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"Solid no-nonsense MOT. Additionally I was sure my brake pads needed replaced, but that wasn’t the case. The guys took a photo to show me and helped me avoid extra costs. Highly recommend this garage."
First class service.
"Warm welcome, promises kept."
"Good to have car picked up and dropped off when completed."
"Car taken into workshop on exact time booked, tv in waiting room to watch work carried out, video received on phone explaining advisory"
"Very affable guy who is very happy to go out of his way for you"
"Wouldn’t use another garage"
"The garage owner was very helpful..office staff not quite so. I did phone the garage to confirm appointment and they had never heard of this website and my car had not been booked in , which was odd. so best to contact garage direct to confirm booking."
"Fantastic value service, and bonus MOT for 1p. Will definitely be coming back next year."
Scheduled really quickly
"Everything seems fine and was completed on time"
Swift great service
"My experience was good swift work."
No nonsense, great place
"Complete no hassle, no nonsense straightforward mechanics. Fantastic team and felt comfortable that I could just leave the car to be picked up and returned. Staff were really accommodating as I was tight on time on the day so fitting it in to suit me. Would highly recommend them and have no doubts this is my new garage from now on. Thanks for your help."
Reliable and friendly
"We have been using SWSC for several years and never had any worries with the work they have done for us. Conveniently situated right by the bus stop for easy travel while the car is in."
The brakes on your car utilise fluid pressure.
When the brake pedal is depressed, it activates a plunger in the master cylinder,
which pressurises the brake fluid in the pipes and hoses causing the brake components to move.
Brake repairs are one of the most common reasons to visit a garage; all cars need their brake discs and pads replaced at regular intervals. Some of the warning signs for brake failure are squealing or grinding noises when depressing the brakes, or the brake feeling 'spongy' when the pedals is pressed. And of course if you need to brake increasingly hard to effectively slow or stop your car, then you could well be looking at brake replacement.
There are two main types of brake systems: disc brakes and drum brakes.
Disc brake systems are comprised of two pads per wheel, which clamp down on the brake disc when the brake pedal is depressed. When the fluid becomes pressurised, it sends a plunger in the calliper forward, forcing the brake pads on either side of the brake disc to squeeze it, which results in the slowing and stopping of the car.
Drum brakes operate in the same way as disc brakes, but with a different design. They both use friction to slow and stop the car, but drum brakes use shoes, instead of pads. The shoes are inside the steel brake drum itself, which spins with the wheel. When brake pressure is applied, a component called the wheel cylinder expands, forcing the brake shoes apart and towards the inside edge of the drum. Drum brakes are usually found on older vehicles, or just on the rear brake system.
With an unlikely history that began with making looms back in 1909, Japanese brand Suzuki didn’t make the move into vehicles until the late 1930s, when Michio Suzuki decided that building a new small car would be a great venture for his company. Interestingly, Suzuki also used to create bicycles with fitted motors known as the “Power Free”, which were immensely popular in Japan after the war.
These days, Suzuki is known for focusing on two major vehicle industry segments - compact hatchbacks and 4x4s. The basic Jimny is more on the utilitarian side of things when it comes to going off-road, with less refinement than many others in its class. The SX4 S-Cross and Vitara SUVs both represent good value for money and have been highly praised by critics. They seem to represent the Japanese brand’s efforts to balance on- and off-roading.
How can you save money (and the environment) while you drive?
As every garage owner will tell you, there are some tried and tested ways to cut down on your petrol costs (and consumption) while you’re out and about in Gloucester or beyond. One is to shut your windows. If you can hear that wind noise in your car it’s costing you more to drive. This is because the car becomes less aerodynamic and has to work harder to motor along. Removing a roof rack will improve your fuel efficiency for the same reason. Another useful tip is to combine short trips into one; each time you drive after your car has been parked for a while the engine will be cold and need to use a lot more fuel for the first 5 miles or so. If you do one trip from school drop-off to supermarket to office you’ll use far less fuel than if you do all those trips individually.
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