Will turning your radio up really fix that rattling noise?

We’ve all been there, that sinking feeling as you hear your vehicle make an unusual sound. Although it’s tempting to turn up the volume and ignore the problem, it’s not going to fix anything. Sounds can tell us a great deal about our cars, and if you listen closely you might be able to diagnose the problem from just the noise alone. Some rattles, clicks and clunks can be classic examples of mechanical problems. Here are a few examples of what to listen out for:

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Vehicle making noise when braking?

As we have mentioned in a previous article, if you hear any noise as you apply the brakes then you should seek professional advice as quickly as possible. Screeching, grinding or squeaking could indicate that your brake pads need replacing. Waiting too long to fix this could be dangerous and lead to more expensive repairs down the line, so whatever you do DO NOT ignore this sound.  Continue Reading →

Improving Performance by Changing Your Tyres

Do you want to easily improve your driving experience? We’ve put together a short guide to help you understand the different adjustments you can make to your tyres to improving driving experience. Changing your tyres to suit different seasons can improve their ability to optimise with heat, cold, rain or snow. In stormy or treacherous conditions this can make significant difference in stopping times and handling. With such a large variety of brands, types and services available. There is a huge range of options for your tyres.

Returning to Former Performance

Are you looking to return your vehicle to its former performance and handling? Have you noticed a difference in how it handles road conditions over time? Instead of searching for a different tyre type it could be better to replace your tyres with the exact model you have. After all, your vehicle was manufactured with these for a reason. Continue Reading →

How to Prepare for Autumn and Winter

Be Ready for Autumn and Winter

The colder seasons present new hazards for motorists due to harsh weather conditions and reduced hours of daylight. Be prepared with TS Garage Services and our guide for how to prepare for autumn and winter.

TS Garage autumn and winter guide

Emergency Supplies

Nobody wants to break down, especially in the winter, but unfortunately it can happen. Be prepared and keep a care package in your boot filled with blankets, coats, a first aid kit, a torch, (with batteries), and even something to eat. Should the worse happen, at least you know you are prepared. Continue Reading →

Ride to Work

With the ever-increasing congestion on the roads it is becoming more and more popular to take to two wheels for the commute to work. This can take the form of pedal cycles for the short commutes, but small motorcycles and scooters are becoming much more popular for the longer journeys. This is evidenced by the fact that there has been a significant increase in the sale of 101cc to 125cc motorcycles and scooters.

Many of you will have taken to two wheels as part of the Ride to Work Week (20 – 26 June), and
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British Car Repairs Among Best in the World

British cars among world’s best kept with £21.1 billion spent on service and repair every year.

British motorists spend £695 each every year looking after their cars – 12% more than the global average.

UK most competitive sector in Europe, with greatest share for independent service outlets.

Aftermarket sector generates £12.2 billion for the economy and supports 345,000 jobs repairing and maintaining Britain’s 30 million-plus cars. Continue Reading →

Driving in Europe this summer?

Whether you plan to take your own car over land and sea or opt for a fly-drive package with a hire car, here is our essential guide to safe driving in Europe once you reach your destination country.

Be prepared

Your sat-nav is your best friend. Just make sure your software is fully updated for the regions in which you will be driving. Also be aware of special compliance requirements, for example, in some countries it is illegal to use sat-nav equipment which uses radar to detect fixed location speed cameras. It is also a good idea not to completely rely on technology and carry a good old fashioned road map as a backup.

Keep yourself right

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North West 200 Week

This week sees one of the most exciting events on the motorcycle racing calendar and Ireland’s biggest outdoor sporting event- the North West 200.
Held annually against the spectacular backdrop of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast, the festival attracts the finest road racers in the business, including the likes of Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and John McGuiness.

Northern Ireland is famous for its closed road racing and every year, thousands of petrol-heads are drawn to the 8.9 mile street circuit known as “the Triangle”, which links the towns of Portstewart, Portrush and Coleraine. It is one of the fastest public road races in the world, with speeds regularly exceeding 200 mph.
The event was originally intended to be held the North West of Ireland, but never actually took place there. The stage was changed to the North-Antrim coast, but the name stuck. the “200” refers to the 200 mile distance over which the race was originally run.

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Towing Tips for Caravan Newbies

Touring caravans have been around since the 1800s, when well-to-do Victorian holidaymakers, inspired by the romantic idea of nomadic Romany life, first used kitted out horse-drawn trailers to satisfy their seasonal wanderlust. The idea caught on and to this day us Brits continue to love our touring vans, with an estimated 550,000 of them currently in the UK. If you are new to the game this summer, we have put together some towing tips for caravanning newbies:

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Random car facts we bet you didn’t know!

As it’s Friday we thought we would have a bit of fun today by regaling you with the most weird and wonderful car facts the good old internet has to offer.

Did you know????

  • The inventor of cruise control was blind
  • Once, as an April Fool’s joke, Audi advertised a car with a built-in rice cooker in Japan.

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