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2016

How Often Should I Change The Oil In My Car?...

It used to be that motorists were recommended to change their oil every 3,000 miles but this is no longer the case. In recent years, the recommended time has drifted out to 5,000 miles and then 8,000 miles and there are some experts recommending oil should be changed every 15,000 miles. Modern cars are of a high standard and the improved technology has reduced the need to change oil on a frequent basis, but it is still a requirement... Read full article >>

How Often Should My Wheels Be Aligned?....

The wheel alignment process will ensure that the angles of your wheels are relative to the body of your car and to the other wheels. There is a need for this to be carried out on specialist equipment, with the process being carried our when your car is placed on to an alignment rack... Read full article >>

How Regularly Does My Car Need A Tune-Up?...

When it comes to keeping your car in good condition, a regular tune-up can help but how regular should a regular tune-up be? This is a major service and it includes a number of jobs... Read full article >>

How To Check Oil In Your Car....

You may not spend a lot of time thinking about but the level of oil in your car will have a big impact on the condition of your engine. As you drive your vehicle, you’ll find that some of your oil is used up, leading to a drop in your oil level. As your oil level falls, the level of friction increases and this leads to your engine wearing out faster. This means that testing your oil levels and topping up when required will help to improve the lifespan and condition of your engine... Read full article >>

What Car Services Can I Choose?...

There is a wide array of car services on offer, and knowing what is on offer can help you choose the most effective car services for your needs and budget. No matter what type of car servicing you need, if you are in Huddersfield, be sure to choose Five Star Autocentre for your entire car servicing needs... Read full article >>

When Should A Car Battery Be Replaced?...

Given that your car battery powers every single electrical component in your vehicle, it is important to know when to replace your battery. The thing is, most people don’t know the average time a battery lasts for or what to look out for to determine if it is failing or not. There are different factors that influence the lifespan of a battery, so you can’t say for certain how long one will last, but the average lifespan of a car battery is between 5 and 7 years... Read full article >>

When Should A Timing Belt Be Replaced?...

As the name suggests, the timing belt has a role related to timing, and it is used to ensure that valves open and close with respect to the movement of your pistons. This is one of the most costly maintenance services that motorists face and the recommended replacement time for timing belts is between 60,000 and 106,000 miles... Read full article >>

When Should I Change The Timing Chain?....

Most motorists are aware of the timing belt in their vehicle but do you know what the timing chain is and what impact it has on your car? While the timing belt sits and operates outside of the engine of the car, the timing chain is found within the car engine... Read full article >>

When Should My Drive Belt Be Replaced?....

You’ll find that your engine is assisted by a number of mechanical accessories. This will include a water pump, an alternator, a power steering pump and air conditioner compressor, with all of these separate components being driven by the drive belt... Read full article >>

When Should Shock Absorbers Be Replaced?....

Given the number of bumps on the road, potholes and poor road surfaces, it is no surprise to learn that your car can take a bettering from time to time. The ole of shock absorbers is to take the stress and strain of these difficult conditions and provide you with a smooth ride... Read full article >>

8 Ways You Can Save On Car Repairs....

Running a car can be very expensive, and this is why it is important that you look for as many ways to save money as you can. You don’t want to compromise on the quality of service for your car but you’ll find that taking the time to care for your vehicle in the most effective manner will save you money in the long run... Read full article >>
How Often Should Gear Oil Be Changed?....
While most motorists know that they have to change their engine oil on a regular basis, do as many motorists know how often they should change their gear oil? Gear oil is a thicker oil than engine oil and it is utilised to lubricate the gears and is often found in manual transmission vehicles... Read full article >>
How Often Should My Brakes Be Serviced?....

When it comes to the different components in your car, there are many important features but very few are as vital or as integral as your brakes. The majority of motorists understand that brakes should be replaced when they are worn down or worn out but when should brakes be serviced. The average lifespan for disc brakes is between 30,000 and 70,000 miles while drum brakes can last to around 150,000 miles... Read full article >>

How Often Should Spark Plugs Be Replaced?....
There are so many different components and features in a car that have a vital role to play that it can be easy to overlook some of them. You may not spend a lot of time thinking about spark plugs but without them, your car won’t start because they provide the spark that ensures your engine starts. In maintaining the condition of your vehicle, you’ll find that spark plugs eventually need to be replaced... Read full article >>
How Often Should Tyres Be Replaced?...
Given that they represent the point of contact between your car and the road, the condition of your tyres is hugely important. If your tyres are in poor condition, you are placing yourself, your passengers, road users and pedestrians at risk. The importance of tyres can be seen with the fact that it is no illegal to drive around in tyres that are in poor condition. Worn tyres or tyres with a poor tread can see you facing a fine or a points penalty, and this means motorists should be aware of the importance of caring for their tyres.... Read full article >>
Replacing The Axle Seal In A Car....
The main purpose of the axle seal in a vehicle is to ensure that the transmission fluid or the differential oil doesn’t leak out. When you arrange for your car to be serviced, the axle seal will not be examined as part of the servicing package, so it is important that you make plans to have this examined. An axle seal will only be changed if it is leaking so always be on the lookout for oil on your driveway or where you regular park your car.... Read full article >>
When Should A Cabin Filter Be Replaced?....

There are so many different components and elements that play a part in keeping your car on the road that you can forgive many motorists for not knowing what everything is. Most motorists know about their engine air filter and the importance of keeping it clean but what about the cabin air filter? First of all, many motorists will not know about the cabin air filter and the role it has to play in improving the driving experience... Read full article >>

When Should A Throttle Body Be Serviced?....
While a regular servicing will take care of many aspects of your car, it doesn’t take care of everything. There are some components and parts of our vehicle that are not included in a standard service package, and this means you need to decide how often these components should be examined. An example of this is the throttle body. ... Read full article >>
When Should An Engine Air Filter Be Changed?...

As the name suggests, an engine air filter filters the air that enters your car’s engine. The purpose of this is to protect your engine from dust and sand. This is great news for the engine but eventually, the filter will need to be replaced... Read full article >>

When To Replace Stabiliser Bar Links....
As the name suggests, the stabiliser bar stops the car from leaning too much in one direction and ensures the car stays stable when turning. The majority of cars have a stabiliser bar at the front of the vehicle and then a separate one in the rear but there are some cars which only have one... Read full article >>

 

2015

Why A Car Service Represents Good Value....
No matter what you buy in life, it makes sense to look to find value in everything you do. This is something that most people will agree with, but this makes even more sense when you are talking about something that is worth a lot of money and is important to you... Read full article >>
Who To Trust When Servicing Your Car...
If you want to ensure that you look after your car in the most effective manner, you will want to ensure that you find the best possible garage. You may think that this is a difficult process... Read full article >>

What Problems Occur In A Car that Isn’t Serviced Regularly?...
When it comes to extolling the virtues of having your car serviced regularly, there are a number of key benefits that are rolled out time after time... Read full article >>

What Does A Car Servicing Provide You With?...
OWhen it comes to getting your car serviced, there have been a number of significant changes in the past decade or so. In fact, the most important change with respect to car servicing came in 2003... Read full article >>

Types Of Car Servicing...
While many people will hear the term car servicing and think that it is a catch all term, there are actually two main different types of car servicing. Knowing the difference between these two servicing types... Read full article >>

The Importance Of MOTs And Car Servicing...
In an ideal world, we would be able to drive our car every day without worrying about them falling into disrepair or not performing at their optimum level. However... Read full article >>

Servicing Your Car Can Save You Money...
When it comes to the most important things you will buy in your life, it is fair to say that a car ranks highly. A home is likely to be the most expensive thing a person buys... Read full article >>

Five Star Autocentre Is Looking Out For All Huddersfield Drivers...
With Road Safety Week taking place this week 17th November, Huddersfield-based Five Star Autocentre is promoting the message of the importance of looking out for each other... Read full article >>

Regular Servicing Saves You From Expensive Repairs...
While the everyday cost of running your car is expensive, what really concerns drivers is the cost that comes with repairs. If you are reliant on your car and it isn’t working... Read full article >>

Regular Servicing Enhances The Life Of Older Cars...
It used to be that people would regularly trade in their exciting car to get a new car. This meant that the periods when licence plates changed were considerably busy for car dealers... Read full article >>

Modern Day Car Servicing Is An Easy Process...
While the purpose and overall style of modern cars have a lot in common with cars from previous years, it has to be said that there are many major differences from cars that were around a decade or so ago.... Read full article >>

Making The Most Of Your Vehicle...
One of the biggest thrills and movements of excitement that many people will feel in life is buying a new car... Read full article >>

Get The Best Deal For Car Servicing...
When it comes to looking after their car, many people will think that the best way to do so in an effective manner is to take the car to an authorised dealer... Read full article >>

Get Into The Habit Of Servicing Your Car...
You will find in life that you can fall into bad habits easily but good habits take a bit more time to cultivate. This is why it is important to take the time and effort to develop good habits... Read full article >>

Do You Know Why You Need A MOT?...
While it is fair to say that the vast majority of motorists understand that they need to have a MOT for their car, not every motorist understands why there is a need for a MOT. The main factor in having a MOT for your car is to ensure that it is in roadworthy condition... Read full article >>

Do I Need To Have My Car Serviced?...
Given the cost of owning and running a car these days, it is easy to see why many motorists are keen to find ways of lowering the cost of looking after their car. This means that many motorists will question whether they need to have their car serviced... Read full article >>

Discounted Servicing Can Still Be Good Value Car Servicing...
When it comes to servicing your car, it is best to not make price the most important criteria. In every product or service you buy, price should play a part in determining if you buy something or not... Read full article >>

A Regular Car Servicing Is An Important Feature...
One of the things about modern vehicles is that they can come equipped with all the latest features if you want. There is nothing to stop you from taking advantage of a great range of products and features like having additional airbags... Read full article >>

A Car Service Doesn't Have To Provide You With A Headache...
If you are looking to care for your car in the most effective manner, you will know that there are so many things to take care of. A car is a highly technical machine, with a considerable amount of working parts ... Read full article >>

 

2014

Bright Sparks....

Often when difficulties are experienced with a vehicle, it can be all to easy to forget about them, de-prioritise them or put it down as one of those ‘next week’ chores. The trouble is that with vehicles, what often starts off as small, can soon turn huge…

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Five Star Auto Centre: Huddersfield...
One of the things we know when we buy a vehicle is that it will need regular financing; to be legal, to be safe. One of the things which comes along annually is the necessary MOT, you can’t ignore it and yet many forget about it until the last minute. ... Read full article >>

 

2013

A Saving of over £40 an hour over a franchised dealer....
Motorists halve service costs with independent garages
The IGA polled over 2,000 members labour rates and concluded independent garages ‘continue to offer motorists the very best value for money.’ Motorists visiting independent garages could save on average £40 an hour over a franchised dealer according to recent information released by the Independent Garage Association (IGA)... Read full article >>
Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI)
Five Star Autocentre, a Retail Motor Industry Federation Member
MOT and Service garage in Huddersfield is now officially a Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) member. Five Star Autocentre pride itself on providing high quality, value-for-money services to the motoring public.... Read full article >>

2012

Motor Codes Now OFT Approved
Motor Codes has gained Office of Fair Trading Approval. We have subscribed to and support Motor Codes since its inception and are proud to claim OFT approval. ... Read full article >>
Convenient Car Servicing – Save Money, Time and Efforts!
Time is such a precious luxury that most of us seemingly cannot afford these days. When was the last time you had your car serviced? Most of us have very busy schedules on weekdays, going to work at 9:00am and coming home at 5:30pm... Read full article >>
Keep Your Car Running Smoothly and Efficiently by Providing Maintenance
Nowadays, lots of road accidents occur due to defective cars which are not properly maintained by their owners. Just like other machineries, your car needs regular maintenance and car service so that it can operate smoothly and effectively... Read full article >>
Car Maintenance Tips – Resell Your Car at a Higher Value
In the recent years, numerous car owners have been fond of using a new vehicle for roughly four years, then selling or trading it in for a different vehicle. The number of used cars for sale is increasing exponentially in the UK... Read full article >>
Lengthen the Lifespan of Your Car by Providing Regular Servicing
Providing adequate car service and maintenance is a very important task for every car owner. It entails time, effort, and money as you have to take good care of your vehicle so that it can run efficiently for a long period... Read full article >>
Have Your Car Serviced While It’s Still under Warranty
In the UK, most vehicles aged three and older must undergo the MOT test. This test ensures that the vehicles are safe to drive on the roads. Various controls on a car are tested as well as the car’s emissions... Read full article >>
Servicing for Bigger Cars
Is your car bigger than standard cars? You might be worrying that your vehicle will be very expensive to maintain due to its size. Generally, bigger cars require more expensive servicing than the standard ones... Read full article >>
Normal Car Services – What Processes Do They Involve?
If you have taken your car for servicing several times before, then you probably know that there are several tasks involved in a normal car servicing. One of the most significant processes in car servicing is changing the oil of the engine... Read full article >>
Pass the MOT Test without Difficulty through Regular Car Servicing
MOT test is a very important test required for every car three years of age or older. This car inspection test is done by several authorised car service garages. If you’re about to put your car to the test, then it’s best recommended that you get your car serviced at the same time... Read full article >>
Car Servicing for All Types of Cars
In the UK, there are numerous modern cars roaming the streets. Modern cars are on a whole new different level compared to older cars. The look and function might still be the same somehow; cars, in general, are all useful for transportation... Read full article >>
Is the Main Dealer the Only Service Centre That Can Service My Car?
This is a common question for many car owners. There’s a popular misconception that when you purchase a new car, you should go only to the main dealer for your car service. People tend to think that going to another service centre will void their warranty... Read full article >>

 

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