A customer recently contacted us saying their Fiat 500 was immobilised. The first question we asked the customer was….Does your radio work? They tried it and said no. We immediately knew because the radio was not working and the immobiliser work off the same fuse we this was why their car would not start. We advised them how to change the fuse, this was done and their car started at no cost to their customer. Job done.
This is one example of how sometimes diagnosing a problem over the phone can be a simple solution we can solve for our customers.
Most cars nowadays have a remote control of some kind. A common problem is when the remote battery goes flat and you if you do not replace the battery straight away it can lose its synch with the car and will no longer work.
If you find yourself this problem a solution would be to put the key in the ignition (after changing the battery) turn the ignition or press any button and hold for 5 seconds then try the remote. This hopefully will re synch the remote to your vehicle.
If this does not work call us on 07894009265and we will be able to re programme the remote for you.
Storing a car properly can be the difference between easily getting it back on the road when you need to drive it again, or having to make costly repairs. It becomes more important when storing a car for long periods of time, as the elements can wither it not just aesthetically, but also in more inconspicuous ways.
From preventing rubber erosion on your car tyres, to more costly and worrying issues such as disintegrating brake pads and a dry engine, follow these steps to keep your car in its best condition.
If you know you won’t be driving your car for a while, give it a thorough clean inside avoid horrible interior smells or exterior damage.
Where possible keep it locked away in a cool, dry garage. Think showroom or collectors – their cars are never left sitting on the streets.
For those without access to a garage, outdoor storage is possible but risky due to the weather. If you’ve got no other option, cover your car with a thick car cover made from natural, breathable materials and check on it from time to time to ensure the cover hasn’t been ripped.
Avoid parking under trees as birds, sap and falling branches can do serious damage to your paint. If you plan on leaving your car standing for more than six months, we suggest finding a storage company that will house it.
Give your car a general maintenance checkup before stowing it away. If leaving it for more than six months, change the oil, oil filter and engine coolant, and top up the fuel tank to leave as little air inside it as possible. Not doing so could lead to expensive repairs if air gets in and the tank rusts.
Try and sit the car on level ground, and keep it in park (or in gear if it has a manual transmission). Leave the handbrake off.
Ensure windows are closed and plug crevices like exhaust pipes and air intakes with rags to avoid turning your car into a burrow for insects or small furrier friends. Rats, possums and other pesky creatures would love to turn your car into a nest and eat plastics, so keep entry points covered where you can.
Your vehicle should be regularly checked during storage to ensure it isn’t leaking. Also, check fluid levels and tyre pressures.
Every two weeks, organise to have the car started and let the engine warm up. It’s advisable to drive your car for 15 minutes, but if that’s not possible, while the engine is running, press on the brake pedal and turn the steering wheel. This will help keep the car’s organs lubricated and keep the battery healthy and charged.
If you’re unable to do the above, you might want to consider putting it into paid storage that also offers driving services for you. Alternatively, disconnect the negative battery cable, but make sure you know what you’re doing or have a professional do it for you.
Before driving your car again
First, pop the bonnet to check for evidence of pesky rodents. You’ll be looking for teeth marks on wires, belts, cables, etc;
Once again, it’s important to check fluid levels. If they need topping up, or you’ve passed a service date, do so.
Check your battery.
If the car has sat in one spot for a long time, the tyre pressures will have dropped and the tyres may have flat-spotted. Check these are at the right pressure before you start driving.
If you haven’t driven your car regularly for more than a year, it might be a good idea to crank the engine over manually, or with the spark plugs disconnected, to make sure the cylinders are well lubricated before it starts up for the first time.
Before taking to the road, check the brakes work correctly.
Book your car in for a service. It’s a good idea to have it looked over by a professional, even if you’ve done all of the above steps.
Finally, give it a wash. This will ensure your car hasn’t collected anything that could damage the paint, but it’ll also have you feeling like you’re driving a brand-new car again.
A message to our customers and using our services during this time.
We hope you are all keeping safe at this very difficult time.
Please note: During this time we are only available to come out to you in an emergency situation.
Examples of this are ………
You have a child or animal locked in your vehicle
You are a key worker and you have locked your keys in your vehicle or you have lost them and do not have a spare.
You need to buy food and you have lost your car keys.
You need to drive to an elderly relative because you have caring responsibilities and need a new key programmed because it is lost or locked your keys in your vehicle by mistake and need to get it opened.
Unfortunately we are not able to respond to non emergency situations at this.
If we are able to respond we will be carrying pout a strict distancing policy as per government guidance
We have new equipment that can now clone your car key, remotes and transponder key from your original at a fraction of previous prices. We can make keys and remotes for any makes and models from Ford to Range Rover. So if your car key is damaged and does not work or you need a spare we can make a new one at the roadside at a reasonable cost. Ring anytime for a quote on 07894009265
A coded ‘electronic transponder chip’ read by the car when the key is inserted into the ignition.
A remote control to unlock doors and turn off the alarm.
These keys are secure but can be expensive and time-consuming to replace if lost or broken.
For greater convenience, many cars have done away with the mechanical key altogether and offer remote keyless entry and remote keyless ignition.
All you have to do is have the ‘key’ in close proximity in a pocket or bag and the car uses sensors to automatically ‘talk’ to the key.
Cars with keyless entry may be more vulnerable to theft.
Gangs have been known to follow the owner and use an electronic device to extend the range of the key so an accomplice near the car can use another electronic device to receive the signal and unlock the vehicle.
If you’re concerned that your car may be at risk, you can protect it by keeping your key in a radio frequency blocking (RFID secure) pouch or wallet.
Electronic, coded ‘transponder’ chips embedded in the plastic body of the key were introduced in 1995.
The chip is passive, so it doesn’t need a battery, and the code is read when you turn the key in the ignition.
If the transponder chip is broken or missing, the engine won’t start and the immobiliser’s control unit will have to be reprogrammed when you get a new key.
Some use infrared but most remote controls use a radio transmitter to send a coded signal to a receiver on the car.
The operating frequency (418Mhz or 433.92Mhz) is close to those used by some communications networks, radio amateurs and other common applications.
Interference can sometimes occur, preventing you from unlocking the car.
Modern cars are less likely to suffer from radio interference but the problem remains for older cars, particularly those built before 1995.
Car thieves may also exploit this issue by using a jammer – a radio transmitter – to block the signal from your remote control when you try to lock your car. Always check your car’s locked rather than assuming the button worked.
If the remote doesn’t work
Check that the battery in the key isn’t flat.
If you suspect radio interference, try using the remote control closer to your vehicle.
In extreme cases, AA patrols have towed cars away from interference, so the remote can work.
Cars with remote central locking should have a bypass system using the normal metal key to unlock the doors without setting the alarm off. This ‘auxiliary entry’ system will be explained in your handbook. Source AA