The procedure of deleting the inspection

The procedure of deleting the inspection

Each new car has a light that, after a specified time or after driving a certain number of kilometers, reminds us to make:

  • technical inspection of the car,
  • oil changes,
  • exchange of car fluids,
  • filter replacement.

The so-called inspection control is one of the key car controls. Operating all the time, it lights up when the time or number of kilometers set by the manufacturer indicate that it is time to perform routine inspection and change of oils, filters and some fluids. After checking and replacing, such a control must be deleted so that the time and kilometers counting can be carried out again.

Technical review and deleting inspections

Technical inspection of the car can take place:

  • at the diagnostic station, this is the so-called inspection of the technical condition of the car, carried out by a car diagnostician,
  • in a mechanical workshop and it is a technical inspection of the car, carried out every specific number of kilometers or a certain time. It is assumed that for a car over 3 years old, it should be carried out every 10,000 km or every 6 months.

We will describe the technical review carried out in the car workshop. This review aims to:

  • general checking of the technical condition by a mechanic,
  • exchange of fluids, oils and filters,
  • replacing bulbs,
  • performing basic repairs.

Car manufacturers strictly specify the time of subsequent inspections and replacements of fluids and oils. The car signals such a need with an inspection indicator. At this point, the car owner goes to the workshop, where the procedure is carried out, then the mechanic cancels the inspection, which counts the next kilometers or time until the next inspection.

By choosing our car service, you choose a professionally made technical inspection of the car, along with the replacement of all necessary oils, fluids and filters. Our experience and knowledge make us well know both the shortcomings and strengths of individual car models, thus being able to perform more efficient work during routine mechanical inspections.

Professional replacement of brake discs

Professional replacement of brake discs

The car’s braking system is a critical safety system for any motor vehicle. This is how specialists and constructors determine the most important systems in vehicles. Thus, each manufacturer strictly defines the needs of inspection and replacement of braking system components, and individual technical reviews subject to strict assessment the technical condition of that system.

One of the elements of the braking system are the brake discs. As the name suggests, the discs resemble flat discs made of steel that has undergone specialized machining and then mounted on the axles of a vehicle. The discs are replaced when they are very worn, why replace them with us? See for yourself.

How can you tell if your brake disc wear is?

The wear of the brake discs can be seen by several very pronounced symptoms, these are:

  • difficult braking, resulting from less friction between the brake pad lining and the disc,
  • possible “beating” of the wheel when braking, pulling to one side,
  • sharp edge of the disc with a convex shape,
  • shuffling and excessive squeaking when braking.

Theoretically, identifying brake disc wear appears very easy, just as replacing them seems trivial. Is this really the case?

As studies show, in over 60% of cars, the discs are worn too much, while the owners decide to replace them after a periodic review. Unfortunately it is too late. Such a critical system as the braking system is responsible for safety, health and life on the road, and neglecting the efficiency of the braking system can lead to liability of the vehicle owner or driver.

Replace the shield in a professional service

Replacing brake discs is a task that requires:

  • using appropriate tools,
  • choosing the right parts,
  • checking the entire system and quality control.

That is why it is not worth risking and order a disc replacement service at the first car service center. However, it is worth choosing our service, which offers professional replacement of discs and other components of the braking system.

Camshaft replacement in passenger cars

Camshaft replacement in passenger cars

Car timing is nothing more than a mechanism consisting of a timing belt or timing chain, several rollers as well as bearings and rollers. The timing belt is responsible in the car for:

  • coordination of piston and engine valves movement,
  • propelling the crankshaft, i.e. as if it were not propelling the car,
  • fuel mixture and exhaust gas control.

Timing is nothing but the heart of the car, and although it looks inconspicuous, it plays a key role.

Camshaft replacement – every how many kilometers or every how many years?

Mechanics threaten their customers with a car timing failure. Is it really scary? For us, as professionals, this is nothing but one of the key mechanical components of the car. Therefore, by carrying out inspections on our website you can be sure that we control the technical condition of the valve. Despite this check, we recommend that you observe the time intervals for replacing this mechanism. These intervals are varied and depend primarily on the car manufacturer and model. If the manufacturer recommends replacing the timing every 80,000 km or every 5 years, let’s stick to this period. Do not panic and change the timing more often or after driving half the recommended distance. You should stick to the manufacturer’s instructions, which we also recommend as a professional service.

Timing replacement – why to trust us?

Probably the key question you are asking yourself is why is it worth replacing the timing on our website? There are several reasons for this:

  • we are a professional service providing warranty on components and labor,
  • we use only professional tools, both for disassembly and subsequent assembly, which eliminates the risk of damage to other components,
  • spare parts that we use have been checked and tested by us for years, thanks to which we are sure of their quality,
  • every implementation and its completion is subject to strict quality control,
    we complete everything on time – which is important for this type of time-consuming work,
  • we are very flexible in relation to customer needs, and our price is certainly attractive, taking into account the granted warranty and timeliness.

Regular timing replacement every few years is certainly a manifestation of the high awareness of each of you, thanks to which you can enjoy a longer car, which is in good technical condition.

After how many kilometers should you change tires?

After how many kilometers should you change tires?

It is hard to say clearly because the rate of tire wear depends on many factors. Tread loss speed is most affected by the conditions in which we drive our car and our driving style. For example, a veterinarian using his car mainly in rural areas, where the quality of the roads is usually very poor, and a large part of them are gravel or ordinary wertepy will have to change tires much faster than a commuter using the highway network. Another factor is our driving style. If you start from under the lights with a screech of tires and entering a corner you feel the car falling into a slight skid, you will quickly “roll” your tires. Tire replacement should really be cyclical.

What are the other causes of tread wear?

The biggest culprit is usually the incorrect suspension geometry. If our car struggles with the problem of unbalanced or misaligned wheels, it will significantly affect the life of the tires. Another very common reason is poorly selected air pressure. Too high tire pressure means that the tire deforms less, which causes the tread center to wear out much faster. If the pressure is too low, the tire sticks to the ground more, which causes abrasion of the side parts of the tire and significantly increases rolling resistance. This in turn translates into greater friction and causes a higher temperature, due to which the rubber loses its mechanical properties faster.

When should we change tires?

According to Polish law, the tread thickness must be at least 1.6mm. However, experts agree that this value is far too low. According to tests carried out by the German organization ADAC, the minimum safe thickness is 3 millimeters (for winter tires this value is 4 mm). It is also worth remembering the year of tire production. It is assumed that it should retain its properties for about 10 years, but practice shows that it is better to change them every 5 – 6 years. We are sure then that the tire is fully functional and will not disappoint us at the most unexpected times.

How much does tire replacement cost?

Tire replacement is a must because of our climate, which drivers and car owners face twice a year. More and more people are choosing universal all-season tires, but the fact is that they are not suitable for long distances or driving on mountain roads. Thus, 90% of drivers still change tires every season.

Every season there are also different rates associated with changing tires, mainly due to inflation and rising labor costs. Thus, changing tires from season to season seems to be becoming more expensive.

Vulcanization – responsibility and experience

Vulcanization is a department of our website that works completely separately. Specializes in tire substitution, tire quality control, balancing and wheel alignment as well as inspection and wheel alignment.

The work of the vulcanizer would seem relatively simple, nothing more wrong, he is responsible for:

  • checking the technical condition of tires and informing the customer about the technical condition,
  • proper assembly and disassembly of the tire,
  • checking the technical condition of the rims,
  • balancing the entire wheel,
  • Tighten the screws properly using a torque wrench.

The responsibility that rests on the vulcanizer specialist results from your safety. Our service makes every effort to ensure that the work is done professionally.

How much is tire replacement? We can confidently say that the cost of replacing tires on our website is really very competitive.

Professional equipment and experienced crew

What characterizes us as a car service and vulcanizer is professional equipment. We are talking about both devices and tools. Wheel geometry is set on professional optical and 3D devices.

Vulcanization is carried out using an appropriate balancer and calibrated torque wrenches. The crew are experienced service technicians who can reliably and reliably approach their duties.

Tire change gear ratio – best methods to do so

Changing tires together with wheels. Advantages and disadvantages.

Tire change gear ratio – how best to do it. Many people, not wanting to queue at the vulcanization plant and trying to save some money, put all the tires around. There is nothing wrong with it, if we like to do DIY from time to time, but experts still recommend making wheels, which for obvious reasons we will not be able to do in a home workshop. Another issue is the need to store a set of wheels, so if you live in a small bachelor, it can cause you some problems. Backyard replacement of wheels is ruled out by the car having a TPMS (tire pressure sensors). After such an exchange, we will most often be greeted by an error on the dashboard saying about the failure of this system, which can be cleared only with the help of special tools.

Setting the wheel toe-in after tire replacement.

A very important issue after replacing tires, on which definitely not worth saving, is balancing the wheels. Poorly balanced wheels will contribute to faster tread wear, increase fuel consumption, and in extreme cases can cause an accident. If the mechanic does not ask us to balance the wheels, it is worth asking him yourself, so that we can be sure that we will not encounter any of the above problems.

Tire change gear ratio in a car workshop.

If you replace the wheels yourself, you may encounter a problem in the form of heavy screws to unscrew, which, as a result of normal operation, tend to clog. Similarly, when tightening them, when without a torque wrench it will be hard to screw the wheels with the proper force. The above problems are eliminated by a visit to a local mechanic who, with the help of specialized equipment, will quickly replace and balance our wheels. A very practical service that we can often use is the option of storing tires in a workshop warehouse. Thanks to this, we save space at home and we do not have to wake up, and the tires are stored in optimal conditions for them.

Wheel geometry – what is it and what device measures convergence

What is wheel geometry?

It is nothing more than the mutual position of the wheels and individual suspension parts towards each other. It is responsible for what driving characteristics our car will have, how it will stick in corners, overcome obstacles and how it will behave during sudden braking. It depends mainly on the wheel settings in relation to the driving axle and the angles at which individual suspension components are mounted. If the wheel alignment is set correctly, they will be gently directed inwards.

Which device measures convergence?

Renowned mechanical factories use professional equipment for this. Depending on the technology in which they are made, these machines check the wheel parameters using a set of special cameras and a laser system. The measurement is carried out by sending a beam of light and its subsequent reading to the head mounted on the wheel of the car, so you can determine the position of the wheel with the accuracy of hundredths of a millimeter. Unfortunately, these are very expensive and complicated devices, and their prices start from several thousand, and the most expensive ones reach the amount of tens of thousands of zlotys.

What is wrong with wheel alignment?

Incorrectly set geometry causes premature tread wear, which is why unevenly worn tires are one of the first signs of this problem. Another symptom is
automatic deviation of the car from the track. You can check this by releasing the steering wheel on a straight road. If he quickly changes direction, we can be pretty sure that
we have been affected by this problem.

What to do in case of convergence problems?

The best idea would be a visit to a reputable mechanical plant. Our car will be subjected to a wheel alignment test, followed by qualified specialists
will restore them to the correct settings. The cost of such a service is not excessive and is usually about PLN 100 gross. Even if nothing disturbing is happening with our car, according to the experts’ recommendations, we should conduct a convergence test at least once a year, the more so because the condition of Polish roads is conducive to automatic suspension dysregulation.

Brake fluid replacement

What does the replacement of the brake fluid give and why is it so important?

The condition of the brake fluid directly affects the operation of the brakes, which directly translates into the safety of us and other road users. We often remember to regularly check and replace pads and discs, and at the same time we forget to replace the brake fluid, which ensures their proper operation.

Why does brake fluid lose its properties over time?

Most passenger cars use brake fluid DOT 4, which is hygroscopic. This means that it naturally absorbs water, and this strongly deteriorates its properties. In extreme cases, this can lead to a situation in which the brake “collapses” and the car almost completely loses braking force, so it is worth replacing it regularly. Periodic brake fluid replacement should the above marking be used.

How much does changing the brake fluid cost and how often should it be changed?

It all depends on whether you want to do it yourself or prefer to give the car to the mechanic. In the first case, you should buy the fluid recommended by the car manufacturer (the cheapest ones start from just PLN 17 per liter) and ask someone for help. When starting the exchange, we must lift the car and remove all the wheels. Then unscrew the cap of the expansion tank and drain the old liquid with a syringe. After completing this operation, pour the newly purchased preparation into the container. The next step is to unscrew the vent valve and connect to it a rubber tube with a bottle into which we poured the previously poured liquid. Inserting the tip of the rubber tube into a container with liquid prevents air from entering the entire system. Then unscrew the breather, and a second person at this moment pumps the brake, thereby getting rid of the remnants of old fluid. When the color of the liquid clearly changes color, we turn off the vent. This operation must be carried out for all wheels. It is important that we regularly check the amount of fluid in the expansion tank, as too little of it will lead to air in the system. If we prefer to leave this task to professionals, then we will have to pay an average of PLN 80 to PLN 130 for this service.

Which workshop lift is best to buy – new or used?

Which workshop lift is best to buy – new or used?

As your car workshop expands, you can think of equipping yourself with more professional equipment, including a workshop, car and motorcycle lift. However, is it better to choose new or second-hand equipment?

Advantages of the new workshop lift

The main advantage of new equipment over their used counterparts is the presence of guarantees and technological advancement. The new workshop lift will be able to lift more weight in less time, while consuming less energy. Of course, its individual parameters depend on the model, but they will always be better than with used equipment.

Another advantage of buying an unused workshop machine is the presence of certificates and compliance with standards that a reputable car service will provide. By selling original parts and devices from well-known brands, such as Nassau, Hofmann or Twin Busch, we are sure that the workshop lift purchased is fully functional and can be used without worrying about a quick visit to the repair center.

 

Wheel balancer – balancing on an automatic balancer

Wheel balancer – balancing on an automatic balancer

Nowadays, any valuable tire service will have a wheel balancer next to the tire changer. These two devices can be considered the most important in such a workshop. Each device usually has several configurations to be able to let the user choose the best variant for themselves. In the case of balancing machines, semi-automatic and automatic balancing machines are distinguished.

What is the main difference?

It just so happens that buying a semi-automatic or automatic balancing machine will differ only in the comfort of use. Both types of machine will do their job in exactly the same way.

The automatic balancing machine is equipped with special sensors, often laser and electronic measuring arms, which means that the user does not have to manually enter data on the console of the device. It follows that semi-automatic balancers will already require manual data entry into the computer to be able to balance the wheel correctly. This is not a big time difference, but such electronics more often determine exact numbers than people with the help of apparatus. However, it should be noted that even despite the use of automation, sometimes a small correction of the value by the machine operator will be necessary.

Differences further down

It is worth mentioning that there is still a division of balancing machines into those used for proper balancing of wheels from passenger cars or trucks, the difference is important because for larger ones you need more specialized equipment.

There are so many specialized and thoughtful machine configurations here that the user buying a semi-automatic device can in the future independently expand it to the automatic status – buying even the necessary modules. Such modules include even additional measures.

Winter and summer car tires – what you should know

Winter and summer car tires – what you should know

A car ready to drive weighs about 1.5 tonnes these days. Increasingly, it is powered by an engine exceeding or equivalent to 100 hp. Suspension designs are becoming more and more complicated, and security systems are supervised by electronic systems and many others … but nevertheless, a large part of our safety is guaranteed by four rubber tires, whose contact surface with the ground does not exceed the size of two A4 sheets.

Many drivers do not realize how choosing the right tires affects their own safety. The question is, what tires should you choose?

Winter tires and summer tires

About thirty years ago, summer or winter tires were not distinguished, they were just tires. About a decade later, the intensive development of the automotive field began, where more and more innovative solutions appeared, cars became more comfortable and it seemed that the automotive industry was at the peak of travel safety. This was not entirely true, after all, tire manufacturers took the matter into their own hands and a broadly defined division into winter and summer tires was created.

So how can they be distinguished?

The first differentiating factor is the composition of the compound from which rubber is made. Rubber in summer tires has excellent elasticity at a temperature of about 7 degrees Celsius, and at lower it becomes hard as stone. The winter tire is distinguished by high elasticity at lower temperatures, however when the temperature rises above 7 degrees it becomes excessively soft, which reduces grip and drastically accelerates tread wear.

The second factor is tread pattern. The winter tire drains water better and “bites” into the snow thanks to the channels, while the summer tire has larger tread blocks, which makes it less resistant to rolling.

Tire change can be described in the following table:

Tires swap

Winter
Spring

Replace when the temperature at night falls below two degrees Celsius

Replace when the temperature no longer drops below 0 degrees Celsius.

Tires include all-season or all-season tires. The main difference is a much better quality compromise compared to standard tires. The catch, however, is the much higher price of such tires.

The same should be mentioned about the existence of directional or asymmetrical tires, but before buying them, it is worth contacting your local garage. These tires because they are specifically adapted to selected types of cars and can improve their performance.

Additional information:

  1. Used tires may have an unknown or untrue history, and there are always some risks. It is worth investing in new tires.
  2. Tires should be inflated at the correct pressure as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
  3. Wheels should be balanced before each season.