Other Services

Air Conditioning


We offer a full Air Conditioning service. If your levels are low or maintenance is needed then we can complete a full service of the air conditioning system for just £85.

Here are some classic signals for Air Conditioning problems:

Odd smells coming from the air conditioning may be caused by a build up of bacteria. As your car becomes older, or when the air conditioning system is used infrequently, bacteria, micro-organisms, mold and fungi may start growing, just behind the dash panel on the evaporator causing some very unpleasant odours. Some even claim this can result in headaches and flu like symptom sometimes referred to as "sick car syndrome".

This problem can be solved by using an anti-bacterial treatment that destroys the bacteria growth and leaves your car smelling fresh again.

If you car does not feel cold enough, then you may need to recharge your system. If you feel that your car doesn't feel as cold as your friend's car, then your system may need servicing. The air conditioning system in your vehicle is not usually covered by most manufacturers servicing schedules and the refrigerant gas that is used to operate the system depletes over time. On average most vehicles lose up to 15% per annum.

This leakage can be caused when then system is not used during the winter months. Thus allowing the small "O" ring seals to dry out resulting in a gradual deterioration in system performance.

If this continues, eventually the system will not be able to operate at all. Most problems of this type can be put right fairly easily by a leak check of your system which involves a dye being pumped into the air conditioning system, followed by a complete refill of your air conditioning refrigerant, this is sometimes referred to as a re-gas.

Running your air conditioning all year round will help maintain the system. If you run the air conditioning in the winter it will help to keep the system well lubricated and leak proof.

This is because the refrigerant actually carries the oil that lubricates the system and most importantly the compressor. It also keeps the seals and hoses moist, thus preventing them from drying out and cracking which can lead to leaks.

Don't worry if you see a pool of water forming under your car after using the A/C If you see a puddle of water on the ground, usually under the passenger area don't worry. This is a normal feature of the system as it is only water dripping from the air conditioning evaporator. The evaporator has a drain tube fitted to allow the condensation from the evaporator to drain away from the vehicle.

Excessive moisture inside the car can be fixed easily. Sometimes the drain tube from the evaporator may become blocked or detached allowing the condensation to build up inside the evaporator.

If this occurs water will just build up inside your car to a point where there are damp carpets or misting / high humidity type problems. These problems can be solved with low-cost servicing.

Don't worry if you see a pool of water forming under your car after using the A/C If you see a puddle of water on the ground, usually under the passenger area don't worry. This is a normal feature of the system as it is only water dripping from the air conditioning evaporator. The evaporator has a drain tube fitted to allow the condensation from the evaporator to drain away from the vehicle.

Have your air conditioning serviced regularly, even if there are no visible problems. Just as the other systems of your car need servicing on a regular basis, the same is true for the air conditioning system.

The compressor needs oil, or else it will seize up. The filter collects debris and moisture. If the filter becomes blocked, then the performance of the system will deteriorate and it can even quit working entirely.

Normally the refrigerant gas in a car air conditioning system has to be recharged completely within four years from the manufacture date and thereafter every two to three years.

We can check over your Air Conditioning free of charge (also included in our free 30 point vehicle health check). If your air conditioning does require attention we will give you a no obligation quotation for us to carry out the work for you.

Brakes


Your braking system is perhaps one of the most critical parts of your vehicle, and directly affects the vehicle's safety and performance.

Here are some of the common things to look out for with your braking system:

Over time, as you can imagine, the pads will begin to wear thin, which means they'll become less effective at slowing and stopping your car. Fortunately, checking the thickness of your brake pads — those that squeeze down on the calipers — is a straightforward procedure.

All you need to do is look between the spokes of your wheel to spot the shiny metal rotor inside. When you find it, look around the outer edge where you'll see the metal caliper. Between the caliper and rotor, you'll see the pad. You'll have to estimate, but generally, your pads should be at least one-quarter of an inch thick. If they're any thinner than that, it's a good idea to get them changed.

In addition to the squeal from the sensor, you'll also want to listen for a harsh grinding sound. This means that you've gone completely through your brake pads and now, when you apply the brakes, the metal of the calipers is grinding against the metal of your rotors.

Not only is this an ineffective way to stop your car, the chances are good that you'll also damage your rotors, thus turning a relatively easy and inexpensive pad job into a more costly rotor resurfacing or replacement ordeal.

Has your car ever felt like it has a mind of its own? As if it wants to make right or left-hand turns while driving or braking? If so, this could indicate a problem with the braking system. The cause of this pulling might be a stuck caliper. Because such a scenario would cause friction on one wheel and not the others, your car can pull to the side where the caliper is stuck.

If you've ever had to execute an emergency stop in a car with anti-lock brakes, then you're familiar with the type of rapid brake-pedal pulsing that comes from the quick grabs the system applies to the rotor to slow the car. However, if your brake pedal pulses in this way under normal braking circumstances, you could have a problem.

Generally, a vibrating brake pedal indicates warped rotors. Their uneven surfaces will thrum against the brake pads, and you'll feel the feedback through the brake pedal.

In addition to thrumming, your brake pedal can give you other indications that your car's braking system might need examining. A mushy pedal, one that goes practically to the floor before engaging the brakes, could indicate worn pads or a problem with the hydraulic system, such as air in the line, an air leak or a brake fluid leak.

To check for a fluid leak, put an old white sheet or piece of light cardboard under the car overnight. In the morning, examine any fluid that collects. Brake fluid will be practically clear and the consistency of cooking oil.

The opposite of a mushy pedal is one that causes the brakes to grab immediately at the slightest touch. This could indicate an unevenly worn rotor, dirty brake fluid or contamination of the fluid by moisture. You can solve such a problem with a relatively inexpensive change of fluid that you could do yourself or have done at your mechanic's shop.

Finally, if stopping the car seems akin to Fred Flintstone putting his feet through the bottom of the car to bring it to a halt, you might have a brake line obstruction or a problem with the vacuum system.

Both situations would make the brake pedal extremely hard to operate and require immediate servicing.

We can check over your brake system free of charge (also included in our free 30 point vehicle health check). If your brake system does require attention we will give you a no obligation quotation for us to carry out the work for you.

Suspension


If you suspect that you have a problem with your cars steering or suspension,or you just want a periodic check, here is a basic examination you can make.

Push down on top of the wing each side (individually) just once and let go, the vehicle should go down and come back up once and stay put. If the vehicle bounces up and down and appears soft this indicates a faulty shock absorber strut.

Further examination with the car jacked up at the front, place on axle stands for safety, put the steering wheel in the unlocked position. Move the road wheel from side to side as if you were turning the wheels to steer. Feel for any excessive free play or movement in the steering joints ie top/bottom swivel joints, track rod ends, steering rack and suspension bushes. Then hold the road wheel at the top and bottom grabbing hold of the tyre pushing in and out and feel for any free movement there.

Any excess free play should be picked up and the offending part noticed and replaced. Examine rubber gaiters or (boots) as they are sometimes called on the steering rack and rubber insulator bushes on the anti-roll bar. Examine front suspension struts for leakage and split dust covers, this can be observed by looking inside the coil spring, any signs of oil around this area indicates a worn shock absorber strut and must be replaced.

We can check over your suspension system free of charge (also included in our free 30 point vehicle health check). If your suspension system does require attention we will give you a no obligation quotation for us to carry out the work for you.

Clutches


In addition to slippage a car’s clutch can be in need of repair if it is exhibiting chattering or squeaking noises when you drive. Clutch chattering occurs as a jerking motion that happens when the clutch pedal is engaged.

This can be caused by a number of things which makes diagnosing what is wrong with your clutch a hard task for mechanics at times. Chatter in the clutch can happen due to malfunctions such as missing flywheel pins, worn pilot bushing, from the clutch being lose, broken drive straps or a damaged disc. There can also be external causes for the chatter like loose engine mounts or loose CV joints among other things.

We can check over your clutch free of charge (also included in our free 30 point vehicle health check). If your clutch does require attention we will give you a no obligation quotation for us to carry out the work for you.

Exhaust System


Here are five signs that something may be wrong with your catalytic converter:

  • Your vehicle's fuel efficiency suddenly drops.
  • Your vehicle doesn't accelerate when you step on the accelerator pedal.
  • Your vehicle may refuse to start.
  • Your vehicle fails an emissions test.
  • The MIL or Check Engine light comes on.

The most common cause of failure in a catalytic converter in an older car is that it becomes so clogged that the exhaust gases can't get through it to the muffler and out of the car. (If air can't get out the rear of the vehicle, it can't come in the front end, so the engine dies because no air is coming in to form the fuel/air mixture.)

We can check over your exhaust system free of charge (also included in our free 30 point vehicle health check). If your exhaust system does require attention we will give you a no obligation quotation for us to carry out the work for you.

Fuel Servicing


A fuel service will clean the dirt from your fuel system and engine. This will result in the vehicle burning fuel much more efficiently which means that you will save money on your fuel bills.

We are very confident that if your vehicle is more than three years old one of our fuel services will make a noticeable difference to your vehicles fuel efficiency. Alternatively we can complete this separately from just £40.

Misfuel Draining Service

If you have mistakenly put the wrong fuel in your vehicle then do not panic. We have a service whereby we can quickly call out and rectify the problem for you. For our basic service we would charge £140.

This service includes:

  • Draining and flushing your fuel tank and fuel lines
  • Replacing your fuel filter
  • Place a few litres of the correct fuel in your tank
  • Full inspection of fuel system. If after the full inspection we find further damage then we will produce a quotation for the work involved and ask you if you would like to proceed.

Diagnostic Checks


If your engine management light comes on or your car is not running properly then you will need to get the problem diagnosed. It is important that you take action as soon as the light on your dash appears because if left for a long time other issues may arise which will be unnoticed.

At Benley Automotive we have the latest diagnostic equipment and can perform a diagnostic for you for just £25+VAT. Once we find the fault we will produce a no obligation quotation for us to complete the work involved.

Timing System & cambelts


Cambelts are an essential part of your vehicle and not replacing your cambelt at the manufacturer's recommended guidelines can result in serious damage to your car's engine. We can check if your cambelt needs replacing free of charge using manufacturers guide lines on mileage and age, please phone us or pop down and we can check it for you.

Every so often your car will require change of timing/cam belts. This must be done after a certain amount of miles to save significant damage being caused to your engine.

Tyres


Every so often your vehicles tyres will need to be replaced. The tread wears down and can become dangerous if left too long. Please contact us for a no obligation quote.

Recovery Service


For a nominal fee we can have your vehicle collected within a ten mile radius. If you are further afield we can still arrange for your vehicle to be collected. Please contact us for further details.

Quick Info

  • Benley Automotive
    Unit A1
    North Cheshire Trading Estate
    Prenton Way, Wirral
    CH43 3DU
  • Phone: 0151 601 3359
  • Company Number: 08193330
    VAT No.: 144312054

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