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Our simple guide explains where everything is located under the bonnet and how easy it is to top-up fluids and additives
Changing a Tyre is much easier than you might think. Here's our guide on how to change it.
Tyre safety is underestimated. As the only contact point between your vehicle and the road, it is vital that they are maintained.
Our Charles Hurst dealerships in Belfast, Newtownards, Newtownabbey, Lisburn and Portadown
They are all equipped with state-of-the-art service facilities designed to deliver top quality care for all makes and models.
As a manufacturer-approved service provider, our expertly trained technicians have experience across a wide range of brands and the knowledge to advise you on any issues you are currently facing or likely to encounter with your car.
Whether you come to us for an MOT, service, tyre change, parts exchange or accident repair, you will receive the same quality reassurance and exceptional value for money. Should you wish to customise your vehicle or fit a new part or accessory, we make sure it comes straight from your automaker’s factory, so your car stays true to brand through and through.
When you are short of time, you can also take advantage of our Pit Stop service. This fast-track servicing offer requires no appointment and ensures your car maintenance is completed in two hours or less. We will even include free checks on brake pads, tyres, lights, battery and air conditioning functionality to help keep you safe behind the wheel.
Conversation is a key part of our service, too. We care about the driver as much as we care about the car, so we are always happy to offer advice about how to achieve the most safe and economical performance from your car.
Every vehicle is different, so what our technicians check depends on the type of service you require. You can find out more here (insert hyperlink).
As every car (and its owner) is different, Charles Hurst Service Centres offer different types of servicing to suit your needs.We do offer our manufacturer backed service experience but for those of us who just looking for a service we have everything you could need on offer from any of our centres in Belfast, Newtownabbey, Newtownards, Lisburn & Portadown.
You can also expect a complimentary service wash & vac, our courtesy bus service and you can even book a courtesy car by prior appointment.
At Charles Hurst, it’s all part of our service!
It’s important that tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. This optimises your vehicle’s performance and keeps you safe. It is important to maintain proper tyre pressures as it can affect driving, steering and fuel performance. All manufacturers have recommended tyre pressures for their vehicles which can usually be found in the owner’s manual. Tyre companies also have recommendations on the tyre side walls, but we recommend following the manufacturers guidelines as these take in factors such as size and weight of the vehicle in question.Text here ...
It’s essential that you have the correct oil for your car, and that it’s at the correct level.Under the bonnet of every car (unless its electric) there will be a removable dip-stick. On this stick there will be indicators for both low and over filled engine oil levels. Checking this is a simple process.
You will need a few things just before you start so please make sure you are prepared.
Make sure you have the correct oil for your car. Consult your owner’s manual to confirm the oil type.
Step 1: Park your car on flat ground
To start with, make sure your car is parked in the right place, on flat ground. If the car is on a slope, the readings won’t be accurate.
Step 2: Locate the dipstick and wipe clean
Open your car’s bonnet and locate the dipstick. This is usually brightly coloured with a round or T-shaped handle.
Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Once you’ve wiped the dirty oil from the dipstick, re-insert it until it clicks back into place.
Step 3: Remove the dipstick again and check level
You should then remove the dipstick again to check the oil level. There will be two marks on the dipstick to show the optimum level that your oil should be at. Your oil level should be somewhere between the two.
If your oil level is below the bottom line, or if there isn’t any oil on the dipstick at all, you should immediately top up your engine oil.
Step 4: Fill up your oil using the funnel
To fill up your oil, you first need to locate the oil filler cap in your engine bay. This should have the word ‘oil’ marked on it, or an outline of an oil can.
Then, position your funnel at the top of the spout and pour your oil in. Make sure that you are using the correct oil for your car.
To get an idea of how much oil you need; the gap between the marks on the dipstick usually represents around 1 litre of oil, so you know that if your oil mark was at the minimum, you need around a litre to top it up. If it’s only halfway down, you probably need around half a litre.
Try not to overfill by pouring a bit at a time, and checking your dipstick using the method I just told you about.
That’s you sorted. Now you just need to pop the dipstick back in and clean your hands!
How do I know when I need to change my oil?
You’ll know when this happens if the colour of your oil is black and gritty, your engine is louder than normal, you can’t remember when you last changed your oil, or your check engine light won’t go away. Also, if you keep topping up your oil and the level keeps dropping quickly, then your oil is probably too old and needs to be changed.Text here ...
Washer bottle fluid is especially important to ensure it is a topped up as possible. This is even more important during the Autumn, Winter & Spring months when rain, dirt, road salt and all manner of other pollutants can impair visibility while you are driving. Every vehicles reservoir for screen wash fluids will be under the bonnet and will be identified by a cap with a watering can or water icon on its top.
Simply open up and refill with fresh, clean water and small amounts of screen wash as advised by the manufacturer.
-An MOT is designed to check that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. Unfortunately, from time to time, vehicles fail to meet them.
An MOT lasts a year, but you can have an MOT carried out up to a month (less one day) before the current MOT certificate expires. You can check the MOT status of a vehicle online.
If your car fails its MOT:
You will be given a refusal of MOT certificate (VT30)
Your vehicle must be repaired and retested to comply with MOT standards
You may not be covered by your insurance, so you are advised not to drive it, except to an approved test centre or a garage for repairs.
Your refusal of MOT certificate will state why your vehicle failed its MOT and what needs to be fixed in order for it to pass. The repairs needed could be specialised such as welding jobs or emissions failures, so it may not be possible to make them there and then.
If your car can be tested, repaired and retested at the same location within a 10-working day period then there should be no additional charge for retesting, this is known as a partial re-examination. Although, there are certain repairs that cannot be fixed under a partial re-examination.
A partial re-examination will check the items that the car failed on in the original MOT test as long as they are one or more of the following items.
| Bonnet | Bootlid | Brake pedal | Antislip | Wheels and tyres |
| Indicators | Doors | Dropsides | Fuel cap filler | Loading door |
| Hazard warning | Horn | Lamps | Seat belts | Registration plates |
| Mirrors | Rear reflectors | Tailboard | Steering wheel | Sharp edges |
| Tailgate | VIN | Windscreen and glass | Wipers and washers | Seats |
If the repairs do not come under the list of items under a partial re-examination then you will need to pay for a second full MOT test.
If you return the car for retest after the 14 working day period then you will have to pay for a second full MOT test.
Once the vehicle has been fixed you will need to have it retested by an approved MOT testing station.
If your MOT runs out:
You must arrange to have an MOT
You should not drive your vehicle, unless to the test centre
You could be prosecuted for driving your vehicle
What is included in the MOT test?
|Interior Checks||Exterior Checks|
|Seats and seat belts||Registration plates|
|Warning lamps||Lamps, registration plate lamps|
|Switches (position lamp, headlamp, hazards)||Indicators, hazards|
|View to front, wipers and washers||Headlamps and aim|
|Brake controls, servo operation||Stop lamps, fog lamps, reflectors|
|Steering wheel and column||Wheels, tyres|
|Doors, mirrors, horn||Shock absorbers|
|Speedometer, driver’s controls (Class 5*)||Mirrors, wiper blades, fuel tank cap|
|Doors, boot lid, loading doors, bonnet|
|Glazing (Class 5)|
|General condition of body|
|Under Bonnet Checks||Under Vehicle Checks|
|Vehicle structure||Steering including power steering|
|Braking systems||Drive shafts (if applicable)|
|Exhaust systems, fuel system||Suspension, shock absorbers|
|Speed limiter (if applicable)||Headlamps and aim|
|Brake controls, servo operation||Wheel bearings|
|Steering and power steering components||Wheels and tyres|
|Suspension components||Brake systems and mechanical components|
|Fuel system and fuel tank|
|Structure general vehicle condition|
*Class five vehicles are private passenger vehicles and ambulances.
How often your vehicle is serviced varies by make and model. Many vehicles notify the driver when their service is due by a warning light appearing on the dashboard. You can also consult your vehicle handbook to check when your servicing is required. If you have any questions about servicing please contact your local Charles Hurst Service Centre.
We have service centres in the following locations:
At Charles Hurst Parts Centre we have everything you will ever need from car parts to lubricants and accessories for your vehicle. We deal with both the public and the trade as the parts source for a huge range of makes and models.