Timing belt replacement

Timing belt replacement

At SP88 we know a bit about timing belt replacement

In  this article, the timing belts importance I write about how the timing belt keeps the engine synchronized, timing belt failure is common but usually only past the scheduled timing belt replacement interval.

Here is our basic explanation of why the engine need to be synchronized by the timing belt.

The Cylinder where all the magic happens, engines are built with varied configurations of cylinders and sizes.

{Did you know V8 engine have 8 cylinders, V10 have ten. there are even W16 engines that have 16 cylinders}

The cylinders are built strong enough to withstand the forces of billions of small explosions. Its where Pistons and Valves work in a small space at an unimaginable speed, within millimeters of each other; synchronised so the don’t ever touch. This creates the power for turning the wheels.
The Cylinder is used to contain compressed air called compression. Compression is used to help ignite fuel(burn fuel).In order to burn fuel (petrol or diesel) it must be mixed with air.

{Air the source of oxygen that is required to burn fuel. Petrol requires a spark via a spark plug to ignite. Diesel ignites when it enters hot compressed air}

and able come in and out the cylinder quickly,entering and exit the cylinder at the right time. The openings into the cylinder must open and close quickly, this is control by the camshaft.
The Camshaft located at the top of the cylinder,its a

{camshaft: a component of the engine, a rod with two fingers attached that could play two keys a seperate times on a piano in loop

a rotating shaft pushes the valve (the opening) into the cylinder to open before releasing to close. There are two necessary types of valve. The inlet and exhaust valve; the air enters the cylinder via the inlet valve then leaves, after being mixed with fuel and ignited; as a burnt gas.
The Crankshaft moves the Piston within the Cylinder, the Piston moves up and down in the Cylinder and and in return the crankshaft is rotated.

With the help of the starter motor the turning of the crankshaft begins.  The following usually go with a bang should the timing belt let the team down.

  • Firstly the inlet valve opens as the piston is on its way down, this draws the air and fuel mixture into the cylinder.

  • The inlet valve then closes as the piston then begins to move upwards now creating compression.
  • Just before the piston reaches the top of its travel the air/fuel mixture ignites, creating a small explosion called ignition.
  • The igniting air/fuel mixture creates energy, a force that pushes the piston down again. Enough to turn the crankshaft so that,
  • Said piston reaches the bottom of the cylinder, at this time the exhaust valve opens and as the piston goes up again and pushes the burnt gases out.
  • At the top of the cycle the exhaust valve closes and the inlet valve re opens and air is drawn in and we return  to the top.

The piston is now rotating the crankshaft is now turning continuously . Other cylinders are attached to the same crankshaft working in harmony with each other to provide power to cover the time the cylinder is not providing power.

This article should have given a simple and unique explanation on the working of an engine it can get a lot more complex than this.

The timing belt is used to keep the Crankshaft and Camshaft in synchronization, keeping the pistons and valves from crashing into each other. It is a toothed belt that drives pulleys at the end of the Cam and Crankshaft. This belt in many instances also run the water pump, the belt is tensioned using idle pulleys and a tensioning pulley.

When replacing the timing belt, a timing belt kit and water pump as well as new coolant will be required. It is not recommended to replace only the belt as the money spend buying these parts far out weight the repair cost. Should  an idler, tensioner or water pump seize it could or would affect the synchronization of the engine which is usually very expensive to repair in some cases uneconomical to repair.
Manufacture always specify a replacement schedule. If you are not sure contact us we can let you know as well as do the job.

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Starter Motor Replacement in South London

Starter Motor Replacement in South London

How much does it cost for starter motor replacement in south london?

The price of a starter motor replacement varies depending on the make and model of your vehicle. There are many manufacturers of Starter motors and you can save money buying one. There are new or refurbished units available from your vehicle’s manufacturer as well as new or refurbished alternators from many Autofactor outlets. Some highly rated manufacturers are Bosch, Valeo and Lucas. The labour required to replace the starter motor is then added to calculate the price.



What are the symptoms of a failed Starter motor?

Your vehicle will fail to start via the key or pushing the start button when the starter motor has failed. A symptom to look out for prior to failure is very slow turning over of the engine or a click noise when trying to start. This symptom is synonymous with a low battery voltage. In this instance you should contact your emergency breakdown assistance or your trusted mechanic.

How to maintain your starter motor?

There is no maintenance schedule for a starter motor but you can prevent premature failure of the starter motor by following these simple rules.

  • Do not try to start the engine when it’s already running.
  • Do not start your engine in gear.
  • Make sure when you turn the key to start it does not stay stuck in the starting position.
  • Make sure no engine oil is leaking onto the starter motor.

Starter Motor Replacement in South London

We at SP88 have been replacing starter motors since 2005. We understand the diagnosis process and have the skill required to source and replace your vehicle starter motor when required.

There are many ways to Contact us for a quote or diagnosis via the link.

Alternator Replacement in South London

Alternator Replacement in South London

How much does an Alternator Replacement in South London cost?

The price of an alternator replacement varies depending on the make and model of your vehicle. There are many alternator manufacturers so you may be able to save money buying an alternator. There are units sold new or refurbished from your vehicles manufacturer as well as new or refurbished alternators from many different Autofactor outlets. Some highly rated manufacturers are Bosch, Valero and Lucas. The labour required to replace the alternator is then added to your chosen option if specified.



What are the symptoms of a failed Alternator?

It is very common for a vehicle to break down or fail to start after the alternator has failed. This is due to the vehicles batterys’ voltage dropping to a level rendering it unable to power the electrics required for the engine to run. A symptom to look out for prior to breaking down is the battery warning light illuminating whilst driving. In this instance you should contact your emergency breakdown assistance or contact your trusted mechanic.

How to maintain your Alternator and what causes it to fail?

The alternator is driven by the engine via a belt, this belt has a few names ( auxiliary belt, drive belt, serpentine belt or simply the alternator belt). This belt is made from rubber is naturally perishable, so checking it is part of your vehicle service schedule. If this belt fails the alternator cannot work.

An oil leak that contaminates the alternators can also cause premature failure, this issue must be addressed quickly as a preventative measure.

The battery fitted to the vehicle can also have an impact on the reliability of the alternator so it’s important to make sure the correct battery is fitted.

Like many other components in the vehicle an alternator is a serviceable component, having moving parts, it can fail for an no reason at all.

Alternator Replacement in South London

We at SP88 have been replacing alternators since 2005. We understand the diagnosis process and have the skill required to source and replace your vehicle alternator when required.

There are many ways to Contact us for a quote or diagnosis via the link.

Mobile Car Electrician in South London

Mobile Car Electrician in South London

Are you looking for a Mobile Car Electrician ( Auto Electrician ) in New Malden?

  1. Someone who can diagnose a fault with your vehicle?
  2. Someone who can plug a diagnostic computer into your vehicle?
  3. Someone who can repair or add an accessory to your car vehicle?

Here at SP88 we are happy to help, if your vehicle is a car or van and you are near to New Malden in Surrey, Call 07908064433

With over ten years experience diagnosing and repairing cars in the Automotive industry your vehicle will be dealt with by a professional who you can expect the best customer service from. Only cost effective repairs are recommended, and with access to parts for all makes and models we can save you money.

We have market leading diagnostic software, skills and equipment to carry out work in a location convenient to you.

A few of our most frequent queries are:

  • I have a warning light on my dashboard
  • The engine light , glow plug light, check engine or anti pollution warning has appeared on my dashboard.
  • My Airbag or SRS light is on
  • The ABS, ESP or Traction control light is staying on
  • Reversing camera, Parking Sensor, Subwoofer, Dash Cam Installation
  • Car battery replacement
Dashboard warning light diagnosis in South London

Dashboard warning light diagnosis in South London

With most cars using electronics today, it’s a good idea to have a 1st point of contact when a warning light such as the Engine Management Light flashes on your dashboard.

SP88 can read faults stored in your car’s computer that caused the engine management light to appear whilst driving and offer you the best option for an economical repair. Because we are able to come to you convenience is also on offer.

Rather than paying more for your engine management light checked, call us. With many years experience in the car electrical systems diagnosis field, therefore we are able to correctly diagnose your fault without breaking the bank.

We offer diagnostic inspections or a quick fault code report for most vehicle warning light systems. Probably the best money spent when a warning light issue arises.

Here are some popular warning lights,

  • The Engine management light
  • Abs Light
  • ESP or Traction Control Light
  • Automatic Gearbox Light
  • AirBag or SRS light plus more.

Engine management light, warning light, abs light, airbag light, srs light,Call 07908 064433 for a quote.

Important car maintenance checks

Important car maintenance checks

Have you checked your Car recently? Here’s a list of important things to check on your car.

 

The Oil

Check the oil level on the dipstick every two weeks and before any long journey by pushing the dipstick slowly all the way into its tube, then pulling it out again. Check under the car for any leaks. If you need to top-up your oil level do it slowly. The difference between minimum and maximum on the dip stick is usually one litre so be careful not to put too much oil in the engine. When topping up give the oil time to settle in the sump before rechecking the level. Make sure you use oil of the right grade and specification.
Contact your dealer to find out your service schedule, it is good practice to change you oil every year or 12,000 most of today’s cars.

 

 

The Coolant Level & Antifreeze strength

 

Get into the habit of checking the engine coolant level fortnightly – never open your coolant bottle when the engine is hot or even warm the water is pressurised and can jump out and burn you badly. If you find your self topping up twice in a month you should get your cars cooling system checked as it’s possible you may have a leak. Make sure the antifreeze strength is reported at your service.

 

 

The Tyre Pressure

 

It’s good practice to check your tyres every two weeks for signs of damage, splits or cracks, uneven wear and sharp objects in the tread.
Check tyre tread depth by purchasing an easy-to-use tread depth gauge.
Check tyres are inflated to the correct pressure fortnightly using a reliable gauge.

 

The Wiper Blades

 

 

Having a good, clear windscreen is vital for safe driving. If after cleaning your windscreen using the windscreen washer, your wiper blades do not clear the windscreen effectively then it’s possibly time to replace your windscreen wipers. Noisy Wipers blades should also be replaced.

 

 

The Windscreen Washer Fluid

 

 

Driving with a dirty windscreen can be distracting to say the least. Don’t forget to top up your washer fluid, using water is fine however using the correct mixture of washer fluid would clear your windscreen better and lower the freezing temperature of the water.

 

 

The Battery

 

The battery is as important as important as any other when considering your cars reliability. A failing battery can cause problems that can be like a needle in a haystack to find and it can let you down unexpectedly. A good test of your battery would be to leave your ignition on for 6 minutes, then try to start the car. If the car fails or struggles to start. You battery may require replacement.

 

 

The Spare Tyre

The spare tyre provides the means to get you on your way should one of your car tyres fail. You never know when or where a tyre may suffer a puncture and lose all its air pressure, so the spare tyre is as important as those in daily use.

It is therefore vital to familiarise yourself with the location of the tools you need to change a tyre, like the car jack and a wheel wrench to remove the bolts. It is also useful to carry a pair of gloves in your boot; changing a car tyre can be a dirty job and one that you may need to do under difficult circumstances.

Being prepared and having a good-fully-inflated spare tyre can help to get you out of a jam when you need to most.

Always include your spare tyre on a routine vehicle tyre pressure check. If your vehicle’s spare tyre is a ‘space saver’ tyre, then always read the label for usage and directions.

 

 

The Boot

 

 

Carrying unnecessary weight in your car has an adverse effect on your fuel economy, remove the items that you do not need regularly and you should see a boost in your acceleration and fuel economy.

 

 

The Brakes

 

 

The brakes are key to road safety, it’s the only system responsible for stopping you. The brake pads and discs are serviceable items, it’s very important to be aware of its condition. If you are unable to see the condition of your brakes thought the wheels contact us SP88 we will be happy to help.

The Brake Fluid

Adding brake fluid is usually not part of routine vehicle maintenance. Low brake fluid typically means that your brake pads are low and soon need to be changed. If you notice a sudden drop in the brake fluid level, it could indicate a problem with your brake system, or that you simply need to change your brakes.Have a professional check your brakes if you are unsure. If you are sure that your brake pads are in serviceable condition. It is recommended to replace brake fluid every two years.

 

 

The Lights – All of Them.

 

Ensuring your vehicle’s lights are working correctly is critical for your own safety and also other road users as it allows you to be able to see and help others to see you. A blown bulb will also result in an MOT failure, so make sure you check your lights before your test to avoid failing on this.

 

 

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Reversing Sensors Fitted

Reversing Sensors Fitted Supplied and Fitted from £95

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Front Parking Sensors Supplied and Fitted from £115

Front and Rear Parking Sensors Supplied and Fitted from £200.

 

Call 07908064433 for Front & Rear Reversing Sensors Supplied & Professionally Fitted in London and Surrey!!

First of all  Gloss Black, Matt Black or Silver can be supplied with no extra cost, in addition we can match the sensor to your vehicles paint for £35.

parking sensors fitted, reversing camera fitted
We can supply sensors painted to match for car for £35

Further more we can supply an optional LED display for £35 which can be fitted on the dashboard or on the headlining.

Rather than taking a chance with your vehicles’ paint, this audio visual upgrade keeps you informed. The display will show the position of the obstacle left or right, and how far away you are in meters from 1.5 meters all the way down to 0.0 meters which actually leaves you approximately 30 cm before impact.

For the price above our customers will be within 10 driving miles of CR44EP.

We come to you at home or work Monday to Saturday between 9.00am and 6.00pm

Fitting Parksafe PS540 Intelligent Reversing sensor, they are sensitivity adjustable and are compatible with tow bars.

A 3 year guarantee on all parking sensor kits we install.

The parking sensor system will not disturb any of your vehicles electrics, and is powered by reverse light for rear parking sensors. It is as harmless as charging your mobile phone via the 12V socket supplied in your vehicle.

The work in carried out with care and professionalism therefore the fitting time varies depending on the vehicle. 

All our wiring is tidy and hidden away, as a result our work will look factory fitted.

There are four sensors, 19 mm in Diameter which are always fitted to look Factory fitted.

The Reversing Sensors are supplied and fitted with a 3 year guarantee.  

We fit ParkSafe PS540 Intelligent system, which are water proof, freeze proof, height adjustable and sensitivity adjustable. They also work with tow bars and spare wheels on the back.  

  

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How do Parking Sensors work?

Important Car Maintenance checks.

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Front and Rear Reversing Sensors Supplied and Fitted

Front and Rear Reversing Sensors Supplied and Fitted in New Malden and Wimbledon

We come to you at home or work Monday to Saturday 9.00am till 7.00pm

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Reversing Sensors Supplied and Fitted from £120

Front Reversing Sensors Supplied and Fitted Available

Front and Rear Reversing Sensors Supplied and Fitted Available

Reversing Sensors are Free in Standard Gloss Black, Matt Black or Silver

Custom Matched Colours cost £30

Optional LED Display is available (can be installed on the dash board or on the headlining with no wires visible.)

For Professional Installation at home or work; Call, Text or Email for an appointment.

The fitting time for Rear Reversing Sensors is usually 1 to 1.5 hours and 2 to 2.5 hours for Front and Rear.

To make an enquiry or to book an appointment please email or text the following,
– Name
– Postcode
– Vehicle Registration Number,
– Phone Number
Along with any other questions please.

The only visible items when we fit our parking aids are the face of the sensor which is 19mm in Diameter, everything else including the busser is hidden away.

 

The Reversing Sensors are supplied and fitted with a 3 year guarantee.

We fit are ParkSafe PS540 Intelligent system, which are water proof, freeze proof and height and sensitivity adjustable. Our Parking Sensor are tow bars and spare wheels compatible as standard.

All cars and vans welcome :

Peugeot, Citroen, Renault, Chevrolet, Mitsubishi, Jeep,  BMW, Kia, Audi, Alfa Romeo, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Porsche, Nissan,  Subaru, Toyota, Volvo, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Jaguar, Skoda and Lexus.

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