned straight.

 

How often should the alignment be checked?

  • As a general rule every 12,000 – 15,000 miles or once a year.
  • If you hit a kerb or pothole.
  • New tyres are fitted.
  • Steering or suspension components are replaced.

The car has been involved in an accident

As technology advances, modern vehicles are increasingly becoming a ‘computer on wheels’, and therefore advanced vehicles require sophisticated diagnostic technology.

Lochrin invests heavily in “state of the art” equipment and as a professional and specialist company offer dealer level Diagnostics and Coding.

Using the latest Autologic diagnostic equipment backed up with access to Autologics’ Technician support and 40 strong software engineering team we are proficient in diagnosing system faults.

We can read and resolve your vehicle fault codes.

With 30 years experience in the Motor Trade we have extensive knowledge in all Makes and Model of vehicle

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Engine Management Warning Lamps … Air Bag Warning Lamps …

ABS Warning Lamps … Lambda Sensors … Running Faults …

 

 


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