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We are certified in MOT testing, servicing, brakes and tyres. Our technicians are fully trained and use the latest diagnostic equipment and tools. We use branded quality products to ensure you get the best out of your vehicle.
We aim to deliver the highest customer service and offer no obligation quotes!
Should your vehicle need a little help to pass the test, you can rest assured that almost all repairs can be carried out on site on the same day.
MOT WHILE YOU WAIT
We have a comfortable large viewing and waiting area on site with a tv screen inserted allowing you to view your vehicle whilst we undergo specific tests on your car or you can sit back and relax with ease and we will let you know once our work is complete. 99% of all our MOT tests are completed in less than one hour.
We are located less than 5 minutes drive from the Parrswood Complex and around a few minutes’ walk to the nearest metro station (Didsbury station). Which makes us ideally placed to serve people looking for MOT around or near to Stockport areas.
Maximise the lifespan and value of your car with regular car servicing Autopro. Our expert technicians are trained to service any make and model of car using the latest techniques and diagnostic equipment and are committed to providing a friendly, straightforward and honest service.
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Our two levels of service are designed to meet the varying needs of cars no matter their age, condition or history.
Interim Service –
This 6 month, 35-point service is designed for the high mileage car user, or where the manufacturer recommends more frequent checks. This service helps maintain your vehicle and prevents unforeseen faults. Included are oil and filter change and a wide range of checks on the fundamental items.
Full Service –
Our full service is a intensive 80 point inspection on your vehicle which includes all checks in the Interim Service and any adjustments to the handbrake, gearbox/differential oil top ups, replacement of oil and oil filter, air filter, spark plugs (if required, extra charge on long life plugs) and a fuel filter change (diesels only).
Our aim is to make purchasing the right tyre at the right price as simple as possible. Our tyre selector will guide you to the ideal tyres for your vehicle from thousands of tyres from the world’s leading brands including Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone, Firestone and Goodyear.
The UK minimum requirement for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm. That is the minimum allowed depth across 3/4 of tyre at any along the circumference. Most tyres come with a 2mm indicator which can be seen in the thread gap itself.
What size tyre is on my car
The tyre size is written on the side wall of the tyre. It is normally written in three groups of numbers followed by a letter. They correspond to Tyre Width / Aspect Ratio / Diameter / Speed Rating. An example of this is: 195 / 65 / 15 V. Some vehicles have different size tyre at the front and rear. Manufacturer design the car to run on specific size and rated tyres, so for best performance ensure the right tyre is fitted to your car.
Uneven Tyre wear
Tyres not filled to the correct pressures will cause uneven wear to a tyre. Also the wheel alignment of the vehicle can cause uneven wear. This is why it is always best to have your wheel alignment checked and adjusted when you fit new tyres on your vehicle.
Tyre Sign on Dashboard
Later cars use Run Flat tyres. A Run Flat Tyre has heavily re-enforced side walls that when a puncture occurs you cannot tell by looking and sometimes cannot even feel when driving. For these reasons manufactures have sensors on the wheel to detect if the air pressure is low on a tyre. Once the tyre has been replaced to fill to the correct pressure we can reset the indicator for you.
The Visualiner 3D (PRO42) aligner uses advanced technology to improve the productivity and performance levels of shops world-wide by offering faster alignment, precision measurements and reliable service.
Incorrect alignment can result in rapid irregular tyre wear and can even affect the handling and safety of the vehicle.
Wheel alignment can be affected by driving against a kerb, hitting a pothole in the road or by excessive wear to steering or suspension components. Alignment of wheels and tyres to the specification required by your vehicle is an important way to guarantee a smooth ride and to get the most out of your tyres.
The direction and angle at which tyres are set are both important. Wheel alignment or ‘tracking’ involves checking the direction and angle against vehicle manufacturers’ specifications. These are often described as toe in, toe out, positive camber or negative camber.
“Toe” refers to whether the fronts of the tyres are closer or further apart than the rear of the tyres. Different types of vehicles need different toe settings to allow for the way that wheels pull either towards each other or apart.
“Camber” is the inward or outward tilt of a tyre. The camber is set by the vehicle manufacturer, and can be affected by potholes in the road and may need to be adjusted periodically.
Braking systems on vehicles convert the vehicles moving energy (kinetic) to heat energy to slow the vehicle down. Any issue with this system will lead to poor brake performance or even worse, total brake failure.
If you have any of the following issues they could lead to brake failure:
Noises when braking especially grinding noises
Vibration when braking at high speeds
Pulling to the left or right when braking
Poor performance or slow braking
Hard brake pedal
Slack in handbrake
Brake Warning light on dashboard
When it comes to brakes you never should use cheap parts. That is why we use OE Matching brakes like TRW and Delphi on your vehicle.
Brake Fluid Change
The pressure applied by the driver onto the pedal is transferred to the braking friction surface via the brake fluid. The brake fluid is at best performance when there is no moisture in the fluid, the higher the moisture level the lower the performance. Moisture enters into the brake fluid over time and that is why manufacturers recommend you replace the fluid every two years.
All our braking parts come with a 12 month / 12,000 mile guarantee. So if you have any issue with the vehicle after a brake change we’ll be glad to inspect it free of charge and if any part cause any issues we’ll be replace it free of charge.
Brake Check Braking Pads supplied and fitted
Pads and Discs supplied and fitted
Rear Brake Shoes supplied and fitted
Rear Brake Cylinder supplied, fitted and bled
Brake Fluid Change
Handbrake Adjustments from cable and shoes
Here is a list and description of the components of a vehicle braking system
ABS/ESP/Brake Switches – Electrical systems that help driver brake without skidding and with more stability.
Caliper – When pressure is applied fluid pushes piston(s) in the calliper against the Brake Pad backing and causes pads and discs to make contact.
Cylinder – Brake Fluid pushes the piston in the cylinder outwards onto the shoe which in turn applies pressure to the drum.
b – A rotating metal friction surface that rotates with the wheels on the vehicle. Pad is applied to disc which slows the vehicle. There is normally one disc per wheel on a car which uses a Disc Braking System on the front and rear.
Drum – Found on rear braking systems that use a Drum/Shoe System, usually on smaller sized vehicles. Similar to a braking discs, the drum turns as the wheel turns. When pressure is applied to braking system the shoe makes contact with the drum and slows the vehicle down.
Brake Fluid – Fluid with high boiling point that under pressure does not compress.
Hand brake – Emergency brake that uses cables to apply the rear brakes. Later cars use electronic hand brake systems which use motors to apply the rear brakes.
Hoses – Transport fluid from brake pipes to caliper where some movement is required, i.e. from body of car to suspension leg.
Master Cylinder & Pedal – Amplifies the pressure applied at the pedal and pressurises brake fluid in braking system
Pad – Friction material that pushes against the disc to slow the vehicle down. There is normally two pads either side of each disc.
Pipe – Transports brake fluid from reservoir to master cylinder and then to Brake Hoses. Usually made of metal material that can corrode and require replacing when rusting occurs.
Servo – Helps driver apply pressure to master cylinder
Shoe – Found on rear braking systems that use a Drum/Shoe System, usually on smaller sized vehicles. Friction Surface that wears as it pushes against the Braking Drum to slow down vehicle. Does require manual adjustment annually, normally carried out on servicing.
Wear sensors – An electronic sensor that wears as the pads wears down to notify driver of a low pad. Normally one sensor for the front and one for the rear but there can be up to 4 sensors, one per pad pair.
Exhaust repair and replacement specialists
The exhaust system on your vehicle is designed primarily to; to channel dangerous fumes away from the passengers inside of the vehicle, reduce noise levels generated by the engine, increase performance & fuel economy and help protect the environment.
Because they have to work under harsh conditions including the extreme heat developed by the combustion of fuel and the vibrations of the road, they can often fail over time. Failures include breaking down internally or rusting on the outer shielding.
Catalytic Convertors / CAT
To meet European standards most modern day vehicles come fitted with a Catalytic Convertor, also called a CAT, on the exhaust system. Its role is to convert harmful gases produced by the combustion of fuel to less harmful gases for the environment. They are usually made out of special expensive metallic materials can last upto 100,000 miles. Failure is usually occurs when un-burnt fuel enters the CAT and ignites, as the CAT runs at high temperatures. A vehicle that is misfiring or running rough is the common cause of CAT breakdown.
Lambda / Oxygen sensors
Vehicles fitted with a CAT also have one or more Oxygen Sensors, also called Lambda sensors. The sensor monitors the oxygen levels before and after the CAT and relays this information back to the Engine Management system which monitors and adjusts fuelling accordingly. The sensors are usually made with an internal heater which can become faulty. If there is any issue with the sensor, CAT, or major exhaust leak the Engine Management light will be indicated on your dash board. Manufacturers recommend replacing the Sensors when the CAT is replaced. Vehicles from 2002 require Type Approved CAT’s which are to made high manufacturer specification or better.
Diesel Particulate Filter / DPF
Newer diesel vehicles can be fitted with a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) which reduces the exhaust smoke that is generated from Turbo Charged Diesel engines. Most of the DPF’s have to be serviced by the use of additives, which can be carried out at our centres. Other vehicles require replacement of the filter every 100,000 km / miles. The onboard diagnostic system will alert you of when attention is required. Remember to use the correct oil on vehicles fitted with DPF’s, as the wrong oil can cause premature failure of the DPF and be costly to repair.
All our exhaust systems are covered by our 12,000 mile / 12 month guarantee. And if at any time they cause you any problems we’ll replace them free of charge. If you have a full system we extend the Guarantee to a 24,000 mile / 24 months. Our Type Approved CAT’s come with a 2 year guarantee.
Rear Exhaust Boxes supplied & fitted
Middle Exhaust Boxes supplied & fitted
Full System (execluding CAT) supplied & fitted
CAT (Catalytic Convertor) supplied & fitted
Vehicle Air Conditioning Maintenance
With summers getting hotter and more humid, ensuring your Air Con system is performing correctly is vital. Manufacturers recommend you service your Air Con and replace the pollen filter every 2 years at a minimum. Doing so will ensure you stay cool and comfortable no matter how short or long your journey. Don’t forget that the Air Con system plays a vital role in demisting your windows. Even in winter your car will activate the Air Con to demist your car.
Air Con Service
Our Air Con Service uses the latest equipment and all the correct oils to service your vehicle. These are some of the items included in an Air Con Service:
Remove all the old air con gas
Remove any moisture in the Air Con System which can decrease performance
Perform a vacuum leak test
Add PAG Oil to lubricate the Air Con Pump
Add UV Dye so that if there are any leaks in the future they are easily traceable
Add new air con gas to the correct level
Check the condition of your pollen filter, and replace if needed (extra charges apply)
Check performance of system
Air Con Repair
If you vehicle Air Con does not work, we can fault find and repair the system. Using UV Dye, Oxygen free Nitrogen and leak detectors we can find leaking pipes or Air Con Radiators (Condensers). Also using the latest Diagnostics and Auto data information we can test Air Con sensors, actuators and the wiring.
Air Con Cleaner
Inside the vehicle, the Air Con Pipes connect to a heat exchanger, known as an Evaporator. These can build up with moisture and attract bacteria to build up which can cause an unpleasant smell. An Air Con Cleaner is a quick and affordable solution to cleaning the evaporator from bacteria and leaving your car smelling fresh.
Get the very most from your car by keeping it in top condition. We offer a range of services to enhance your motoring experience. We use all FORTE products which keeps your car running in it s best performance. http://www.forteuk.co.uk
A clean engine works more efficiently and uses less fuel
Having your car regularly serviced and ensuring that the fuel and oil system is cleaned will make the engine work more efficiently, use less fuel and produce less CO2.
Pump up to cut down
Check and adjust your tyre pressures regularly and also before long journeys. Under-inflated tyres increase CO2 but over-inflated tyres can be unsafe. Check your car manual for the correct tyre pressures.
Less clutter in your car means less CO2
Removing extra weight could reduce your engine’s workload. Burn less fuel and cut your CO2 emissions by unloading any items you won’t need before your journey.
Driving at an appropriate speed reduces CO2
Staying at or within the speed limit not only increases driver safety but also reduces CO2 emissions and saves money on your petrol costs. At 70mph you could be using up to 9% more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15% more fuel than at 50mph.
Less stopping and starting means less CO2
Keep an eye on the traffic ahead and slow down early by gently lifting your foot off the accelerator while keeping the car in gear.
Over revving accelerates emissions
Using your gears wisely by changing up a gear a little earlier can also reduce revs. If you drive a diesel car, try changing up a gear when the rev counter reaches 2000 rpm. For a petrol car change up at 2500 rpm.
Idling is wasting fuel
When the engine is idling, you’re wasting fuel and adding to CO2emissions. If you’re likely to be at a standstill for more than 3 minutes, simply switch off the engine.