Exhausts, Brakes & Oil Change Wolverhampton & Dudley | Exhaust & Brake Repairs & Service
We can supply and fit individual parts or the complete exhaust system, including the catalytic converter.
We cater for a wide range of vehicles. All exhausts are fitted by experienced mechanics, all exhausts are fully guaranteed.
Your exhaust is made up from a number of parts. It is likely that only one or two parts of the system will need replacing at any one time. Addison Tyre Centre can replace individual parts or the full system depending on what is required, but will only carry out work that needs to be done. It is advisable to have your exhaust checked every 10,000km (6,250 miles) or at least once a year for damage or failure.
Please call in for an inspection and a free quote.
The exhaust system is one of the hardest working components on your vehicle. It is constantly in use whilst the engine is running. An exhaust system on most vehicles usually comprises of four sections:
- Front Downpipe
- Centre Section
- Rear silencer box
Also on all vehicles registered after 1993 a catalytic converter is fitted. The most common section to become defective is the rear silencer as moisture gathers inside the box and attacks the metal. Corrosion from the inside results in hole, which causes the exhaust to blow. A defective exhaust will mean the vehicle fails the MOT test. It also causes excessive noise; thereby rendering the vehicle illegal which could lead to a fixed penalty fine. An unchecked exhaust may also result in fumes entering the car, which can lead to headaches, sickness and drowsiness.
Catalytic converters are now fitted to all cars to remove harmful pollution from the exhaust gases. This expensive and high-tech component fits in the exhaust system and looks on the outside like a typical silencer box.
The catalytic converter is an integral part of the engine performance system and sensors control the gases entering and leaving the catalytic converter are controlled by the engine management system. The catalytic converter effectiveness is measured by testing the exhaust gas emissions. This is an important part of the MOT and service requirements on all cars today.
The catalytic converter can be damaged if the engine is not properly tuned and excess fuel or oils enter the component. If your catalytic converter or exhaust does become defective and requires replacing, we can provide a top quality replacement parts at significant saving to dealer prices.
With regular servicing and FREE checks we can keep your exhaust system legal and prevent any fumes from entering the vehicle. With our fully skilled mechanics we can diagnose any current faults or any faults that may occur in the near future and cause the exhaust or the catalytic converter to become defective.
When it comes to brakes our experienced mechanics regard your safety as their main priority. It doesn't matter what make or model of car you drive, you'll get one of the most competitive quotes around whatever parts need replacing. It is absolutely essential to have the brakes system checked regularly, as failure will cause partial or total loss of braking. We only fit brakes that are made to original equipment standards meaning you are guaranteed the highest levels of safety as designed by your vehicle manufacturer. If required we can use original equipment parts which are main dealer supplied. E.g. Audi, BMW, Mercedes, VW, Ford, Vauxhall etc.
*Please mention this if you prefer OE parts when contacting us for a quote.
We offer a free primary brake inspection. This involves removing your vehicle's front wheels in order to visually inspect the following brake related components:
- Brake discs
- Brake pads
- Brake pipes
- Brake fluid
This inspection should provide a general indication as to the serviceability of the vehicle's overall braking system, although it is worth remembering that the primary brake inspection is only a snapshot of the condition of your vehicle's braking system.
We would always recommend periodical Full brake Inspections involving the removal of all wheels, for which we make a nominal charge.
Full Brake Inspection
This comprehensive inspection of a vehicle's braking system involves the removal of all four wheels and drums (where applicable) from a vehicle in order to inspect the following brake components:
- Brake discs
- Brake pads and shoes
- Callipers/wheel cylinders
- Brake pipes (metal and rubber)
- Brake master cylinder/servo
- Handbrake cables and linkages (Adjust handbrake if necessary)
- Brake drums (Clean and remove dust from drums)
- Brake fluid (Check level)
The Full Brake Inspection is available at just £20+vat. This charge will be refunded if any brake components need to be replaced, provided you have the work carried out with us within ten working days from inspection.
Interim - Oil Service
This service includes an oil and filter change and a basic engine check up, if required we can also replace spark plugs on this service.
* There is an additional charge for long-life, platinum and multi-electrode plugs if these are specified by customer.
** Specific branded or synthetic oils are also subject to an extra charge. e.g.. Castrol, Mobil, etc.
Combined Oil service and MOT Test
We can provide your vehicle with an MOT test please mention this when booking in your vehicle for service.
Low oil levels will damage your engine and you should always remember that your oil light won't illuminate until your oil level is already low.
Low oil levels can damage your engine by causing overheating and can even result in the engine seizing completely. You can counteract this by regularly checking the oil level in your car and using the correct grade of oil.
Using the correct grade of oil will offer your engine protection from the moment you turn the key, improve performance and increase engine economy.
Which Oil Is Right For My Car?
* Grade of oil. For guide purposes only. Please refer to your vehicle handbook
Fully Synthetic Benefits
0W-30 - Enhanced protection
0W-40 - Protection within the crucial first 10 minutes after start up
5W-30 - 3 times better at reducing engine wear. Increases oil change intervals - change your oil less often
Part Synthetic Benefits
5W-30 - Enhanced protection
10W-40 - Protection within the crucial first 10 minutes after start up
15W-40 - 3 times better at reducing engine wear. Increases oil change intervals - change your oil less often
10W-40 - Basic protection for a variety of engines
15W-40 - Change of oil required more often - remember to check it regularly
We can provide your vehicle with just an MOT, you do not need to have any other work carried out. We offer an 100% honest Mot, you will not be recommended to replace parts that don't need replacing.
If your vehicle does fail and needs repairs we can quote for these at very competitive prices. If you wish to carry out any repairs elsewhere we really do not mind, there is no retest fee if the vehicle is bought back within 10 working days.z
Any vehicle that is not bought back for retest within 10 working days has to be fully retested again at normal cost.
We can supply batteries for cars, motorcycles and scooters, quads, jet skis, light commercial vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, agricultural vehicles, plant and industrial vehicles, golf buggies, leisure and mobility applications.
All the batteries we supply are heavy duty and come with either a two or three year 'no quibble' warranty. We have many years of experience and extensive knowledge with batteries; we will ensure you are supplied with the correct battery for your vehicle. Our prices are extremely competitive, we keep a wide range of batteries in stock and we are the approved stockists of Varta, Tungstone and Platinum batteries for the West Midlands area.
We stock and recommend Varta batteries as all the leading car manufacturers fit them as original equipment; we also supply Tungstone and Platinum batteries, which meet OE specification and standards and are also excellent quality products. We do not sell budget batteries, as they are inferior in quality and unreliable.
We offer a 'free' diagnostics check of your existing battery and if it only needs charging we will only give you honest advice. We will also carry out a FREE alternator test on request. We do offer a battery fitting service at a nominal cost.
Power, performance and reliability are the most important factors for determining the quality of a car battery – and VARTA is the benchmark for battery quality in the automotive industry. Our philosophy is to never compromise on quality, and this mantra has earned us the number one position as first choice supplier to the vehicle manufacturers.
The VARTA battery package packs a powerful punch. Our adherence to the highest quality standards mean there is no room for compromise, and our technological expertise leads to continual innovation and improvement. This is why we can, again and again, offer the market products, which guarantee improved power and reliability - products that further extend our lead over the competition.
A powerful and reliable power source is imperative for today's high specification, power-hungry vehicles. Battery fitment guide
With satellite navigation systems, DVDs and telephone points as standard or an optional accessory in the majority of new cars, the requirement for a reliable and powerful energy supply is greater than ever before. The versatile Tungstone and Platinum range of automotive batteries will power modern car accessories, will typically deliver up to 40,000 engine starts, have a far superior starting power and reliability to outperform the original battery fitted to the vehicle.
The UK market is flooded with cheaper, low performance, unreliable batteries. It is only after a short period of time after fitment of these inferior products do car owners realise the demands their vehicle has on the battery power source. It comes as no surprise that the power and performance packed within a Tungstone and Platinum battery's sealed casing is very often forgotten once fitted. Due to a combination of supreme reliability and 100% maintenance free, the Tungstone and Platinum water consumption is minimal resulting in no servicing throughout its life.
The range exceeds the high quality and performance demands of vehicle manufacturers and when compared with conventional batteries has a far greater service life.
Tungstone and Platinum have a range of car batteries that are built with a guaranteed reliability of 3 or 5 years. Commercial batteries have a 2 year warranty.
Which battery is right for you?
That depends on what you need the battery to do. A modern, high-tech car, which has lots of electrical consumers fitted, has a higher electrical consumption. An older, smaller car has less power requirement. Our product line-up caters for every need, and whether it is the ULTRA dynamic battery or one of the batteries from our dynamic TRIO range, you will find VARTA delivers tailor made power for every car. When you choose VARTA, you are opting for guaranteed starting, reliable power to all your electrical consumers, a long life and the peace of mind that your battery will not let you down. Speak to one of our trained battery specialists who will ensure you get the correct battery.
Two things are necessary - a second car and two jump leads for the positive and negative terminals. An electrical connection via jump leads from an SLI battery being charged by the running motor to the SLI battery of the car that won't start is normally the simplest solution. The start procedure is to be carried out in seven steps.
You need to follow these steps:
- Only use batteries with the same rated voltage.
- Switch off both engines and all electrics (except the donor vehicle's hazard warning lights).
- First connect the red jump lead to the positive terminal of the flat battery, and then attach the clip on the other end of the lead to the donor battery.
- Then connect the black cable to the negative terminal on the donor vehicle before attaching the free end of the cable to a metal part away from the battery on the vehicle with the flat battery. The best area may be the engine block (see vehicle manufacturer's instructions).
- It makes certain that the cables do not come into the range of the exhaust or the drive belt.
- Start the engine of the donor vehicle, and then start the engine of the vehicle with a flat battery (max. 15 seconds) and let it run.
- Remove the cables in the reverse order.
Only use batteries with the same rated voltage.
Note: please refer to the operating manual for your vehicle!
The battery is connected to other assemblies by its terminals. These are mostly cone-shaped terminals conforming to the EN standard. The positive terminal is slightly thicker than the negative terminal so that the connections cannot be confused. Flat terminals (known as Ford terminals) are used less often. They have a stud hole so that a battery lug can be connected.
[Ah]Product of the current strength (measured in amperes) and the duration (in hours) of the current. The quantity of electricity (capacity) of a battery or cell is usually expressed in ampere-hours. Ah is the abbreviation.
Ampere [A]Basic unit of electrical current strength.
The available quantity of electricity of a battery or cell measured in ampere-hours. The capacity is dependent on the battery temperature and the discharging current. It is therefore important to state not just the capacity, but also the discharging current and temperature (e.g. cold-start capacity in seconds with cold-test current and -18°C).
The smallest unit of a battery, stores electrical energy and forms the fundamental cornerstone of a battery if it is placed into a case and equipped with electrical connectors.
The capacity of a cell is determined by its size. The cell voltage, however, depends on the electrochemical system of the element Cold Cranking. Cold cranking is the discharge current given by the manufacturer. It is emitted by a battery at a temperature of -18°C with a minimum voltage of Ui=7,5 volt for a period of 10 seconds, according to the EN specifications.
Maintenance-free gel battery
With fixed electrolyte lead acid battery in which the electrolyte is held in place in a gel or micro glass mat (AGM). The battery is sealed and is equipped with valves. It is highly stable and exhibits good cycling characteristics. Overcharging beyond the fully loaded stage can result in battery damage (loss of electrolyte).
Unit of measurement for electrical voltage. Abbreviation V. Named after the Italian physicist and doctor Count Alessandro Volta (1745 - 1827).
The operating instructions for any battery are extremely important. Although the Varta operating instructions vary according to the battery type and model, there are similarities in the basic construction.
Fitting instructions, storage and transport of batteries
- Batteries are filled with acid take caution when installing and removing
- They should be stored and transported upright so they do not tip over and cause acid to spill out
- Store in a cool and dry place
- Leave the protective cap (if present) on the positive terminal
- Practice FIFO (first in, first out) storage
- Remove protective cap from positive terminal only when ready to connect to the vehicle and put it on the terminal of the battery which you have removed so as to avoid short-circuits and sparking
- Switch off engine and all other electrical consumers
- Avoid short-circuits through tools for example
- Disconnect the negative terminal first when removing the battery
- Remove foreign objects from the battery installation area and secure the battery firmly after putting it in place
- Clean the terminals and connectors and lightly grease
- When installing the battery, connect the positive terminal first and make sure the connectors are firmly attached
- Keep the battery clean and dry
- Only wipe the battery with a damp, anti-static cloth otherwise you risk causing an explosion
- Do not open the battery
- Charge the battery if the starting power is insufficient
The location of a batteries operating instructions depends on the battery.
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